In this post: Learn how to adopt a fully integrated cybersecurity solution using the joint defense solution created by Check Point and Gigamon. 

As security threats continue to increase in both volume and sophistication, organizations must start rethinking the way they approach cybersecurity. Workplace trends—like bring your own device (BYOD) and the increase in mobile device communication across organizations—provide additional ways for attackers to take advantage of security vulnerabilities and gain access to sensitive data.

But how do you see and mitigate cybersecurity attacks?

To combat frequent and complex attacks, organizations need to adopt a fully integrated cybersecurity solution with a multi-layered defense.

Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Modern Businesses

Today’s cyber threat landscape provides numerous challenges for organizations when it comes to network security. Not only are new, more sophisticated threats continuing to emerge, the frequency of these threats is also increasing like never before. Network administrators are faced with the challenge of striking a balance between keeping the network secure without negatively impacting performance.

To maintain network performance without sacrificing security, network operators and security teams must find a way to ensure that security devices can operate seamlessly with efficient access to traffic for monitoring. This requires the ability for your network admins to gain greater visibility over devices across the network, while also fully coordinating enforcement through broad and consistent policy application.

The Solution: Check Point and Gigamon’s Joint Approach to Cybersecurity

Together, Check Point and Gigamon have designed an effective cybersecurity solution focused on solving some of the modern organization’s biggest network security challenges. This integrated solution offers an efficient, high fidelity means of seeing and responding to threats across an organization’s network.

Check Point’s Next-Generation Threat Prevention Platform provides a multi-layered line of defense as well as enhanced security intelligence coverage. While Check Point’s SandBlast Zero-Day Protection catches and prevents malware from infiltrating the network, the threat prevention appliances and software also work to stop attacks (including targeted attacks, botnets, application-specific attacks, and zero-day threats). This type of robust defense mechanism is what organizations need to protect their sensitive information from today’s sophisticated attacks. In addition, Check Point’s integrated Next-Generation Firewall protects organizations using the latest data and network security protection without increasing total cost of ownership or complexity.

For users looking to get the most out of Check Point’s features and services—and to gain access to more sophisticated security intelligence and response metrics—Gigamon’s GigaSECURE Security Delivery Platform grants you actionable visibility across your entire network. More specifically, GigaSECURE monitors, scrubs, alerts to and directs traffic from multiple locations back to centrally located Check Point devices. Because Check Point security devices require that all session packets be inspected by the same device, GigaSECURE ensures this happens by making it easier to manage asymmetric routing. The platform also enables agile deployments, which means you can add, remove, or upgrade firewalls without disrupting your network traffic.

For more information on the Gigamon-Check Point collaboration, check out Gigamon’s detailed deployment guide here.

How this Integrated Approach to Cybersecurity Impacts Your Business

Here are just a few of the ways organizations benefit from the multi-layered protection of this integrated solution from Check Point and Gigamon:

Gain Greater Network Visibility.

One of the greatest benefits of this joint solution is that it enables the organization to gain greater visibility over their entire network. Gigamon’s GigaSECURE platform improves visibility by decrypting in-flow traffic and delivers that traffic from multiple locations, such as different branch locations or virtualized data centers, back to physical Check Point devices for inspection and policy enforcement.

Experience the Benefits of Bypass Protection

This integrated solution also ensures controllable network connectivity, even if the device fails. By deploying Check Point’s devices inline and utilizing the functionality of the GigaSECURE platform, organizations can bypass traffic protection in the event of power loss or inline tool failure by distributing traffic across multiple security devices.

Manage Asymmetric Traffic Flows More Efficiently

The solution also more efficiently manages asymmetric traffic flows to improve firewall performance. Typically, security devices will require inspection of all packets in a session to be performed by the same device. The GigaSECURE platform makes this process more efficient, optimizing firewall performance.

Enjoy Agile Deployment of Firewalls

You don’t need to suffer network traffic disruption when deploying firewalls. Check Point and Gigamon’s integrated solution enables organizations to add, remove, and upgrade firewalls without disturbing network traffic. Network administrators can deploy firewalls with full functionality out of band to monitor traffic. Then, with a push of a button, they can convert these tools to inline inspection without rewiring.

Avoid Unnecessary Processing to Optimize Performance

With this integrated cybersecurity solution, organizations can offload any tasks that are processing-intensive from the Check Point devices by using GigaSECURE’s functionality to generate metadata (NetFlow/IPFIX). The solution also enables organizations to off-load SSL decryption and route-specific traffic to Check Point devices so that applications and services are protected, but safe traffic bypasses inspection. These capabilities maximize performance by avoiding any unnecessary processing.

Better Together

Check Point and Gigamon have created a joint solution that delivers a multifaceted line of defense that can provide modern businesses with full security intelligence coverage.