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Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks

Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology. "Threat emulation" software blades for Check Point firewalls will be available later in Q2 2013 and will add to other threat prevention layers, such as anti-virus and anti …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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Check Point in domain expiry snafu

Security giant Check Point failed to renew its dot-com domain name on time over the weekend. Screen grab of the Check Point (or should that be Chick Point?) cock-up. Click for larger As a result surfers visiting the Checkpoint.com site were confronted by the above holding page, with links to backorder or renew the domain …
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2012
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Check Point scoffs security dashboard firm

Check Point has acquired governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) firm Dynasec. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed. The acquisition allows Check Point to extend its 3D Security line of firewalls and VPNs to add features that enable companies to "view security as a business process, focusing …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2011
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Email cock-up blamed in Check Point domain expiry snafu

Check Point has downplayed the significance of a domain renewal mix-up that resulted in its home page being replaced by a holding page for a brief period on Monday. The problem arose because Network Solutions sent the security firm's domain renewal notice to the wrong email address, a statement by the firewall and VPN firm …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2012
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Check Point boss looks beyond 'weapons' for security defence

De-perimiterisation and the move to cloud computing will not alter the central place the firewall occupies in corporate security architectures, according to Check Point chief exec Gil Shwed. Check Point is advocating a three-phase strategy of security policy enforcement centred around the firewall, user education and enforcement …
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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Check Point kills scareware-style pop-up campaign

Check Point has backed down in a row over a controversial scareware-style pop-up message warning to users of its ZoneAlarm personal firewall product, admitting that it got it wrong, and withdrawing the marketing campaign. The row began after ZoneAlarm users were hit by a warning that their PCs 'may be in danger' from a newly …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2010

Use MediaWiki and hate malware? This patch is for you

Check Point Software Technologies has announced a remote code execution bug in the popular MediaWiki platform that powers Wikipedia. As detailed here: “Your MediaWiki installation is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability if you have enabled file upload support for DjVu (natively supported by MediaWiki) or PDF files ( …
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Check Point defends ZoneAlarm scareware-style warning

Check Point has defended controversial marketing tactics that confronted ZoneAlarm users with what critics describe as a scareware-style dialogue box to convince them to upgrade to paid-for personal firewall software. Users of the free version of the personal firewall were confronted by a warning that their PCs 'may be in danger …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2010
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Check Point buys Nokia security appliance business

Check Point Software is buying Nokia's security appliance business. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, remain undisclosed. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval but expected to close in the first quarter of 2009. Nokia has made use of Check Point firewall and VPN software technology to market purpose-built …
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2008
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Nothing to sniff at: Cisco finishes $2.8bn gobble of Snort'ing guy's Sourcefire

Intrusion prevention's a hot topic in the world of security, as reflected in the $2.8bn price tag Cisco has paid to complete the acquisition of network security specialists Sourcefire. The purchase - which was announced in July - is the largest security firm purchase since Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee in 2010. And it's a …
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2013
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Dodgy affiliates use malware to flog Symantec and Check Point

Unscrupulous affiliates are using malware to advertise security software from legitimate firms. The practice is the brainchild of people who make a commission for every sale they generate - and not security vendors themselves. The practice raises serious concerns about the integrity and policing of affiliate programs from big …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2008
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Check Point bids $586m for PointSec

Check Point has made a bid to acquire Protect Data, the holding company for mobile security firm PointSec Mobile Technologies, in a cash deal valued at $586m (SEK 4,152m). The offer is subject to the agreement of 90 per cent of Protect's shareholders, as well as regulatory approval. Protect Data has urged shareholders of the …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2006
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Check Point Snorts up Sourcefire

Check Point has promised to support the open source Snort community following a $225m cash and stock acquisition of security tools firm Sourcefire last week. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in Q106. Sourcefire founder Martin Roesch developed the popular Snort intrusion prevention before …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2005
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Check Point plays down FireWall-1 bug reports

Security giant Check Point has played down the seriousness of reports of multiple vulnerabilities in a supposedly locked-down version of its flagship FireWall-1/VPN-1 security software. Spanish security firm Pentest discovered multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities during the course of a comprehensive security evaluation of …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2007

Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

The Canadian Revenue Agency has blamed the theft of 900 social insurance numbers on the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability. The Canadian taxman specifically blamed the data breach on a serious security shortcoming in widely used Open SSL technology discovered last week. What's significant is not the size of the breach, which is …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2014
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Net wag endorses Playmobil Security Check Point

One net wag has wasted no time making merry at the expense of the improbable but entirely genuine Playmobil Security Check Point, sadly currently unavailable down at Amazon.com. Playmobil's Security Check Point The manufacturer's blurb states: "The woman traveler stops by the security checkpoint. After placing her luggage on …
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2008
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Check Point buys Zone Labs

