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Check Point Identity Awareness Software Blade

The industry's strongest level of gateway security and identity awareness

Check Point Identity Awareness Software Blade

Check Point Identity Awareness Software Blade provides granular visibility of users, groups and machines, providing unmatched application and access control through the creation of accurate, identity-based policies. Centralized management and monitoring allows for policies to be managed from a single, unified console.

Benefits:

Increases visibility of user activities

  • Centrally manage user access to company resources and Internet applications
  • Granular user-, group- and machine-based visibility and policy enforcement
  • Easily distinguish between employees and others, i.e., guests and contractors

Improves control of corporate resources

  • Granular access to data centers, applications and network segments by user, machine or location
  • Prevent unauthorized resource access, while allowing users work remotely
  • Prevent threats and data loss by restricting access to resources by users and devices

Easy to deploy in any organization

  • Integrated into Check Point Software Blade Architecture
  • Provides scalable identity sharing between gateways
  • Seamless Active Directory (AD) integration with multiple deployment options-Clientless, Captive Portal or Identity Agent

Features:

Configurable Access Roles

The Identity Awareness Software Blade allows you to easily add user, user-group and machine identity intelligence to your security defenses.

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Provide corporate access for specific groups or users leveraging network-wide identity awareness

Multiple User Identification Methods

The Identity Awareness Software Blade provides multiple methods to obtain a user's identity, including: clientless, captive portal or identity agent. Identity information can be used by relevant Software Blades to apply and enforce user-based policies.

  • Clientless - This method is easy, fast and simple to deploy. It is based on Active Directory integration and is completely transparent to the user. No installation is required on the Active Directory server or on the client machines.
  • Captive portal - This method is used to acquire identities from unidentified users, providing security for endpoints that are not part of the domain. A given user authenticates through a web interface before gaining access to predefined resources for that user profile. 
  • Identity agent - Identity agents are dedicated client agents installed on users' computers to acquire and report identities to the security gateway. Identity agents give you:
    • Transparent authentication using Kerberos Single Sign-On (SSO) when users are logged into the domain
    • Added security - the patented packet tagging technology protects from IP spoofing attacks. Identity Agents also give you strong (Kerberos based) user and machine authentication

Deployment Wizard

Adding identity intelligence via the Identity Awareness Software Blade is fast and easy with our built-in deployment wizard. In just a few simple steps you can add user, user-group and machine identity awareness and obtain valuable information to utilize in policies throughout your security infrastructure.

Step 1: Provide corporate access for specific groups or users, leveraging network-wide identity awareness.

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Step 2: Provide your Active Directory credentials for the required domain.

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Step 3: Create any rules you require for capturing identity information via the captive portal.

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That's all it takes. The Identity Awareness Software Blade will obtaining identity information. If desired, you can change the options that you set in the wizard or deploy other methods, such as identity agents.

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Identity Sharing

Identity information can easily be shared, as required, on a single gateway or across the entire network. In a multiple gateway deployment, such as multiple branches or multiple gateways protecting internal resources, identity can be acquired on one gateway and shared amongst all gateways. The benefits of identity sharing include:

  • One-time user authentication - user identity is shared between gateways, allowing users to access their defined resources anywhere on the network
  • Prevents load on the network from multiple Active Directory lookups
  • Simplifies the implementation of Active Directory servers and synchronization

Integrated into Check Point Software Blade Architecture

The Identity Awareness Software Blade is integrated into the Software Blade architecture. It can be easily and rapidly activated on existing Check Point Security Gateways saving time and reducing costs by leveraging existing security infrastructure.

Specifications:

Supported Appliance Families
  • Check Point 2200, 4000, 12000, 21400 and 61000 Appliances
  • Check Point Power-1
  • Check Point IP Appliances
  • Check Point UTM-1
  • Check Point IAS
Supported Operating Systems
  • GAiA
  • SecurePlatform
  • IPSO 6.2 Disk-based¹
  • IPSO 6.2 Flash-based¹
  • Windows
Software Blades Interoperation
  • Firewall
  • Application Control
  • DLP²
  • IPS²
  • URL Filtering
Identity Agent Platform Support
  • Windows XP Home (SP3, 32-bit)
  • Windows XP Pro (SP3, 32-bit)
  • Vista (SP1, 32-bit)
  • Vista (SP1, 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate (32-bit)
  • Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (SP1-2, 32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (SP1-2, 32-bit)
¹IPSO supports identity enforcement and logging. For identity acquisition (AD Query, Captive Portal and Identity Agents), use a SecurePlatform gateway and share the identities with the IPSO gateways. ²Identity Awareness support coming soon