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This Week in CheckMates: Week of 24 July 2017

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Here's this weeks installment of "This Week in CheckMates."

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates 

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Community Highlights

Here are some highlights from the week's activity on CheckMates:

My Top 3 Check Point CLI commands

While this was featured last week, it's worth mentioning again as this thread has quickly become one of the most active posts we've had on CheckMates! New commands being added all the time. Have you contributed yours yet?

Check Point Gateway Updates and SHA-256

This issue came up in two different threads:

Check Point switched to using SHA-256 certificates on the systems which gateways fetch various updates from (e.g. for App Control and Anti-Virus signatures). This impacts all Check Point products. To ensure your gateway can receive updates, check your code version jumbo hotfix level against the following SK: Check Point update and online services migration to SHA-256 based certificates 

How-to use Postman with R80 Security Management API  

Postman is a free Google Chrome extension that can be used for testing and experimenting with web-services, such as the Security Management API that was released with R80. A new Postman Collection was added to this thread that will allow you to use Postman with the R80.10 API.

Continuing policy work-in-progress with R80.10 Session Take Over

Here's a brief video showing a cool feature in R80.10: the ability to take over a session another administrator has started but didn't commit! We plan to produce additional videos in the near future.

This Week in Threats: Week of July 24th 2017

Our Threat Intelligence team has been producing a weekly report that discusses the latest threats for some time now. We are now making these reports available to CheckMates members!

App Control issue with R80 MGMT, 1400 Appliance

If you're managing any R77.x gateway (including SMB appliances) with R80.10 and you want to use Application Control/URL Filtering, make sure you are creating and using a separate policy layer for this feature. This is because R77.x gateways do not support unified policy the way R80.10+ gateways do. 

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