Check Point Next Generation Firewall Reviews

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April 03, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The Check Point Next Generation Firewall provides us with holistic perimeter and endpoint security protection throughout the enterprise. The robust and secure VPN functionality also provides enough confidence to enable a 'work from home' / 'road warrior' culture within the organization. In-depth application control, URL filtering and SSL inspection features also mitigate a significant amount of risk for internal users browsing the internet and hosted services that face the internet. Data loss prevention, compliance, threat emulation, and other blades overall make this a robustly unified platform for the implementation and management of security controls.
  • 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.
  • Pricing is not as competitive as the alternatives.
  • Perimeter antivirus is not as effective as its competitors
  • Steep learning curve and expensive certification paths may impair training paths
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.
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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January 17, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Our Check Point Firewall is being used across the organization for all of our internet traffic. All network traffic is backhauled to our corporate location, filtered by the firewall, then out to the internet, and vice versa. The business problem it addresses is to allow certain traffic while blocking others. This is done through both an IDS/IPS, and logging.
  • 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
  • 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
Well suited -- Small businesses that need a simple firewall appliance that doesn't have anything fancy. They need something that gets automatically updated, blocks bad things, and allows good things.

Less Appropriate -- Very large enterprises with granular reporting needs. HTTPS inspection is also an issue, as some packets cannot be correctly viewed. Something like an F5 would be needed to address this problem.
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Check Point Next Generation Firewall Scorecard Summary

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Identification Technologies (1)
Visualization Tools (1)
Content Inspection (1)
Policy-based Controls (1)
Active Directory and LDAP (1)
Firewall Management Console (1)
Reporting and Logging (1)
VPN (1)
High Availability (1)
Stateful Inspection (1)
Proxy Server (1)

What is Check Point Next Generation Firewall?

Check Point Next Generation Firewall is a tiered firewall product. The base product offers IPsec VPN, intrusion prevention, application control, and content awareness in addition to the core firewall. The next tier also provides URL filtering and anti-bot/virus/spam. Finally, SandBlast offer the entire suite of features, plus sandbox capabilities. The NGFW supports hybrid cloud environments and offers additional logging and reporting features.
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