Check Point strengthens SOHO security offering

Forging ahead with new gear for small and home offices, Check Point Software Technologies announced on Tuesday two new firewall/VPN (Virtual Private Network) appliances and updated small-office software.

The company is announcing Safe@Home Pro and Safe@Office, appliances designed to protect Internet connections at offices with up to 25 users.

Safe@Home Pro is a follow-on device to Safe@Home, the difference being that the Pro version adds IP (Internet Protocol) Security VPN protection. The device acts as a firewall and a VPN client that can initiate VPN sessions with a VPN server. It cannot, however, host a VPN session initiated by another device. It runs on hardware called S-Box made by Check Point subsidary SofaWare.

Safe@Office is a firewall and VPN gateway that is able to host VPN sessions initiated by either another server or a VPN client. It runs on an S-Box that includes a four-port hub.

Check Point is announcing that its scaled-down version of VPN-1/Firewall-1 has been updated and is available to other vendors that might want to install it on their own custom hardware. This VPN-1/Firewall-1 Small Office Next Generation software will appear on appliances made by Celestix, Intrusion, Nokia and VPN Dynamics, Check Point says. These devices could be configured to sit between a WAN (Wide Area Network) router and a LAN, or to use their own WAN port.

Devices supporting VPN-1/Firewall-1 Small Office Next Generation are manageable via Check Point's Site Manager-1 enterprise security management platform. Security policies could be preset on the devices by IT staff and shipped to small offices for nontechnical staff to install. Policy updates could be downloaded.

Safe@Home Pro is available now and costs US$400. Safe@Home Office is available in March and costs $600. Pricing for the devices supporting VPN-1/Firewall-1 Small Office Next Generation have not been set yet.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Greene

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?