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Table of Contents

  1. Providing Secure Remote Access
  2. Types of Remote Access Solutions
    1. SSL VPN Portal for published business application
    2. Layer-3 VPN Tunnel
    3. Layer-3 VPN Tunnel integrated with Endpoint Security
    4. Additional Remote Access Solutions
  3. Summary of Remote Access Options
  4. Remote Access VPN Blade and Supported OS
  5. Endpoint Security Server versions and supported Endpoint Security Client versions
  6. Related Solutions

 

(I) Providing Secure Remote Access

In today's business environment, it is clear that workers require remote access to sensitive information from a variety of locations and a variety of devices. Organizations must also make sure that their corporate network remains safe and that remote access does not become a weak point in their IT security.

This article will:

  • Help you decide which remote access client or clients best match your organization's requirements.
  • Give you information about Check Point's secure remote access options.

 

(II) Types of Remote Access Solutions

All of Check Point's Remote Access solutions provide:

  • Enterprise-grade, secure connectivity to corporate resources.
  • Strong user authentication.
  • Granular access control.

Factors to consider when choosing remote access solutions for your organization:

  • L3 VPN tunnel vs. Secure Business portal: Do you need a full VPN tunnel to protect the access from any installed application to the business, or do you need a simpler business portal that provides simple and secure access for published business applications?
  • Client-Based vs. Clientless: Does the solution require an agent to be installed on the endpoint computer, or is it clientless, for which only a web browser is required?
  • Secure Connectivity vs. Endpoint Security: Does the solution provide only secure connectivity, or also additional endpoint security functionalities, when the device is not connected via a VPN tunnel to the business?

 

(II-1) Types of Remote Access Solutions - SSL VPN Portal for published business application

  • Allows simple and secure usage of business resources from any PC, Mac, Smartphones and tablets.
  • Access business resources such as web-applications
  • Two factor user authentication
  • Secure access to published apps via any supported Internet Browser or a dedicated Smartphone/tablet app
  • Best fit for unmanaged-devices and "BYOD"
  • License required: Check Point Mobile on the Security Gateway. License count per concurrent connected devices.
Name Supported OS Client or Clientless Encryption Protocol Latest Version & Relevant Link for downloads Security Verification for Endpoint Devices Desktop Firewall on Endpoint Devices IPv6 Support
Mobile Access Web Portal

 

Windows
Linux
Mac OS X
iOS
Android
Clientless SSL R81.10 No Yes
SSL Network Extender for Mobile Access Blade
Windows
Linux
Mac OS X
On-demand Client through Mobile Access Portal SSL

R81.10

Yes No
Capsule Workspace for iOS
iOS Client SSL sk92552 Yes

Jailbreak & Root Detection

MDM Cooperative Enforcement

No Yes
Capsule Workspace for Android
Android Client SSL sk93775 Yes

Jailbreak & Root Detection

MDM Cooperative Enforcement

No Yes

Notes:

  • Check Point Mobile for iPhone and iPad and Check Point Mobile for Android have been deprecated and replaced by Capsule Workspace.
  • Capsule Workspace was previously named Mobile Enterprise.



(II-2) Types of Remote Access Solutions - Layer-3 VPN Tunnel

  • Secure access to the business from any installed application via a Layer-3 VPN tunnel
  • Check Point Mobile for Windows, Check Point VPN Plugin for Windows 8.1 and Check Point Capsule VPN for Windows 10 do not support "two factor user authentication". (The limitation applies only to E80.64 and earlier in the context of Check Point Mobile for Windows.)
  • Requires a VPN agent/app installation
  • Best fit for both managed or unmanaged-devices
  • License required: Check Point Mobile on the Security Gateway. License count per concurrent connected devices.
Name Supported Operating Systems Client or Clientless Encryption Protocol Latest Version & Relevant Link for downloads Security Verification for Endpoint Devices Desktop Firewall on Endpoint Devices IPv6 Support
Check Point Mobile for Windows
Windows
Endpoint Security 
Client IPsec

Endpoint Security Homepage

Yes No No
Capsule Connect (for iOS) (previously Mobile VPN)
iOS Client IPsec / SSL sk69540 MDM Cooperative Enforcement No No
Capsule VPN (for Android) (previously Mobile VPN)
Android 4+

ChromeOS (* below for supported devices)
Client IPsec / SSL sk84141 MDM Cooperative Enforcement No No
Check Point VPN Plugin / Check Point Capsule VPN
Windows 8.1 Preinstalled client SSL

sk96006

No No No
Windows 10 Download app from Windows store.

sk107536

 * Chrome OS Systems Supporting Android Apps



(II-3) Types of Remote Access Solutions - Layer-3 VPN Tunnel integrated with Endpoint Security

