If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Check Point Security Management, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would advise others to properly apply good design concepts by engaging professionals. They should properly scope their environment to ensure that they are deploying the solution to optimized standards. They should also ensure that they train their personnel to be able to handle the first level and even second level support when it comes to the management of Check Point. I would rate Check Point Security Management a seven out of ten considering the skills that are required and the ease of use and management.
This solution is overall our favorite Check Point product. It's a product that you need to have if you have a Check Point Firewall. If you have a Check Point Firewall, you need to have to Check Point Security Management. You cannot manage the firewalls directly, you need to have the manager. I think it's the best product Check Point has and is the one that makes the difference. When you compare it to, for example, Fortinet, which has a manager that is web-based, it's not as easy to use and easy to drag and drop objects. The way to see the logs is not as good. It works better than web-based FortiManager, for example. Palo Alto is also web-based, but me and my team, all of us prefer the SmartConsole over the way we have to manage FortiGate. It's very easy to search for rules on the policy, Check Point is much easier than the competition. The competitors work well but Check Point works better. If you refresh the page, you will lose what you did. Even the screen resolution is dependent on the browser. Drag and drop is not as good as with Check Point. It's by far the best product we have to manage firewalls. I think the thing that makes the difference on the other Check Point firewalls. My advice would be to try the SmartConsole before deciding if you want to go ahead with buying Check Point Firewalls and the manager. You can install the application in any Windows, computer, or Windows server and try the SmartConsole in demo mode. I would rate Check Point Security Management a nine out of ten.
Overall, this is a very good solution.
There's a demo of the Security Management available for free - just download and install the SmartConsole application, and you could see the interface and most of the features available.
We're still in the testing phase in terms of using the solution. Soon, it will be one year since we have fully deployed it. So far, it's been very good. I would rate it eight out of ten.
On a scale of one to ten, I'd give Check Point Security Management a nine because it is not yet available in our country.
We are using the on-premises deployment model. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.
We're using the on-premises deployment model. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Pay attention to the stability of the solution because it's very critical. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10. They need to improve the usability. It's good but it can always be better.
Do the homework because Check Point is rather expensive. There are better firewalls on the market now that are cheaper and provide better functionality and security. I rate it a six out of 10 because the user interface is overly complicated.
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