Saturday, November 28, 2015

Check Point 600 Features Review

Check Point 600 set up is quite easy and it is wizard guided. All basic set up can be completed in five minutes then you will get a enterprise level featured firewall. Please check Checkpoint 600 Appliance Basic Setup for how to do initial set up in five minutes.

Here are some features Check Point 600 appliance has:

1. Get access your appliance from anywhere

This feature is quite useful to the users who is behind the firewall or proxy and have limited access to Internet. You can register your device with Check Point smbrelay domain to get a unique web and cli log in link. It can bypass your client side firewalls and proxy settings since it is using https protocol. Do not forget to enable Internet access to your appliance. By default, your 600 appliance will deny all Internet access to itself for security reason.
This service is provided by Check Point’s Reach My Device service. Two links will be displayed under Reach My Device section:



To allow the access to your device from Internet:

  1. Register your device from the "DDNS & Device Access" screen;
  2. Make sure your IP address (194.108.184.63) is permitted from the "Administrator Access" screen.


Check Point 600 Appliance also provides SSH access to device itself.
pi@raspberrypi:~$ ssh -l admin 192.168.2.1
admin@192.168.2.1's password:
Gateway-ID-640>
fetch           - Fetch operation
set             - Set operation
fw              - VPN-1/FireWall-1 commands
cpwd_admin      - cpwd_admin commands
show            - Display operation
upgrade         - Upgrade the software image of the system
revert          - Revert the system to the previous software image or to factory-defaults
backup          - Create a backup file
restore         - Restore previous system settings
test            - Test operation
shell           - Switch to expert mode
resize          - Set terminal settings to current window size
expert          - Switch to expert mode
cpshell         - Start cpshell
cpstart         - Start Firewall services
cpstop          - Stop Firewall services
cphaprob        - Defines critical process of High Availability
cphastart       - Enables High Availability on the appliance
cphastop        - Disables High Availability on the appliance
cpstat          - Display Check Point statistics info
ping            - Ping
traceroute      - Traceroute
arp             - arp
top             - Provide a view of process activity in real time
uptime          - Display the time since the last boot
netstat         - Display networking information
sim             - SecureXL Implementation Module commands
vpn             - Control VPN
dynamic_objects - Configure/Display dynamic objects
reboot          - Use to reboot the system
ver             - Show Check Point firewall version
tcpdump         - Packet analyzer
nslookup        - Name server lookup
cpinfo          - Check Point Support Information
sleep           - Sleep, pause for a time equal to the total of the args given
exit            - Exit from shell
add             - Add operation
delete          - Delete operation
send            - Set operation
find            - Display operation
connect         - Set operation
update          - Set operation
reconnect       - Set operation
Gateway-ID-640>
Gateway-ID-640> show configuration
# Configure a persistent domain name for the device
set dynamic-dns provider "DynDns"
# Configure DNS and Domain settings for the device
set dns proxy "enable" resolving "on"
set dns mode "internet"
# HTTPS categorization
.......
<Outputs Omitted>

2. Guest Wireless Network with Hotspot

This feature will add extra virtual access point for your guests. You can use customized web portal to grant user access based on user groups you created on local database or Active directory database.

3. Enterprise Level Security Features

You will get all following enterprise level features if you have license. Some of them you wont be able to see in other vendor's similar level products:
  • Firewall
  • Application Control & UTL Filtering
  • User Awareness
  • QoS
  • Intrusion Prevention 
  • Anti-Virus
  • Anti-Spam
  • Remote Access
  • Site-to-Site VPN
Security Dashboard

During the testing, I have enabled Firewall, Applications & URL Filtering, IPS, Anti-Virus and Anti-Bot those five bladed to check how effective they are.

4. Easy to Set up Policy for Access, Threat Prevention and VPN

Check Point 600 appliance provides pre-defined policy for you to select. For example, for firewall access policy, you can easily choose between Strict and Standard for your needs. You do not have to go to deep to define your own policy one by one. There are switches to let you choose on or off for each blade.

Access Policy

Threat Prevention

VPN

5. User Awareness Support Active Directory or Browser Based Authentication

The user awareness blade links usernames to machines, allowing security policies to be applied to user identities. Support for remote workers is excellent: they can connect using Check Point's mobile desktop client, a remote app for iOS and Android, SSL VPNs and L2TP.
User Awareness

6. Rich Reporting and Monitoring functions

The appliance can generate hourly, daily, weekly and monthly reports showing all network activity, top web categories, security threats and intrusion alerts. Each report also provides a bandwidth analysis and descriptions of events and application types but you can only print and not export them.
Monitering


Reports

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