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Ryan Steele
Real User
Sr Network Engineer at Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Feb 28 2019

What is most valuable?

Check Point met all of our criteria that we were looking for in a firewall vendor as far as remote access capabilities, as far as IPS and intrusion detection, the SandBlast and the threat extraction… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We didn't really have any IPS before. So, Check Point has improved our security posture. People get used to doing things certain ways, which might not be the best or most secure way, and they can't do… more»

What needs improvement?

The number one thing that's a little bit frustrating is we implement two-factor authentication for remote access. We thought we were going to be able to pick users or groups to do two-factor against… more»

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

We replaced our Cisco ASAs with our Check Points. Our version of the Cisco ASA was at end of life, and we would have needed to move to the next-generation of it. I was the decision-maker. Our company… more»

What other advice do I have?

Nothing is perfect, but Check Point is pretty close to perfect. Check Point is an anomaly in the industry as they only do security. They have been doing this for 25 years and are a pillar of what they… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at the gamut of products out there, since there are a lot of firewall players. However, Cisco has consistently been in the top for a long time. We also looked at Cisco and Palo Alto. We… more»
AaronJones
Real User
IT Security Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

When they work, the log correlation, IPS, antivirus, anti-bot, and the SandBlast are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Check Point has enabled us to detect a lot of threats and prevented a lot of threats from entering our environments. It has kept us safe.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more fine-tune MDM integration, specifically iPhones and Symantec pieces. It integrated in great, but not all of the features went in smoothly. They should expand the partnership with some of the bigger MDM companies… more»

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

We wanted to keep our eggs in one basket, not having a knowledge gap between multiple tools. That is why we decided to go with this product. Up until recently, we had a good scorecard with them.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten.
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Espen Sammerud
Real User
Network Technician at Buypass
Feb 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that attachments to emails and downloads from the web are being emulated in the cloud. We see some malicious downloads and attachments, but it is not a lot. I am thinking… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has caught some harmful attachments and downloads.

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

We would like to try the Threat Extraction blade, but you need to buy a license. Check Point is expensive. I would like to buy things, but I would need the funding. There is room for improvement here.

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

In the beginning, Check Point was just a firewall. It is much more than that now. We have been using the product for over 20 years.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. It is not a ten simply because nothing is perfect. I would advise someone considering this solution to get a Threat Emulation license and try it out.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also looked at Palo Alto and Fortinet. At this point, we know the Check Point product and have a history with it. The management part of Check Point's product is very good. I was involved in… more»
Real User
Security Engineer at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

It seems like it works all the time. We have never had an issue. We have never had something go undetected, anything major. All in all, it works pretty well.

How has it helped my organization?

SandBlast has improved my organization in the way that we no longer have to worry as much about attachments which come in. Previously, it was a pretty frequent occurrence when we would get something malicious. So, it made it so that we… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some speed improvements, e.g., how quickly you can get through all the menus. It crashes sometimes because we push so much through it. Therefore, I would like to see more small things behind the scenes, such as, back-end… more»

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

When I came onboard, this solution was already implemented.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten because it is stable and works well. We have never run into an issue with it. It is frequently updated and our support rep goes through the findings and lets us know what type of stuff is being blocked… more»
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We like that we get to segregate our network. If there's any malicious content in any of those files it gets segregated so it doesn't affect any of your existing infrastructure or network traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

SandBlast has opened us up to a lot more opportunities where we can offer this service to clients. This way they don't have to go to a third-party to get this specific solution. It comes in the Check Point Infinity package, so it has helped us a lot.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see different types of network traffic that we could actually analyze, not just files, but the users as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The customer wanted this solution. They purchased the blade.
Jose Carlos Cordeiro
Reseller
Director at Compugraf
Mar 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The zero-day protection is its most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The Check Point product is very common in Brazil.

What needs improvement?

I would like for them to improve the visibility in the product.

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

In Brazil, we have new threats every year. When we learned about a new threat, we knew that we needed to do something different. Before having a big problem, we decided to invest in Check Point.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven out of ten. I would advise someone considering this solution to do a proof of concept before adopting the solution. In order to avoid problems, it's important to test it before… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we look at vendors, we start with Check Point because we have been using them for many years. Therefore, the product is very familiar to us.
Michael Yamashita
Real User
Security Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 05 2019

What do you think of Check Point SandBlast Network?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is using it to virtualize environments or create a sandbox in which we can use it to test malware.

What is most valuable?

The forensics reports The ability to sandbox malware.

What needs improvement?

Using it in the beginning was difficult because I had never used anything similar. In terms of navigating the UI, it was all not too bad, but there is definitely a learning curve. If I had gone through additional training, it would have been helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It seems scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not yet used…
Real User
Professional Service Assistant at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Mar 04 2019

What is most valuable?

It saves everyone the time of trying to be reactive. Instead, they are proactive by trying to prevent an issue.

How has it helped my organization?

It saves time with us trying to do the analysis. We use it to try to find out how something got into the network. We use it to stop something before it ever gets in.

What needs improvement?

I imagine there will be improvements in later versions. There are hotfixes that come out all the time.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten because it helps us be proactive as opposed to reactive. I would advise someone considering this solution to talk to their sales engineers (SEs) and do comparative testing between the hardware of the products.
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