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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Virtual Systems vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control."
"Its VPN and ASN features are very stable."
"The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick."
"This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good."
"The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured."
"Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good."
"I haven't had any major problems so I haven't had to open a ticket with technical support."
"The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature."
"The most valuable feature is the monitoring. We can easily monitor what kind of stuff comes over to our network and we can then check the dashboard and work accordingly."
"It's a high-performance device. The network performance is also really good. We check how much time it takes for the servers. Our network performance has increased since using this solution."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is that you can start off with a simple firewall and expand it to UTM."
"The program is very stable."
"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 target's security attack was started from phishing, etc. We also enjoy using the additional features that protect our internal customer from targeted attacks."
"The IPS, application and URL filtering, as well as Identity Awareness, are all very valuable features."
"A unique architecture makes this product stand out from other solutions."
"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."
"We have found that the simplicity of the XG 210 is its most valuable feature."
"Sophos XG has cybersecurity. It integrates with the antivirus software."
"It gives me a very good, stable connection in all tunnels."
"The SL VPNs are the most valuable feature. I have a lot of systems out of the head office that need to connect to the local networks, and they all connect wirelessly via the Sophos VPN client."
"What I like about his program, is that it is easy to use and easy to manage."
"The filtering is very easy to do. You can segment and create profiles for usage very easily."
"The solution seems pretty stable. We've had no issues so far."
"I like the fact that it can self remove malware and do updates on the cloud via Sophos Central."
"There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates."
"In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders."
"The phishing emails could be improved."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved."
"In the past though, colleagues have had issues during the upgrade process. The failover didn't work and production was down."
"At times the product is sluggish and slow"
"If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own."
"The initial setup was a bit complex."
"The initial setup is difficult. It took me three tries to get it right. The setup took two or three hours."
"The management console can be simplified because at the moment, it is a bit of a challenge to use."
"It is a very expensive program and there are additional costs despite the standard licensing fees."
"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."
"Sometimes, if you aren't familiar with the solution, it can be a bit complex, but it does become easier to use with time. However, every time they launch a new version, it becomes more complex and you need to take time to get familiar with all the changes. For every version that they upgrade, you need to upskill yourself."
"It can be difficult to install properly without prior training"
"If you compare the GUI with the Palo Alto and Forcepoint in the 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 easily, like Fortinet's GUI. Many companies end up using Fortinet because the GUI is very easy, and there's no need for training. They just deploy the box and do the configuration."
"When I call, I have to wait at least one to two hours to reach them."
"The only issue that Sophos XG now needs to improve is the product's reporting capability."
"I would like to have remote access to clients using a static IP for a certain period of time."
"The initial set up process can be a little tricky, especially when you are registering with Sophos using your registration number. Setup is not necessarily complex, but it's not trouble-free. You do have connectivity issues at the initial setup with registering the device on the Sophos platform to access the advanced features. It doesn't always go through the first time around. That may be an issue with the quality of our automation. I'm not sure exactly what it is."
"The program is rather expensive."
"The UTM itself needs improvement. When you're navigating it seems like it takes forever to load anything. The hardware is okay. It's just the software that could be more responsive."
"It's easy to use, but it's hard to configure exact settings. They need to make it easier to access advanced features."
"On reports, they sometimes give a summary, but it lists different users as unknown. There are times that I really want to know which user or which IP is causing a problem."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions."
"The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market."
"We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement."
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs."
"I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable."
"With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect."
"This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run."
"On average, it is normally on the lower end, being less expensive than Palo Alto or Cisco."
"It is more expensive than other solutions and would be more competetive in the market if it came down in price."
"We pay approximately €150,000 ($166,000 USD) per year."
"For licensing the XG 210, we paid approximately $3000 for three years. There are no additional fees on top of this."
"It's a suitable price and license."
"We are paying about $1,500 yearly for the Enterprise Plus. As far as I know, there aren't costs above this standard fee."
"The Sophos pricing, in general, is better than SonicWall, Fortinet, WatchGuard, or anybody else."
"We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees."
"The price is cheaper than that of some competing vendors."
"The pricing is flexible. Sophos looks at a country's economy and offers flexible pricing. This is how they have managed to penetrate the market."
"It's approximately $6,000 for each device."
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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 VSX|
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.
Check Point Virtual Systems taps the power of virtualization to consolidate and simplify security for private clouds while delivering a lower total cost of ownership. It enables customized security against evolving network threats with the extensible Software Blade Architecture. Virtual Systems is supported on Check Point Appliances, including the 61000 Security System as well as open servers.
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Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.
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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.||Bentley Systems, Almaviva TSF S.p.A, Yankuang Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.|
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Check Point Virtual Systems is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 10 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 42 reviews. Check Point Virtual Systems is rated 8.2, while Sophos XG is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Check Point Virtual Systems writes "Reliable solution with a unique architecture that creates flexibility in the deployment ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Offers a high level of visibility of what's happening on your network or on your client machines". Check Point Virtual Systems is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and WatchGuard Firebox, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos UTM, WatchGuard Firebox and OPNsense. See our Check Point Virtual Systems vs. Sophos XG report.
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