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This Week in CheckMates 21 October 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the past week: New Releases: New 1500 Series SMB Security Gateways R80.20 JHF 117 (Ongoing Take) SandBlast Agent macOS Catalina EA Coming Soon Discussions Set Rule Tracking Level via API Perform Policy Install on Multiple Gateways at Once (R77.x) Management HA and Reporting Install Policy Doesn't Select Threat Prevention by Default  Using Endpoint Security Products Without Management Retrieve Logs from Firewall after Management is Disconnected SIP Traffic Inspection Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google CalendarYou can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 23rd October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk 1st November 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney 12th November 2019: CheckMates Live Finland 2nd December 2019: CheckMates Live Omaha with @PhoneBoy  3rd December 2019: CheckMates Live Des Moines with @PhoneBoy  4th December 2019: CheckMates Live Kansas City with @PhoneBoy  5th December 2019: CheckMates Live Springfield with @PhoneBoy  6th December 2019: CheckMates Live St. Louis with @PhoneBoy If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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Celebrating the Best of CheckMates – 2019

Check Point CheckMates is our online community for all Check Point customers, partners, and security experts.The community platform provides a user-friendly space for members to benefit from all the activities and insightful content it has to offer.In a short time frame, 100,000 security professionals from over 200 countries gathered on CheckMates where together, we learn, share, and inspire each other every day. This year, the community has plenty to celebrate!We invited all our members to join in and say cheers to the best of CheckMates with The CheckMates Challenge. Moti, Val, and I got together in front of a rolling camera to kick off the celebrations. With a few bloopers, a lot of laughter, and amazing prizes to be won, the community was raring to go. Cheering to CheckMates included a whole load of celebratory fun!One particular highlight of this year’s CheckMates Challenges was The Best of CheckMates.Members were invited to vote for their favorite community moments, content and people over the past year.They nominated fellow CheckMaters for various awards based on their contribution and commitment to the community.2019 winners are as follows: Members of the Year: @HeikoAnkenbrand  @Timothy_Hall  @Vladimir Yakovlev Contributors of the Year: @G_W_Albrecht  @Maarten_Sjouw  Rising Star of the Year: @Wolfgang Becher Post of the Year: @HeikoAnkenbrand for his article: R80.x Architecture and Performance Tuning - Link Collection Code Hub Contribution of the Year: @Danny Jung for his One-Liner for Address Spoofing Troubleshooting Innovative Feature of the Year: SmartView Cyber-Attack Dashboard from Oren Koren and his team The winner of the How-To Videos competition is @Adam_Forester , with an eye-opening presentation on Updatable Objects & NAT. Members are also shaping the future of Check Point!On the community, we asked CheckMates users to share their innovative Idea of the Year, whether a product, feature or service.Policy-Based Routing for Office 365 was chosen as the most notable, innovative Idea of the Year and is planned to be part of the Check Point roadmap for 2020. What’s a real celebration without a little fun and games with prizes to win? The #CheckMatesChallenge contest on LinkedIn invited followers to take a unique photo with the community’s logo and share it on their LinkedIn profiles tagging CheckMates. Contestants traveled far and wide and some even went to great heights! As this year’s celebrations come to an end, we wish all the winners huge congratulations and look forward to seeing you in Tel Aviv for the CheckMates Experience 2019.Immense gratitude is owed to the entire community for all the significant value each member brings to CheckMates every day and to the voices that influence Check Point solutions. @Gil_Shwed and @Dorit_Dor wanted to thank our winners personally!
