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Check Point Automates Integrity Firewall

Check Point Software Monday rolled out an updated Integrity firewall that uses a subscription service to control which applications can access the Internet, and launched its first security event manager, dubbed Eventia Analyzer.

Integrity, Check Point's client and server end-point protection product, has been updated to version 6.0, and now includes an optional subscription service called Program Advisor that lets administrators automate most application policy decisions for granting or blocking network applications' access to the Internet.

"We wanted to reduce the amount of time administrators spent with Integrity," said Rich Weiss, the director of product marketing for Check Point. Rather than having to manually develop policies for applications, Program Advisor pings its database of some 85,000 applications and gives Integrity a go/no-go signal to either allow or block the application.

The service, which is hosted by Check Point, comes out a database developed for the Zone Alarm consumer brand, and currently handles about 100 million queries a week. "It gives an answer in more than 90 percent of the queries," Weiss said.

Program Advisor can be set to handle the allow/block request for new applications on the client or server, or if the administrator wants a hand in the process, will offer guidance, said Weiss.

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