The devices offer protection from known threats and zero-day attacks
Cybersecurity vendor Check Point Software is rolling out a new series of security gateways designed for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and available via the company’s channel partners.
The Lowdown: The 1550 and 1590 gateways, powered by Check Point’s R80 security management software, are designed to give SMBs enterprise-grade security capabilities similar to what larger enterprises can employ, protecting against fifth-generation cyber-attacks – large-scale, multi-vector attacks that aim to infect multiple parts of an IT infrastructure, from endpoint devices and networks to cloud instances.
The Details: The gateways include multi-layered protection from known threats and zero-day attacks using Check Point’s SandBlast Zero-Day Protection solution. They also offer antivirus and anti-bot capabilities, app control, URL filtering, and identity awareness.
Both deliver up to twice the performance of previous gateways, with the 1550 delivering 450MB/s of performance and six 1 Gigabyte Ethernet ports and the 1590 660MB/s and 10 GbE ports. The are ready for LTE and 5G networks with Wi-Fi and integrated cellular modems and can be monitored via Check Point’s WatchTower mobile app. Setup takes less than a minute and they can more easily discover and recognize Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The Impact: In the wake of the new gateways, Check Point in May will end sales of several other gateway models, including the 730, 750, 770, 790, 1430, 1450, 1470, and 1490 wired and wireless.
Background: SMBs are getting a lot of attention from vendors and cyber-criminals alike. A report earlier this year by Verizon found that 43% of cyber-attacks target SMBs. Other recent surveys by Datto and Continuum found that SMBs and their MSPs are increasingly the victim of such attacks, including ones that use ransomware, but said they often lack the resources to adequately protect themselves.
The Buzz: “Small businesses play a critical role in economic growth and innovation across the globe, but often lack the resources to fully protect themselves against today’s advanced cyber-threats,” said Itai Greenberg, vice president of product management at Check Point. “Now, small and midsize businesses can enjoy truly enterprise-grade security with industry-leading threat prevention capabilities, coupled with easy and intuitive management.”