Check Point Software Technologies has announced its new Application Control Software Blade that enables organisations to secure and manage the use of thousands of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise.

The new blade integrates Check Point’s unique UserCheck technology to engage employees in the decision-making process and enables IT administrators to tailor application usage policies.
In addition, it delivers unmatched application visibility by leveraging Check Point AppWiki, the world’s largest application library, with over 50 000 Web 2.0 widgets and more than 4 500 Internet applications, including social networking, instant messaging and media streaming.
For the first time, companies benefit from a combination of technology, user awareness and broad application control – all available in a single solution.
According to a recent Check Point and Ponemon global survey of over 2 100 IT security administrators, the majority of respondents believe employees are essential to helping organisations mitigate security risks associated with emerging Internet applications in the enterprise.
Check Point is bringing a differentiated, modern approach to application control that provides a unique combination of robust security technology and user awareness, both necessary for employees to utilise Web 2.0 tools without jeopardizing the security of the network.  Check Point’s new Application Control software blade enables organisations to define granular policy controls for web applications tailored to meet the organisation and employees’ specific needs.
In addition, the new blade integrates Check Point’s innovative UserCheck technology to alert users of the potential risks applications may cause and asks employees whether the purpose is for business or personal use.  The solution educates users on corporate use policies, while providing key usage trends to IT administrators.
“We’re bringing a new dynamic to application control by giving businesses a strong combination of technology, employee awareness and access to the largest database of web applications in the industry,” says Dorit Dor, vice-president: products at Check Point Software Technologies. “Organisations will benefit from granular policy control that is truly customized based on their employee, business and security needs.”
“Internally, we struggle with how to enable access to certain applications or websites based on employee roles and responsibilities. For example, we may want to give employees’ access to Facebook, but block non-business applications, such as games or chat,” said Erik Yunghans, network security administrator at Bentley Systems, Inc. “It’s great knowing Check Point gives our security policies that level of granularity and flexibility.”
Based on Check Point’s Software Blade architecture, the Application Control blade can be activated with a single click on any Check Point security gateway, enabling organisations to leverage their existing infrastructure. The new blade is centrally managed from a single security management console, and IT administrators can monitor and control application usage based on identity, user or group, frequency and level of risk with unified event analysis.  The new blade also provides seamless, agent-based and agent-less, Active Directory integration to allow individual or group access to specific applications, while restricting others.
“Internet threats today leverage Web applications, especially social networking, to gain access to the corporate network,” says Charles Kolodgy, security research analyst at IDC. “Any company looking at solutions to provide Web 2.0 protection should consider the strength of the technology, the volume of the library of protections available, where the solution is deployed in the network and what role employees have in the process of mitigating risk. Check Point’s new Application Control Software Blade is a strong and complete solution that addresses these requirements.”