Check Point details new Provider-1, OPSEC |  Security

Provider-1 Next Generation runs on Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system and will ship worldwide Oct. 10. The software starts at US$40,000, Lee said.

Also on Monday, Check Point said it has expanded the features available through its OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) security framework to include enhanced management, security and authentication options.

OPSEC is an open, standardized security platform that allows various security hardware and software vendors to include in their products the ability to extract information from Check Point software to increase security. For instance, an administrator could create a rule that checks a user's antivirus software to make sure it is running and is up to date before that user is granted access to the corporate network over a VPN (virtual private network) connection, according to Upesh Patel, OPSEC group manager.

Vendors are able to include OPSEC features in their products for free, but have to pay a licensing fee to Check Point to be certified as OPSEC-compliant, Patel said.

The new OPSEC standard includes the ability to monitor OPSEC-compatible applications in the same interface as Check Point products, Patel said. The new version extends SecureUpdate to OPSEC-compliant software, allowing it to be updated and managed remotely, he said. Also beefed up is the standard's access to security log data, he said. Smart cards are now supported as VPN authentication methods, Patel added.

The new OPSEC SDK (software developer's kit) can be downloaded from the Check Point Web site today and some vendors already have new products incorporating the standard in Check Point's certification labs, Patel said.

Check Point Software, in Redwood City, California, can be reached at +1-650-628-2000 or OPSEC information can be found at

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