Check Point CloudGuard Network Security Review

Straightforward implementation, good support and stability, and useful for checking services and easily verifying logs


What is our primary use case?

We integrate this solution, and we also provide the maintenance of the device. We are using this solution for those sites that are kind of medium in size and require a more complex solution but don't have too much space for big equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

It is useful for us for checking services, instead of protocols, because we have some services that are very smart and can change ports. It is also useful for verifying the logs. SmartLog is very practical, and it is easy to identify stuff and make corrections.

What is most valuable?

The Capsule solution and application filters are the most valuable. 

It is pretty straightforward to implement, and it also has good stability and scalability. Their technical support is also really good.

What needs improvement?

This application can be more integrated with web application firewalls. Better integrations would provide more granularity, which would be helpful for focusing on the application itself and preventing attacks.

It would be good to include the cross-domain search. If you have multiple firewalls that are managed on the same platform and you want to check who is using some particular objects or where a specific ID is being used, it should provide an option for this kind of search instead of having to check one by one on each firewall.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more or less ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With the virtual assistant, its scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is really good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty easy. Where it is not that simple is the integration of different blades and the customization of rules, which are really dependent on the policies of a company. When we are dealing with a small company, it is easy, but when we are dealing with global corporations that have previously-defined policies and the integration with the profiles, it is a little bit more tricky and complex.

The deployment takes a couple of days, but when the deployment is more complex and requires assessments, it could take one or two weeks.

What about the implementation team?

We are an integrator. The number of people that are required for the deployment and maintenance of this product depends on the organization. The deployment could be done by one or two people, but for the maintenance of the device, big companies require more people because they are establishing new connections with third parties and so on, which means that it requires many changes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is not expensive, but it is a little bit above the middle range. There are other solutions that are a little more expensive than this, but they also have some interesting features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our clients also evaluate Palo Alto and Cisco. Palo Alto, Check Point, and Cisco are the top solutions at the moment. In terms of performance, all three are pretty much the same, but it is much easier to check logs on the firewall in Check Point than Cisco or Palo Alto. Check Point is also quicker and more intuitive. Its view is also better than others.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. It is pretty straightforward to implement. It is easy, and it doesn't require too much time to make a clean implementation. I am not really sure about using it in a really small company. It depends on the budget.

I would rate Check Point Virtual Systems a nine out of ten.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

RA.20
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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