Check Point has announced the release of a new software blade to offer integrated URL filtering, SSL inspection and expanded data loss prevention (DLP).

According to the company, the R75.20 is an extension of the R75 blade that was introduced earlier this year to add URL filtering to the network security solution. It said that the new software blade provides granular control for web surfing in real-time and uniquely integrates with application control for unified enforcement of all web controls.

The company's software blade architecture was launched in February 2009 and recently launched blades offer mobile access and application control.

According to Check Point, this new blade allows companies to control access to URLs, applications and widgets within websites and better enforce corporate security policies while still protecting employee privacy.

It also said that the R75.20 enables businesses to inspect SSL-encrypted traffic across all software blades, providing analysis and DLP for applications such as Gmail, eBay and Facebook. DLP is also expanded to be integrated with Microsoft Exchange, allowing businesses to inspect data sent within the organisation.

Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point, said: “What we consistently hear from businesses is the need for more security that can withstand the evolving threat landscape, without adding complexity.

“Our URL filtering solution provides a unique approach to web control by integrating with application control. Organisations now have the ability to control access to millions of websites, applications and widgets with a single, unified policy. For the first time in the industry, companies have the breadth and depth needed in a complete web control solution.”

The company also introduced a new security gateway for data centres, telecoms and cloud service providers. It said that the 61000 supports 70 million concurrent connections and 600,000 sessions per second and is a capable of handling more than 1Tbps in a single firewall.