Check Point Joins Internet Watch Foundation To Combat Criminal Online Content

Published:  Thu 14 Mar 2013

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd Opens in New Window. (Nasdaq: CHKP), Check Pointthe worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that it has joined the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), to fight against online criminal child sexual abuse content and sites. IWF works in partnership with police, government, and the Internet industry to combat child sexual abuse images worldwide, and criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.

The IWF URL List, which includes known child sexual abuse URLs, has been added to Check Point’s advanced solutions for securing and managing Internet and Web application usage. These include the URL Filtering Software Blade, which is available on any Check Point security gateway, and the dedicated Check Point Secure Web Gateway appliance.  The move has further extended protection for organizations against accessing inappropriate or illegal content, or inadvertently downloading malicious code.

“We are committed to delivering safe and clean Internet access to all of our customers,” said Gabi Reish, Head of Product Management, Check Point Software Technologies. “The IWF plays an important role in protecting children and the Internet industry from criminal online content, and we’re proud to be supporting these efforts by incorporating the IWF URL list into our cloud-based website categorization.”

“IWF membership allows security vendors to integrate the IWF URL List of known child sexual abuse web pages into their products, to protect their customers from this content,” said Susie Hargreaves, IWF Chief Executive. “I welcome Check Point’s decision to take this service and look forward to a long and successful working relationship.”

The Check Point URL Filtering Software Blade integrates with Application Control, giving unified enforcement and management of all aspects of web security. The URL Filtering blade includes a database of more than 100 million websites, and provides full integration in the gateway to prevent bypass through external proxies. Integration with Application Control gives complete Web protection according to an organisation’s policies, while Check Point’s UserCheck empowers and educates users on web usage policy in real time. This optimises security while simplifying management. The URL Filtering Software Blade is a key component of the Secure Web Gateway Appliance, an intuitive solution that enables secure use of Web 2.0 with real time multi-layered protection. In addition to URL Filtering, Check Point Secure Web Gateway appliance also includes antivirus, application control, identity awareness and analysis and reporting.




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About Internet Watch Foundation membership

IWF Members have access to a range of services designed to combat online child sexual abuse images and videos. These services are designed to help reduce the ability of criminals to exploit legitimate services and speed up the removal of child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world.

Working with the IWF aids the removal of online child sexual abuse content wherever it is hosted.

For information about becoming a member of the IWF please visit click here or email: [email protected].

About the Internet Watch Foundation

The IWF is the Hotline to report: child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world; criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK; non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

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About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization. Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.  

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