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Gil Shwed is an Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

i programmer and entrepreneur.


Shwed took computer courses at Hebrew University in Jerusalem while he was still in high school.

He is the founder, CEO, and chairman of board of Check Point Software Technologies  Ltd.

In 1993, Shwed invented and patented stateful inspection, which is widely used in network firewalls today. After serving in the army he with two Check Point co-founders used his experience in the Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
The Israel Defense Forces , commonly known in Israel by the Hebrew acronym Tzahal , are the military forces of the State of Israel. They consist of the ground forces, air force and navy. It is the sole military wing of the Israeli security forces, and has no civilian jurisdiction within Israel...

's Unit 8200
Unit 8200
Unit 8200 is an Israeli Intelligence Corps unit responsible for collecting signal intelligence and code decryption. It also appears in military publications as the Central Collection Unit of the Intelligence Corps.-History:...

 to write the first version of FireWall-1
VPN-1 is a firewall and VPN product developed by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.VPN-1 is a stateful firewall which also filters traffic by inspecting the application layer. It was the first commercially available software firewall to use stateful inspection. Later , Check Point registered U.S...

 which was released in 1994.

In June 2005, Shwed received an honorary Doctor of science from the Technion.

That year, he was voted the 69th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet
Ynet is the most popular Israeli news and general content website. It is owned by the same conglomerate that operates Yediot Ahronot, the country's secondleading daily newspaper...

to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.

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