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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd is gearing up for a new release of its Check Point VPN-1/Firewall-1 security software, and is claiming a number of industry firsts will be delivered in the new version.

The Ramat-Gan, Israel-based company is claiming to be the first vendor to secure IPv6, peer-to-peer, instant messaging and Microsoft Common Internet File System file sharing and printer services with VPN-1/Firewall-1 Next Generation Feature Pack 3, due for release in September.

The company said it is the first security vendor to support IPv6, the next generation internet protocol, and also the first to recognize and control peer-to-peer applications such as Gnutella and Kazaa, as well as instant messaging applications, through its Stateful Inspection technology, which enables more granular inspection and access control of applications traveling through the firewall.

The company is also promising support for Microsoft's CIFS-based file sharing and printer services, which enable users to access file and printer service across the corporate network, with the forthcoming release, which will also include enhancement's to Check Point's Security Management Architecture.

Enhancements in feature Pack 3 include Policy Revision Control with policy rollback for security policy development and management, live updates of software and licenses through the SmartUpdate tool and User Center web site, as well as a "one-click" process for upgrading software on all security modules across the network.

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