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Harmony Connect SASE now offers
VPN-as-a-service, new global PoPs and security enhancements that easily adapt
to emerging business requirements to converge seamless network connectivity and
threat prevention

Check
Point Software Technologies Ltd. a
leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, announced that its
enhanced Harmony Connect Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) allows:

  • Zero-trust connectivity to
    corporate applications with cloud delivered VPN-as-a-service
  • Improved connectivity speed
    worldwide with new global points-of-presence
  • Increased security for your
    environment thanks to device posture validation for remote user devices

With many
organizations working remotely, and some even permanently shifting to hybrid or
remote work models, these new enhancements and capabilities make it easier than
ever to protect remote and hybrid workforces and branch offices against Gen V
cyber-threats as they connect to any resource from any device, anywhere.

The SASE
model addresses the limitations of traditional network architectures converging
networking and security in the cloud. Implementing a SASE framework has many
advantages for organizations that need to support growing numbers of remote
workers and branch offices while prioritizing security and threat prevention.
According to Gartner® , “By 2025, at least 60% of enterprises will
have explicit strategies and timelines for SASE adoption encompassing user,
branch and edge access, up from 10% in 2020..”1 Harmony Connect SASE
offers the only prevention-focused SASE solution with a 100% catch rate for
malware threats. This enables enterprises to adopt new security paradigms that
harness the power of the cloud for improved scalability, unified management,
user experience and speed, while preventing and blocking the most evasive cyber
attacks before they can disrupt business.

“Enterprises
are becoming more distributed, expanding their perimeters and increasing the
risk of sophisticated network security attacks. This increased complexity
requires centralized and consistent security policy management across the
network. Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) is a reference architecture that
addresses the security challenges of the distributed enterprise”, said John
Grady, Network Security Analysts at ESG. “Check Point’s Harmony Connect SASE
solution takes a security-first approach by delivering core unified cloud
security services, including next-generation firewall, advanced threat
prevention, secure web gateway, zero-trust network access, data loss prevention
and intrusion prevention (IPS). Check Point Software also integrates with
leading networking companies to provide enterprises the flexibility to combine
the best security with the best network performance.”

The
Harmony Connect SASE enhanced solution will deliver:

  • New VPN-as-a-service – Client-based
    Network-level Access – VPN-as-a-service providing the power of layer-3
    network connectivity, secured by Zero-Trust access policy. The service
    will include embedded cloud DLP and industry-leading IPS to protect apps
    from the latest vulnerabilities (such as Log4J).
  • Cloud points of presence
    (PoPs) in new regions –
    With multiple availability zones (PoPs) for
    each region, Check Point Software will extend its global cloud services by
    adding new PoPs to its network, with new locations in Switzerland, Norway,
    Netherlands, Central US, South US, UAE and China.
  • New device posture
    validation
    for
    managed devices – Improving security hygiene from employee devices
    connecting remotely.

“WR Grace
is global chemical manufacturer with 5,000 users in over 40 countries. By
leveraging Harmony Connect’s Firewall as a Service and Harmony Office and
Email, we can protect our users, offices and applications wherever they are
located.” said David Antlitz, Global Manager, Security and Firewall
Technologies, WR Grace. “Harmony Connect SASE’s unified management allows us to
address the challenges of remote connectivity, applying one unified security
policy across our enterprise and simplifying administration while still
delivering the highest level of security.”

“By
extending Check Point’s prevention-first approach to SASE, organizations no
longer need to choose between security and performance across their distributed
environments,” said Itai Greenberg, VP of Product Management of Check Point
Software. “Harmony Connect unifies multiple cloud-delivered network security
services and makes it simple to secure remote and hybrid workers, as well as
globally distributed offices. The service is already deployed by 400 customers
worldwide, and with the new enhancements, organizations will enjoy increased
connectivity options, enhanced remote device security and an even better user
experience. “

Built to
stop the most advanced cyber attacks, Harmony Connect delivers core network
security services, such as Secure Web Gateway, Zero Trust Network Access,
branch Firewall-as-a-service, Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Data Loss
Prevention (DLP), and is deployed within minutes to apply Zero Trust policies
with a seamless user experience.

The
new enhancements will add to previously acquired
zero trust technology, positioning Check Point’s SASE solution to
deliver simple secure connectivity for remote users and branch offices with
top-rated threat prevention.

Source: Check Point media announcement

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