Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., a renowned provider of cyber security solutions globally, has announced the availability of its complete Quantum Spark series of security gateways for small and medium size businesses (SMBs). The range of six gateways sets new standards of protection against the most advanced cyber attacks for SMBs, giving unrivalled ease of deployment and management, and delivering optimum security without needing specialist skills. The 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report showed that 28% of all breach victims were SMBs, with 54% of attempted attacks on SMBs being successful, compared to a 7% success rate at larger companies. 62% of SMBs say they lack the skills to deal with cyber security issues. With the FBI stating that cyber crime reports have quadrupled during the COVID-19 pandemic, SMBs urgently need integrated and automated security to prevent cyber threats from damaging their business. Optimised internet connectivity “Security threats are increasing in frequency and sophistication, but SMBs lack the expertise, manpower and IT budget to adequately address them. They need security solutions that evolve with the threat landscape, are easy to use, and combine communications and security,” said Chris Rodriguez, IDC’s Network Security Research Manager. Quantum Spark is also optimised for delivery by managed service providers as a monthly subscription" “Check Point’s Quantum Spark family of next generation firewalls are specifically designed to protect SMBs from the latest security threats, are easy to manage from the cloud or on the go with a mobile app, and provide optimised internet connectivity including Wi-Fi, fibre, GbE, VDSL and 4G LTE wireless in an “all in one” solution. Quantum Spark is also optimised for delivery by managed service providers as a monthly subscription, so SMBs can be secure regardless of their budget.” Automated threat prevention Check Point’s Quantum Spark Gateways 1500 four-model series is now being expanded with two new models, 1600 and 1800.The full line of gateways allows supporting businesses ranging from one employee all the way to 500. Quantum Spark Gateway users benefit from: Highest levels of security with automated threat prevention: All models include Check Point’s award-winning SandBlast Zero Day Protection with up to 2Gb of threat prevention performance and over 60 security services focused on threat prevention. Automatic set-up in 60 seconds: All models feature zero-touch provisioning, which means they deliver full protection out-of-the-box inside one minute. Flexible connectivity: Quantum Spark Gateways include Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and integrated cellular LTE modems, giving users the widest range of connectivity options. Quantum Spark gateways also support multiple internet service providers and performance-based routing, delivering the best bandwidth and quality of service for applications. Easy, intuitive management: Check Point’s WatchTower mobile application enables staff to monitor their security status and quickly mitigate any threats directly from the mobile device. Security can also be managed from any bowser, using a cloud-based portal with intuitive web UI. Complete protection for remote employees and cloud applications: In addition to the network protection Quantum Spark gateways provide, businesses can protect all laptops and PCs against threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing with Check Point endpoint protection, and secure employees’ smartphones with Check Point mobile protection. Email and docs can be protected with Check Point email security. Advanced cyber threats Small businesses are experiencing the same types of advanced, stealthy cyber threats as large enterprises" “Check Point’s Quantum Spark gateways simply do their job of automatically protecting against all types of threat, without needing management attention or manual updates. This gives us peace of mind and enables us to focus on our business,” said Trevor Rowley, Managing Director, Optix Business Management Software. “Small businesses are experiencing the same types of advanced, stealthy cyber threats as large enterprises, but SMBs often don’t have the resources or security knowledge to fully protect themselves against today’s advanced cyber threats,” said Itai Greenberg, VP of Product Management at Check Point Software Technologies. Advanced network protection “The new Quantum Spark gateways give small and medium-size businesses the most advanced protection for their networks and employees’ devices, so they benefit from enterprise-grade automated security, together with easy intuitive management.” For full details and specifications of the six models in the Quantum Spark Gateway range, one can visit the company’s official website. As part of the expansion of the new Quantum Spark gateways, the 910 Security Gateway model is now discontinued and won’t be able to be ordered after July 2021. Check Point’s Quantum Spark Gateways 1500 four-model series and the two new models, 1600 and 1800 are currently available to order.
Check Point has introduced its next-generation unified cyber security platform, Check Point R81. The new platform is one of industry’s first to deliver autonomous threat prevention designed for the entire distributed enterprise, enabling IT staff to manage the most complex and dynamic network environments easily and efficiently. Enterprises have accelerated their digital transformation programmes and changed IT priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased their cyber risk exposure and risen the complexity of managing employees remotely. 71% of security professionals reported an increase in cyber threats since the beginning of the pandemic. Unified threat management Addressing the need for better security and less complexity, demands consolidation and automation of threat prevention technologies, processes, and policies to make protection smarter and more efficient across organisations’ complex, distributed networks. Enterprises need a consistent security policy, unified threat management, and automation" “Managing IT security today is hard because of more devices, more threats, and more applications spread across the datacentre, network and multiple clouds. To keep up, enterprises need a consistent security policy, unified threat management, and automation to prevent the latest security threats,” said Chris Rodriguez, IDC's Network Security Research Manager. AI based threat prevention “Check Point’s R81 security management platform unifies and simplifies threat management through rapid security policy installation, zero touch gateway software upgrades, security profiles, and AI based threat prevention.” Check Point R81 cyber security platform delivers: Highest levels of security with autonomous threat prevention: R81 has the industry’s first autonomous Threat Prevention system, which eliminates labor-intensive manual threat classification and updates. All gateways are updated automatically by AI based threat prevention for complete protection against even zero-day threats. R81’s new Infinity threat prevention policy enables security teams to implement in a single click, security best practices that then continuously update automatically. Rapid response to changing security needs with fastest policy installation: Reducing policy installation time by up to 90%, from minutes to seconds. Moreover, security admins can upgrade hundreds of remote gateways to the new release in a click of a button. Automatic security performance optimisation: R81 uses dynamic allocation of gateway resources across the enterprise to deliver automatically the best hardware performance and security. Optimal security for encrypted network traffic (SSL): R81 utilises the latest standards for secure connectivity including TLS 1.3 and HTTP/2, and ensures threats cannot hide in encrypted traffic. A dedicated policy layer allows the admin to control easily the decision to inspect or bypass network traffic. Automatic policy deployment feature Our new R81 platform gives IT and security teams holistic visibility, automated threat prevention and granular control" “Check Point R81 gives us accelerated policy installation, one-click upgrades, and the power to simultaneously upgrade our security gateways. We had already been using Check Point Infinity Threat Prevention, so the new automatic policy deployment feature in R81 will save us time, reduce the risk of configuration error, and enable continuous updates,” said Todd Ponto, CTO at AESI-US, Inc. “Today’s fast-paced changes to business applications and deployments to the cloud require organisations to be more agile than ever before - but this also exposes them to greater security risks and advanced threats,” said Itai Greenberg, VP of Product Management at Check Point Software Technologies at Check Point. Automated threat prevention “Our new R81 platform gives IT and security teams holistic visibility, automated threat prevention and granular control over their entire network environment, making it easier to plan, check and quickly deploy changes to serve business need while strengthening their security and compliance postures.” R81 is now available as a free upgrade to existing Check Point customers. For full details, one can visit the support centre.