Check Point NGFW Review

Helps with security against upcoming and unknown threats and activities


What is our primary use case?

I have been using this solution since the GAIA OS R77 was there. I am using it for my day to day access such as policy creation, policy modification, and also regularly policy disabling and deletion. I have 17K+ users in my organization, 100 + client to site VPN and I have a number of S2S as well. My daily job is health checkup, security log monitoring and incident management, daily IPS checks, threat presentation reports and to analyze the risk and take necessary action on that as well.

How has it helped my organization?

It secures my organization. With the application blade, I can make security as application based and the custom application is also very useful. With identity awareness blades we get insights on our local users who are accessing/passing through the respective rule as users.  We also use the DLP, IPS, and VPN features. We have multiple site to sites with our clients and it is very easy to configure and manage.

What is most valuable?

IPS helps with security against upcoming and unknown threats and activities. We regularly check the report and as per daily report we will check the risk and prevent each alert that is critical based on our business requirement and make it secure.

IPSec VPN is also our key feature as our organization having widely customer across globe so it is very good feature to us to connect and run our business with them very smoothly and softly. 

What needs improvement?

The unknown category has been a pain point. We cannot understand this category and the Check Point engineers are also stuck with it. If we enable HTTPS inspection then without this category my URL will stop working. This has a huge impact on my business. We are still running without HTTPS inspection even in a monitoring mode.

Our SAM rule is also not working to block the IP address which we don't allow in our organization so we have to create a traditional rule base block which is a time-consuming job for me and my team.

For how long have I used the solution?

I am using this solution for four years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is widely scalable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would say not much exp and not lower, average technical support. We are struggling in most of the cases.

How was the initial setup?

Very easy.

What about the implementation team?

In-house team and technical support team.

What was our ROI?

I would say it's complete ROI for us.

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

Setup is easy, in my short tenure I have done multiple migrations and have set up our new organization. For cost and pricing, I don't have an idea.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very good and best solution as a perimeter device for NGFW.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarKirtikumar Patel
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I have very good command on Checkpoint NGFW