The SecurePlatform Media Pack is a bootable CD-ROM which contains Check Point's VPN-1 and Firewall-1 security software, in both small office and enterprise editions, as well as a Linux operating system that has been specially configured to be more secure than a standard Linux OS. These are all designed to allow businesses to quickly and easily implement security technologies, Leslie Stern, product marketing manager at Check Point, said.
The software will install Linux and Check Point's products onto any PC with a Pentium processor or higher, and at least 64Mbytes of RAM, though some of the software needs as much as 512Mbytes of RAM, and 512Mbytes of available hard disk space.
Because the software is preconfigured and is installed through an interface designed to be easy to use, Check Point hopes to avoid the configuration difficulties that scare some businesses away from Linux, Stern said. The company has made the operating system more resilient by removing features that aren't security related, though Check Point hasn't added any features, Stern said. Check Point will also provide patches and updates for the operating system.
The SecurePlatform Media Pack will allow Check Point to target more small-to medium-sized businesses, which are both cost and maintenance conscious.
Check Point, which has traditionally been dominant in the enterprise and carrier firewall and virtual private network markets, has recently turned its attention to smaller businesses. The company has offered customised versions of its software for those businesses, as well as releasing low-cost security appliances through a subsidiary.