  • A full Layer-3 VPN tunnel integrated with enterprise grade endpoint security software blades.
  • Two factor user authentication.
  • Additional Endpoint Security functionalities, from Desktop Firewall to full Endpoint Security software blades, such as Disk Encryption, Media Encryption, Anti Malware, and more.
  • Requires a VPN agent/app installation.
  • Best fit for managed devices.
  • The Endpoint Security VPN for Windows ATM msi is appropriate for ATM solutions.
  • License required: Endpoint Security Container on Endpoint Security Management Server and Endpoint Security VPN on Network Management Server. License count per installed devices.
Name Supported Operating Systems Client or Clientless Encryption Protocol Security Verification for Endpoint Devices Desktop Firewall on Endpoint Devices IPv6 Support
Endpoint Security VPN for Windows
Windows
Endpoint Security
Client IPsec Yes Yes No
Endpoint Security VPN for Mac
Mac OS X Client IPsec No Yes No
Endpoint Security Suite Remote Access VPN Blade

Windows
Endpoint Security

Client IPsec

Yes

Yes No
Endpoint Security Suite Remote Access VPN Blade
Mac OS X Client IPsec

No

Yes No

 

(II-4) Types of Remote Access Solutions - Additional Remote Access Solutions

  • SecuRemote is a secure, but limited-function IPsec VPN client.
  • Two factor user authentication
Name Supported Operating Systems Client or Clientless Encryption Protocol Latest Version & Relevant Link for downloads Security Verification for Endpoint Devices Desktop Firewall on Endpoint Devices IPv6 Support
SecuRemote
Windows
Endpoint Security 
Client IPsec E84.40
(sk171419)
No No No

 

(III) Summary of Remote Access Options

Below is a summary of each Remote Access option that Check Point offers. All supply secure remote access to corporate resources, but each has different features and meets different organizational requirements.

Important: Remote Access clients communicate with the Security Gateway through a single VPN tunnel. The VPN tunnel is not bound to a specific logged in user, and its remote access capabilities will be the same for any user/application on the client host. Multiple users on the same host are not supported, and thus Check Point does not support/recommend allowing VPN tunnels on multi-user machines such as Terminal Services.

Note: Refer to "Support Life Cycle Policy".

Remote Access Option Topic Description
Harmony Endpoint

(former Endpoint Security Suite)
Introduction

The Endpoint Security Suite simplifies Endpoint Security Management by unifying all endpoint security capabilities in a single console and a single client. Endpoint Security Software Blades include: Desktop Firewall and Security Verification, Full Disk Encryption, Media Encryption and Port Protection, SandBlast Agent, Anti-Malware and Program Control, WebCheck browser virtualization and Remote Access VPN.

Starting from Endpoint Security E80.41, Remote Access VPN Clients are part of the Endpoint Security offering, providing the next release of E75.30, including all flavors.

(Remote Access Clients E75.30 (Endpoint Security VPN) replaced both SecureClient and Endpoint Connect, including 64-bit support.

Required Licenses
  • Management: Endpoint Policy Management Software Blade.
  • Client: Endpoint Security Container and Endpoint Security Software Blades - for any protected endpoint.
Supported Platforms Windows, Mac OS X
Where to get the Client Check Point Support Center
Endpoint Security VPN Introduction

Endpoint Security VPN is an IPsec VPN client that replaces SecureClient. It is best for medium to large enterprises.

It provides:

  • Secure Connectivity
  • Security Verification
  • Endpoint Security that includes an integrated Desktop Firewall, centrally managed from the Security Management Server

Note: Endpoint Security VPN for Mac OS X includes a Desktop Firewall, but not Security Verification.

Required Licenses The IPsec VPN Software Blade on the Security Gateway, an Endpoint Container license, and an Endpoint VPN Software Blade license on the Security Management Server.
Supported Platforms Windows, Mac OS X
Where to get the Client Check Point Support Center
Check Point Mobile for Windows Introduction

Check Point Mobile for Windows is an IPsec VPN client. It is best for medium to large enterprises that do not require an Endpoint Security policy.

It provides:

  • Secure Connectivity
  • Security Verification
Required Licenses IPsec VPN and Mobile Access Software Blades on the Security Gateway.
Supported Platforms Windows
Where to get the Client Check Point Support Center
SecuRemote Introduction SecuRemote is a secure, but limited-function IPsec VPN client. It provides secure connectivity.
Required Licenses IPsec VPN Software Blade on the Security Gateway. It is a free client and does not require additional licenses.
Supported Platforms Windows
Where to get the Client Check Point Support Center
Mobile Access Web Portal Introduction

The Mobile Access Portal is a clientless SSL VPN solution. It is recommended for users who require access to corporate resources from home, an internet kiosk, or another unmanaged computer. The Mobile Access Portal can also be used with managed devices.

It provides:

  • Secure Connectivity
  • Security Verification

The Mobile Access Portal supplies access to web-based corporate resources. You can use the on-demand client, SSL Network Extender (SNX), via the Portal to access all types of corporate resources.

Required Licenses

Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway.

Note: For VSX, you need only one MAB license per node, which will be replicated to all VSs. For example, if you have 10 VSs and one MAB license for 50 concurrent users then you will have 50 concurrent users per VS.

