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Update: Blue Coat and Check Point Extend Partnership on High-End X-Series Network Security Systems

Check Point to Become Primary Provider and Deliver Frontline Support for the Blue Coat X-Series in the Network Security Firewall Market

SAN CARLOS, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/17/13 -- Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in network security and Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the market leader in business assurance technology, today announced that they are extending their successful, longstanding partnership. To drive market growth and continued success, effective immediately, Check Point will be the primary provider for the X-Series platform in the network security firewall market and will deliver frontline support for the product. The deeper relationship between the two companies makes it easier for customers to benefit from an integrated, scalable approach to their network security and is a natural extension of the partnership that began in 2002.

The Blue Coat X-Series offers high-end network security to the most demanding data center environments and is an open adaptable platform, integrating superior network and application processing. Check Point, as the leader in data center security, will become the single point-of-contact, providing a structure that supports customer requirements at all stages of their deployments and operation.

"This announcement is a great extension of Check Point's relationship with Blue Coat, and highlights the two companies' commitment to its partners and customers," said Amnon Bar-Lev, president of Check Point Software Technologies. "We look forward to driving continued joint success in the market through this successful partnership."

Check Point and Blue Coat are committed to the long-term success of the X-Series platform through ongoing innovation and technical excellence. The combination of the X-Series platform and Check Point's award-winning Software Blade Architecture will provide customers with the high performance, scalable and customizable solutions to meet the specific security needs of any organization.

"The X-Series is a key platform for our Business Assurance Technology and plays an important role in our long-term strategy," said Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat Systems. "The expansion of our relationship with Check Point is a win-win for both companies as well as our customers -- allowing Check Point to focus on go-to-market strategy and customer support while Blue Coat focuses on driving innovations in the X-Series that will deliver customer value across our five centers of excellence."

"There is strong market demand for the combination of Check Point firewalls and the highly scalable, fault tolerant X-Series platform," said Joe Luciano, CEO of AccessIT. "With this shift to a single point of purchase and support, our end users will benefit from an integrated, scalable approach to their network security."

For more information on the X-Series platform, visit: http://www.bluecoat.com/scalable-x-series-platform

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat empowers enterprises to safely and quickly choose the best applications, services, devices, data sources, and content the world has to offer, so they can create, communicate, collaborate, innovate, execute, compete and win in their markets. For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

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About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization. Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.

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