SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Checkpoint® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), a leading global provider of cybersecurity solutions, announced that Almac Group, a global pharmaceutical company, has upgraded its cybersecurity defenses across its network, cloud environments and endpoints with the Check Point solutions. By deploying Check Point Quantum Security Gateways, Quantum IoT Protect, CloudGuard Network Security and Harmony Connect, Almac Group now has a fully consolidated infrastructure for advanced threat prevention.
Based in Northern Ireland, Almac Group is a development and manufacturing company specializing in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products. It has over 6,000 employees in the UK, US, Singapore, Japan, Denmark and Sweden. Due to the pandemic and the global shift to remote and hybrid working, Almac Group has encountered new cybersecurity challenges, including increased demand for VPN connectivity and throughput. Almac Group also leverages a complex web of business-critical manufacturing and laboratory technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), Operational Technology (OT), and more.
“These technologies were difficult to secure even before the pandemic due to their age, architecture or sensitivity,” said Stephen Park, senior information security specialist for Almac Group. “However, the problem has been exacerbated during the pandemic as more malicious actors have targeted remote offices and devices. During this time, we were also opening new sites requiring secure connectivity to the Internet and corporate resources. We even moved on-premises email to cloud-based Microsoft 365 and started migrating development workloads to AWS. All of these changes happened at a faster pace and highlighted an urgent need for more security features and flexibility. We needed to extend robust security, extend the protection of our IoT environments, and consolidate management with better visibility. For that, we turned to Check Point and have now gained a dynamic advantage against advanced threats.
Check Point has consolidated and simplified the Almac Group’s security infrastructure and now provides advanced threat prevention across its organization. The solutions implemented by Almac Group include:
- Check Point Quantum Security Gateway clusters to secure the network and deliver up to 1.5 Tbps of threat prevention performance with on-demand scalability. Quantum DLP (data loss prevention) and compliance blades help Almac Group protect privileged data while ensuring compliance requirements are met.
- Check Point CloudGuard Network Security to provide advanced threat prevention and automated security for Almac Group cloud assets. Data is protected against the most sophisticated fifth-generation attacks. Automation supports rapid deployment and automation of developer CI/CD workflows, while unified management enables the security team to quickly and easily ensure consistent policy across on-premises and in the cloud.
- Check Point Quantum IoT Protect to enable zero-trust protection for Almac Group IoT/OT/ICS/SCADA environments. Quantum IoT Protect identifies all IoT devices on the network and assesses their risk. It prevents unauthorized access to and from these devices with zero-trust segmentation, and it blocks threats against IoT devices. Zero-trust policy and runtime protection can be customized per device, securing them the first time they connect to the network.
- Check Point Harmony Connect to provide the same level of threat prevention, access control and data protection to remote users and Almac Group branches without requiring a local perimeter firewall. Sites connect to the Internet and corporate cloud resources through a third-party SD-WAN solution integrated with Harmony Connect. Almac Group enjoys centralized control and visibility over access and data while ensuring up-to-date security with high performance.
Rupal Hollenbeck, Chief Commercial Officer of Check Point Software, said, “We are excited to enable the Almac Group to gain advanced protection against known and even emerging threats, such as the Log4j vulnerability. At the same time, Check Point’s innovative cloud-based solution gives them single-screen visibility, eliminating the need to juggle multiple solutions across their remote locations, network and internet connections, and numerous specialized IoT devices.
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