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"When we started with RPA, there was a requirement that every credential and the bots themselves be protected through the PAM system. From the get-go, we've had CyberArk in the middle... We've got a pretty robust RPA implementation with our PAM platform. Users, bots, the credentials — everything is managed via our PAM solution.""Right off the bat, the most valuable feature is the DNA scan. It gives us the ability to scan our environment and find the accounts that we're going to need to take under control.""CyberArk is a very stable product and it's a stable product because it has a simple design and a simple architecture that allows you to leverage the economies of scale across the base of your infrastructure that you already have implemented. It doesn't really introduce any new complex pieces of infrastructure that would make it that much more difficult to scale.""CyberArk has been easy for us to implement and the adoption has been good. We've been able to standardize a bunch of things. We've been able to standardize relatively easily with the use of the platforms and managing the policies.""The risk of lost password and forbidden access to resources has been drastically reduced which increased the security level for the entire company,""The technical support is good.""The most valuable feature is Special Monitoring.""The Password Upload Utility tool makes it easier when setting up a Safe that contains multiple accounts and has cut down the amount of time that it takes to complete the task."

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"The most valuable aspects of this solution are that it's simple and stable. It has better security aspects compared to other similar solutions.""The most valuable features are security and support.""The interface with Panorama makes it very easy to use.""The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.""In Palo Alto the most important feature is the App-ID.""The most valuable feature is the Posture Assessment.""The most valuable feature is that you can control your traffic flowing out and coming it, allowing you to apply malware and threat protection, as well as vulnerability checks.""The Palo Alto VM-Series is nice because I can move the firewalls easily."

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"The one place where we found that this product really needs to improve is the cloud. Simple integrations don't exist, even today. We don't have anything specific on CyberArk for managing, SaaS products, SaaS vendors, SaaS credentials. I understand it's a vendor-based thing and that they have to coordinate with the other vendors to be able to do that, and there are integrations coming. But these are the major places where CyberArk definitely needs to invest some more time.""It's a big program. To scale excessively, locally, on an on-prem application, takes a lot of servers.""CyberArk has to continue to evolve with that threat landscape to make sure that they're still protecting those credentials that are owned by those that have privileged accounts in the firms.""There is a bit of a learning curve, but it's a pretty complex solution.""It needs better documentation with more examples for the configuration files and API/REST integration""We found a lot of errors during the initial setup. They should work to improve the implementation experience and to remove errors from the process.""The authentication port is available in CyberArk Alero but not Fortinet products.""Currently, in Secure Connect, an end user is required to enter account information manually, and cannot save any of this information for future use."

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"In the next release, I would like for them to develop an anti-malware functionality in which it checks for malicious files like Cisco has.""There should be an option for direct integration with the Azure platform.""The command-line interface is something that some people struggle with and I think that they should have an option to go straight to the GUI.""I would like to have automatic daily reporting, such as how many users have connected via SSL VPN.""The solution needs to have more easily searchable details or documentation about it online, so it's easier to Google if you have queries.""In the next release, I would like to see better integration between the endpoints and the firewalls.""The disadvantage with Palo Alto is that they don't have a cloud-based solution that includes a secure web gateway.""The product needs improvement in their Secure Access Service Edge."

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"I believe that this solution is priced well. It's the market leader and I think that it's the best solution.""Overall, its pricing is really good. The main difference from all the other vendors is that they have one package that covers all the functionality and modules of the basic PAM, except the add-on modules like adware and server protection. It also doesn't include the licenses for domain controller protection or maybe an API call-related feature. For the basic privileged access management, the bundle pricing is really good, but when it comes to an agent-based solution for advanced cyber protection or application identity managers, it is expensive. Services are also very expensive if you hire the services team from CyberArk, but these guys are really good. For a couple of large banking projects, we had an experience with them. The banks wanted to have things quickly and efficiently, so we had to hire them. If we take four weeks, these guys can do everything on a weekend. They charge quite a big sum of money, but they know the system well.""The price of this solution is quite reasonable.""The solution is very expensive and requires a license. We pay for an enterprise license.""Pricing is quite high and it could be improved.""They have two types of licensing: purchase and subscription. You have to pay for each admin user, such as Microsoft admin, mail admin, database admin, etc."

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"The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge.""Palo Alto can be as much as two times the price of competing products that have twice the capabilities.""The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used.""Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us.""It is not the cheapest on the market. The total cost for two firewall instances is $75,000. This includes licenses, deployment fees, and support for two years.""The VM series is licensed annually."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Within the solution, I love the fact that everything is recorded. The configuration capabilities are great, too.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is quite reasonable.
Top Answer: Return on investment on over all product solution cost. especially hardware cost. when the licence increase due to jumpbox concept Hardware requirement also increase. secondly customisation duration… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup was straightforward.
Top Answer: The VM series is licensed annually. The option exists to procure a basic license. With this, the firewall feature comes with the application and the board, with everything in code. A subscription is… more »
Top Answer: When we activate the solution on Amazon, instead of AWS, GCP or another type of public cloud, we encounter problems, as our engineers are not yet completely hands-on in respects of the public cloud… more »
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Overview

CyberArk is the trusted expert in privileged access management and a global leader Identity Security. Designed from the ground up with a focus on security, CyberArk has developed a powerful, modular technology platform that provides the industry's most comprehensive Privileged Account Security Solution.

The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.

The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.

In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.

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Sample Customers
Rockwell Automation
Warren Rogers Associates
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm24%
Insurance Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Comms Service Provider7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm23%
Government15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider18%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise67%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise32%
Find out what your peers are saying about CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
535,544 professionals have used our research since 2012.

CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is ranked 1st in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 15 reviews while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 16 reviews. CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is rated 8.2, while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager writes "Provides simplicity and ease of implementation for the right level of security controls". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "An excellent solution for the right situations and businesses". CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is most compared with SailPoint IdentityIQ, Thycotic Secret Server, BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, Azure Active Directory and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), whereas Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Cisco ASA Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Juniper SRX and Kerio Control. See our CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report.

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