Check Point' Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that the companies will provide businesses with a secure virtual workspace through a USB drive. The new solution, Check Point Abra, combines a SanDisk high-performance, encrypted USB Flash drive with Check Point virtualization, VPN and security technologies to create a device from which mobile workers can access files and applications anywhere and anytime.
Accessing corporate networks through unmanaged and unprotected computer terminals or flash drives can create security and compliance issues for companies with remote workers. Unsecured endpoints and malware put company data at risk. With Abra, remote employees can create a virtual environment on these devices, mitigating risks and providing the added convenience of turning any PC into their corporate desktop.
"With Abra, businesses gain a secure, easy-to-use and cost-effective alternative to issuing laptops to all workers or allowing personal equipment access the network," said Ben Khoushy, vice president of endpoint security at Check Point. "Through our close business relationship, we're uniting the industry's best USB drive technology from SanDisk with market-leading Check Point security software."
"By combining SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise secure USB drives with CheckPoint's security and VPN technologies, organizations can provide corporate desktop access to their employees without the need of a bulky laptop, offering a complete solution for the mobile workforce with minimal cost and complexity," said Roy Ramati, vice president, enterprise, SanDisk. "A simple setup and deployment of a USB device turns any desktop into a secure workspace that maintains the highest degree of security and lowers administrative overhead for IT organizations."
Abra users simply plug an Abra USB stick into a Windows-based PC and enter their credentials to initiate a virtual workspace. The Abra work session remains isolated from the host PC, ensuring sensitive data remains on Abra and preventing data loss. Hardware and software encryption also protects data while in use and when an Abra drive is not in operation.
More information on Abra can be found at: http://www.checkpoint.com/products/abra/index.html.
Availability Abra is available March 31, 2010 and can be purchased through the Check Point worldwide network of value-added resellers. To find a Check Point partner, visit http://partners.us.checkpoint.com/partnerlocator/.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), 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 solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.
About SanDisk SanDisk Corporation http://www.sandisk.com/ is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.