Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall vs. Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
Score 9.2 out of 10
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The Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall is a tiered firewall product. The base model includes the core firewall services, and can be upgraded to include anti-bot/virus/spam and sandboxing capabilities.N/A
Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services (formerly Blue Coat WebFilter) is a web application protection and web content filtering solution, designed to allow users to control access to web content and block web threats with advanced threat defense and real-time global threat intelligence.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
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Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
8.1
3 Ratings
5% below category average
Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services
-
Ratings
Identification Technologies7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Inspection7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Management Console7.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Logging8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
VPN9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
High Availability8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Proxy Server7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation Firewall
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation FirewallSymantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(5 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway Next Generation FirewallSymantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services
Likelihood to Recommend
Check Point Software Technologies
1) For huge DC environments and complex networks 2) Where clients were consistent up-time like FSI and healthcare 3) Application-aware client req. and preventing day 0 cyber attacks. 4) Securing East-West traffic, hyper-scaling capabilities 5)Some advantages - Best Security meets Ultimate Hardware and SandBlast Zero Day Protection out of the box, Modular hardware 6) High Performance CPUs
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Broadcom
In a large environment, this is the perfect system. If you do not have constant changes, it easily becomes a system you drop in place and rarely have to think about. Our units have been rock solid and have never experienced any unexpected downtime, and upgrades are just a couple button clicks to deploy, or roll back. For small offices, with minimal traffic this may be using a sledgehammer to put in a push pin. It will work great, but the devices is likely over engineered for small offices (<50 people). That being said, price-wise it's still a great solution when compared to competing products and being from Symantec, you know it's going to be around and support for the long term.
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Pros
Check Point Software Technologies
  • SSL inspection provides more effective mitigation of threat and data leakage with the ability to inspect and analyze encrypted traffic.
  • Threat emulation and extraction provides protection against zero-day threats without compromising the data of infected files.
  • 'Office mode' VPN provides a seamless connected experience for remotely connected individuals.
  • Application control features provide granular restrictions to the type of application traffic than can pass through the network.
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Broadcom
  • Almost real time protection from all ongoing threats with their DLA inspection
  • Great visibility into web filtering policies using the dashboards and reports
  • No patching or downloads needed, immediate protection is provided as clients are always cloud connected
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Cons
Check Point Software Technologies
  • HTTPS Inspection -- The firewall has troubles re-packaging the packet in a way that some websites are able to interpret correctly
  • Support -- Even getting support directly from Check Point isn't the easiest of experiences. They are more concerned about how fast they can close a ticket out, rather than fixing the problem.
  • Custom reports -- Custom reporting is extremely limited
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Broadcom
  • The admin interface would be better off not using Java
  • Setting up SSL properly can be a bit challenging
  • Could really use a better source for training, like a library of how-to videos
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Usability
Check Point Software Technologies
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Broadcom
I really like the system, it's easy to use and mostly intuitive. I would have gone 10/10, but the management interface uses Java, and that seems to always make things a bit harder to start. Once everything is loaded and running, it's great - but it does require me to maintain a compatible version of Java on the machine I use to access the system, I'd be much happier with some kind of HTML5 interface. I also deducted 1 point for the functionality of the refer filter - it works as expected, but if the site isn't coded with the correct refer header, like Microsoft's site - then some page elements get stripped and pages only render about 98% correctly. I know that's not in Symantec's list of responsibilities, but having a filter that doesn't fully understand CDNs is worth the 1 point ding.
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Support Rating
Check Point Software Technologies
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.
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Broadcom
I've had exactly 1 problem in 8 years, I contacted support via the customer portal, less than an hour later I found myself in a screen share with a support tech who not only fixed my configuration error, but also took the time to ask about my usage and offered some great tips on changes. It was just one support incident, but I was impressed by the speed of response to a non-critical issue as well as the depth of product knowledge the support engineer had.
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Alternatives Considered
Check Point Software Technologies
In a heterogeneous environment, we wanted to keep multiple vendors for multiple purposes. CP was found very good in handling basic Next generation firewalls features along with handling of VPNs.
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Broadcom
Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services solution was a simple 1U appliance that does everything we need, compared to the Forcepoint solution which required a virtual appliance, a database server, a log server, and a management server - the licensing costs alone make the Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services solution a clear winner. The Forcepoint solution is really good, it just requires such a big footprint without delivering much beyond what the Symantec WebFilter / Intelligence Services solution does with a single unit.
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Return on Investment
Check Point Software Technologies
  • 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.
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Broadcom
  • Boosts business productivity with having secured systems
  • Globally available threat protection adhering to our own security policies
  • User may sometime find it difficult to deal with - so there can be a feature to make it more user friendly in terms of user experience. That is a bit of negative we have seen.
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