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By Dennis Fisher  |  Posted 2003-05-12 Print this article Print

Application-level firewalls are nothing new. But adding that kind of protection to network firewalls could help make the devices, which are frequently criticized for missing too many attacks, more useful.

It was a move that Check Point almost had to make, industry observers say. "Check Point is in a great position of having an installed base to work from, and they very clearly want to be the perimeter device that does all of the checking up through the application layer," said Pete Lindstrom, an analyst with Spire Security LLC, in Malvern, Pa. "Were all very clear that network firewalls dont protect against Port 80 attacks. Folks who arent buying specific Web application firewalls may be more inclined to buy this."

Customers who have tested the beta code of Application Intelligence are impressed with its capabilities.

"Its an advantage to have that application security ability that far upfront in the security architecture," said Scott Loach, senior information security engineer at Raymond James Financial Inc., in St. Petersburg, Fla. "No company can give you an all-in-one solution. But this can find unknown attacks and ... deals with attacks at the firewall."

Check Point, based in Ramat Gan, Israel, will release Next Generation with Application Intelligence June 3. There wont be a separate license fee, although a subscription to the SmartDefense update service will cost $1,000 per gateway.

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