[ISN] Check Point and Microsoft Expand Strategic Partnership

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       Check Point Software Technologies and Microsoft Expand Strategic
       Partnership to Offer Industrial-Strength Enterprise Security and
        Policy-Based Management Across Microsoft Windows NT Global Networks
        REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ Check Point Software
    Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKPF), the worldwide leader in policy-based
    management for active networks, and Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:  MSFT)
    today expanded their two-year strategic partnership to provide unified
    policy-based management for global networks running Microsoft Windows NT. 
    The, companies' efforts will accelerate, the acceptance of Windows NT as
    the platform of choice for enterprise security. 
        In addition to providing tight integration between their respective
    product offerings, including the leading enterprise operating system,
    Microsoft Windows NT and Check Point's leading policy-based management
    solutions, Check Point(TM) FireWall-1(R), FloodGate-1(TM), Open Security
    Manager(TM), and MetaIP(TM), the companies will work together to ensure
    the interoperability of security components from each company and to
    extend Check Point's policy-based management framework to manage
    additional Microsoft products. 
         "Our existing partnership with Check Point has provided our customers
    with the combined expertise of the leaders in our respective industries,
    ensuring the enterprise-level security that is absolutely critical in
    today's increasingly Internet-driven business environment," said Steve
    Ballmer, executive vice president, Microsoft Corporation.  "By extending
    that relationship to overall policy-based management of Windows NT-based
    networks, our customers will be able to build leading-edge business
    communications solutions, such as virtual private networks, that are
    revolutionizing the way companies do business." 
         The partnership between Check Point and Microsoft began in 1996 with
    the availability of the Check Point FireWall-1 enterprise security suite
    for Microsoft Windows NT.  Today, FireWall-1 is the industry's leading
    enterprise security solution for Microsoft Windows NT customers, and over
    half of FireWall-1 licenses shipped in Check Point's most recent quarter
    were for the Windows NT platform.  Check Point and Microsoft have also
    worked together to enable centralized management for Microsoft Routing and
    Remote Access Server (RRAS) Windows NT-based router within Check Point's
    policy-based management console.  In addition, Microsoft has been a member
    of Check Point's OPSEC(TM)  (Open Platform for Secure Enterprise
    Connectivity) Alliance for over a year, with both the NetMeeting(TM) and
    NetShow(TM) applications shipping as OPSEC Certified products. 
         Three Areas of Partnership
         To accelerate the acceptance of the Windows NT platform as the
    platform of choice for enterprise security, the companies are working
    together in three specific areas: 
         .. Directory-enabled policy management for Windows NT to create
    unified policy-based management for NT networks.  Partnership efforts
    include the integration of the following Windows NT 5.0 features with
    Check Point's FireWall-l, FloodGate-1, Open Security Manager and MetaIP
         - Windows NT Log-On and NT Domains
         - Microsoft Active Directory(TM), an LDAP-compliant directory
           service, and joint cooperation in the Directory-Enabled 
           Networking (DEN) initiative co-founded by Microsoft and 
           Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO)
         - Windows NT Event Monitor
         .. Interoperability of security components from both companies to
    ensure consistent, standards-based implementations for
    business-to-business communications using virtual private networks (VPNs),
         - IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) standards-based encryption
           for virtual private networks (VPNs)
         - Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) interoperability between
           Microsoft's Certificate Authority (CA) solution and Check 
           Point's VPN solution
        .. Extending Check Point's policy-based management framework to
         - Windows NT access control lists
         - Additional security features in Microsoft RRAS
     "As networks have become more global, policy-based management has become
    the 'holy grail,' the absolute essential element for implementing a
    uniform security policy across an entire enterprise," said Deborah Triant,
    president and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.  "We're
    delighted that we can partner strategically with Microsoft to accelerate
    the worldwide adoption of policy-based management, which is a vital
    foundation to enable truly secure and reliable business-to-business
      About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is a leader in policy-based
    management solutions for active networks.  Through its patented Stateful
    Inspection technology, the company is uniquely positioned to deliver
    Secure Enterprise Connectivity solutions that protect information assets
    and enhance the performance of enterprise networks.  Check Point offerings
    include the world's leading enterprise security suite, Check Point
    FireWall-1, and the industry's premier policy-based bandwidth management
    solution, Check Point FloodGate-l (TM).  The company has U.S. headquarters
    in Redwood City, California and international headquarters in Ramat-Gan,
    Israel.  For product information, call 800-429-4391 or 650-628-2000 or
    visit the company's web site at http://www.checkpoint.com. 
        Check Point, the Check Point logo, Check Point FireWall-1, FireWall-1,
    SecuRemote, FireWall-First!, OPSEC, INSPECT, FloodGate-1 and IQ Engine are
    trademarks or registered trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies
    Ltd. Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or
    trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
    All other product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their
    respective owners. 
    SOURCE  Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
    {PRNewswire:Computers-0511.28}   05/11/98
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