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This Week in CheckMates 14 October 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the past week: Software Updates: R80.30 JHF Ongoing Take 76 (Replaces Take 71)  R80.20 JHF Ongoing Take 117 New Dome9 Integration with ServiceNow Endpoint/Remote Access: SandBlast Agent Installation with Endpoint VPN  Connect Full Featured Endpoint VPN Client to a SecuRemote Only Site  Kernel Panics on MacOS X Catalina SNX on MacOS X Catalina Other Topics: FullHA Cluster Upgrade from R77.30 to R80.30 Tool to Trigger IPS Signature Scheduled Rule Setting Double VLAN Addresses on VSX Identity Awareness Use Cases Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google CalendarYou can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 15th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Sao Paulo with @PhoneBoy  16th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Brasilia with @PhoneBoy  17th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Rio de Janeiro with @PhoneBoy  23rd October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk 1st November 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney 12th November 2019: CheckMates Live Finland 2nd December 2019: CheckMates Live Omaha with @PhoneBoy  3rd December 2019: CheckMates Live Des Moines with @PhoneBoy  4th December 2019: CheckMates Live Kansas City with @PhoneBoy  5th December 2019: CheckMates Live Springfield with @PhoneBoy  6th December 2019: CheckMates Live St. Louis with @PhoneBoy If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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This Week in CheckMates 7 October 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) We Finally Have Threaded Replies Again! One of the things that "broke" when we migrated platforms earlier this year was how discussion threads were shown on the site.Specifically, replies would not be indented in any way, so it wouldn't be clear what was a response to what.It created a usability issue for the site.I won't get into the details of why we didn't have the functionality, but sufficed to say: we now do.Feedback is always welcome. Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the past week: R80.30 JHF 71 Ongoing Take was released this week Inline Layers vs Ordered Layers: What's More Efficient? Can Gateway Logs be Sent Directly to a SIEM (not through a Log Server)? Yes, but not all logs. HTTPS Inspection Concerns Not technical concerns, but of PII. Identity Awareness with Transparent Kerberos Authentication for Terminal Server  SMB Scheduled Backup Cannot add Contract via SmartUpdate Removing Last Object in Rule Cell in R80.x  Problem Accessing Standby Cluster Member From Non-Local Network Good reason to get on the latest jumbo hotfix. R80.x Change Control: A Visual Guide an oldie but goodie that's still relevant Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 15th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Sao Paulo with @PhoneBoy  16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Brasilia with @PhoneBoy  17th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Rio de Janeiro with @PhoneBoy  1st November 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney 2nd December 2019: CheckMates Live Omaha 3rd December 2019: CheckMates Live Des Moines 4th December 2019: CheckMates Live Kansas City 5th December 2019: CheckMates Live Springfield 6th December 2019: CheckMates Live St. Louis If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com   
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This Week in CheckMates 30 September 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) CheckMates Around The World Had a great session about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Foxborough, MA with @meiry: Then @meiry heads off to Copenhagen to do an event hosted by @Niels_Poulsen with @Dorit_Dor : Meanwhile, in Nashville, @Adam_Forester gathered a great crowd to discuss some real-life customer scenarios!   Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the last week: Latest Releases: Endpoint Security E81.40 R80.30 JHF 50 is now GA R80.20 JHF 103 is now GA Upgrade-Related Threads R80.30 Upgrade Fails When admin User Disabled R80.20 MDS Slow has some suggestions for tuning that may be required in larger environments R77.30 to R80.30 Pre-Upgrade Verifier Warnings Other Threads SandBlast Now TechTalk Video and Slides Custom Mail Alert  Grep in clish FWD Listening Ports QRadar Integration with Log Exporter is still a work in progress, but it's very close Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 30th September 2019: CheckMates Live Jacksonville, FL with @Adam_Forester  15th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Sao Paulo with @PhoneBoy  16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Brasilia with @PhoneBoy  17th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Rio de Janeiro with @PhoneBoy  1st November 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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Welcome to Check Point for Beginners!

Understanding technology is a challenge.  Complex concepts, rapid changes, new paradigms, overwhelming details, tools to master, time pressure - all those things might be tough to cope with. As a member of CheckMates, you deserve the best. That's why we have created a new Space on CheckMates - Check Point for Beginners. It is members' exclusive space where we will be posting learning materials: videos, articles, lab manuals,  even history overviews - to help you out and to make understanding and mastering Check Point easier, less stressful and more productive.   Subscribe and learn at your pace.    Our Publications   Check Point for Beginners (CP4B) Lecture Series - Network Security Part 1 - Architecture Part 2 - Preparing the Lab          Part 3 - Installing Security Management Server  Part 4 - Installing Security Gateway Part 5 - Gaia WebUI and CLI Part 6 - Working with SmartConsole   Part 7 - Managing Security Policies Part 8 - Network Address Translation  Part 9 - Application Control, URL Filtering and Content Awareness      Part 10 - Identity Awareness Part 11 - Threat Prevention       Part 12 - Logs and Reporting           <--- NEW LECTURE!!!    VPN Series Site to Site VPN in R80.x                                <--- NEW Remote Access VPN Beginner’s Guide        <--- NEW Endpoint Series R80.20 Endpoint initial Configuration and Setup (White paper | Lab Guide) <--- NEW   Videos Understanding Check Point FireWall - Part 1  Understanding Check Point FireWall - Part 2  Understanding Check Point FireWall - Part 3  Understanding Check Point FireWall - Part 4    Other Materials Brief History of Check Point Firewalls  Principles of Check Point Architecture     Introduction to Management CLI and JQ Absolute Beginner’s Guide to R80.x     <--- NEW Note: You have to be a member of CheckMates to access the materials. Please register with your UserCenter account. Create one, if you do not have it yet.
