Governance & Risk Management , Remote Workforce , Video

CEO Gil Shwed on Why Check Point Decided to Buy Perimeter 81

Shwed Discusses the Perks of Combining Secure Remote Access and Threat Prevention
Gil Shwed, founder and CEO, Check Point Software (Image: Check Point Software)

Perimeter 81's ease of deployment and embrace of a cloud-based architecture made it stand apart from other secure remote access offerings, according to Check Point Software CEO Gil Shwed.

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Acquiring the New York-based vendor for $490 million will enable Check Point to build a scalable network foundation that extends to thousands of users and put all the different remote access capabilities in the cloud. Shwed plans to infuse Perimeter 81's tool with Check Point's threat prevention technology to give customers a unified architecture and deliver the best solution in terms of performance and ease of use (see: Check Point to Buy SSE, ZTNA Startup Perimeter 81 for $490M).

"Just as we've been leaders in the first few stages of the market of allowing secure remote access, we want to be the leaders with this new architecture," Shwed said. "That triggered us to look at all the technologies in this marketplace, and I think with Perimeter 81, we found the best one."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Shwed also discussed:

  • What sets Check Point's take on single-vendor SASE apart from rivals;
  • Why Check Point opted to build rather than buy an SD-WAN offering;
  • How Check Point's approach to email security differs from competitors.

Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall. He has authored several patents, including for the company's Stateful inspection technology, and received numerous accolades for his individual achievements and industry contributions, including the Israel Prize for his contributions to the Israeli tech industry and philanthropy. Shwed is chairman of the board of trustees of the Youth University of Tel Aviv University, a Tel Aviv University governor and founder of the university's Check Point Institute for Information Security. He also chairs the board of directors of Yeholot Association, which focuses on reducing Israel's high school dropout rates.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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