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Change management add-on for security infrastructure

Check Point : 15 July, 2009  (New Product)
Check Point is following its modular software blade architecture with the release of SmartWorkflow, a security management tool for change management
Check Point Software Technologies has announced SmartWorkflow, a new security management software blade that provides customers the option of extending their security infrastructure with policy change management functionality.

The new SmartWorkflow Software Blade enables an automated process of tracking, approving and auditing policy changes within the security management console, minimizing configuration errors and optimizing the integrity of network security. SmartWorkflow includes reporting and auditing capabilities that help customers ensure compliance with corporate policies and regulations.

'SmartWorkflow addresses our need for powerful and comprehensive policy change management and enforcement in an integrated console,' said John Reeman, technical director for Nebulas Solutions. 'The SmartWorkflow Software Blade functionality lightens the management workload of our security administrators while also helping avoid dangerous mis-configurations.'

Security administrators are challenged by a constant stream of change requests. SmartWorkflow helps to ensure consistency across the company's security policy, reducing the possibility of errors and policy mis-configuration. SmartWorkflow allows administrators to enforce a step-by-step workflow through a single management console -- create a new session, work on the session, review session changes, submit session for approval, get approval and deploy changes. Reports can also be easily generated to show what was changed, added or removed before submission for approval, and administrators can compare and restore policies to a previous state.

SmartWorkflow joins recently released SmartProvisioning, expanding the list of security management software blades.

'SmartWorkflow is another example of Check Point's commitment to providing simplified management with the highest level of security,' said Dr Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point. 'Managing security policies is a common yet complex task for our customers, and SmartWorkflow helps simplify and improve their change management implementation from within the security management console.'

SmartWorkflow is available through Check Point's unique Software Blade architecture, which allows customers to select the exact security software blades they need and combine them into a single, centrally managed gateway on the hardware of their choice. With the flexibility to deploy the software blades on existing security infrastructure, the total cost overhead remains low.

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