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


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Check Point Software Technologies' FireWall-1 took the bronze, with readers recognizing its central management capabilities and its ability to block attacks and unauthorized traffic. FireWall-1--integrated into the company's VPN-1 product line--uses Application Intelligence and INSPECT, Check Point's intelligent inspection technologies. FireWall-1 integrates network and application-layer firewall protection and makes use of Check Point's SMART management architecture.

The product provides access controls, attack protection, application security, intrusion prevention, content security, authentication, and network address translation (NAT).

FireWall-1 supports more than 200 applications and protocols out of the box, including SQL Server, RPC and CIFS from Microsoft, Oracle SQL and ERP, SOAP and XML, SMTP, POP3, SSL traffic and more. It also secures VoIP applications, and is able to inspect voice protocols such as SIP and H.323.

NOTABLE In a move illustrating how firewall technology has become increasingly integrated into other defenses, Check Point recently unveiled its Endpoint Security product, which combines FireWall-1, network access control (NAC), program control, antivirus, antispyware, data security and remote access.

This was first published in April 2008

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