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Check Point CEO Gil Shwed on Why Prevention Beats Detection

Shwed Shares How Check Point's MPR and XPR Tools Reduce Work for Security Analysts
Gil Shwed, founder and CEO, Check Point Software

Existing security operations tools focus too much on detecting threats and creating alerts rather than stopping attacks before they happen.

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To address this nagging issue, Check Point has introduced its own managed prevention and response and extended prevention and response tools that will reduce the number of events security analysts handle by at least 90%, says CEO Gil Shwed, who has led the Israeli security giant since 1993.

Check Point Horizon can take events that previously would have caused major damage and led to hundreds of hours of work for security analysts and thwart them altogether, he says (see: Check Point Pursues More Business Outside Network Security).

"Almost all the other systems today in the marketplace will let malware get through, analyze it and half an hour later give you an alert that you're at risk, and now you need to start the process of remediation," Shwed says. "This is, in my mind, ridiculous. We're the only one that, if we see an event, we will immediately stop it."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Shwed also discusses:

  • Check Point's biggest investments in cloud and email security;
  • What sectors are most rapidly adopting Check Point's new firewall;
  • How raw material shortages have affected Check Point's pricing;

Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall. He has authored several patents including for the company's Stateful inspection technology and received numerous accolades for his individual achievements and industry contributions, including the Israel Prize for his contributions to the Israeli tech industry and philanthropy. Shwed is chairman of the board of trustees of the Youth University of Tel Aviv University, a Tel Aviv University governor and founder of the university's Check Point Institute for Information Security. He also chairs the board of directors of Yeholot Association, which focuses on reducing Israel's high school dropout rates.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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