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This Week in CheckMates 23 September 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) CheckMates Around The World @Valeri_Loukine was in Belgium: @meiry and I were in Philadelphia and NYC:   Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the last week: Code Hub/API Discussions How to Install Database on all Domains at once from CLI R80.x Clear Old Sessions Script How to Run fw sam via Management API Threat Prevention What Traffic Does the Gateway scan first,? FW, IPS, Threat Prevention, etc... DNS Malware Trap -- DNS Servers Exceptions on IPS Core Protections Other Topics Low Throughput from 4200 Appliance Speed Up Connection Process for Remote Access Clients Thoughts on a Random Cluster Problem Cluster Re-Sync Question about Overlapping Encryption Domains Same Management Logging Statistics Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 23rd September 2019: CheckMates Live New England with @PhoneBoy  25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now CheckMates Live Sweden 26th September 2019: CheckMates Live Denmark (Copenhagen) CheckMates Live Nashville with @Adam_Forester  30th September 2019: CheckMates Live Jacksonville, FL with @Adam_Forester  15th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Sao Paulo with @PhoneBoy  16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Brasilia with @PhoneBoy  17th October 2019: HTTPS Inspection Best Practices in Rio de Janeiro with @PhoneBoy  If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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This Week in CheckMates 16 September 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the last week: Celebrating the Best of CheckMates 2019 Congratulations to the best of the best! Upgrades How To Advanced Upgrade Smart-1 210 SMS on R77-30 to R80.20 R77.30.03 to R80.30 Endpoint Migration Issues (all resolved) Exporting Logs From One SMS to Another Newly Created SMS Upgrade Path from R77.30 to R80.30 Migrate From Smart-1 HA SMS to Virtual SMS With New IP Other Topics SmartEndpoint Changing The Number of Total Endpoints App Control Self-Help Guide Adding Rules to a Rule Section Using Ansible Do Access Roles Need Identity Awareness to Function? Move Gateways From One Domain To Another Creating a Simple VPN Connection SMB Remote Access VPN Clients Connect Site-to-Site to Remote VPN Networks Check Point OPSEC LEA with LogRhythm SIEM Max Number of Virtual Systems Per VSX Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 17th September 2019: CheckMates Live Belgium CheckMates Live Philadelphia with @PhoneBoy  19th September 2019: CheckMates Live NYC with @PhoneBoy  23rd September 2019: CheckMates Live New England with @PhoneBoy  25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now CheckMates Live Sweden 26th September 2019: CheckMates Live Denmark (Copenhagen) CheckMates Live Nashville 16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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This Week in CheckMates 9 September 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights As I was on vacation the previous week, there was no "This Week in CheckMates" last week.This week's threads to watch come from the last two weeks: R80.40 Early Availability We are starting the R80.40 Production EA program in the near future!Participants in the Production EA get to work directly with R&D as part of this process.A public EA of R80.40 will be made available later on.A few relevant threads: R80.40 EA Program R80.40 Automatically Changes the Number of CoreXL/SNDs Firewall add simple-cluster API (finally!!!) Management of UTM-1 EDGE Devices in R80.30 and R80.40 New Software Releases Endpoint Security R81.30 R80.10 Jumbo Hotfix GA Take 225 R80.20 SmartConsole GA Build 67 R80.30 Jumbo Hotfix Ongoing Take 50 Upgrade to R80.x R80.20 Management Performance explains some differences between R80.x and earlier releases that may account for performance differences. Migration MDS from R77.30 to R80.30 failed explains what you should do before upgrading to ensure a successful one. Is R80.20 More Stable than R80.10? Skip R80.10 on Gateways? Yes, go to R80.30. R55/R65 Bug Tracker If you're still on these releases, upgrading is definitely recommended. Other Topics Change Match for Any Default Value in Services Policy Revision Installation History: Does the Compiled Policy Include the Database? Manual NAT with Proxy ARP Fails Randomly SD-WAN Security Techtalk Video and Slides How to Block Hashes of Malware by IPS Signature Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 12th September 2019: CheckMates Live Munich with @Valeri_Loukine  17th September 2019: CheckMates Live Belgium CheckMates Live Philadelphia with @PhoneBoy  19th September 2019: CheckMates Live NYC with @PhoneBoy  23rd September 2019: CheckMates Live New England with @PhoneBoy  25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now CheckMates Live Sweden 26th September 2019: CheckMates Live Denmark (Copenhagen) 16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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Celebrating the Best of the Best on CheckMates and The CheckMates Challenge for 2019

