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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

Check Point Next Generation Firewall is a great solution for larger companies that have the ability to dedicate a large budget towards information security controls. In order to get the best return on investment, however, the company should have a highly functioning information security maturity level and the ability to invest in dedicated training so that all features are utilized effectively. The SmartEvent dashboards are able to provide ongoing data that can track this effectively.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Any scenario where a dedicated firewall administrator is on staff and a secure firewall solution that requires high availability is needed will be a good solution for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product. The McAfee Firewall Enterprise however comes with some of its own parlance that is different from other vendors and does require some comfort on the administrators side when it comes to working in the command line. Added knowledge of protocols and how they interact is a must for any firewall admin but particularly for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product due to its flexible nature. If the environment is to be mostly hands off where a very limited rule set is to be configured and not likely to change often, I would defer to a different product
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.2
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Identification Technologies
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
8.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Visualization Tools
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Content Inspection
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Policy-based Controls
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Active Directory and LDAP
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Firewall Management Console
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Reporting and Logging
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
VPN
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
High Availability
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Stateful Inspection
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
9.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Proxy Server
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
8.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Pros

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

  • Logging -- Logs are clearly displayed with all information about the packet
  • Canned reports -- The reports "out of the box" are pretty nice and give you a lot of detail
  • Rule Configuration -- Defining (basic) rules is easy to do, and understandable
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • Based on the SecureComputing Sidewinder firewalls, the McAfee Firewall Enterprise does similar backend containerization of each service which provides for added security in the unlikely event of failures or breeches.
  • Tie in reporting services (if used by the admin) provide very granular details on rules accessed and the firewalls response to the requests.
  • Configurable options are plentiful. Unbound DNS can be configured on each "burb" (SecureComputing/McAfee parlance for interface), similar options for sendmail while rulesets can be configured at the application level down to simple IP-filter making options for enhancing security as well as troubleshooting equally as useful.
  • Full control over shell for scripting and/or scheduling (cron) purposes.
  • Solid HA and patching architecture.
  • Support was always helpful, knowledgeable and insightful (especially the staff that migrated from SecureComputing).
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

  • Check Point has a complex range of reporting tools, some of which can take time to learn and be comfortable with.
  • The firewall is solid and needs to have someone with training to manage it which means any little mistake can bring down the network and have you on the phone with Check Point support.
  • They are pricey for some of the hardware and reporting tools.
Ramesh Ramrattan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • For an application-layer firewall the applications supported (at the time I managed them) were too few and would need to be expanded and the application ruleset needed to be expanded as well.
  • The remote access VPN client configuration was overly complex for the average user and would need to be supplemented with a configuration file that had already been generated. Other solutions from CheckPoint or Cisco ASA are not as complex for end user remote access.
  • Enhancing the GUI with a builtin "packet capture" feature would be useful for administrators not familiar with tcpdump.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Check Point has a variety of support options that can be used to optimize your investment in the product. Companies with a larger information security and certified checkpoint engineer employee base can benefit from a standard SLA, while companies with a smaller security engineering footprint or more critical implementations can opt for premium, elite or diamond packages that even include the ability to provide on-site engineers for major security incidents. Check Point PRO support also provides the ability to outsource maintenance concerns by automating case creation and follow up when application components fail.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

No score
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No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

At the time when we were evaluating Fortinet, it was not a layer 7, while Check Point did offer this. It appears that since then they have created next-gen firewalls as well. The interface of Check Point is a little easier to use (although the interface tends to use a lot of bright pink colors)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Compared to other firewalls I've managed (Palo Alto, Cisco ASA & CheckPoint) I would say that McAfee Firewall Enterprise was probably at the time not the leader in its field however it is a product that proved its reliability and flexibility over the other vendors. The addition of many new features usually comes as a detriment to some other area (restricted CLI, decreased logging etc.). In my experience this product gave the flexibility and options that the organization needed.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

  • Although there are better alternatives out there, Check Point delivers results for the price we paid for the system.
  • Since implementation, we have not have any major issues with the product, minor issues were resolved in a timely fashion.
  • Check Point currently fulfills our need for an outside facing firewall, when our organization grows larger, we will be looking at higher level enterprise solutions.
Ramesh Ramrattan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • In its highly available configuration the impact on any business objective has been positive given the fact that any downtime of the firewall would negatively impact all business objectives.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
8.9
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
7.0

Support Rating

Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

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