Most Helpful Review
Researched Check Point NGFW but chose Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall: Good console management, but the interface is not user-friendly and application filtering needs finer granularity
Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is a secure product."
"It is scalable and stable."
"Cisco ASA is very strong."
"It protects our network."
"The stability of the product is good."
"It is a comprehensive suite and complete package."
"The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward."
"The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it."
"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 is easy to configure and it is a valuable antivirus protection. I especially like the IPS feature of this product."
"We never had an outage of the appliances or the consoles. Stability is very strong. I never had a problem related to stability."
"We use Check Point to complete the network compliance rules."
"The initial setup was very straightforward. You can customize it and change it as you need."
"The solution is easy to use. I like the monitoring the most."
"One of the most valuable features is having the ability to cluster multiple firewalls even if they are different versions."
"The most valuable feature is controlling the traffic and the logging. They have real-time logins for traffic logs. Troubleshooting was very easy for me."
"The central security management center and the content management center are very good."
"When our customer needs some optimization, along with performance and security. If they want everything in one package, I recommend Forcepoint because they have everything."
"The simplicity of the solution is its most valuable asset. It's very user-friendly."
"The support is great. They also have very good categorization. It's very good. It captures a lot of threats."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support."
"The most valuable feature is SD-WAN."
"It is not easy to configure."
"The scalability is a bit limiting, to be honest. In terms of when you look to changing landscape in terms of threats, I think to me, my personal it's a bit limiting."
"Tech support could not answer all of our questions. I had to do research on the web to solve my issues."
"Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time."
"The pricing is a bit high."
"Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on."
"Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version."
"The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now."
"Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions."
"The presentation of the reports need to be more user-friendly."
"I would like for them to develop the ability to manage a cloud firewall with the same console. That would be very helpful."
"This product has room for improvement in technical support for Africa."
"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 cannot control someone bringing their device to my network and what they do."
"All the advanced features of automation, especially the first installation of tunnels, need improvement."
"Reporting has to be improved."
"One of the biggest disappointments is the GUI."
"It's a complicated firewall. Until you come to know the firewall inducers, most people don't like the firewall because the components for the firewall are a little bit complex. User-friendliness is a little bit tough. It needs to be user-friendly when creating policies, and pushing policies. Committing takes more time compared to Palo Alto."
"They should have a GUI on the product itself, not a separate management tool to be used on the management server or on a server to be used to manage the file. It should be all in one device. The device should be controlled through its own GUI. They also have to improve the learning center and the documents as the documents don't really help."
"This solution would be improved with the inclusion of custom reporting."
"The optimization is not really ready. If you want very good optimization, you have to add it to the network."
"The solution's support could use improvement."
"Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement."
"Forcepoint would be improved if there were more training available."
"They should have a local vendor who can provide support. Most of the support is overseas, so the time zones can be a problem."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market."
"It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum."
"Cisco recently has become very expensive."
"The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market."
"Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click."
"It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants."
"Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase."
"With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy."
"The price is high in comparison to other solutions."
"We pay $5,000-$6,000 a year."
"Maybe the pricing is a bit high but you get the durability and the duration."
"Licensing issues may be confusing at times."
"It is quite an expensive product, although security is a top priority."
"This product is not cheap and there are additional costs that depend on what model or package that you buy."
"Palo Alto is somehow not as good as Check Point, budget-wise and performance-wise. Palo Alto is more costly than Check Point."
"Comparatively, Check Point pricing is a little high. However, if you have that budget, I would recommend anybody to go with Check Point."
"The big advantage of this solution is that we can select the right model for our requirements, which is not too expensive."
"I believe the licensing fee is for one year, three years, and five years, or something like that. If you wants to increase the support level from a simpler level to platinum, I think that there's a cost. There are differences between every kind of support, but I don't know the numbers."
"We would love to take other solution from Forcepoint, but unfortunately the price is too high. That's why we are not considering using Forcepoing for our proxy and DLB. They have a very good DLB, but the matter in the end is the cost."
"Forcepoint is very expensive but it's really secure."
"It is expensive."
"The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000"
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: Centralised dashboard for all checkpoints gateway with options of copying policy from 1 gateway to another Providing… more »
Top Answer: Licensing issues may be confusing at times.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the console management.
Question: What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall?
Top Answer: We paid for a subscription license, vendor support, and the training.
Top Answer: The interface is not user-friendly. We were told that we would receive training but it came late and we had already… more »
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Also Known As
|Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv||Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall||Forcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform|
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Offered via the Check Point Infinity architecture, Check Point’s NGFW includes 23 Firewall models optimized for running all threat prevention technologies simultaneously, including full SSL traffic inspection, without compromising on security or performance. Learn More about Next Generation Firewall and What is Firewall?
|Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall protects enterprise networks with high-performance "intelligence aware" security supported by real-time updates. This enables Stonesoft to deliver the industry's best defense against advanced evasions, alone with complete next-generation firewall protection when and where you need it - at remote sites, branch offices, data centers, and the network edge.|
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|There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.||Control Southern, Optimal Media||California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)|
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