E Market Innovator: Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies is a pure-play cybersecurity vendor. The company offers solutions for network, endpoint, cloud, and mobile security in addition to security management. Check Point sells to enterprises, businesses, and consumers and protects over 100,000 organizations and millions of users in 88 countries.

Market Innovator

Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) founder and CEO, Gil Shwed, took his first programming class at age 10. Four years later, he took his first job as a system administrator at the University of Jerusalem. Rather than postponing his compulsory first military service by pursuing academic studies, Gil Shwed joined the Israeli army at age 18 so as not to “delay his life.” The Israeli army shortly recruited him into an elite computer unit and, in the late 1980s, assigned him the task of securely connecting two classified networks that were literally behind the wall from one another. Thus, Mr. Shwed became known as the inventor of the modern firewall which paved the way for the founding of Check Point Software Technologies in 1993, just as worldwide Internet connections and the need for network security exploded. That year, Mr. Shwed invented and patented stateful inspection, laying the foundation for the first version of Check Point’s renowned FireWall-1. Over 73 patents and a quarter-century later, Check Point’s groundbreaking technology remains the gold standard for network security.

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In 2017, the company introduced Check Point Infinity, the first consolidated security solution across networks, clouds, endpoints, and mobile platforms. With the 2018 acquisition of Dome9, Check Point enhanced its platform by adding security and compliance solutions for multi-cloud deployments across Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud platforms. Check Point recently introduced Infinity R81, its next-generation unified cybersecurity platform that delivers autonomous threat prevention providing protection against 5th Generation mega-cyberattacks, malware, ransomware, and zero-day cyber threats.

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