Check Point goes virtual with AWS

Jennifer Scott News
4 Jan, 2012

Users of the security software can now run it within Amazon’s public cloud.

Security is often cited as the top concern for businesses moving to the cloud, but Check Point is hoping its new offering will help alleviate some fears.

The security software firm today announced it would be offering its gateway products – including its firewall, application management and URL filtering – alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This decision will mean customers can secure anything they run on Amazon’s public cloud in the same way they would for on-premise infrastructure, using a virtual appliance, or even just extend their current policies to run external and internal resources concurrently.

“Infrastructure in the cloud is a reality,” said Oded Gonda, vice president of network security products at Check Point.

“As many businesses plan to manage their IT infrastructure in the cloud, it’s important to protect both cloud and on-premise infrastructure to ensure that all corporate assets remain secure. One of the best ways to achieve this is to enforce a consistent security policy across the organisation.”

A spokesperson from the security firm also told Virtual Clouds it would help with regulation and compliance issues, adding: “This move will make it easier to secure their infrastructure against increased risk of attack or data loss – therefore enabling companies to demonstrate they have taken appropriate security steps.”

The speed of deployment sticks with the instant-on nature of AWS, allowing customers to click a button when creating an instance, immediately provisioning the security. It also allows for management and reporting from one portal, keeping track of any security issues that emerge.

UPDATED: Gonda told Virtual Clouds his company had gone with AWS first due to its market leading position and the "good relationship" it has with them. But there might perhaps be room to move into other cloud environments.

“We remain focused on our customers’ needs,” he said.

“If the market dictates it, we can expand and look to additional cloud security offerings as well.”

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