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Check Point Brings Collaborative Threat Intelligence to Security Gateways

“ThreatCloud” Powers New Anti-Bot and Antivirus Software Blades, Bringing Security Intelligence and Protections to Security Gateways

Network security firm Check Point Software Technologies, today announced the launch of a collaborative network designed to help its customers more effectively stop attacks and thwart cybercrime, as well as share attack information and threat trends.

“ThreatCloud” Powers New Anti-Bot and Antivirus Software Blades, Bringing Security Intelligence and Protections to Security Gateways

Network security firm Check Point Software Technologies, today announced the launch of a collaborative network designed to help its customers more effectively stop attacks and thwart cybercrime, as well as share attack information and threat trends.

Dubbed Check Point ThreatCloud, the solution gathers threat data from a network of threat sensors and distributes threat intelligence to security gateways located around the world.

Check PointCheck Point says customers can choose to feed ThreatCloud with threat data coming from their own networks and that their security gateways can benefit from a collaborative network of enriched threat intelligence, helping them to implement pre-emptive protection measures against advanced threats, including bots, APTs, and other types of advanced malware.

Claiming to have over 250 million IP addresses analyzed for bot discovery, 4.5 million malware signatures and 300,000 infected sites, ThreatCloud powers new Anti-Bot and enhanced Antivirus Software Blades from Check Point.

For example, when new bots or malware threats are discovered on an organization’s network, the malware identifier — such as the IP address, URL or DNS — is sent to the ThreatCloud and an update is distributed to peers and customers around the world in a matter of seconds. ThreatCloud also includes other sources of threat data from the company’s install base of security gateways, Check Point research, and industry malware feeds.

Along with the launch of ThreatCloud, Check Point today introduced “GAiA”, what the company describes as a “unified secure platform for all Check Point appliances, open servers and virtual gateways” which comes as part of the latest version of its Software Blade Architecture, CheckPoint R75.40.

“With new forms of malware being generated on a daily basis, ThreatCloud expands an organization’s security footprint, bringing customers significantly more information and analysis about attacks than they would have otherwise had before,” said Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point Software Technologies. “Check Point ThreatCloud is based on a global collaboration to increase the volume, quality and speed of threat intelligence — enabling customers to quickly respond to threats that may have happened next door and apply the appropriate protections to their gateways before they can spread.”

“We see threat intelligence increasingly coming up as a topic of interest for many businesses, primarily because of the rise of advanced threats today, and in comparison, few resources where businesses can get quick access to the data, research and protections they need,” said John Grady, senior analyst, security products at IDC Research.

Available immediately, existing customers will get Check Point R75.40 as a free upgrade. For new customers, pricing for individual software blades starts at $1,500.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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