Check Point is boosting its consumer portfolio with through the takeover of Zone Labs, the vendor best known for the Zone Alarm firewall software. Check Point is shelling out $205m upfront - approx $113m in cash and approx $92 mmillion in shares. It is also assuming Zone Lab employee stock options, which could convert to 2.9 …
Drew Cullen, 16 Dec 2003
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Feds nix Check Point's Sourcefire bid

A takeover bid by an Israeli firewall firm has become the latest victim of US security protectionism. Check Point Software has dropped its bid for US rival Sourcefire after objections from the FBI and Pentagon were heard by the Treasury's Committee on Foreign Investments. The Committee has also overseen the recent rumpus …
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Second time lucky, Check Point marries intrusion prevention firm

Check Point Software has agreed to buy threat prevention firm NFR Security for around $20m. The deal, announced Tuesday, is expected to close by the end of the year. NFR, established in 1996, is based in Rockville, Maryland, and has 22 employees. Its flagship product is a piece of intrusion detection and prevention software …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2006

Fortinet nabs wily Coyote and its slice of security appliance cake

Network security firm Fortinet has agreed to to acquire application delivery, load balancing and acceleration firm Coyote Point Systems. Financial terms of the deal, structured as a merged and announced on Friday, were not disclosed. Fortinet is best known for its Unified Threat Management all-in-one security appliances, which …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013
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Sysadmins: How do YOU protect your networks against 'friendly fire'?

It will come as no surprise that preliminary analysis of results so far in our latest reader survey (still open here) suggests that corporate networks are going to come under increasing pressure as traffic volumes and patterns evolve. As part of this, it’s clear that most people are anticipating a world in which not just …
Dale Vile, 06 Nov 2013
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Check Point adds hardware UTM

Check Point has announced its first universal threat management (UTM) appliance in a bid to win over mid-sized organisations who want their own security systems, but don't want to buy security software and install it themselves. Called UTM-1, the box will compete with similar devices from Cisco and Juniper, and from a host of …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot". Shwed, 44, is the co-founder, chief exec and chairman of Check Point, whose FireWall-1 software, according to the firm, is installed at every Fortune 100 company …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Major £30m cyberheist pulled off using MOBILE malware

Cybercrooks swiped £30 million (€36m) from the banks accounts of 30,000 customers in Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland over the summer using an elaborate mobile banking fraud scam. The malware-based attack targeted both corporate and private banking users, performing automatic transfers that varied from €500€ to €250,000 to …
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2012
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Check Point targets MEs with firewall/ VPN combo

Internet security firm Check Point is targeting medium-sized companies with a firewall/VPN package designed for organisations with up to 500 employees. Check Point Express includes firewall, VPN, network and application attack protection combined with multi-site, centralised management functions. The package is designed to be …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2003

Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

A hack attack against an Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild, has led to the theft of the full credit card details of at least 376,000 consumers, says the country's data protection watchdog. According to the results of a preliminary investigation by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and – …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
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Check Point in Firewall-1 security flap

Check Point has plugged a serious security vulnerability affecting several versions of its flagship security platform, Firewall-1. The problem stems from a flaw in the Application Intelligence (AI) component of Firewall-1, which is meant to detect application level attacks, but is itself vulnerable to format string or heap …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2004
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European Commission raps Check Point's knuckles

The European Commission has closed an investigation into Check Point Software after the Israeli firm promised not to engage in exclusionary supply practices with its distributors. Last June, Finnish security firm Stonesoft lodged a complaint to the Commission alleging Check Point abused its dominant position in the firewall …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2002
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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

Cisco has dug deep and found $2.7bn for intrusion prevention security player Sourcefire. Sourcefire started out in intrusion detection/intrusion prevention but expanded over the years to add next-generation firewall and advanced malware protection wares to its portfolio. Cisco reckons the acquisition will accelerate the …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013
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Check Point beefs up spyware defences

Check Point Software is to build improved spyware defences into the next version of its ZoneAlarm integrated consumer security software package. ZoneAlarm Security Suite 6, due to be released 18 July, will feature a spyware scanner and an "operating system" firewall. Gregor Freund, chief technology officer at Check Point, and …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2005
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Check Point touts firewall for home broadband users

Check Point Software has entered the consumer appliance market with a firewall targeted at residential broadband users. The S-box, from Check Point subsidiary SofaWare, uses a cut-down version of Check Point's stateful inspection firewall technology and is been positioned as a secure and easy way for consumers to protect …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2001
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Check Point launches dewormer for internal networks

Check Point Software today launched Interspect, a family of security appliances designed to block the spread of computer worms across internal networks. The appliance segmentg internal networks into security zones to block the spread of worms such as Nimda and Blaster, which spread like wildfire if left unchecked. If a worm- …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2004
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Check Point bolsters apps security defences

