ZONEALARM 64-BIT AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL PREVIEW BETA
RSA CONFERENCE, SAN JOSE - February 14, 2006 - Zone Labs®, a Check Point Software Technologies® company (NASDAQ: CHKP), today unveiled a new 64-bit compatible preview beta version of the popular ZoneAlarm firewall. This is the first 64-bit Windows firewall available free to consumers.
The award-winning free ZoneAlarm firewall has been downloaded by more than 35 million consumers since 1998. With ZoneAlarm 64, users of high-performance 64-bit computer systems will have native host operating system protection, including inbound and outbound firewall monitoring, against the growing threat of hackers seeking to exploit Windows XP Pro 64.
"We are very pleased to extend our product line to include firewall protection for 64-bit PCs," said Laura Yecies, general manager of Zone Labs and vice president at Check Point. "A dual-layer firewall is the most essential piece of the security to protect against hackers and their nefarious schemes."
While some types of malware currently plaguing consumer PCs don't work with Windows XP64, users shouldn't be lulled into complacency. The Sober worm variants and the recent Kama Sutra/Blackworm virus were effective in infecting XP64 machines. Threats specifically targeting 64-bit computers are also beginning to appear and are certain to increase in number as more and more consumers adopt the technology.
"Since the firewall is the first line of defense against hackers, we wanted to make sure we made our free firewall 64-bit compatible first," said Yecies.
A 64-bit processor supports significantly more system memory, which can drastically improve the speed and agility of a PC. For users of high-performance computer games and memory-intensive graphic applications, 64-bit PCs are in high-demand. Since a 64-bit processor and native OS together can potentially access more than 16 billion gigabytes of memory, the hard drive no longer needs to play a major role in the minute-to-minute functions of a program.
General availability of ZoneAlarm 64 is expected in the spring, and the company will continue to launch 64-bit versions of its premium ZoneAlarm Internet security products throughout 2006. Technical users interested in participating in the ZoneAlarm preview beta should visit: www.zonelabs.com/beta. Preview beta participants must be using a 64-bit processor PC running Windows XP Pro 64 only.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leader in securing the Internet. It is a market leader in the worldwide enterprise firewall, personal firewall and VPN markets. Through its NGX platform, the company delivers a unified security architecture for a broad range of perimeter, internal, Web, and endpoint security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets.
The company's ZoneAlarm product line is the highest rated personal computer security suite, comprised of award-winning endpoint security solutions that protect millions of PCs from hackers, spyware and data theft. Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of more than 2,200 Check Point partners in 88 countries and its customers include 100% of Fortune 100 companies and tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes.
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Anne Marie McCauley
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