Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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Pre- and post-connect network access control


Check Point Integrity

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Check Point Software Technologies

Known mainly for its industry-standard VPNs and firewalls, Check Point has made a big move into the endpoint security market of late, leveraging its acquisition of Zone Labs. The company's Integrity product, now known as Check Point Endpoint Security, snagged bronze.

Endpoint Security's main strength lies in the fact that it is a single desktop agent that comprises a wide variety of security features, including a firewall, antivirus, antispyware, network access control, program control, data security and remote access. Its NAC capabilities include the standard functions such as preconnection client inspection, remediation and quarantining. Endpoint Security also supports 802.1x authentication and VPN gateways from third-party vendors.

The product allows administrators to deploy and manage security policy for thousands of endpoints across a distributed environment from a single console.

Readers ranked Integrity highly for its policy-based network access control and its enforcement options. Users also gave the offering a strong rating for its logging and reporting and its integration with customers' infrastructures.

NOTABLE Endpoint Security has a "stealth mode" that can make protected machines invisible to attackers.

This was first published in April 2008

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