Check Point Software is introducing defences against application-driven attacks to its flagship firewall and VPN software. In recent months, Cisco, Netscreen and Network Associates have attempted to redefine the function of traditional firewalls with intrusion prevention features. That's the rationale behind Cisco acquisition …
John Leyden, 12 May 2003
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m. In many ways it was a canny bit of business for Arrow and should give it access to some high-end customers, but the deal raises more questions than it …
Tim Ayling, 27 Sep 2013
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Check Point strengthens perimeter with Zone Labs

Check Point Technologies acquisition of Zone Labs for $205 million will provide it with the means to beef up its offerings in endpoint security and SSL VPNs, areas where its rivals have been making strides recently. It will also give Check Point a sizable consumer business for the first time, with the ZoneAlarm product helping …
Datamonitor, 17 Dec 2003
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Lithe British youngsters prioritise fun over privacy and security

Silver surfers are more switched on about security than youngsters, even though the 18-25 age group are generally considered a more tech-savvy generation. Young adults who have been around computers all their lives tend to prioritise entertainment and community over security and privacy, according to a new survey. The survey of …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2012
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Check Point looks beyond the perimeter

Check Point Software is to place greater emphasis on internal and Web security technology in future product development. The company is best known to date for its perimeter security VPN and firewall products. The thinking behind the revised product strategy is to supply Check Point with the means to deliver an integrated …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2003
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Check Point says Sept 11 cost it $15-$20m

Check Point Software, best known as a supplier of firewall and VPN products, has reported healthy third quarter profits despite estimating the tragic events of September 11 cost it between $15-$20 million, due to interruption of its business. Revenues for Check Point's third quarter were $118.0 million on which it recorded a …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2001
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Check Point adds console management

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Inc has produced an enterprise-class security infrastructure management console that finally brings to security administrators a level of product integration and ease of use to match technology so well established in network and systems management arenas …
ComputerWire, 24 May 2002
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Software is king – Check Point

Check Point, the firewall vendor, is planning a marketing assault on the clientless remote access market. SSL VPN appliance start-ups such as Aventail, Netilla Networks and Neoteris dominate this sector, but Check Point yesterday voiced its ambition to leapforg to the head of the pack. SSL VPNs are emerging as a simpler …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2003
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Check Point raids SSL VPN party

Check Point Software has launched its first serious assault on the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) appliance market. Called Connectra, the appliance integrates technology from Zone Labs to check that devices connecting into a corporate network are free of spyware or Trojan infection. The security vendor …
John Leyden, 04 May 2004
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Check Point upgrades SmartCenter

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Ltd will tomorrow unveil an upgrade to its firewall/VPN management software designed to greatly simplify policy administration in large deployments. The aptly named Large Scale Manager is an extension to Check Point's SmartCenter Pro security gateway …
ComputerWire, 09 Sep 2002
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Check Point brings out budget VPN

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Ltd is targeting network administrators with cheap-n-cheerful virtual private network software, VPN-1 Net, released this week. The company has also rebranded its VPN-1 Gateway product as VPN-1 Pro, to reflect the feature differences of its product line. …
ComputerWire, 09 Apr 2002
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Check Point looks to bridge small biz security gap

Check Point Software is going after the SME market with firewall products tailored to the needs of small offices. The VPN-1/FireWall-1 SmallOffice Next Generation and lower-end Safe@Office/Home Pro products, which are based as the same underlying stateful inspection technology as Check Point's corporate offerings, are targeting …
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2002
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Check Point secures IPv6 and P2P

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 …
ComputerWire, 16 Aug 2002
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Check Point claims victory in Firewall/VPN tests

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Tests of three market-leading firewall/virtual private networking devices by the engineer calibre testing outfit The Tolly Group puts Check Point Technologies Ltd's VPN-1 Pro ahead of rival systems from Cisco Systems Inc and NetScreen Technologies Inc. The tests rated the performance of …
ComputerWire, 14 Oct 2002
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British spooks chum up with IT-related biz to battle cyber threats

The UK government has launched a scheme designed to promote greater information sharing on cyber threats between businesses and government. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister responsible for the UK national cyber security strategy, is due to launch the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) later today ( …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013
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Survey: UK biz is using more encryption

Despite a run of high-profile security breaches, almost half of UK corporate laptops remain unprotected against theft and data loss, according to a survey of British businesses published on Thursday. Only 52 per cent of 320 UK public and private sector IT managers polled in the survey use data encryption on their corporate …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2011
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Password guessing games with Check Point firewall

Security researchers have discovered two potentially serious flaws with Check Point's flagship FireWall-1 firewall which give rise to both username guessing and sniffing issues. First, affected versions permit attackers to determine if a firewall username is valid without having to know the associated password. This enabling …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2002
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'Boil the ocean' data loss prevention needs to change

Check Point is pushing its vision of consolidating disparate security products, managed from a single dashboard and centred on enterprise firewalls. Consolidating security offers better control, Gil Shwed, Check Point's chief exec, told delegates to the security vendors' annual conference in Barcelona on Wednesday. Check Point's …
John Leyden, 04 May 2011