The support for security assessment tools will provide administrators using VPN-1/Firewall-1 with frequent, up-to-date information about security issues on their networks. CheckPoint said the security assessment tools extension to OPSEC would enable users to check networks for security vulnerabilities such as misconfiguration, policy violations and out-of-date software.
OPSEC is a framework that allows software makers to write their applications so that they will interoperate with Check Point's VPN-1/Firewall-1 software. By doing this, administrators can create new security rules based on those applications for their VPNs and remote workers, and also administer both Check Point and third-party applications from the same management console.
Vendors can obtain free information on how to become OPSEC-compliant, but must pay a fee in order to be certified as compliant by Check Point.
Security assessment companies joining the new OPSEC initiative include Lumeta, BindView, Akaba, eSec A/S, NetIQ, Qualys, Intranode, Vigilante.com and Veritect.