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Check Point invests in Australian cloud capabilities

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Israel-based security firm Check Point Software has decided to invest in local cloud facilities in Australia so that it can meet data residency and compliance requirements for its local clients.

To this end, Check Point will invest in a local instance of its Cloud Security Posture Management, offering CloudGuard Connect, CloudGuard SaaS SandBlast Agent and Sandblast Mobile.

“Our investment in a local instance of Cloud Security Posture Management is part of our commitment to meeting the growing cloud security needs of organisations in Australia and New Zealand," said Ian Raper, managing director, Check Point Software Technologies Australia and New Zealand.

"In addition, we have invested in local instances of our other solutions including CloudGuard Connect, CloudGuard SaaS, SandBlast Agent and SandBlast Mobile.

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"As more of our customers move to the cloud, Check Point will be there to secure their workloads and meet their cloud cyber security needs with our comprehensive range of industry-leading solutions."

Asked why the investment was being made now, Raper told iTWire: "During the pandemic, we saw a large number of Australian and New Zealand companies migrating their data and workflow systems to cloud solutions. This was a natural evolution that the remote working and circumstances accelerated exponentially.

"The growth also meant that companies started facing new security challenges. As a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, Check Point is equipped to help businesses navigate these new unchartered waters. We felt there was room to offer organisations more support, to help keep their cloud workloads safe while meeting local data residency and compliance requirements."

He said Check Point would integrate with the largest number of cloud infrastructures and applications to keep cloud services protected against cyber attacks and hosted on Australia data centres.

"More businesses are placing a higher emphasis on securing the remote workforce with an increase in the quantity of remote workers fuelled the dramatic growth of businesses embracing cloud services," Raper added. "It was always a matter of when – not if – organisations would adapt their security infrastructure to meet the growing demand of the digital workforce."

Sectors like healthcare, public services and financial services are high on the list when it comes to data security.

Check Point said its CloudGuard Cloud Security Posture Management, part of Check Point’s CloudGuard Cloud Security platform, helped organisations meet these requirements.

The agentless software as a service offering enables organisations to visualise and assess their cloud security posture across various platforms (like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud), and detect and remediate misconfiguration, to ensure the enforcement of security best practices and compliance frameworks.

Customers can remain compliant even during cloud migration and in multi-cloud environments by viewing and modifying their cloud environments based on recommendations generated from the solution.

CloudGuard Cloud Intelligence and Threat Hunting, a security intelligence technology, helps prevent attacks by providing deep insights into network and user traffic.

The use of AI can detect anomalies in network and user activity which can indicate unauthorised or malicious activity within cloud environments and applications.

CloudGuard Cloud Intelligence and Threat Hunting can also integrate with third-party security information and event management solutions, such as Splunk, ArcSight, and Microsoft Azure Security Centre and Sentinel.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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