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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Check Point Software: Battle Hardened

WASHINGTON, D.C. - He may be an American, but Jerry Ungerman displays Israeli-style stoicism when it comes to the effects of war on his company, Check Point Software Technologies. The developer of computer security software has 600 employees in its hometown of Tel Aviv.

"It's an unfortunate part of life," says Ungerman, Check Point's vice chairman, of Israel's war with Hezbollah. "There's been no impact on our operations."

Indeed, he describes the effect of the call-up of Israeli army reservists from Check Point's employee ranks as nearly indistinguishable from people taking their summer vacation. And the rocket attacks? For folks in Tel Aviv, he suggests, it's like being in downtown San Francisco and hearing that a rocket has fallen on Lake Tahoe.

Tough talk? Maybe. But an ability to shrug off adversity is valuable in Check Point's line of work. In recent months, the company has faced its share of proverbial rockets from Wall Street and Washington alike.

Full story at Forbes.com