Editor’s brief: Automation is the key to the rapidly changing world, and in the world of cybersecurity, it is no different. Just as hackers have automation for intrusions, there are counter-hacking solutions that are autonomous as well. Check Point, a cybersecurity leader, launches what it asserts as the first cybersecurity R81 platform with autonomous threat prevention, going above mere threat detection. Read more below.
SINGAPORE – Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally, has introduced its next-generation unified cyber security platform, Check Point R81. The new platform is the 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 programs 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. Seventy one percent of security professionals reported an increase in cyber threats since the beginning of the pandemic. 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.
“Managing IT security today is hard because of more devices, more threats, and more applications spread across the data centre, 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. “Check Point’s R81 automated 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 labour-intensive manual threat classification and updates. All gateways update 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: 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.
“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. “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, please visit the support centre.
* Based on EA customers