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Check Point Enhances its Secure Access Service Edge Solution to Secure Remote and Hybrid Workforce

Check Point has enhanced its Harmony Connect Secure Access Service Edge  (SASE)  Solution to securely connect Remote and Hybrid Workforce. The enhanced security solution allows zero-trust connectivity to corporate applications with cloud delivered VPN-as-a-service; improved connectivity speed worldwide with new global points-of-presence; and 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 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 can help 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.”

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 cyberattacks before they can disrupt business.

John Grady, Network Security Analysts at ESG, said, “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,” John further added.

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.

“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, “ added Greenberg.

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 threat prevention.

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