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Siju Siju
Real User
Assistant Manager IT Projects at Mustafa Sultan
Sep 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are within the unique architecture that creates flexibility in the deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

Check Point gives us a strong solution that we can depend on when deploying it for clients.

What needs improvement?

The knowledge base that is available is limited and it is on a closed network where only a customer or certified engineer will know about it. A beginner who wants to learn about the product actually… more»

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

Check Point pricing is high. It is a sector where there is heavy competition so it does not help when trying to sell the product. But one thing is that the sales chain is fantastic. The price is… more»

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

We deploy a variety of products for our clients depending on their needs. Check Point is one of the most reliable.

What other advice do I have?

The web application firewall is commonly used in most firewalls now. If they can add that as a feature, it would be a very strong scenario. When we use Check Point on a perimeter or a DMZ zone, the… more»
Real User
Network Security Engineer at a government
Sep 11 2019

What is most valuable?

As per the solution's blade design, there are many options. For example, you have to buy a UTM blade and an advanced malware blade, etc. If the blade license is there, we can configure from the firewall GUI. The net policy and routing are… more»

What needs improvement?

If you compare the GUI with the Palo Alto and Cisco, they're very easy. Check Point, due to its design, is a little bit complex. They should make the GUI easy to use so that anyone can understand it, like Fortinet's GUI. Many companies end… more»

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

Compared to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense, the solution is cheap. However, not as cheap as Fortinet or Palo Alto. If clients have smaller budgets, we would have to advise one of those instead.

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

I am currently also working on Cisco ASA, Fortinet, and Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

There are two deployment model modes in Check Point. One is a gateway level and one is a no gateway all-in-one box solution. With the gateway level, only hardware will be there, all operating systems are stored in a VMware and if there are… more»
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Anatolii Kachanovskyi
Real User
Head of Cyber Security Department at NGT Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We find Check Point valuable because they are 100% focused on security. It totally closes the potential vulnerability channel. We can check our mail and our attachments and we can scan everything easily. We get an immediate report about the situation of the attachments. We can discover if the… more»

What needs improvement?

The stability of the solution could be improved, but this is the problem of all the solutions in the market. This isn't just a problem specific to Check Point.

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

Our licensing is yearly at a fixed cost. The solution has a very flexible pricing model. It can provide the same level of security and performance, but in parallel, can be subscription-based.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is the on-premises deployment model which we use in our server environment. We are an integration company, and although we deal with other solutions, we mainly focus on Check Point. The solution is a great mix of user experience, flexibility, security features, and cost. After five… more»
Chieftech67
Real User
CTO at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the cluster support. We have been using this for a long time, so it is not a feature from the latest version.

What needs improvement?

We would like to be able to scale out such that we can increase performance within a cluster with more active nodes. Our biggest complaint concerns the high resource usage for IDS/IPS, as we cannot… more»

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

The price of this solution could be improved. We pay approximately ‎€150,000 ($166,000 USD) per year. We receive four days of support every year from our service provider before we have to contact… more»

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to start by identifying high-bandwidth use cases. If you have any, and you have a high-security requirement, then I suggest considering other… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution, although we are currently considering alternative solutions from Forcepoint and Fortinet.
Steve Switzer
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The multiple virtual firewalls on one box are extremely useful and the interconnection with virtual switches is simple and easy to understand. We need a product that is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Monitoring using SmartConsole and all its features is extremely easy, and I find SmartEvent an excellent monitoring tool for spotting threats and user behaviour.

What needs improvement?

We have Microsoft CASB cloud app security and it's one of the least compatible firewalls. They really need to look at this, as both Check Point and Microsoft are major… more»

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

Look into this carefully and be sure you use all you buy. We haven't bought SandBlast or the bot solution but they look effective.

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

No previous solution. It's always been Check Point, though before the virtual firewall we used to have a Juniper fw. Now we are just Check Point because for the threats we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you can make use of the virtual firewalls and read up on the device or take a course before you implement. Or, if you get it installed, make sure you have the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, it was decided to stay with Check Point.
Real User
Director at InfoGuardian
Aug 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that you can start off with a simple firewall and expand it to UTM. You don't have to buy a UTM to start off with, but rather, you can buy a simple firewall and upgrade it. The simple firewall comes with many of the UTM features, in any case.

What needs improvement?

The management console can be simplified because at the moment, it is a bit of a challenge to use. I would like to see support for software-defined wirings in the next release of this solution.

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

The price of this solution varies from small to extremely expensive. On average, it is normally on the lower end, being less expensive than Palo Alto or Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is to never assume that something is simple, because there's always a hidden snag that we run into. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Nhlanhla Nhlapo
Consultant
Consultant at a government with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The IPS, application and URL filtering, as well as Identity Awareness, are all very valuable features.

What needs improvement?

Reporting needs improvement. It's difficult to utilize properly. Currently, I'm in a situation whereby a client of ours is looking for reporting on their organizational unit. Check Point has failed to do that. We've been trying to do it for… more»

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

We didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

For those who want to implement the solution, they should make sure they have a very strong networking background. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am familiar with Fortinet, although I didn't do a direct comparison. I did compare other solutions as well.
Real User
Network and Security Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 05 2019

What do you think of Check Point Virtual Systems?

What is our primary use case?

This solution is very important for our network. We use it for the data on our servers and for our internet connections. We also use it for all of our user devices to connect to outside corporations. The IPS on our devices prevents any issues from occurring. We use the on-prem version of this solution.

What is most valuable?

We currently upgraded our devices to a new version. We have noticed a performance increase. We tested filtering features and it's an interesting feature that helps us with our tasks. We don't need very complex features.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Check Point for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a high-performance device. The network performance is also…
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What is Check Point Virtual Systems?

VSX (Virtual System Extension) is a security and VPN solution for large-scale environments based on the proven security of Check Point Security Gateway. VSX provides comprehensive protection for multiple networks or VLANs within complex infrastructures. It securely connects them to shared resources such as the Internet and/or a DMZ, and allows them to safely interact with each other.
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Bentley Systems, Almaviva TSF S.p.A, Yankuang Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
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