Sunday, April 30, 2017

CPET session 2, Stateful Inspection: the good, the bad, the ugly, the brilliant

I am glad to announce session 2 with the title: 

Stateful Inspection: the good, the bad, the ugly, the brilliant 

We will touch the following subjects:

1. Why is Stateful Inspection (SI) still the best way of securing network traffic?
2. What are the particular details about Check Point implementation of SI?
3. Pitfalls, drawbacks, and bottlenecks with SI
4. Does SI have a future?

Stay tuned, the date and time will be announced soon

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Monday, April 24, 2017

CPET session 1 - video is ready

Video recording of the first session is now available

Thank you for your participation. Hope to see you soon.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do not miss first CPET session

All, do not miss this session. Details are in one of my previous posts.

Calendar invitation is available here.

Only up to 50 participants, so be on time.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

CPUG papers 2 - Architectural Principles of Check Point Firewals

CPUG papers project released the second paper - Architectural Principles of Check Point Firewalls

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

CPET pilot session 1 - details

Introduction to R80 - meeting details

CPET is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Introduction to R80 -  Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 23, 2017 3:00 PM Zurich

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,470434887# or +14086380968,470434887#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 470 434 887
    International numbers available:

Add this meeting to your calendar by this link

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CPET first pilot session - R80, the second biggest Check Point revolution

Mark you calendars, the very first CPET pilot session is planned to take place at 3PM CET on Sunday, 23rd of April.

The topic will be: 

R80, the second biggest Check Point revolution

We will discuss the following topics: 

  • tech and marketing drivers behind R80, 
  • a historical view on Check Point releases
  • what's new for both management and gateway
  • why it takes over three years to release full version of the product?
  • what are pros and cons of moving to R80
  • what to expect in the near future

We plan to record the session and to put video online later on. As we are using the free tools for the service at the moment, the seminar will be limited to 50 live participants and will last only 40 minutes.

The session links and invitation details are now available

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

CPET mission statement

The goal

CPET provides an innovative way to share knowledge and technology expertise for Check Point security professionals. We are going to address the full spectrum of Check Point related topics while focusing on architecture, optimization, troubleshooting and best practices. 

We do not want to replace other existing platforms and services, such as Check Point Education Services and Check Point User Group forum (CPUG). Instead, we help Check Point tech community by providing a new tool for social and professional interactions.


This is an independent technological initiative. We maintain integrity and transparency. We stick to the principles of CPUG community

- We tell the truth and help each other out.


We will run one hour long web seminars with an option to share a recorded version of events to those who could not participate. We plan to hold one or two seminars per month.


CPET is created by Valeri Loukine (Val). Val is known for his CCMA blog and his role in CPUG community. He is also a CPUG ambassador in Europe.

We are open to other presenters and experts to help us share the load. Contact us if you want to be a speaker. 

How much does it cost?

We believe sharing knowledge is part of success. Our mission is to make CPET accessible and affordable for a wide audience. As of now, we allow free participation in the live seminars to everybody. We are also considering a subscription or a crowdfunding campaign later, for accessing the recorded sessions. We plan to figure out associated costs of CPET during the pilot phase. We reserve a right to change the CPET commercial model to provide a viable and affordable service.


We consider CPET a community service. We volunteer our personal time and efforts to the cause, freely and independently,  outside of our daily jobs and professional obligations, without affiliations with our employers and/or particular technology vendors. 

Community Support

To make the initiative a success, we need your support. Spread the word, participate in the sessions, provide your feedback, share your expertise, be proactive. 

If you want to back us up financially, make your donation.


At this moment, we are open for sponsoring offers. If your company wants to support this initiative, please contact us.

Stay in touch

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. Val’s CCMA blog will be the main tool to share information about events and to collect your feedback. You may also send us an email (cpvideonuggets (at)

When do we start?

The first pilot pilot will be announced in about a week from this moment. We will post the details in this blog and on social media. 

Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CPUG papers - even better that R80 book

The last year I have made an announcement that four people decided to write a book about R80. Since then we, the authors, were working on multiple challenges, such as different writing styles, four time zone, variety of interests and preferred subjects, and finally, long delays around R80 management and gateway releases.

We have produced tons of content, we have spent multiple personal hours discussing the project, its structure, deadlines and its commercial models.

Finally, pushed back by long anticipated R80 gateway then is still not around, we have decided to revisit the original idea of a book. Then, we invented CPUG papers.

With the CPUG papers, we embrace different styles, interests and backgrounds. We are not able to release chapter, or papers, as we call them, gradually once each piece is ready. And, most importantly, we want our work to be available to the community free of charge. Today, the first CPUG paper is published: Brief History of Check Point Firewalls.

There are PDF and ePub version of the paper. All you need to access them is CPUG membership.

Thanks all for your interest and your comments.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Check Point merges with Palo Alto Networks

Unimaginable happens. In the just released statement Check Point Software Technologies and Palo Alto Networks announce a merger. The new company will be called CPAN - Check Point Advanced Networks.

The merger will get into effect immediately. Two companies are also merging their stock shares, bringing total capitalization to incredible 25 billions. New CPAN shares will be traded both on NASDAQ and NYSE.

Finally, it all makes sense, guys. All these 11 years it smelled fishy, but I could not put a finger on it. Yet today, 1st of April, year 2017, the mystery is in the open, finally. We have all seen the writings on the wall, but the puzzle was too complex to predict this outcome. Oh, the drama, Shakespeare is really jealous.

So, let me outline it for you, all historical details, stage by stage.

Stage 1. Largo 

In 1999 Nir Zuk, a renown Check Point engineer and brilliant developer, leaves Check Point and founds his startup OneSecure. The trap is set, and NetScreen gets into it, eventually. NetScreen is later acquired by Juniper. In 2005 Nir leaves Juniper, but his elaborate conspiracy scheme to bring it down is not yet activated.

Stage 2. Andante 

Shlomo Kramer meanwhile prepare another scene. He seemingly severs his ties with Check Point founders and goes rogue. In 2005 he reconnects with Nir and two of them create Palo Alto Networks.

Stage 3. Allegro 

PAN goes to the market with NGFW scheme. Both Fortinet and Juniper are startled, Check Point also seems not to be amused. Same time Nir finally activates his mines at Juniper, and the company starts falling down.

Stage 4. Presto 

PAN ascends on the security market like a rocket, acquiring market share from crumbling legacy firewall vendors. Mind you, Check Point maintains its market share and seems to be unaffected PAN's ride to power.

Stage 5. Fuge

Once both Check Point and PAN rise to practically the same revenues, as I mentioned in one of my recent posts, everything is ready for the grand finale. The issue of PAN's capitalization being too high for the merger is corrected at the beginning of the year after announcing caution to investors. PAK share prices declined 25% after such announcement.

Then BOOM! Two titans merge!

What a ride, guys, what a ride... I have to confess. I did not see it coming. Probably, nobody did. We all have been fooled by apparent fight and very vocal competition between two companies. And yet again, that was the textbook deception trick. That was the perfect cover!

Starting today, the world of information security is irreversibly changed. Check Point has secured its future once more - the future of market domination.

UPDATE: Just in case, this was April's fools day, guys

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