It's that time of the year where we say cheers to you, the CheckMates Community!While @Valeri_Loukine and I were in Tel Aviv, we recorded a fun little video with @Moti to kick things off - watch it below! Similar to our Birthday Celebration last year, we're going to have you nominate and vote on "the best of the best" on CheckMates for the year, but we have a few additional activities this year where you can win prizes, including a trip to Tel Aviv to meet with R&D and enjoy a taste of what Israel has to offer! The Best of CheckMates We invite you to vote for your favorite highlights on CheckMates over the past year! Among the categories we have “CheckMates Post of the year”, “Member of the Year”, "Rising star of the Year” and more! Vote for your favorites and enter a raffle to WIN an Apple Watch! We also invite you to share your Idea of the Year.  How-To Videos Know how to do something with a Check Point product or service?Record a short video showing how to do it and submit to our How-To Video contest!One lucky winner will get a trip to Tel Aviv. Other prizes include a new iPhone and an Apple Watch. New Mascot @Moti insisted we come up with a replacement for #FlatMoti, who makes regular appearances at CheckMates events.So, let's ask the community: what do you think would make a good mascot?Submit your idea to our New Mascot Contest! We Are CheckMates! We're looking to spread CheckMates across the globe and we need your help!Follow us on LinkedIn, download the CheckMates Challenge logo to your device or even print it out. Take it to a unique place, snap a snazzy photo of it or take a selfie with it—no Photoshop jobs! Share your photo on LinkedIn, tagging Check Point CheckMates and using the hashtag #CheckMatesChallenge before 12th August 2019. An Apple Watch Series 4 will be rewarded to the most creative picture, in the coolest place! May the best pic win!  
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This Week in CheckMates 26 August 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights I decided to try a slightly different format for the "Community Highlights" section last week, and I kind of like it. Tell me what you think! Meanwhile, here are the threads to watch from the last week: New Software Releases R80.20 JHF New GA Take 91 R77.20.87 Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator for SMB Appliances General Availability of Cloud Management for SandBlast Agent Upgrade to R80.x Given that R77.30 is going End of Support in September, now is as good a time as any to get upgraded. Here are a few threads of interest: Optimal Steps for ClusterXL Cluster Upgrade R77.30 > R80.20 Verification Failure The database contains objects with non Unicode characters API/CLI Examples How to specify a Session Name and Description in a mgmt_cli View network host objects via CLI Other Topics Proxy ARP on Check Point R80.10 Scheduled Policy Installation on R80.20 Firewall Rule for Any TCP and Any UDP Port Management Support for UTM-1 EDGE in Upcoming R80.40 Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 28th August 2019: CheckMates Live Moscow 2nd September 2019: CheckMates Live Vienna with @Valeri_Loukine  4th September 2019: CheckMates Live London with @Valeri_Loukine  SD-WAN Security TechTalk 5th September 2019: CheckMates Live Manchester with @Valeri_Loukine  12th September 2019: CheckMates Live Munich with @Valeri_Loukine  17th September 2019: CheckMates Live Belgium CheckMates Live Philadelphia with @PhoneBoy  19th September 2019: CheckMates Live NYC with @PhoneBoy  23rd September 2019: CheckMates Live New England with @PhoneBoy  25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now CheckMates Live Sweden 26th September 2019: CheckMates Live Denmark (Copenhagen) 16th October 2019: Using the Check Point API to Automate Operations TechTalk If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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CheckMates Member of the Month for August 2019: Matt Dunn

Put your virtual hands together for @Matt_Dunn, our CheckMates member of the Month for August 2019! When he's not helping out fellow CheckMaters, you can find him on LinkedIn. Tell Us About Yourself and What You Do, Matt I now live in the North East of the UK where I'm married with two kids. I started my IT career around 22 years ago at an armoured vehicle manufacturer in Telford as a junior helpdesk administrator. Wet behind the ears, I had my first lesson in "not opening enticing attachments in emails from people you don't know" in May 2000, when I opened the Love Bug email and caused almost instantaneous widespread havoc on the network. Our AV product at the time was still several days away from releasing an update. That sparked my interest in security so my role in the company changed and I became heavily involved in maintaining the various security systems - email and web filtering, 2FA, and of course firewall and VPN. Shortly afterwards, I seized an opportunity to advance my IT Security career by taking a job at our security contractor at the time - Askaris Information Technology. So I moved 200 miles north... In 2005 we were acquired by Onyx Internet to add a specialist security division to their ISP business. Some of the long time Check Point SE's in the UK still know me as "Matt from Onyx"! Some of my core values are putting security and customer service first and foremost, so after yet another acquisition which didn't work out so well for me and saw those values eroding, I left 12 months ago and went full circle back to work for Askaris, and I couldn't be happier. Many original Askaris customers followed us through these acquisitions and then followed me and another former Askaris colleague back to Askaris again, so myself and the team are very thankful to