"To achieve the level of protection needed in the 21st century, security needs to grow from a mere collection of technologies to a business process that incorporates three major dimensions -- policies, people and enforcement," said Gil Shwed, founder, chief executive officer and chairman of Check Point Software Technologies. "Check Point's 3D Security vision redefines security as a business process that will enable companies to achieve the required level of security while streamlining operations."
Check Point 3D Security enables organizations to transform security into a business process by integrating the three following dimensions: policy, people and enforcement.
* Policy: Security starts with a well-defined and widely understood policy that outlines the organization needs and strategies. Most organizations today do not have such a policy; instead companies rely on lists of system-level checks and on a collection of disparate technologies that do not always deliver the desired level of security. * People: Users of IT systems are a critical part of the security process. It is often users who make mistakes that result in malware infections and information leakage. Most organizations do not pay much attention to the involvement of users in the security process, when in fact, employees need to be informed and educated on the security policy and their expected behavior when surfing the Internet or sharing sensitive data. At the same time, security should be as seamless and transparent as possible and should not change the way users work. * Enforcement: Security is about gaining better control over the many layers of protection. Unfortunately, corporations often find themselves losing control over the disparate policies from various point products. In many cases security systems generate violation reports but do not enforce the policy. Companies should and can achieve a higher level of visibility and control by consolidating their security infrastructure, and using systems that prevent security incidents rather than just detecting them.
"To improve security, businesses should rely on a combination of technology, policy and people. Recognizing this need for 'defense in depth,' Check Point's vision for 3D Security aligns with a lot of the security needs and business priorities we hear from customers," said John Grady, senior analyst, Security Products research at IDC. "By adding an educational element and giving employees the opportunity to participate in the security process, businesses can significantly reduce their risks."
Today, Check Point also announced the release of Check Point R75, the first major network security release to implement elements of this multi-dimensional approach. For more information on Check Point 3D Security and the Check Point R75 release, please visit: http://www.checkpoint.com/campaigns/3d-security/index.html.
"Companies should look at security as a business enabler. Check Point 3D Security redefines security as a business process that will help customers develop a proactive blueprint for stronger, better security," concluded Shwed.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm s olutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.