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By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2002-07-22 Print this article Print

: Interview With Jerry Ungerman"> Ungerman: We dont see them deteriorating. Its still a software business model with our traditional high margins. We are seeing some very significant orders, in the thousands and the tens of thousands [of users] right now. But we will have the same profit as a percent of price as before. And well also have higher volumes, so it will be very consistent from a financial aspect to our traditional business. EWEEK: Some of your high profitability is due to Israeli tax laws, isnt it? Briefly, how does that work?
Ungerman: We do have a lower tax rate. Its just approved enterprise status. They give tax breaks to companies that are growing and developing. Its very pro-business. We have had a favorable tax rate and well continue to have it for an indefinite period of time.
EWEEK: How will Web services impact Check Point? Are you going to try to promote security standards for Web services? Ungerman: We will be involved [in security standards] through our OPSEC initiative and through partners. And we will be bringing technology ourselves to the market. Youll see announcements from us this year that Im not prepared to discuss today in this area. There is a lot that we can do and will do. OPSEC is of course an open platform for security. It consists of 20 APIs that allow others to integrate with Check Points firewall technology. For example, using the OPSEC APIs, content filtering and intrusion detection can be added. EWEEK: Are you paying attention to the Web services initiatives of Sun, Microsoft and IBM, and are you focusing on one of them, say, Microsoft.Net, more than others? Ungerman: No, we do them all. We really are horizontal in what we do. Weve always been open: we run on all platforms, all operating systems and all environments. You really do have to be heterogeneous. Its one of the things weve done successfully. It makes sense for us as an independent company because our customers can use multiple vendors and multiple protocols and have an entire network be secure. Web Services are very interesting for us. There are many demands for us to take our level of security and put it in a Web services environment. Were doing more in single sign-on. And were partnering with Netegrity and Oracle, for example. But we try to work with all competing Web services providers.

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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