have some very good, loyal and long term relationships with my customers. Hopefully that shows we're doing something right 😁 Tell Us About Your Experience with Check Point I started using Check Point in late 2000 back at the tank factory. We had a cluster of Nokia IP440's on version 4.1 at the time. Since then, I've used every subsequent version and my experience with Check Point has grown and grown. I got my first CCSA in 2001 and my first CCSE in 2003. I've been installing, configuring and maintaining Check Point for customers since 2003, predominantly in the SME market, but some larger global clients also. Our largest customer, who we installed Check Point for almost 16 years and have supported ever since, has 45 gateways stretched right around the globe. About 6 or 7 years ago I installed Multi Domain Management and several VSX clusters for a customer, and continue to support those system today. I have another customer with several SCADA sites. I have designed, installed and supported Check Point for customers in many verticals, but tend to focus more on financial, oil & gas, and manufacturing. Do You Have A Unique Deployment of Check Point? The thing that sets me and Askaris apart from many other IT companies that that every deployment is unique.  Rather than simply box shift and have unexperienced people install a generic rulebase, the thing I value about Askaris is that security is all we do, and we do it well, so we have a deep understanding of each environment we install Check Point in to, and therefore every installation and configuration is bespoke and unique, whether that be a single standalone gateway for a small customer, or a complex global deployment with multiple clusters configured as MEP and meshed VPN's to 40 other sites and custom tweaks to the various .conf files...  No two firewalls are the same. What do You Use the CheckMates Platform For? Recently, I've been making a lot of use of CheckMates, either to throw ideas out there and seek advice from others, or to get help resolving issues.  I use TAC a lot too, but have mixed success with them.  Sometimes TAC is right on the money, but sometimes there is no doubt that the responses from other community members is faster and more reliable than TAC.  For that reason I'm turning more and more to using it as a sounding board.  I must admit at the moment I'm getting much more help out of it than I'm contributing back, and I'm extremely grateful to the other members that are so quick and thorough in their help.  I hope from time to time my 16 or so years of using Check Point every day will allow me to help someone else out...  The trouble is, when I do have an answer for someone, I'm usually beaten to my reply by someone else!  Check Point has morphed in to such a huge suite of products that even working with it every day, I can only scratch the surface with all there is to know.  The community is full of people that have experience and specialism in different areas, so the sheer wealth of  knowledge is incredible.  That's the beauty of this community. What Do You Like To Do for Fun? 20 years ago, I did a lot of weight lifting, but marriage, kids and career made that take a back seat for a while.  Health is important, and it's too easy to make excuses, so recently I've been getting back in to that and enjoying it.  I used to do a lot of archery when I was younger and would really like one day to get back in to that. In recent years, I've been an avid cyclist and runner, but following an injury coming off my bike, and an injury while running a marathon in 2016 I've kind of let those slip too. I'd like to get back in to those sports when time allows, but long distance cycling in particular just takes up so much time, which at the moment I'm putting to more productive use, such as studying for my CISSP.  I wouldn't call that study "fun" per se, but after years of not making time to achieve that, 2019 needs to be the year!  I still try and run a few times a week, but no more than a couple of miles at a time. I'm very interested in property, mostly as a form of pension when I'm older.  I currently have one house that I rent out, but there are so many other strategies to make serious income from property.  I'm in various property groups on Facebook and follow a couple of particular strategies closely.  I'll make another move in property some time soon. I make good use of my Audible subscription and always have a book or podcast on while I'm driving in my car or on the train or in the gym, and it's always something educational.  I don't like reading, but love learning, so Audible and podcasts are a fantastic way to put dead commuting time to great beneficial use.  Your brain is like any other muscle: ignore it and it will deteriorate, but exercise it and it will grow.  I think of my car as a university on wheels.   If you could create any new technology right now, what would it be? It would either have to be: Some way of putting more hours in to the day - there are so many great IT Security products out there and just never enough time to learn about them. And so many other non-IT things I want to learn, but run out of time each day...or A magic machine to make Brexit happen, one way or the other. Seriously, it's a joke now. We gave our politicians one job to do... just one job.... *sigh* Anything Else You'd Like to let CheckMates Know About? Nothing especially - just a thank you to the Admins and all the active members to who make this community a success.