Supported Platforms Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android
Where to get the Client Included with the Security Gateway
SSL Network Extender (SNX) Introduction

SSL Network Extender (SNX) is a thin SSL VPN on-demand client installed automatically on the user's machine via a web browser. It supplies access to all types of corporate resources. SSL Network Extender (SNX) has two modes:

  • Network Mode: Users can access all application types (Native-IP-based and Web-based) in the internal network. To install the Network Mode client, users must have administrator privileges on the client computer.
  • Application Mode: Users can access most application types (Native-IP-based and Web-based) in the internal network, including most TCP applications. The user does not require administrator privileges on the endpoint machine.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade and IPSec VPN Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms
  • Network Mode: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Application Mode: Windows
Where to get the Client Included with the Security Gateway
Check Point Mobile for Windows Introduction Check Point VPN Plugin for Windows 8.1 is an L3 VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to corporate resources using L3 SSL VPN Tunnel.
Check Point Capsule VPN on Windows 10 uses SSL.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Where to get the Client Windows 8.1 - Preinstalled
Windows 10 - download an app from Windows store
Capsule Workspace

(former Check Point Mobile for iPhone and iPad)
Introduction Check Point Mobile for iPhone and iPad is an SSL VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to web-based corporate resources and Exchange ActiveSync. Check Point Mobile for iPhone and iPad is ideal for mobile workers who have iPhone or iPad devices.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms iOS
Where to get the Client Apple App Store
Capsule Workspace for iOS Introduction

Capsule Workspace for iOS is an SSL VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to web-based corporate resources and Microsoft Exchange services. It also gives secure access to Capsule Docs protected documents.
It was previously called Mobile Enterprise.

Capsule Workspace is ideal for mobile workers who have privately-owned smart phones or tablets. It protects only the business data inside the App and does not require device-level security measures, such as device-lock or device-wipe.

Required Licenses Capsule license on the Security Management
Supported Platforms iOS
Where to get the Client Apple App Store
Capsule Workspace for Android Introduction

Capsule Workspace for Android is an SSL VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to web-based corporate resources and Microsoft Exchange services. It also gives secure access to Capsule Docs protected documents.
It was previously called Mobile Enterprise.

Capsule Workspace for Android is ideal for mobile workers who have privately-owned smart phones or tablets. It protects only the business data inside the App and does not require device-level security measures, such as device-lock or device-wipe.

Required Licenses Capsule license on the Security Management
Supported Platforms Android
Where to get the Client Google Play Store
Capsule Connect (for iOS) Introduction Capsule Connect is a full L3 tunnel App that gives users network access to all mobile applications. It supplies secure connectivity and access to all types of corporate resources.
It was previously called Mobile VPN.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms iOS 6.0 +
Where to get the Client Apple App Store

Check Point Mobile for Android

(Check Point Mobile is deprecated and replaced by Capsule Workspace)

Introduction Check Point Mobile for Android is an SSL VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to web-based corporate resources and Exchange ActiveSync. Check Point Mobile for Android is ideal for mobile workers who have Android devices.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms Android
Where to get the Client Google Play Store
Capsule VPN (for Android) Introduction Capsule VPN for Android devices is an L3 VPN client. It supplies secure connectivity and access to corporate resources using L3 IPSec/SSL VPN Tunnel.
It was previously called Mobile VPN.
Required Licenses Mobile Access Software Blade on the Security Gateway
Supported Platforms Android 4 + (ICS+)
Where to get the Client Google Play Store

 

Which license is required to allow L2TP VPN tunnels

  • Question: In order to allow L2TP VPN tunnels, if the customer already has the Endpoint VPN Remote Access Blade - is this enough, or is there a Mobile Access Blade license required? Meaning, for L2TP, do we need a Endpoint VPN Client license or a Mobile Access License?
  • Answer: In order to allow L2TP VPN tunnels, you would just need the IPSec VPN license on the Security Gateway. There is no need for the Mobile Access License.

 

Check Point products support for Windows 7, 8 and 10:

 


(IV) Remote Access VPN Blade and Supported OS

 Notes:

Remote Access VPN Blade and Supported OS
Client Version and Flavor Client OS Client OS Version and Flavor
Starting from E80.71 - monthly releases Windows sk117536 - Endpoint Security Homepage
MacOS X
Check Point Mobile for iPhone and iPad iOS iOS 6.0 +

See AppStore

Capsule Workspace iOS iOS 10.0 +

See AppStore

Android Android 4.0 +

See Google Play

Check Point Mobile VPN for iOS iOS iOS 6+

See AppStore

Check Point Mobile for Android Android Android 4.0 +

See Google Play

Check Point Mobile VPN for Android Android Android 4.0 + (Android ICS+)

See Google Play

Check Point VPN Plugin for Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Preinstalled with Windows 8.1.

 
 

(V) Endpoint Security Server versions and supported Endpoint Security Client versions

Refer to sk107255 - Endpoint Security Server versions and supported Endpoint Security Client versions.

 

Applies To:
  • This SK replaces sk79361, sk36681, sk107983 (information was integrated).

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