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Check Point plans to release document security software

The technology came from its 2010 acquisition of Liquid Machines

By John Ribeiro
July 18, 2012 10:21 AM ET

IDG News Service - Check Point Software Technologies plans to introduce document security software that encrypts and controls access to files across an organization's various departments and also meets the growing need for corporate users to access company information on mobile devices, a company executive said.

The product is an offshoot of Check Point's 2010 acquisition of data protection startup Liquid Machines and will be offered both as a cloud service managed by Check Point or for deployment by customers in private clouds, said Amnon Bar-Lev, president of Check Point, in an interview on Tuesday.

Documents in a variety of formats including those created in Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat can be created with different rights assigned to different users, said Bar-Lev. The default can for example be set to ensure that all the documents can only be read by people in the enterprise.

"If someone were to leak out information, then nobody outside can read it," Bar-Lev said. "Then we can start building groups on top of it, allowing only HR or only finance, or only a specific individual to be able to read or do certain things with certain documents." Documents may also be shared outside the organization with certain restrictions.

The technology, set to debut by the end of this year, will also enable authorized users to access the documents through clients on their smartphones.

Besides its VPN (virtual private network) client for mobile phones, the company also plans to integrate corporate email and calendar into the client in a totally isolated environment, called a sandbox, on the device.

The large number of high-profile hacks and DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have increased people's awareness of the importance of security, but enterprise spending on security has not changed dramatically, and is likely to continue at about 5 percent of IT spending, Bar-Lev said. Security spending is still largely driven by regulation, as it is not seen as directly producing something for the organization, he added. Current economic conditions including the European debt crisis are also likely to result in a slowdown in overall IT spending, including security.

The Israeli security company, with U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, reported on Wednesday that second quarter revenue was about US$329 million, a 9 percent increase over last year's second quarter. Net profit was $150 million, an increase of 17 percent from 2011's second quarter.

During the quarter, the company introduced its DDoS Protector Appliance, which is designed to handle a new type of "low and slow" DDoS attacks that attack specific applications rather than try to overwhelm the website with a brute force attack that chokes the pipe, Bar-Lev said. In earlier DDoS attacks, the enterprise would count on the service provider to re-route and filter DDoS traffic when there was an attack, but with the changed nature of the attacks, this is not really the best option, he said.

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