Intel, CheckPoint team on mobile security

A new multiyear agreement between Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Intel Corp. will couple Check Point’s remote access software with Intel’s new Centrino mobile computing technology.

Under the agreement, which will be announced on Wednesday, systems based on Centrino will feature a customized version of Check Point’s VPN-1 SecureClient, according to information provided by Check Point.

The modified VPN-1 SecureClient will be optimized for PC manufacturers that are interested in integrating end-to-end VPN encryption into laptops, according to the information. The move is intended to improve mobile client security for corporate notebooks using Intel’s new Centrino mobile technology chip. Users will be able to connect securely to corporate and home networks as well as wireless “hot spots.”

The Centrino brand is an umbrella name for a range of technologies to be introduced next month, including IEEE 802.11 WLAN (wireless LAN) chips and a new microprocessor, known until now by its code name “Banias,” which is designed to extend the battery life of mobile devices.

VPN-1 SecureClient is a software application that provides user authentication and encryption capabilities in addition to other security features such as a personal firewall and security configuration control.