SOURCE: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

January 04, 2011 08:30 ET

Check Point DLP Protects Personal Data for Over 38,000 Students and Campus Staff

Fitchburg State University Extends Firewall Capabilities With Check Point's Data Loss Prevention Software Blade, Safeguarding Sensitive Data and Ensuring Compliance

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2011) - Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that Fitchburg State University (FSU), a public educational institution based in Massachusetts, has deployed Check Point's Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Software Blade -- securing sensitive data and addressing critical compliance requirements, while simplifying IT management. With a growing network of over 38,000 students, faculty and alumni using online services, the university required a strong DLP solution that could safeguard confidential information, such as Social Security numbers and credit card data, while educating their students and faculty on enforcing stronger security practices.

"Check Point's DLP solution stood out for providing the best functionality, user awareness and value," said Sherry Horeanopoulos, information security officer at Fitchburg State University. "The deployment was very simple. Within a week, we were able to integrate Check Point DLP with our existing security infrastructure. It's given us a lot of insight into potential issues, helping us prevent unintentional data loss before a breach can occur."

With over 70 percent of tuition payments coming from credit cards, it has been critical for FSU to ensure any and all data that passes through the network is scanned, protected and meets both PCI compliance and emerging state regulations -- without creating network downtime. Shortly after deploying Check Point DLP, the university found that staff members who were simply trying to do their job were unaware that they were sending sensitive data in email communications. The Check Point DLP Software Blade not only enables IT administrators to prohibit sensitive information from being sent, it also alerts and educates users when data is at risk -- significantly reducing the number of potential incidents.

"Data protection and compliance are top security priorities for us. We looked at other vendor solutions in the market and were overwhelmed by the amount of time, money and resources they would cost us," added Horeanopoulos. "Then, we saw Check Point DLP and how easily it ran with our existing gateway. It was literally up and running in matter of minutes. We now have a unified and central point of management for all of our security efforts."

"Our DLP solution gives our customers a simple way to strengthen the security layer at the gateway with over 250 pre-defined best practice policies tuned to optimize security, performance and meet compliance requirements," said Juliette Sultan, head of global marketing at Check Point Software Technologies. "By leveraging the organization's existing infrastructure and implementing a unique combination of technology and user awareness, we're making DLP a more effective and affordable solution."

Based on the Software Blade Architecture™, the Check Point DLP Software Blade combines technology and user awareness to help businesses move data loss from detection to prevention. The Check Point DLP Software Blade can be deployed on all Check Point security gateways and is also available as a dedicated DLP-1 appliance. For more information on Check Point DLP, visit:

"The flexibility of the Software Blade Architecture has been excellent and we are confident in the level of visibility and protection we have with Check Point DLP. It's helped us simplify security, while protecting our networks and user data," concluded Horeanopoulos.

The Check Point DLP Software Blade can be purchased through the Check Point worldwide network of value-added resellers. To find a Check Point partner, visit:

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.

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