PROVO, Utah; June 14, 1999 -- Ameritech Library Services (ALS) was recently awarded authorized partner status by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. ALS is the world leader in library automation systems and now is the only library automation vendor to have this designation.
The authorized partner status is part of a comprehensive program designed by Check Point to provide its partners with unparalleled access to resources, recognition and support. As an authorized partner in the Partner Alliance Program, ALS will ensure value-added services to libraries worldwide by providing Check Point Software's best-of-breed security solutions.
"As libraries around the world expand access to information via on-line services and the Internet, they also increase their exposure to possible security breaches," said Lana Porter, president of ALS. "Ameritech Library Services understands how important it is to provide a comprehensive security solution for libraries, and we're pleased to have achieved this authorized status."
"We can supply the initial security system and now will be able to provide front-line and escalated support to our customers," said Porter. "We'll also have priority access to beta code during Check Point's product development cycle, which means we can ensure compatibility with our own automation software."
"We're pleased to have Ameritech Library Services, the foremost library automater in the world, join Check Point Software's Partner Alliance Program," said Ken Casey, vice president of Americas sales at Check Point Software Technologies. "We look forward to working with the ALS team to provide secure enterprise networking solutions to their customers."
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) is the worldwide leader in secure enterprise networking solutions. The company's integrated architecture includes network security (FireWall-1, VPN-1 and Open Security Manager), traffic control (FloodGate-1 and ConnectControl) and IP address management (Meta IP). Check Point solutions enable customers to implement centralized policy-based management with enterprise wide distributed deployment. Via the OPSEC Alliance, Check Point's products seamlessly integrate with "best-of-breed" products from nearly 200 leading industry partners. Check Point (www.checkpoint.com) has U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. and international headquarters in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Ameritech Library Services (www.amlibs.com), a subsidiary of Ameritech, is the world leader in library automation systems with installations in more than 5,200 client libraries worldwide. ALS library information management systems meet the needs of research, public, corporate, medical and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, ALS has offices in Illinois and Canada and throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Ameritech (NYSE: AIT) serves millions of customers in 50 states and 40 countries. Ameritech provides a full range of communications services including local and long-distance telephone and data, cellular, paging, security, cable TV, Internet and more. One of the world's 100 largest companies, Ameritech (www.ameritech.com) has 70,000 employees, 1 million shareowners and $30 billion in assets.