Check Point has launched the latest release of its Software Blade Architecture (Check Point R77), which offers a new “ThreatCloud Emulation” Service designed to help organizations detect and stop zero-day and other advanced malware attacks.
To combat advanced threats, the ThreatCloud Emulation Service inspects suspicious files, emulates how they run (sandboxing) to discover malicious behavior, and blocks newly identified malware in email attachments, file downloads, and direct web content, the company said.
In addition to the new cloud-based sandboxing capabilities, R77 includes HyperSpect performance enhancing technology, a Compliance Software Blade, new Central Device Management, improved user identity awareness, and enhancements to the GAiA Operating System.
All totaled, Check Point R77 touts more than 50 product enhancements.
Originally announced for its gateway appliances in February 2013, ThreatCloud Emulation is now offered as a cloud service and also available through a Private Cloud Emulation Appliance.
R77 is also the first release to include Check Point HyperSpect, an intelligent, adaptive content inspection engine that maximizes hardware utilization through a range of optimizations and accelerations, including hyper threading. Through HyperSpect, Check Point claims organizations will experience significantly higher performance, including up to 50% real-world performance boost on all high-end platforms.
Other Product Enhancements include:
New and Integrated Central Device Management: Organizations can manage and maintain multiple security gateways utilizing the new Central Device Management feature. New provisioning capabilities in SmartDashboard management console help to eliminate configuration errors in complex environments and reduce the operational cost of managing and maintaining security environments. These capabilities do not require an additional license for implementation.
Check Point GAiA: Enhancements to the Check Point GAiA Unified Secure Operating System brings faster upgrade and updates with decreased downtime by 90% as well as improved user experience on GAiA WebUI for security administrators.
Identity Awareness Integration: Updates include improved user identity accuracy in non-windows environments by acquiring user identity from RADIUS and IF-MAP integration.
Improved Licensing User Experience: R77 makes licensing transparent with automatic license retrieval and data synchronization between Check Point UserCenter and the security management console.
The R77 Release is a free upgrade for existing customers.
The ThreatCloud Emulation Service is based on a quota, which starts at a monthly list price of $500 for up to 10,000 files inspected per month.
R77 and the ThreatCloud Emulation Service will be available in early September, Check Point said.