SINGAPORE, 28 March 2000 - Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), an Internet security company, yesterday announced its OPSEC Appliance Initiative, which enables partners to deliver turnkey Internet security appliances based on Check Point's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture.
Check Point is collaborating with appliance vendors to integrate its VPN-1/FireWall-1 security products on the industry's widest range of appliance platforms. Through the OPSEC Appliance Initiative, customers can choose from a variety of security appliance choices that best meet their eBusiness computing needs.
As part of the OPSEC Appliance Initiative, Check Point is certifying the appliances through its newly created OPSEC Certified Appliance Partner Program.
The new program is centered around Linux-based appliances, leveraging the open source flexibility, reliability and performance of the Linux operating system. Initial partners who have joined the OPSEC Certified Appliance Partner Program include:
"We see strong customer interest in deploying security across a range of appliance platforms to enable eBusiness," said Asheem Chandna, vice president of business development and product management, Check Point Software Technologies. "Our OPSEC Appliance Initiative provides customers with Check Point's market leading SVN security solutions certified for turnkey deployment across a broad range of industry-leading appliances."
"Compaq is excited to support Check Point's security OPSEC initiative by offering customers pre-tested, pre-configured firewall and virtual private networking solutions," said Mark Linesch, director of E-Commerce Solutions, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Firewall and Virtual Private Networking solutions are a vital part of a complete security architecture. Combining Check Point's security software with Compaq's ProLiant servers running Linux will enable customers to meet the demanding performance, reliability and scalability needs faced in today's 24x7 Internet economy."
"IBM, the leader in eBusiness, is teaming with Check Point to help provide the highest level of security for the Internet æ a critical requirement for eBusiness," said Jose Garcia, vice president of eSP and Emerging Markets, IBM. "Check Point reinforces IBM's Linux strategy with its OPSEC Appliance Initiative, providing eBusiness customers with turnkey Linux-based security appliance solutions."
"We applaud Check Point's OPSEC Appliance Initiative and partner program," said Paul McNamara, general manager, Enterprise Business Unit, Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT). "The combination of Check Point's SVN solutions with Red Hat, the market leader in open source operating system (OS) software, services and information, gives customers the security, reliability and performance needed in today's eBusiness environments."
Check Point's OPSEC Appliance Initiative integrates Check Point's SVN solutions with specially designed hardware from leading appliance vendors.
OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's leading architecture for Internet security integration and interoperability.
The OPSEC Alliance includes over 200 companies with "best-of-breed" product solutions that take advantage of the OPSEC architecture and integrate tightly with Check Point Software Technologies' Secure Virtual Network (SVN) solutions.
OPSEC-integrated products provide customers with choice and centralized management across all aspects of Internet security. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified and OPSEC Secured seals have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability.
For complete OPSEC Alliance program information including partner and product listings, freely available SDK (software development kit), and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit http://www.opsec.com.
About Check Point Software Technologies
Check Point Software Technologies' Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture provides the infrastructure that enables secure and reliable Internet communications. SVN secures business-to-business (B2B) communications between networks, systems, applications and users across the Internet, Intranets and extranets.
Check Point's Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) provides the framework for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 200 leading industry partners.