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Check Point To Address 'Security Sprawl'

Check Point Software Technologies will examine business issues associated with the growing complexity of network security management at its annual partner conference, which opens this week in Orlando, Fla.

The title of this year’s event, “Architecting A Secure Future,” reflects the expansion of Check Point’s channel focus from technical concerns to the business issues partners face in managing the “security sprawl” of multiple devices and securing remote access, said Ken Fitzpatrick, chief marketing officer at Check Point, an Israel-based company with offices in Redwood City, Calif. About 500 channel partners are expected to attend, he added.

Check Point’s recent additions to its VPN-1 line that incorporate unified threat management (UTM) are a reflection of the vendor’s goal to tap into the growing demand for integrated security solutions and simplified management, said Peter Bybee, CEO of Network Vigilance, a security solution provider in San Diego.

“They’re jumping on the hot trend right now, that is the UTM space,” Bybee said. “[UTM is] a way to provide an integrated solution that allows you to choose one vendor to go through the entire stack, and a lot of customers see this as the best approach to take.”

Check Point recently went through a rough patch, issuing a first-quarter earnings warning linked in part to its failed acquisition of intrusion-prevention vendor SourceFire. Despite these troubles, its channel program has remained strong, solution providers said.

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