Dameon Welch-Abernathy

Check Point R80.20 Production and Public EA

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Latest reply on Aug 20, 2018 by Dameon Welch-Abernathy
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If you can't wait for R80.20 to be released, you can now participate in the Early Availability program.

We offer both Production and Public EA versions.


Production EA


Who Qualifies for the Production EA program?


Public EA


IMPORTANT – Check Point Public EA is only for lab and sandbox deployments

Public EA (as of 23 May 20th 2018) covers Gateway and Management!

To gain access to the public EA:


  • UserCenter:
    • Register to the Public EA release via - usercenter.checkpoint.com -> TRY OUR PRODUCTS -> Early Availability Programs -> CPEA-EVAL-R80.20
  • PartnerMAP:
    • Register to the Public EA release via - usercenter.checkpoint.com -> LEARN -> Early Availability Programs -> CPEA-EVAL-R80.20



What's new in R80.20



  • HTTPS Inspection performance improvements
  • Session rate improvements on high-end appliances (including 2012 appliances and 13000 and above appliances)
  • Acceleration is enabled during policy installation


Threat Prevention

  • Threat Prevention Indicators (IoC) API
    • Management API support for Threat Prevention Indicators (IoC)
    • Add, delete, and view indicators through the management API
  • Threat Prevention Layers
    • Support layer sharing within Threat Prevention policy
    • Support setting different administrator permissions per Threat Prevention layer
  • MTA (Mail Transfer Agent)
    • MTA monitoring:
      • E-mails history views and statistics, current e-mails queue status and actions performed on e-mails in queue
    • MTA configuration enhancements:
      • Setting a next-hop server by domain name
      • Stripping or neutralizing malicious links from e-mails
      • Adding a customized text to a malicious e-mail's body or subject
      • Malicious e-mail tagging using an X-header
      • Sending a copy of the malicious e-mail
  • ICAP
    • ICAP server support on a Security Gateway to consult with Threat Emulation and Anti-Virus Deep Scan whether a file is malicious
    • Threat Emulation
      • SmartConsole support for multiple Threat Emulation Private Cloud Appliances
      • SmartConsole support for Blocking files types in archives


Identity Awareness

  • Identity Tags support the use of tags defined by an external source to enforce users, groups or machines in Access Roles matching
  • Identity Collector support for Syslog Messages - ability to extract identities from syslog notifications
  • Identity Collector support for NetIQ eDirectory LDAP Servers
  • Improved Transparent Kerberos SSO Authentication for Identity Agent
  • Two Factor Authentication for Browser-Based Authentication (support for RADIUS challenge/response in Captive Portal and RSA SecurID next Token/Next PIN mode)
  • New configuration container for Terminal Servers Identity Agents
  • Ability to use an Identity Awareness Security Gateway as a proxy to connect to the Active Directory environment, if SmartConsole has no connectivity to the Active Directory environment and the gateway does
  • Active Directory cross-forest trust support for Identity Agent
  • Identity Agent automatic reconnection to prioritized PDP gateways
  • Additional filter options for identity collector - "Filter perSecurity Gateway" and "Filter by domain"
  • Improvements and stability fixes related to Identity Collector and Web-API


Mirror and Decrypt

  • Decryption and clone of HTTP and HTTPS traffic
  • Forwarding traffic to a designated interface for mirroring purposes


Hardware Security Module (HSM)

  • Enhancement of outbound HTTPS Inspection with a Gemalto SafeNet HSM Appliance
  • SSL keys are stored when using HTTPS Inspection



  • Sync redundancy support (over bond interface)
  • Automatic CCP mode (either Unicast, Multicast or Broadcast mode)
  • Unicast CCP mode
  • Enhanced state and failover monitoring capabilities
  • OSPFv3 (IPv6) clustering support
  • New cluster commands in Gaia Clish


Advanced Routing

  • Allow AS-in-count
  • IPv6 MD5 for BGP
  • IPv6 Dynamic Routing in ClusterXL
  • IPv4 and IPv6 OSPF multiple instances
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for gateways and VSX, including IP Reachability detection and BFD Multihop


Access Policy

  • New Wildcard Network object supported in Access Control policy
  • Simplified management of Network objects in a security policy
  • HTTPS Inspection now works in conjunction with HTTPS web sites categorization. HTTPS traffic that is bypassed will be categorized.
  • Rule Base performance improvements, for enhanced rule base navigation and scrolling
  • Global VPN Communities. Previously supported in R77.30.


Compliance Blade

  • Add customized best practices for gateways based on your personal scripts
  • Support for 35 regulations including GDPR


Security Management

  • Upgraded Linux kernel (3.10)
  • Additional support for Open Servers hardware
  • New file system (xfs)
    • More than 2TB support per a single storage device
    • Enlarged systems storage (up to 48T tested)
  • I/O related performance improvements
  • Support of new system tools for debugging, monitoring and configuring the system
    • iotop (provides I/O runtime stats
    • lsusb (provides information about all devices connected to USB)
    • lshw (provides detailed information about all HW)
    • lsscsi (provides information about storage)
    • ps (new version, more counters)
    • top (new version, more counters)
    • iostat (new version, more counters)
  • Multiple simultaneous sessions in SmartConsole - One administrator can publish or discard several SmartConsole private sessions, independently of the other sessions.
  • Integration with a Syslog server (previously supported in R77.30) - A Syslog server object can be configured in SmartConsole to send logs to a Syslog server.



  • Integration with SmartProvisioning (previously supported in R77.30)
  • Support for the 1400 series appliances
  • Administrators can now use SmartProvisioning in parallel with SmartConsole


vSEC Controller Enhancements

  • Integration with Google Cloud Platform
  • Integration with Cisco ISE
  • Automatic license management with the vSEC Central Licensing utility
  • Monitoring capabilities integrated into SmartView
  • vSEC Controller support for 41000, 44000, 61000, and 64000 Scalable Platforms


Endpoint Security Server

Managing features that are included in R77.30.03:

  • Management of new blades:
    • SandBlast Agent Anti-Bot
    • SandBlast Agent Threat Emulation and Anti-Exploit
    • SandBlast Agent Forensics and Anti-Ransomware
    • Capsule Docs
  • New features in existing blades:
    • Full Disk Encryption
      • Offline Mode
      • Self Help Portal
      • XTS-AES Encryption
      • New options for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
      • New options for managing Pre-Boot Users
    • Media Encryption and Port Protection
      • New options to configure encrypted container
      • Optical Media Scan
    • Anti-Malware
      • Web Protection
      • Advanced Disinfection


Additional Enhancements

  • HTTPS Inspection support for IPv6 traffic
  • Additional cipher suites support for HTTPS inspection
  • Improvements in policy installation performance on R80.10 and higher gateways with IPS
  • Network defined by routes - gateway's topology is automatically configured based on routing
  • IPS Domain Purge on Security Management Server - IPS update packages are saved for 30 days, older packages are purged.
  • SmartConsole Extensions – an open API platform for extending Smart Console with third-party and in-house tools and features.
  • Compressed snapshots - reduced system snapshot size.