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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. pfSense and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Pros
"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."

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"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."

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"We generally use it because it's cheap. When we need something more robust we use Barracuda and Sony Wireless Routers. For certain clients, we use pfSense because it's compatible with the VoIP platform.""My company mainly works in the health and educational domain, schools and universities. I prevent the improper use of content from schools and universities. I defend the medical records for the patients in our hospitals. That is the main use case for me for the firewall.""I had some outages in the network and we provide services for our company. We sell mobile credits. The terminal gets access to our own server inside the network and if one internet fails, then the other one is still up and we have a back-up link on the devices.""This solution has helped our organization by protecting our network from attacks.""This solution has increased the level of security, given us more control, provided a deep insight into network traffic, and is a great VPN solution.""The scalability is very good, where you can do an HA configuration and then bring in another box, if necessary.""The most valuable features are the VPN and the capture photo.""The solution is very robust."

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Cons
"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."

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"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."

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"I would like to see SD1 integration into the software. That would be fantastic.""pfSense is not user-friendly. I hope to have something to make the interfaces more user-friendly.""Adjustment in the interfaces: I had to adjust those interfaces manually and of course that is a great feature that you can restore it but it is immediately also one point for improvement. If you don't have to adjust, if it's just stamped and it works, that's great.""This product needs improvements with respect to reporting and auditing.""We would like to see ready-made profiles to cover most users' needs.""I would like to see different graphs available in the reporting.""If a user doesn't have a large amount of experience in Linux systems, they will have problems using this solution. Users need to be highly skilled in troubleshooting competency. Users who do not have such skills will find the product difficult to use.""The solution requires a lot of administration."

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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."

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"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."

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"This solution provides enterprise-level features at a fraction of the cost of an enterprise firewall.""It is an open source firewall."

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Questions from the Community
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: Need to have some options for configuring firewall policy based on Zone. As it allows creating Flat policy and explicit… more »
Top Answer: One other big difference is that pfSense is FreeBSD based while Sophos UTM is linux based. It is also worth having a… more »
Top Answer: Basically the major difference between Sophos XG Firewall and PFsense is that Sophos is a nextgen firewall based on… 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 ASAvCheck Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall
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Overview

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.

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?

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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Sample Customers
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 MediaNerds On Site Inc., RKC Development Inc., Expertech, Fisher's Technology, Ncisive, Consulting, CPURX, Vaughn's Computer House Calls, Imeretech LLC, Digital Crisis, Carolina Digital Phone, Technigogo Technology Services, The Simple Solution, SwiftecITInc, Rocky Mountain Tech Team, Free Range Geeks, Alaska Computer Geeks, Lark Information Technology, Renaissance Systems Inc., Cutting Edge Computers, Caretech LLC, GoVanguard, Network Touch Ltd, P.C. Solutions.Net, Vision Voice and Data Systems LLC, Montgomery Technologies, Techforce, Concero Networks, ASONInc, CPS Electronics and Consulting, Darkwire.net LLC, IT Specialists, MBS-Net Inc., VOICE1 LLC, Advantage Networking Inc., Powerhouse Systems, Doxa Multimedia Inc., Pro Computer Service, Virtual IT Services, A&J Computers Inc., Envision IT LLC, CommunicaONE Inc., Bone Computer Inc., Amax Engineering Corporation, QPG Ltd. Co., IT 101 Inc., Perfect Cloud Solutions, Applied Technology Group Inc., The Digital Sun Group LLC, Firespring
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company14%
Retailer10%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
Media Company5%
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University18%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
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Computer Software Company20%
Media Company8%
Government6%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise48%
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Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise57%
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Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business69%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point NGFW vs. pfSense and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,517 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Check Point NGFW is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 57 reviews while pfSense is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 13 reviews. Check Point NGFW is rated 8.6, while pfSense is rated 8.6. 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 pfSense writes "The terminal gets access to our own server inside the network and if one internet fails, then the other one is still up". Check Point NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Azure Firewall, Meraki MX , Juniper SRX and OPNsense, whereas pfSense is most compared with OPNsense, Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate, Untangle NG Firewall and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Check Point NGFW vs. pfSense report.

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