Check Point UTM-1 [EOL] Review

It presents information clearly and doesn't require command code, but VPN and IPS have room for improvement.


What is most valuable?

  • Firewalls
  • IPS

How has it helped my organization?

As a security information analyst, it helps me to see information in a very clear way. You don’t have to use command code. The platform is very simple, and you don’t need to be an expert to understand the reports.

What needs improvement?

  • VPN - It's not that good, so I moved to Juniper.
  • IPS - It has room for improvement, as sometimes hackers are able to get through.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

My web infrastructure is different than in other places, therefore the version provided by CheckPoint did not fit a first. I needed to report the bugs to CheckPoint for them to fix them and update the version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have two clusters, so even in the rare situation that I have a problem with the stability, it will switch to the cluster. The end users would not notice a switch.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is not their strong suite. It takes a lot of time until they fix anything, and it can be better to try and fix the issue without them. They have many clients, most of them are large companies, so it’s hard for small-medium companies.

Technical Support:

Technical support is not their strong suite. It takes a lot of time until they fix anything, and it can be better to try and fix the issue without them. They have many clients, most of them are large companies, so it’s hard for small-medium companies.

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

I am using both CheckPoint and Fortigate as result of my complex web infrastructure. Every ISP exits through a different firewall.

How was the initial setup?

It was complex. I initially received two different firewalls from CheckPoint due to my web infrastructure. Every firewall got configured with different rules, and at the point when we wanted to merge them, problems occurred.

What about the implementation team?

Our integrator did great work, integrating 1500 rules.

What was our ROI?

It's the best of breed with a good return.

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

You don’t have to buy the cluster immediately. I waited for a year before buying it. By doing that, I’ve split the budget, and was able to convince my managers to buy the solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I bought only the hardware, and used an open server license for the rest. CheckPoint would not suggest it, but it works for me.


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

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Hamza_Farhan (A10 Networks)
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Checkpoint is the most complex firewall/UTM/NGFW among the vendors I worked with compared to Fortinet / SonicWall / Netasq. The product is stable and comes with many amazing features even most of them costing money but with these features, you can easily get better viability of your network(s).