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REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.,-- March 17, 1997--Advanced Research of Technologies, Inc. (ART) announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKPF) to distribute Check Point™ FireWall-1™ in Japan. FireWall-1, the industry-leading network security solution, enables organizations to define and implement a global enterprise-wide security policy. FireWall-1 3.0 includes several breakthrough advancements in secure enterprise connectivity including integrated content security, load balancing, fault tolerance, support for multiple encryption schemes, and enhanced authentication support.

"Check Point Software is and will be the leader in the Internet security market, and I believe that the products are going to be the industry standard, owing to their own advanced technologies. We are pleased to provide our partners and the market comprehensive Internet security solutions with the complete line of Check Point Software's products," said Yasunobu Kudo, president and CEO of ART.

"Check Point Software is pleased to partner with ART," said Marius Nacht, vice president of international operations for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. "ART's knowledge of network security and its strong partnerships with resellers, VARs and integrators will provide customers with the solid, in-depth expertise required in this important market."

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKPF) is the global network security software market share leader and inventor of the patented "Stateful Inspection" technology. According to a December 1996 report by the Yankee Group, the company's flagship product, Check Point FireWall-1, commanded 44% of the worldwide firewall market in the first half of 1996. FireWall-1 protects internal and external network communications for thousands of organizations of all sizes. Its products are sold worldwide through OEM partners, distributors, VARs, systems and network integrators and Internet Service Providers. The company has U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California and international headquarters in Ramat-Gan, Israel. For product information, please call (800) 429-4391, e-mail info@checkpoint.com , or visit our Web site at http://www.checkpoint.com/ .

About Advanced Research of Technologies, Inc. (ART)

Advanced Research of Technologies, Inc. (Japanese name; Sentan Gijutsu Kenkyusho) imports, markets and distributes computer and communication products into the Japanese market. The company has worldwide business networks with the United States, Europe, and Israel, and is managed by professional partners with a variety of experiences in different technologies, industries and markets. The company has close relationship with OEMs, resellers, VARs, Systems and network integrators, Internet Service Providers, and large enterprise groups based on its own differentiated technical support systems. The company has headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. For more information, please call +81 45-978-1292, e-mail KHB16427@niftyserve.or.jp , or visit http://plaza5.mbn.or.jp/~ART/ .

1997 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point, the Check Point logo, and Check Point FireWall-1 are trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. All other product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.