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Silverfort Partners with Check Point to Deliver Threat-Driven Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Silverfort announced that it has partnered with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. to enable customers to respond to detected threats in real-time by stepping-up authentication. The joint solution enables unparalleled risk-based adaptive authentication throughout the organization.

One of the top challenges for security teams trying to respond to detected threats is the amount of false positive alerts. With this integration, customers can leverage Silverfort's adaptive authentication platform to trigger step-up authentication in response to any Check Point detected threats in real-time and eliminate false positives. For example, if Check Point detects bot activity from a specific host, Silverfort can automatically require an additional form of authentication for any attempt to access resources performed by the suspect host. If the additional authentication fails, the activity will be blocked.

"The threat landscape is evolving faster than ever before, requiring security practitioners to swiftly and concisely respond to detected threats," says Snir Hassidim, Business and Corporate Development Manager at Check Point Software Technologies. "This partnership with Silverfort will improve our customers' ability to respond to these threats, by stepping up the authentication requirements to seamlessly improve validation of user identities."

Enabling Real-Time Incident Response with Dynamic Policies

Network security solutions provide a binary approach to threat prevention: when detecting a threat, they either block the user, or allow access and raise an alert. By combining the two solutions, our customers can leverage dynamic step-up authentication as a response to network security events. When Check Point identifies a compromised user or device, it sends an alert to Silverfort which responds by dynamically stepping up the authentication requirements, demanding the user to use an additional form of authentication and confirm his/her identity.

Dynamically stepping up the authentication criteria instead of simply rejecting the transaction, improves real-time incident response allowing organizations to respond with effective security measures upon suspicious activity. It is also less disruptive than automatic blocking of user access, because it enables the user to quickly confirm his/her identity and continue without unnecessary disruptions to the business.

Improving Detection of Malicious Activity with High Fidelity-Alerts

Today, security professionals need to deal with a high volume of security alerts. Detecting internal malicious activity, like lateral movement, becomes very difficult because a skilled attacker knows how to blend in with normal user activity. Distinguishing between false positives and real malicious incidents is nearly impossible.

To improve detection of malicious activity, Check Point and Silverfort increase the fidelity of these alerts by launching MFA verification and providing the results to be used as additional feedback. By correlating alerts provided by Check Point with Silverfort's Adaptive MFA results, security practitioners can obtain a better, more complete view of an evolving attack, distinguish between true and false positive alerts, and improve the organization's security posture.

"Corporate networks have dramatically changed in recent years creating new security challenges. Perimeters no longer exist, and passwords are no longer enough to validate and trust our users," says Hed Kovetz, CEO of Silverfort. "By integrating Silverfort's adaptive authentication with Check Point we enable our customers to trigger step-up authentication based on real-time security alerts, and achieve real-time prevention without reducing the productivity of their legitimate users."

Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:16 AM by David Marshall
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