Next Generation Feature Pack
1"> Next Generation Feature Pack 1
Check Points latest firewall/VPN offering smoothes out many time-consuming configuration hassles while boosting performance, but it could still use a simpler licensing scheme.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Security products require a lot of maintenance, and NG FP1 is no different. Because new exploits and attacks come out on a near-daily basis, managers should plan to spend a good deal of time updating NG FP1. PROS: Granular administrative rights; simplified configuration interface. CONS: Intricate licensing scheme. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Redwood City, Calif.; (800) 429-4391; www.checkpoint.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Network security managers should expect to get NG FP1 up and running with only a modest outlay in costs. The new One-Click utilities make it a sure bet that configuration errors will be kept to a minimum.