Check Point CloudGuard Network Security Pros and Cons

Check Point CloudGuard Network Security Pros

Alex Tremblay
Cyber Security Manager at H2O Power
The visibility, the one-pane-of-glass which allows me to see all of my edge protection through one window and one log, is great. Monitoring everything through that one pane of glass is extremely valuable.
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KW
reviewer1459770
Advisory Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The comprehensiveness of the CloudGuard’s threat prevention security is great, especially once they integrate Dome9 in the whole thing. That really ties the whole thing together, so you can tie your entire cloud environment together into one central location, which is nice. Previously, we had three or four different tools that we were trying to leverage to do the same stuff that we are able to do with CloudGuard.
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M Poczobut
CISO and Senior Director Technical Operations at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
What's most valuable to me is that it's a contiguous solution that aligns well with the components that we've relied on and trusted from a traditional hardware, firewall, and unified threat management system. My engineers and analysts don't have to learn another platform. We have already entrusted our security controls to Check Point for perimeter and physical security, and now we can do so at the virtual layer as well, which is key to us.
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MarkG
IT Security Manager at a sports company with 10,001+ employees
The features of the solution which I have found most valuable are its flexibility and agility. It's a fully scalable solution, from our perspective. We can define scaling groups and, based on the load, it will create new instances. It's truly a product which is oriented toward the cloud mindset, cloud agility, and this is a great feature.
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Genesis Floresta
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is very good; again, very user-friendly. I wouldn't even say "user-friendly" because, as long as you deploy it properly, you can kill an EC2 and it will spin up another one right away, within about a minute and a half. And it will be ready for production right away.
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JM
reviewer1098015
Network Security Engineer/Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is that we can use the same manager server that we use on our own Check Point firewalls. We integrated CloudGuard on that manager and we can use the same kind of protections that we use on the on-prem firewalls, like the IPS and antivirus policy. We can have the same kind of protection on the Cloud environment that we have on-premise.
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Siju Siju
Assistant Manager IT Projects at Mustafa Sultan
A unique architecture makes this product stand out from other solutions.
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OO
reviewer1213497
DBA Team Lead with 51-200 employees
Check Point has pretty simple solutions, like the virtual appliance which you just download and it is imported into VMware and you just start using it.
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Oleg Pekar
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
I find it really useful that CloudGuard supports all the main players on the Public Clouds market including AWS, GCP, and Azure, as well as some exotic ones like Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and IBM Cloud.
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Oleg Pekar
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
The main benefit of the Check Point Virtual Systems solution is its ability to split up the hardware appliances that we have into several logical, virtual devices with separate traffic handling policies, as well as the switching and routing.
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Check Point CloudGuard Network Security Cons

Alex Tremblay
Cyber Security Manager at H2O Power
The biggest room for improvement is that, for a long time now, they've moved everything over to R80 but they still maintain some of the stuff in the old dashboard. They need to "buy in" and move everything to the modern dashboard so that you don't have to go to one place and to another place, at times, to configure the environment. It's time they just finish what they started and put everything in the new, modern dashboard.
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KW
reviewer1459770
Advisory Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The documentation has been rough. Being able to do it yourself can be hit or miss given the constraints of the documentation.
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M Poczobut
CISO and Senior Director Technical Operations at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
It's meeting our needs at this time. If I could make it better, it would be by making it more standalone. That would be beneficial to us. I say that because our current platform for virtualization is VMware. The issue isn't any fault of Check Point, it's more how the virtualization platform partners allow for that partnership and integration. There has to be close ties and partnerships between the vendors to ensure interoperability and sup-portability. There is only so far that Check Point, or any security vendor technology can go without the partnership and enablement of the virtualization platform vendor as it relies on "Service Insertion" to maintain optimal performance.
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MarkG
IT Security Manager at a sports company with 10,001+ employees
The convergence time between cluster members is still not perfect. It's far away from what we get in traditional appliances. If a company wants to move mission-critical applications for an environment to the cloud, it somehow has to accept that it could have downtime of up to 40 seconds, until cluster members switch virtual IP addresses between themselves and start accepting the traffic. That is a little bit too high in my opinion. It's not fully Check Point's fault, because it's a hybrid mechanism with AWS. The blame is 50/50.
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Genesis Floresta
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We did not use the AWS Transit Gateway, and that's one of the things that we're currently using. I believe we will be working with Check Point again, in the near future, to implement it, once they start having proper support for a single customer with multiple accounts. When we were using them, we had to install Check Point on each and every single account.
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JM
reviewer1098015
Network Security Engineer/Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
CloudGuard functions just like any other firewall. It functions very well. The only thing that could maybe be improved would be to integrate some tools that are not integrated with the SmartConsole, like the SmartView Monitor that we need to open on a different application to access.
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Siju Siju
Assistant Manager IT Projects at Mustafa Sultan
It can be difficult to install properly without prior training
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OO
reviewer1213497
DBA Team Lead with 51-200 employees
I would like to see a step-by-step initial installation of the firewall. That would be really helpful. Like in Oracle appliances, when you start it asks you, what's your current IP address? An initial setup should be a step by step and intuitive process. You click on "begin," it asks you some simple questions. You fill in the blanks - your current IP address, what you want to do, you want to set up a site to site VPN, for example, that kind of thing. That would be the smartest thing to have.
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Oleg Pekar
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
I hope that Check Point continues to improve its technical documentation regarding the Check Point CloudGuard IaaS gateway and management system.
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Oleg Pekar
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
As an administrator, I can say that among all of the Check Point products I have been working with so far, the Virtual Systems solution is one of the most difficult.
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Learn what your peers think about Check Point CloudGuard Network Security. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
510,534 professionals have used our research since 2012.