Security vendor offers free checkup

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Security vendor offers free checkup

If you've ever wondered whether your business's IT security practices are adequate, Check Point will set your mind at ease or indicate where improvements are needed.

Following the release of the Federal Government's cyber security strategy, Check Point Software Technologies is offering a free security checkup to businesses of all sizes.

The checkup appears to work by temporarily installing one of the company's security gateways (it has models suitable for very small businesses through to large enterprises) and then sending the business a report compiled from the traffic flowing through the gateway.

That report covers a variety of issues including malware and adware (either already installed or newly downloaded), attempted exploits (such as Flash content designed to trigger a buffer overflow), the use of high risk web sites and web applications and data loss (such as credit card numbers being transmitted outside the company, or potentially sensitive files being uploaded to file storage or sharing services).

"It only takes one vulnerable host to infect an entire network. Yet according to Check Point research, 96 percent of the organisations we recently studied use at least one high-risk application," said David De Laine, Check Point's ANZ managing director.

Check Point's motivation is presumably a blend of corporate good citizenship and the hope that some businesses will choose one of the company's gateways as a means to protect against any weaknesses revealed by the checkup.

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