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Hosted security management for service providers.

Check Point : 11 June, 2007  (New Product)
Security Management Platform from Check Point enables fully hosted, on demand service provision for companies offering security as a service solutions to their customers.
Check Point Software Technologies has announced the release of SMP On-Demand, the industry's first fully hosted Web-based security management service for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), providing security services to small and medium businesses. The new service is based on SofaWare's powerful and highly-regarded Security Management Portal (SMP), a service provider-oriented network security management system.

SMP On-Demand allows service providers and VARs to offer their customers value-added managed security services with unprecedented ease, minimal initial investment and virtually no setup cost. Yankee Group estimates the 2006 global managed security services market will reach more than $4 billion, growing to $6.8 billion globally by 2010. SMP On-Demand offers an easy way to enter this lucrative market, enabling service provides to immediately increase their value proposition. The service includes managed firewall and intrusion prevention for [email protected] UTM appliances as well as always-on antivirus protection, VPN management, centralized reporting and other value-add features.

"We were looking for an outsourced option," said Rob Duxter, president of Network Integrators (NI) of Canada. "Check Point provides a complete security solution. SMP On-Demand fits with what our customers require and saves our technology managers a lot of time. It has allowed us to expand our monthly managed technology service packages and increase billing, and our customers are happy. Check Point has fantastic people who really understand how to work with the channel."

Since SMP On-Demand is a hosted solution, no purchase of software or servers is required and the service can be up and running quickly and efficiently. SMP On-Demand offers service providers a high degree of flexibility using pay-as-you-grow pricing. It allows for creating diverse service plans according to specific needs of target audiences. Additionally, SMP On-Demand services can be branded with custom look and feel to help promote the service provider's own brand.

"In developing SMP On-Demand, we listened to what our partners believed they needed to be successful with their customers," said Laura Yecies, vice president of marketing at Check Point Software Technologies. "SMP On-Demand gives resellers and service providers the opportunity to offer the same high quality security services to their SMB customers that Check Point provides to Fortune 500. It creates a great selling opportunity for partners to provide a customized value-added service and is being offered at a very competitive price."

"We envision Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as the next phase in the evolution of network security provision and management," said Liran Eshel, CEO of SofaWare Technologies. "SMP On-Demand is a realization of that vision, providing a unique service delivery platform, satisfying the demanding needs of both service providers and SMB customers."

"We wanted to offer our customers services that would help to differentiate us from other providers," noted Jim Oddo, partner of Justified Technology, located in Chicago. "There is a lot of competition in this business. We are focused on providing services for customers in verticals where regulatory compliance is a significant requirement. Being able to provide security services through SMP On-Demand gave us a platform we knew would meet our customers' needs."

Key security features provided by SMP On-Demand include:.

* Centralized remote security gateway management and configuration.
* Software and security updates for security gateways.
* Antivirus management and signature updates.
* Community based VPN management with dynamic IP support.
* Remote access VPN configuration and user authentication management.
* Managed URL filtering service.
* Dynamic DNS.
* Security logging.
* Highly customisable reporting.
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