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This Week in CheckMates 19 August 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the last week: New Software Releases Endpoint Security R81.20 Endpoint Security Versions Release Schedules SmartConsole R80.30 Build 8 Upgrade to R80.x Given that R77.30 is going End of Support in September, now is as good a time as any to get upgraded. We've had a couple of success stories of customers upgrading to R80.20 and R80.30: R80.30: A Good News Story Zero Downtime Upgrade From R77.30 to R80.20 IPS and Threat Prevention Difference Between IPS and Threat Prevention Policy Layers IPS Shared Policy Layer IPS Utilization Report in SmartView Other Threads: R80.20+ Security Gateway Architecture Logical Packet Flow Mitre ATT&CK Framework and Check Point (TechTalk Recording) CheckMates Member of the Month for August 2019: Matt-Dunn Export All Rules Referencing a List of IPs QoS Users: Influence Upcoming Enhancements! Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 19th August 2019: CheckMates Live in Singapore with @Valeri_Loukine  22nd August 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney with @Valeri_Loukine  22nd August 2019: CheckMates Live Orange County with @PhoneBoy  28th August 2019 SD-WAN Security TechTalk CheckMates Live Moscow 2nd September 2019: CheckMates Live Vienna with @Valeri_Loukine  4th September 2019: CheckMates Live London with @Valeri_Loukine  5th September 2019: CheckMates Live Manchester with @Valeri_Loukine  12th September 2019: CheckMates Live Munich with @Valeri_Loukine  17th September 2019: CheckMates Live Belgium 25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now CheckMates Live Sweden 26th September 2019: CheckMates Live Denmark (Copenhagen) If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 
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This Week in CheckMates 12 August 2019

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates BlogTo have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS FeedSee also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed) Community Highlights Here are the threads to watch from the last week: New Releases R80.30 JHF 19 is now GA R80.10 SmartConsole Build 137 R80.30 is now Recommended Version Moving from 4400 (R77.30) to 6500 (R80.20) This could be useful in other "appliance move and upgrade" scenarios as well. Hardware for Home Lab VMware or similar all the way. Status on Security Management as a Service It's in Early Availability. CDT versus SmartUpdate SmartUpdate is legacy, but you'll see CDT gui-ified in an upcoming version. Inline Layer in R80.20 After Migration from R77.30 We cover this in the Migrate to R80.x presentations we've done at local user groups and via TechTalks. Create Network with Tag and Associate with a Group Easy to do with the API. How to Report on Zero Hit Rules No report in SmartEvent currently, but you can get the information via API. Check Point IP290 and R77.10 This looks like a prime candidate for a hardware and software refresh as both of these things are End of Support. Upcoming Events We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks 14th August 2019: TechTalk: Check Point and the MITRE ATT&CK Framework 19th August 2019: CheckMates Live in Singapore with @Valeri_Loukine  22nd August 2019: CheckMates Live Sydney with @Valeri_Loukine  22nd August 2019: CheckMates Live Orange County with @PhoneBoy  28th August 2019: SD-WAN Security TechTalk 2nd September 2019: CheckMates Live Vienna with @Valeri_Loukine  4th September 2019: CheckMates Live London with @Valeri_Loukine  5th September 2019: CheckMates Live Manchester with @Valeri_Loukine  12th September 2019: CheckMates Live Munich with @Valeri_Loukine  25th September 2019: TechTalk: Fighting Cyber Security Threats with SandBlast Now If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com