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Check Point Positioned as Leader in the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management

August 2013 by Marc Jacob

Check Point has announced that it is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s recent Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM). Check Point has been named a leader in the UTM Magic Quadrant for three consecutive years.

UTM solutions, according to Gartner, “provide small and midsize businesses with multiple network security functions in a single appliance.” Check Point offers such protections through several Appliance families including the 600 Series, the 1100 Series, the 2200 Appliance, and the 4000 Series, targeting markets where a simplified UTM is critical.

These Appliance families bring Check Point’s enterprise-class security to small or midsize businesses (SMB) or branch offices, meeting the security needs of the customer and offering cost-effective pricing. Equipped with Check Point’s award-winning Software Blade Architecture, these appliances can accommodate all business models without requiring additional hardware or other threat management solutions, and can deploy any combination of multi-layered protections including: Firewall, VPN, IPS, Application Control, Identity Awareness, URL Filtering, Anti-spam, Antivirus, Anti-Bot, Data Loss Prevention, and Mobile Access.

“Cyber-attacks on small and midsized companies are on the rise. Often, these smaller organizations have fewer resources to protect themselves. We aim to provide our SMB customers with easy-to-manage Internet security protections that previously, only large enterprises could afford to deploy,” said Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point. “We believe our position in Gartner’s Leaders Quadrant for UTM serves as a testament to Check Point’s unparalleled technologies and commitment to our customers of all sizes.”

According to Gartner, vendors in the UTM Leaders Quadrant are "at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that’s designed for ease of use. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens. These vendors also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and a product that’s intuitive to manage and administer."

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