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Nokia Market Share Leader In New Infonetics Study

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CHECK POINT SOFTWARE/NOKIA VPN APPLIANCE NAMED WORLDWIDE MARKET SHARE LEADER IN NEW INFONETICS STUDY

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) today announced that the jointly developed Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution is leading the dedicated VPN appliance market. According to independent data by Infonetics Research, Inc. of San Jose, the Nokia/Check Point Software solution has earned a solid industry leadership position with market share that is almost three times that of any other vendor.

"Check Point Software Technologies with Nokia hardware has carved out the revenue leadership position in the dedicated VPN hardware market," said Michael Howard, Principal Analyst and Founder of Infonetics Research, Inc. "The VPN market is undergoing tremendous growth, and we see Nokia/Check Point well positioned to remain a leader in the future."

The Nokia/Check Point appliance integrates Check Point Software's market-leading VPN-1/FireWall-1 software with Nokia's comprehensive IP routing functions on specially designed hardware to deliver the industry's most powerful and secure Internet connectivity solutions.

"The continued growth of the mobile workforce and the explosion in e-commerce have both increased security challenges for enterprises and service providers," said Don Jaworski, vice president and general manager, Nokia IP Routing. "Additionally, service providers are offering options for managed services and application hosting solutions. This need is driving demand for simple, plug and play security appliances that offer top notch security and scalability. Nokia's success in the VPN market reflects the appeal of our simple and cost-effective Internet security appliances."

The Nokia/Check Point appliance is designed for both corporate and remote office deployments. It is the ideal solution for offices that need Internet access, but lack the on-site expertise to administer and manage a comprehensive security policy. With the Nokia/Check Point appliance, all security and operating software is installed and pre-configured for rapid VPN deployment. The appliance is managed centrally, enabling VPN functionality to be integrated with the overall network security policy and effectively administered from a single console. The Nokia/Check Point appliance supports both site-to-site and client-to-site VPN deployments. SecuRemote VPN client software for end-user systems is available at no additional charge.

"We are pleased to be recognized by Infonetics as the worldwide market leader," said Asheem Chandna, vice president of marketing and business development for Check Point Software Technologies. "The jointly developed Nokia/Check Point appliances are an important component of our Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture that uniquely secures networks, systems, applications and users."

About Nokia

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 51 000 people. Visit us at www.nokia.com

About Check Point Software Technologies Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. The company's integrated architecture includes network security (FireWall-1, VPN-1, Provider-1 and Check Point RealSecure), traffic control (FloodGate-1 and ConnectControl), and IP address management (Meta IP). Check Point Software solutions enable customers to implement centralized policy-based management with enterprise-wide distributed deployment. Via the OPSEC Alliance, Check Point Software's products seamlessly integrate with "best-of-breed" products from more than 200 leading industry partners. The company has U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California and international headquarters in Ramat-Gan, Israel. For more information, please call (800) 429-4391 or (650) 628-2000 or visit http://www.checkpoint.com or http://www.opsec.com.

Trademark Information

Check Point, the Check Point logo, FireWall-1, FloodGate-1,

INSPECT, IQ Engine, Meta IP, Open Security Extension, OPSEC,

Provider-1, User-to-Address Mapping, VPN-1, VPN-1 Accelerator

Card, VPN-1 Appliance, VPN-1 Certificate Manager, VPN-1

Gateway, VPN-1 SecuRemote, and ConnectControl are trademarks or

registered trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

or its affiliates. All other product names mentioned herein are

trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

The products described in this document are protected by U.S.

Patent No. 5,606,668 and 5,835,726 and may be protected by

other U.S. Patents, foreign patents, or pending applications.


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