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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The most valuable feature is the IPsec VPN.
The Smart Dashboard and other user interfaces are very easy to use and can be handled without any significant IT skills.
After introducing this NGFW, we have improved our security posture, and now, have peace of mind.
It filters unwanted traffic.
Super easy to manage. Anyone who has been working with firewalls can handle it.
There is good documentation with a fantastic community and enterprise support.
The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems.
It is easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.
The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable.
Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.
Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.
The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.
Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions.
Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air.
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, from a security point of view. With Check Point, you cannot do so, you can integrate with Check Point products.
There are some issues compared to other products. Ease of use is one.
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 hardware compatibility guide, when I built out the servers to host them on, was not accurate.
It needs better parsing of logs. At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a deeper analysis.
I would like to see multiple DNS servers running on individual interfaces.
They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software.
When a carrier that supports a VPN or IPsec tunnel bounces, the recovery time can take a few minutes. Reducing that time would be greatly appreciated in future releases.
It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.
The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.
A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.
It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Check Point solutions are very expensive here. They're good, but they're expensive... Check Point is only useful for customers that have a big IT budget.
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 overpriced, because of the stability issues. As far as support goes, I really can't speak to direct Check Point support, but the third-party was pretty terrible... As far as the licensing goes, it's pretty complex. If anybody was to purchase the Check Point product, definitely make sure they have an account rep come on site, and explain it line by line, what each thing is. It's not straightforward. It's very convoluted. There's no way you could just figure it out by looking at it.
All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap.
There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.
This solution was about $150,000 cheaper than the closest competitor over a three year period.
In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.
It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.
It is a free solution.
It is economical (i.e., free).
From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.
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|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.
|Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.|
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