Check Point NGFW Review

Identity awareness and application control features help secure our network

What is our primary use case?

Our primary uses for the Check Point NGFW are network segmentation, identity awareness, and application control.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are identity awareness, IDS and IPS, and application control.

What needs improvement?

The speed of technical support is very slow and is something that should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Check Point firewalls for about 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were times in the past when it wasn't as stable as it is now. However, with the current version, we have been running for the past year without any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our company has about 1,000 users that generate traffic that passes through the firewall. Beyond that, we haven't had much need to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very slow.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The two firewalls that we having implemented are Check Point and Fortinet.

I have also worked with Juniper but it does not have all of the advanced features that Check Point has, such as application control and identity awareness.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty simple. The amount of time required for deployment depends on the number of rules that need to be configured. The initial setup can be done in one day, and the post-setup configuration depends on the rules to be applied.

What about the implementation team?

The initial setup was completed by a partner, who was a certified system integrator.

Our in-house team handles maintenance.

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

This product is not cheap and there are additional costs that depend on what model or package that you buy. If you need more features then you may have to buy additional modules. In our case, we knew what we wanted in advance so there were no additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I am pretty happy with Check Point firewalls. My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to get somebody with experience to help choose the correct, stable version, and assist with the configuration. All of the new features take time to implement properly, but if the correct steps are followed then they won't run into problems when the system goes into production. 

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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