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F.Y. Teng | Aug. 30, 2010
The big chief of Check Point Software Technologies says we have to cover all the bases and get proactive on the information security front now, or else!

Gil Shwed, Founder, Chairman and CEO of specialised information security solutions provider Check Point Software Technologies, was in Singapore on August 10 hosting a major event at which he presided over the launch of a brand new security gateway appliance (the Series 80 Appliance) and multi-domain software blades.

Priced at US$2,500, the Series 80 Appliance comes with multiple software blades (including firewall, IPS, VPN, antivirus, antimalware, URL filtering, antispam and email security), offers 1.5-Gigabit performance, and though it is designed for remote and branch officesaccording to Check Point documentation and executivesit is based on the Check Point Software Blade Architecture, and therefore offers the same level of security and flexibility that customers of the companys security gateway appliances for larger offices and enterprise get.

On August 10, 2010, we at Computerworld Singapore caught up with him at the Marina Bay Sands for some face time and to gather his thoughts on the burning security issues of the day for enterpriseslarge and small, global and localand get his advice on the approach all business and technology leaders should take to protect their network infrastructures and information assets.

He gave us his keen insights on: securing an increasingly mobile work force; moving security from detection to prevention; preventing data loss in the corporate environment; the future of security appliances; and, the shape of things to come in the security business for the next decade.

How were the last two years for your business globally speaking and in this part of the world?
Gil Shwed:
Globally, it has been a pretty good two years. Both years, 2008 and 2009, we managed to grow quite significantly. Also the first half of this year, 2010. I think in Asia, in particular, we have seen even better growth. Singapore and Malaysia to some extent represent a much smaller market for us, but we have seen immense growth in these geographies. In Singapore, I think between the first half of 2008 and first half of 2010, for example, we grew by more than 150 percent.

What does Asia represent to your business as a whole?
Approximately, 15 percent right now.

And your biggest markets in Asia?
Japan is the biggest one. After that: Singapore, Hong Kong, India and China. Weve been in Singapore for 15 years. It represents a much bigger share of the market for us. This is partly because Singapore is a much more evolved country, economically speaking, compared with most of the others in the region, and partly because it, like Hong Kong serves as a gateway to other, often less-developed, countries round it.

What are the technology deployment trends among your customers out there that will figure in your companys strategy for 2010?
One thing weve seen in our recent studies is that theres no one trend. Every customer today is at a different stage. All customers are connected to the Internet, all customers are using IT.


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