INTERNET security specialist Check Point Software claims NGX is the world’s only unified security architecture.
The company, which began life with the development of Stateful Inspection before releasing its flagship FireWall-1 software, is now firmly focused on three-pronged security defence: internal, web and perimeter.
Gil Shwed, founder and CEO, shared his vision on the future of security with his company’s Asia-Pacific partners at Check Point’s regional conference earlier this month.
He firmly believes security architecture should be adopted before network changes are implemented and says that as all networking elements are meshing together it’s important to realise how critical each one is to total security.
“Both investment and confusion in security has become bigger. Ineffective security, increased costs and deployment complexity are some of the problems facing customers,” he says. And emerging technologies, such as VoIP and remote access, will only compound security vulnerabilities, hence the need for adaptive security.
Shwed describes NGX as security for the unpredictable, as it can expand ahead of trends and threats.
Already Check Point has introduced Connectra NGX — a new version of its SSL VPN product, described by the company as a complete web security gateway.
Check Point is now concentrating on unifying its products before a gradual rollout of what Shwed describes as phase three.
“That includes universal updateability for all security components and universal SmartDefence. The new way to architect network security is through a more integrated approach and to use gateway security for emerging applications and threats.” The number of people attending the conference this year doubled from last year. Among the 500-odd delegates were representatives from eight New Zealand partners, including Datacom, IBM and local distributor Express Data.
With Check Point running two streams of seminars covering technical and sales, local attendees described the agenda as informative and useful. Check Point originally created the Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) which has since become an industry standard framework, and the presence of Crossbeam, Nokia and Resilience at the OPSEC pavilion meant delegates had a chance to try out new products and talk to experts.
Mike Simpson, Check Point’s New Zealand business manager, says local partners have been a godsend in helping his company’s growth.
“It’s almost at the point where we need someone in Auckland as well as Wellington,” he says. Bill Hitchcock, Express Data product manager, says the opportunity to get together with other partners is invaluable. “It’s also good to see the trends coming from other parts of the world and have a look at what Check Point’s global partners are offering,” he says.