Check Point has produced new security tools to manage a network's perimeter, intrusion-detection and Web apps in one console.

As part of its NGX Technology Platform initiative, Check Point will also release an upgraded version of its flagship VPN-1 firewall and VPN technology with support for unified management.

By the end of the month, the company will extend such support to more than 20 of its other products, said Dave Burton, Check Point's director of product management. The upgrades will come at no extra cost to users.

The unified management software will let you manage Check Point's products via a single Web-based administrative console.

It is not the first company to go down this route. Earlier this month, Cisco announced a line of multi-function security appliances that addresses similar issues. Unlike Check Point's new software, though, Cisco's appliances integrate various security functions into the same box.