Check Point simplifies public, private cloud security

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SecureData Security, part of JSE-listed SecureData Holdings and the sub-Saharan distributor for Check Point Software Technologies, today announced the latter's new Security Gateway Virtual Edition (VE) with VMsafe integration that secures the cloud with the industry's most advanced firewall and protects dynamic virtual environments from both internal and external security threats.

The new Security Gateway VE is based on Check Point's Software Blade Architecture, enabling businesses to leverage the same flexible and comprehensive security solutions available on physical networks, including firewall, VPN and intrusion prevention, to meet the special security, networking and management needs of virtual environments.

The new Security Gateway VE is designed to ensure organisations can secure inter-VM traffic and external networks with granular firewall policies and integrated intrusion prevention capabilities to protect against malicious and unwanted network activity.

In addition, organisations can automatically apply security policies to all existing or future virtual machines, without changing the existing network topology or experiencing downtime during live migration. With Security Gateway VE, customers are able to meet both the traditional network traffic requirements and the dynamic requirements needed to protect data at the hypervisor level, ensuring they have the most comprehensive security for virtual environments.

"Protecting the network from external threats and inspecting traffic in between virtual machines are two primary challenges associated with securing virtual environments," commented Doros Hadjizenonos, Product Manager at SecureData for Check Point products. "The new Check Point Security Gateway VE inspects inter-VM traffic at the hypervisor level for seamless security across an organisation's environment. In addition, administrators have more transparency to prevent threats such as viruses, Trojans and key loggers from ever reaching a virtual machine."

With VMware VMsafe integration, Check Point's Security Gateway VE can be deployed easily and consistently across the infrastructure to achieve greater visibility, manageability, and enforcement of standard security policies. Now organisations have access to holistic data and greater system protection against new and existing threats in the virtual environment.

"Security has always been a top concern when it comes to virtual environments," continued Hadjizenonos. With this latest announcement, for instance, VMware users can benefit from a breadth of security solutions now available for VMware environments that have emanated from more than a decade of expertise in virtualisation and security, with VMware and Check Point continuing to provide customers the tools they need to secure their virtual environments as they continue toward the goal of delivering IT as a service."

Customers can easily deploy the Security Gateway VE into their existing security infrastructure and virtual environment, dramatically reducing deployment time and costs. Organisations can centrally manage both the physical and virtual gateways from a single console to simplify management. In addition, businesses can provide a clear separation between virtualisation and security administrators, while leveraging the same global policies across the organisation's different environments.

"With the Security Gateway VE, customers can simplify the complexities of securing dynamic virtual environments, while leveraging the same infrastructure and unified management used to protect their physical networks," concluded Hadjizenonos.

For further information, please contact Doros Hadjizenonos at tel. +27 11 790 2500; fax +27 11 790 2599; e-mail

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies is the leader in securing the Internet. Check Point offers total security solutions featuring a unified gateway, single endpoint agent and single management architecture, customised to fit customers' dynamic business needs. This combination is unique and is a result of its leadership and innovation in the enterprise firewall, personal firewall/endpoint, data security and VPN markets.

Check Point's pure focus is on information security. Through its NGX platform, Check Point delivers a unified security architecture to protect business communications and resources, including corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. The company also offers market-leading endpoint and data security solutions with Check Point Endpoint Security products, protecting and encrypting sensitive corporate information stored on PCs and other mobile computing devices. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumer PCs from hackers, spyware and identity theft. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of Check Point partners around the world and its customers include 100% of Fortune 100 companies and tens of thousands of businesses and organisations of all sizes.


SecureData is a specialist, value-added distributor of perimeter, application, network, endpoint, storage and identity information security solutions and risk management solutions for the African sub-continent and Indian Ocean islands. A cross-section of the available solutions from SecureData illustrates wide coverage of the following information security and risk management domains: business continuity, security appliances and devices, hardware authentication, identity and access management, security and vulnerability management, secure content management, threat management and security services.

SecureData's information security and risk management solutions include best-of-breed solutions, devices and appliances for the perimeter, data centres, applications, network, endpoints, messaging and Web. In addition, as a value-add to vendor, channel and customer, SecureData also provides a full complement of support, pre-sales and professional services around the solutions positioned in each discrete security vertical.

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