CIO Magazine Names Check Point Software CEO Gil Shwed a 2002 Winner of the CIO 20/20 Vision Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA and REDWOOD CITY, CA – OCTOBER 7, 2002 – CIO magazine today announced it has named Gil Shwed, chairman and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP), a winner of the 2002 CIO 20/20 Vision Awards, spotlighted in its October issue and online at:


Honoring a total of 40 individuals, these awards maintain that technology's impact on the world stems from the work of two different sets of people — the 20 inventors, scientists and vendors who developed the technology, and the 20 business people who applied it to real business or organizational challenges. Mr. Shwed is recognized among first category as one of the "20 Who Made It Possible" with industry luminaries such as Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, Dell Computer Corporation Chairman and CEO Michael Dell, IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner, Sun Microsystems Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy and Siebel Systems Chairman and CEO Thomas Siebel.

An Internet security pioneer, Shwed's vision of secure Internet communications was realized when he founded Check Point Software and created the world's first commercially available firewall product, Check Point FireWall-1(R). He recognized that firewall technology could help harness the power of the Internet and change the way businesses work and individuals communicate. Shwed is also credited with having invented Stateful Inspection technology, the industry standard for Internet security, and holds the patent on this technology. With superior leadership, technological innovation and a clear vision, Shwed has led Check Point to become the worldwide market leader in Internet security, with over 236,000 installations and over 107 million users.

"The CIO 20/20 Vision Awards mark the first award program we've done to honor individuals instead of organizations," says Abbie Lundberg, CIO magazine's editor-in-chief. "We want to recognize the executives responsible for major organization achievements. The honorees are leaders and pioneers who have the vision and drive to make a difference."

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About Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. It is the confirmed market leader of both the worldwide VPN and firewall markets. The company's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture provides the VPN and security infrastructure that uniquely enables secure and reliable Internet communications. SVN solutions, as delivered in the company's Next Generation product family, secure business communications and resources for corporate networks, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. Extending the power of SVN is Check Point's Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 325 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of 2,500 certified partners in 149 countries. For more information, please call us at (800) 429-4391 or (650) 628-2000 or visit us on the Web at or at

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