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Check Point offers first VeriSign Go Secure! service for VPNs

VeriSign and Check Point deliver state-of-the-art solution for deploying digital-certificate-based Virtual Private NetworksSINGAPORE, 11 January 2000 -­ Check Point Software TechnologiesLtd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) and VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign and Check Point deliver state-of-the-art solution for deploying digital-certificate-based Virtual Private Networks

SINGAPORE, 11 January 2000 -­ Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) and VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) unveiled today VeriSign Go Secure! for Check Point which facilitates the deployment of digital certificates in Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1 solution. VPNs provide an inexpensive means for businesses to extend network access to mobile workers, branch offices and business partners safely and privately over the Internet. Available from VeriSign, Go Secure! for Check Point includes the critical elements needed to rapidly deploy a VPN using VeriSign's digital certificates and Check Point's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture.

Go Secure! for Check Point is the first VeriSign Go Secure! service for VPNs. VeriSign's Go Secure! services enable enterprises to easily and rapidly incorporate digital certificate-based functionality into their messaging, VPN, and Web access applications. Additional information regarding Go Secure! is available at www.verisign.com.

With today's introduction of Go Secure! for Check Point, specifically designed for Check Point's VPN-1 SecuRemote and VPN-1 SecureClient, VeriSign enhances its PKI-based VPN offering to enable the 13 million plus users of Check Point's leading remote access clients to seamlessly acquire and use VeriSign digital certificates to establish a trusted VPN. By plugging directly into the existing VPN-1 SecuRemote or VPN-1 SecureClient architecture, VeriSign's Go Secure! service makes remote access VPNs easy to deploy, administer, and use as there are no additional IT infrastructure changes required.

"VeriSign's Go Secure! solution, combined with the Secure Virtual Networking capabilities of Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1, has enabled us to securely expand our network to our clients and remote employees," said James Mascaro, Network Architect for E-Business solutions provider Xcelerate. "By having our IT resources work with the public key infrastructure (PKI) and VPN experts at VeriSign we have built a solid and robust solution that is revolutionizing the way we do business."

Go Secure! for Check Point consists of the components network administrators need to rapidly deploy large-scale, trusted VPNs. Easy-to-use tools let network administrators control the approval, enrollment, validation, issuance and renewal of digital certificates while relying on VeriSign's certificate processing, backup, and customer support services. End users interact with customized, Web-based enrollment forms to request and receive their digital certificates. Through one click end users can now instantly install digital certificates into Check Point's VPN-1 SecuRemote and VPN-1 SecureClient without the need for any training or additional administrative support.

"We are pleased that VeriSign has taken advantage of our open PKI integration to develop VeriSign's Go Secure! for Check Point," said Asheem Chandna, vice president of marketing and business development for Check Point Software Technologies. "VeriSign's Go Secure! Service for Check Point offers our joint customers a comprehensive service option to assist in the rapid deployment of our market-leading VPN solution."

"VeriSign has been working with our enterprise customers to develop these revolutionary new Go Secure! services to accelerate VPN deployment," said Richard Yanowitch, executive vice president of marketing for VeriSign. "Our Go Secure! for VPN services enables network administrators to quickly and easily turn a firewall into a VPN. By working with Check Point, VeriSign is providing a solution integrated with the VPN market leader."

Go Secure! Pricing & Availability
Go Secure! for Check Point will be available in February 2000. Prices begin at US$60 a user with prices declining to under US$10 per user in large volume installations. Training courses and product integration services are available from VeriSign for Check Point's SVN family of products, and VeriSign's PKI and VPN services.