Check Point releases multifunction security box for SMBs

* Check Point VPN-1 UTM Edge includes a Wi-Fi access point and a print server

Check Point Software is shipping its multifunction security device for small and midsize businesses, continuing its thrust toward more comprehensive security functionality in a single box.

The VPN-1 UTM Edge device has built-in ADSL WAN support as well as a Wi-Fi access point and a print server to help streamline the gear needed for a small office. The UTM part stands for unified threat management, the name that vendors have created for multifunction security devices.

The company is shooting for SMBs with the hope interest will spill over into enterprises that use Check Point or other firewalls at a central site. The benefits would be the same for a large business as a small business, namely fewer devices at a site and the ability to ship them to branches for non-IT staff to install.

The device does include a long list of capabilities. It supports scanning end-user devices for compliance with security policies before allowing them onto networks, and the Wi-Fi access point integrated in the box supports four separate identifiers that allow access to different sets of resources based on how much an endpoint is trusted.

It also includes Check Point intrusion prevention, antivirus, firewall and IPSec VPN support.

Businesses that install multiple VPN-1 UTM Edge devices can manage them from a single console and set security polices centrally, saving time by eliminating the need to connect to each device individually. Similarly, the management console can display logs from all the devices to help track down the nature of attacks, for instance.

The base price for VPN-1 UTM $600.

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