Check Point UTM Appliances: Overview and Analysis

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Key Takeaways

Gartner rates Check Point a Leader for its enterprise-quality security features and ease of management. Recent improvements in areas like ransomware protection keep the company’s position strong. The vendor is best for midrange organizations seeking strong security and robust management features. Strengths include threat detection, extraction and intelligence, intrusion prevention, sandboxing, reporting and auditing. Price, email quarantine, limited decryption and performance capacity are shortcomings. The appliances covered here – the Check Point 700 and 1400 – serve small and remote branch office deployments.

Company Description

Check Point Software Technologies offers a security architecture for defending everything from the cloud to enterprise networks and down to mobile devices. The company protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes. Founded in 1993, it trades on the NYSE as CHKP.

Product Description

Check Point 700 and 1400 appliances serve small and remote branch office deployments, delivering all-in-one advanced threat prevention with SandBlast Zero-Day Protection (sandboxing), flexible network connectivity and port density. They provide next-generation threat prevention, including firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), IPsec virtual private networking (VPN), application control, anti-spam, antivirus, anti-bot, URL filtering, email security, and user awareness. Check Point Threat Prevention looks inside encrypted SSL and TLS tunnels to detect threats, ensuring users remain in compliance with company policies while surfing the Internet and using corporate data.

Markets and Use Cases

These Check Point appliances secure systems from the home office to the small to midsize enterprise, as well as branch and remote offices.

Applicable Metrics

Optimized to deliver up to 550 Mbps of threat prevention throughput.

Intelligence

Check Point SandBlast Zero-Day Protection does inspection at the CPU-level to stop attacks before they have a chance to launch. The SandBlast Threat Emulation engine monitors CPU-based instruction flow for exploits attempting to bypass operating system and hardware security controls. Continuous security updates from Check Point ThreatCloud.

Delivery

Hardware appliance

Agents

No

Pricing

Prices start at $499 for the 730 small office threat prevention appliance.

Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including ServerWatch and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.

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