Hello,

CPUG is the Check Point User Group. If you specify, architect, install, configure, maintain, debug, hack, or defend Check Point products then CPUG has been designed for you. It's not for Chief Financial Officers or anyone who never reads further than the marketing materials. It's for people who roll up their sleeves, try to understand what's going on inside Firewall-1/VPN-1, and take responsibility for keeping their network running safely and reliably.

I've been a Check Point installer, maintainer, consultant, teacher and author for fifteen years, earning my first CCSE on version 3.0b. I've always felt that getting Firewall-1 to work and understanding its complexities seemed harder than necessary. Few companies are large enough to afford more than one Firewall-1/VPN-1 specialist, so it seemed the life of a firewall implementer could be frustrating and lonely. I realize there may be a long proud tradition of frustration and loneliness in the IT business, but I wanted to do something about it.

We have a very active online discussion board and we host conferences where we get together and help each other out. I want this site to be the center of our community. We're here to give each other a break. If you're a Check Point implementer, welcome home.

With kind regards from San Francisco,

Barry