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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"The IPS, as well as the malware features, are the two things that we use the most and they're very valuable.""The protection and security features, like URL filtering, the inspection, and the IPS feature, are also very valuable for us. We don't have IT staff at most of the sites so for us it's important to have a robust firewall at those sites""We can easily track unauthorized users and see where traffic is going.""With the FMC and the FirePOWERs, the ability to quickly replace a piece of hardware without having to have a network outage is useful. Also, the ability to replace a piece of equipment and deploy the config that the previous piece of equipment had is pretty useful.""They wanted to leverage something which is equivalent that can give them the next gen features like application awareness and intrusion protection. So that is a major reason they were looking forward to this. The original ASA firewall did not have these features. This was the major reason the customer moved on to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD). Now they can go ahead and leverage those functionalities.""The Firepower+ISE+AMP for endpoint integration is something that really stands it out with other vendor solutions. They have something called pxGrid and i think it is already endorsed by IETF. This allows all devices on the network to communicate.""Being able to determine our active users vs inactive users has led us to increased productivity through visibility. Also, if an issue was happening with our throughput, then we wouldn't know without research. Now, notifications are more proactively happening.""One of the most valuable features is the AMP. It's very good and very reliable when it comes to malicious activities, websites, and viruses."

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"The most valuable feature is that we are protected against zero-day threats.""The best feature is the ability to increase the capacity of the solution by exactly what you add, not losing anything for High Availability.""The rules are very easy to deploy and can be optimized pretty quickly.""SmartCenter and SmartLog are the best platforms to manage firewall rules. SandBlast Zero-Day is very useful when encountering any security leaks.""With the new SmartTask offered in R80.40, we will be happy to configure some automatic control-functions.""Check Point is very administrator-friendly and the SmartDashboard is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the Stateful Inspection, which was developed by Check Point.""The most valuable features are application control, regulation, and threat prevention."

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"This solution not only provides better security than flat VLAN segments but allows easy movement through the lifecycle of the server.""The most valuable features are the IPS/IDS subscriptions.""Provision of quality training material and the reporting is very good.""The solution allows us to set parameters on where our users can go. We can block certain sites or ads if we want to.""The interface and dashboards are good.""The most valuable feature is the security provided by the ATP.""I like that it has high security.""Innovative, advanced threat protection is the most valuable feature."

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Cons
"For the new line of FTDs, the performance could be improved. We sometimes have issues with the 41 series, depending what we activate. If we activate too many intrusion policies, it affects the CPU.""The user interface for the Firepower management console is a little bit different from traditional Cisco management tools. If you look at products we already use, like Cisco Prime or other products that are cloud-based, they have a more modern user interface for managing the products. For Firepower, the user interface is not very user-friendly. It's a little bit confusing sometimes.""We would like to see improvement in recovery. If there is an issue that forces us to do recovery, we have to restart or reboot. In addition, sometimes we have downtime during the maintenance windows. If Cisco could enhance this, so that upgrades would not necessarily require downtime, that would be helpful.""We had an event recently where we had inbound traffic for SIP and we experienced an attack against our SIP endpoint, such that they were able to successfully make calls out... Both CTR, which is gathering data from multiple solutions that the vendor provides, as well as the FMC events connection, did not show any of those connections because there was not a NAT inbound which said either allow it or deny it.""I was just trying to learn how this product actually operates and one thing that I see from internal processing is it does fire-walling and then sends it to the IPS model and any other model that needs to be performed. For example, content checking or filtering will be done in a field processing manner. That is something that causes delays in the network, from a security perspective. That is something that can be improved upon. Palo Alto already has implemented this as a pilot passed processing. So they put the same stream of data across multiple modules at the same time and see if it is giving a positive result by using an XR function. So, something similar can be done in the Cisco Firepower. Instead of single processing or in a sequential manner, they can do something similar to pile processing. Internal function that is something that they can improve upon.""The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution.""The central management tool is not comfortable to use. You need to have a specific skill set. This is an important improvement for management because I would like to log into Firepower, see the dashboard, and generate a real-time report, then I question my team.""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box."

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"Reporting has to be improved.""One of the biggest disappointments is the GUI.""One of the main features that need improvement is the rule filter export.""Check Point needs to work on hardware problems also.""The Check Point support needs a lot of improvement.""The SmartUpdate interface is a little bit crowded if your company has a lot of software items.""No product is perfect and there is always room for improvement.""Compliance and centralized management can be improved."

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"I wish that the Palos had better system logging for the hardware itself.""In the future, I would like to see more OTP features.""Need improvement with their logs, especially the command line interface.""We're working with the entry-level appliances, so I don't know what the higher-end ones are like, however, on the entry-level models I would say commit speeds need to be improved.""The pricing could be improved upon.""I would like the option to be able to block the traffic from a specific country in a few clicks.""The whole performance takes a long time. It takes a long time to configure.""The user interface is probably not as slick as it could be."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.""The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""There are additional implementation and validation costs.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""This product is expensive."

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"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 pricing and licensing are expensive. If you compare it with Fortinet, then it is cheaper on a yearly basis. However, Check Point is the most expensive firewall right now in terms of licenses and its appliance. My recommendation is if you want a long-term investment, then you should use an open server. If you use an open server, then the latency is really low. If you pay for a full appliance, it's more expensive.""Use the basic sizing tool to do the correct sizing so you don't waste too much money, because it's not a very cheap solution when compared to other vendors."

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"The price of this product should be reduced.""The pricing is competitive in the market.""This is an expensive product, which is why some of our customers don't adopt it.""The product is expensive compared to competing products but uses a similar type of pricing model based on hardware, software and maintenance.""It is a little bit expensive than other firewalls, but it is worth every penny. There are different licenses for the kinds of services you want to use. When we buy a new product, we go for a three-year subscription.""It is a little bit expensive.""The NG firewall is an expensive solution.""This is an expensive product and there is a subscription cost."

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Questions from the Community
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Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall
Palo Alto NGFW, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks PA-Series
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense 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 NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
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.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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?

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls secure your business with a prevention-focused architecture and integrated innovations that are easy to deploy and use. Now, you can accelerate growth and eliminate risks at the same time.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
Control Southern, Optimal Media
SkiStar AB, Ada County, Global IT Services PSF, Southern Cross Hospitals, Verge Health, University of Portsmouth, Austrian Airlines, The Heinz Endowments
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm28%
Computer Software Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company22%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise68%
REVIEWERS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise61%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise57%
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise30%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise48%
Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,267 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Check Point NGFW is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 120 reviews while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is ranked 8th in Firewalls with 63 reviews. Check Point NGFW is rated 8.8, while Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Check Point NGFW writes "Central architecture means we can see an end-to-end picture of attacks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls writes "The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry". Check Point NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Meraki MX, Juniper SRX and Cisco ASA Firewall, whereas Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Sophos XG, Meraki MX and Sophos UTM. See our Check Point NGFW vs. Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls report.

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