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Real User
System Administrator at a tech services company
Apr 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The VPN side of it. Obviously without the VPN, we'd have tons of end users that wouldn't be able to connect to our environment.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to be a little bit more diverse in our hiring. We can hire people out in remote areas, that otherwise we wouldn't be able to because they'd have to come into… more»

What needs improvement?

Stability issues. I built out this firewall in a cluster, and I had stability issues day one. Needs to be rebooted frequently. Tunnels need to be bounced frequently. Their… more»

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

I don't think the product's pricing is a good value. I feel it's very overpriced. I feel a lot of the features for a next gen firewall are there. But I feel it's… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

When I started at the company, this solution had been in place, and it was failing, the cluster was failing. So I was tasked with rebuilding the entire solution, to make… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would say avoid it. There are definitely better solutions out there. For the amount of headache that you get with this product, it's not like you're saving yourself any… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're halfway there right now, with the Cisco Firewalls we're switching to. They're very capable, they work like you'd expect, simple licensing, simple upgrades. It's been… more»
Real User
Commercial Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It's a gateway and we can integrate some of their functionalities. It's a gateway for us to work with them. Compared to the previous solution we had - WatchGuard - Check Point really works.

How has it helped my organization?

We had some security issues that WatchGuard could not resolve. Since installing Check Point, we have not had any troubles. We don't have any security problems anymore. Also, as we are systems… more»

What needs improvement?

We looked very closely at ArcSight's solution because it's a multi-vendor solution. With ArcSight we could have Check Point, we could have RSA, we could have any brand and integrate several brands… more»

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

Check Point solutions are very expensive here. It's good, but it's expensive.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before using Check Point we were using WatchGuard, but it was not a good brand. Support from them was very difficult. We decided on Check Point because, first of all, their salespeople did a good job… more»

What other advice do I have?

Some vendors offer a PoC. When you do a PoC you can more easily see which is the better solution. We would recommend requiring a PoC. I would rate Check Point an eight out of 10. They're not a 10… more»
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Dan Huang
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The visibility and the logging are the most valuable features. Also, their interface is second to none. The best thing about it is the interface but it crashes too often. If it can stop crashing that would be great.

What needs improvement?

Their support is completely useless. They need to improve that and the stability. The main reason we are moving on from Checkpoint is because of their stability and their support. There are way too many bugs. You just can't get things to… more»

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

This solution is way too expensive for what it is worth, especially when it doesn't work. It's just pointless. It's time wasted.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Six years ago we were using a Fortinet solution. The reason we switched to Checkpoint was because of the central management. It can manage up to hundreds of devices without failing but in reality, it doesn't actually do that. Central… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a three out of ten. The reason I give it a three and not zero is because the visibility and the interface are great. Other than that, they're too much of a headache. We've had painful experiences that we never… more»
Sandun Fernando
Real User
Network Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
Dec 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the IPsec VPN. The application and content filtering is perfect for our university. This device gives us alerts and reports on a daily and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it mainly for security and content control. Earlier, we could not block BitTorrent and other high bandwidth downloads from our firewall. After introducing this… more»

What needs improvement?

Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions. Checkpoint does not support captive portal in IPv6. We had a big… more»

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

Pricing is negotiable and competitive.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Cisco ASA 5510 as our perimeter firewall before purchasing this NGFW. It only had firewall features. We switched because we were looking for a strong gateway level… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are in the higher education sector in Sri Lanka. We produce graduates to our country and other countries.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We selected the following brands and models by going through different reviews: * SonicWall 9200 * Sophos XG 750 * Fortinet FortiGate 1500D * Check Point 15400 We… more»
LuisDavila
Real User
Network and IT Security Admin at DP World Callao
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Check Point is the management console. Another feature that is most valuable for me is that the configuration is easier than other firewalls.

How has it helped my organization?

We have good support from Check Point. They always send us information about new products, new technologies, and new attacks worldwide. We are looking for endpoint protection and Check Point is one of… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like for them to develop the ability to manage a cloud firewall with the same console. That would be very helpful. Another thing I would like to see improved is that when I start policies in… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched because it is a good product and because of the cloud support. We are moving to the cloud step by step and the cloud support is important. If another company has better cloud support it… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight. It's a good solution. The management is easy. The console is very practical but in order to be a ten, it should be faster. I would advise someone considering this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Cisco vs Fortinet. We chose Check Point because of the cost benefit that this product offers.
Sadiq Abdulwahab
Real User
Network Administrator at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

It gives me very detailed reports. The endpoint solution for clients is wonderful.

What needs improvement?

We're looking at the endpoint because there are some smaller issues with internet connectivity within our country. Although they have it now, we don't have a license for it, and I think mobile device security should be a standard feature. I… more»

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

We pay a license fee on a three year basis. We have a three-year license. We pay $5,000-$6,000 a year.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using the Sonicwall NSG 3400. It's a good appliance, but the major problem is they don't have competent technical partners in Nigeria. So all our support was via email, phone, and remote. It wasn't very good which is why we had to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise anyone to try Check Point. I would rate this solution 7.5 out of 10. I think they should make their licensing simpler.
Reseller
Security Engineer at Tenece Professional Services
Jul 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature we have found to be the most valuable is the management firewall.

How has it helped my organization?

We use Check Point NGFW for compliance. The initial request leads to secondary requests. By the time you have recognition, there is recollection. For the main service, it's collection.

What needs improvement?

This product has room for improvement in technical support for Africa. There are some problems with African countries. We also need to provide excellent services. The additional feature I would most… more»

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

Licensing costs for this solution are on a yearly basis.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Sophos. We switched for more security.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to 10, I would rate this product a nine. Nobody's perfect.
Real User
Network Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use. I like the monitoring the most.

What needs improvement?

All the advanced features of automation, especially the first installation of tunnels, need improvement. Also, in terms of configuration, in terms of tuning, and fine-tuning the system, I think they do make it a bit hard for users. Right now, we need to teach admins, the network and security admins about system fine-tuning in terms of load balancing between CPUs, assignment of processes. I don't… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have a basic network firewall and not the advanced feature, full feature security system. I think they are the best. Still, for instance, when installing a tunnel in Check Point vs installing a tunnel in Cisco, the difference is that in Check Point nothing makes sense, and in Cisco you have the duration capability, the hierarchy of the configuration. I would rate this solution as 8 out of 10… more»
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What is Check Point NGFW?

Your network is under constant threat. To secure it, you need the most advanced firewall protection. Check Point Next Generation Firewall identifies and controls applications by user and scans content to stop threats.

Also known as
Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall
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