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Check Point Security Management Valuable Features

JM
Network Security Engineer/Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The features we like and find the most valuable are the ways we can manage the policy, create objects, and drag and drop objects in our daily operation. It makes our daily operation on the firewall management much easier than going, for example, to one firewall, then going to the other. We have a centralized point of managing the firewall in terms of firewall policy and in terms of threat prevention policy where we can easily review the antivirus policy. It has a good description of which protection we are applying to the IPS on the antivirus. It's very clear and easy to use.

The SmartConsole chooses which application communicates with the manager and allows us to create the policies and also look at the log of the traffic that is crossing all the firewalls. We can manage and also see the logs of what is happening on the firewalls.

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RD
System Engineer Network & Security at OTTO GmbH & Co KG

The management API is the best new feature for me. It allows us to further automate our customers' automated server ordering.

The API reduces the administrative effort so that we can concentrate on essential things. It is an enormous advantage for our customers that rules are created automatically and are available immediately. 

For our private cloud, we have to stay competitive with the public clouds and the speed on offer is what counts here. It's good.

The new web management tool allows the management in the browser, which is a great feature.

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CM
Senior Infrastructure Services Specialist at St.George Bank Limited

The Main Domain Log Management Server is what I find to be the most valuable feature for the Security Management of our environment. 

With the Main Domain Log Management Server, support teams are able to check and verify the information required in order to determine if any traffic is getting blocked or denied due to specific policy rule implementation, or even identify any traffic getting spoof or any other related events on the gateways. 

It has a central management log server that helps us to easily identify faults and issues in the environment, especially during outages and incidents during the implementation of policy rules.

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CM
Senior Infrastructure Services Specialist at St.George Bank Limited

The Main Domain Log Management Server is what I find to be the most valuable feature for the Security Management of our environment. With the Main Domain Log Management Server, support teams are able to check and verify the information required to determine if any traffic is getting blocked or denied due to specific policy rule implementation. It can even identify any traffic getting spoofed or any other related events on the gateways. It has a central management log server that helps us to easily identify faults and issues in the environment, especially during outages and incidents during the implementation of policy rules.

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Senior Network and Security Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

As the security administrator, who is responsible for the day-to-day tasks (e.g. creating new firewall rules, monitoring the security alerts and incidents etc.) and the maintenance (e.g. installing the new Jumbo Hotfixes), I find the Check Point Security Management R80.10 to be the great solution. 

Now everything is configured in one place - the unified SmartConsole, which helps me in saving the working time and not jumping from one console or dashboard to another constantly. The interface is cozy and modern. I especially like built-in searching capabilities - you may not just find the objects, but also see where exactly it is used across the whole security policy. Also, now the latest logs may be seen in the security policy as well, per matched rule. 

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GC
Senior Infrastructure Service Specialist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The Check Point Security Management platform provides a central location for the management of domains and firewalls in the environment. The nature of the product brings valuable returns to the operation, increasing efficiency when configuring and troubleshooting.

The intuitive interface also allows new team members to adapt to the technology if they are not familiar with it initially. It doesn't take much for one to familiarize themselves with the product.

Another great feature is to have available logs in a central location, enabling the troubleshooting of security issues anywhere in the environment.

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Associate Consult at Atos

Some of the great aspects of the solution include:

1. Smart Event is a great feature of the Check Point management console. It gives a complete graphical view of more than a year of traffic flow including botnet traffic, malicious host present in-network, compromised hosts, and many more.

2. Object (based on IP, hostname, domain name) configuration.

3. Application and URL filtering configuration.

4. Log monitoring and alert configuration.

5. IPS configuration with improved performance.

6. Applying filters based on source, destination, port, application, etc. which is easy compared to all other vendors in the market.

7. Managing clustering for gateways - including their live health check performance - can be done on the dashboard itself.

8. The SSL VPN monitoring based on users and tunnel monitoring are great value-added features present in the management console.

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GD
Global IT Network and Security Service Senior Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The unique management using Smart Console for all Firewalls is very useful. Also, the management of policies and the log page allows for easy troubleshooting and configuration using a single pane of glass. The new release R81 allows a very fast installation of policies on the firewalls.

The MEP feature had a lot of problems during the implementation, needing configuration of TXT file via the CLI, however, at the end of the implementation, it is working well and has given us a very good advantage on the VPN solution in our company. I hope to see other useful features in the next release.

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MB
Presales engineer cybersecurity expert en ElevenPaths at Telefónica

One of the features that attract me the most is being able to activate different functionalities through its blades, having centralized point access to all of them, and being able to activate and deactivate them as needed.

In addition, the fact that everything starts from the same unified management console makes it very easy to integrate new equipment or functionalities once the operator has become familiar with it, as everything will follow similar management or operation mechanisms.

This is one of the aspects I value the most.

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Technology consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The Check Point Management server is isolated from security gateways, which means that in case there is an issue, we have our configuration ready and we can directly replace the device and push the configuration. Logs are collected at the management server, hence we can preserve those as well. 

We can keep on adding new devices that can all be managed from a single security management server.

After the upgrade to R80, we have a single interface for all activities. Previously, we needed to configure using different applications.   

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AB
Network Security Engineer at Atlantic Data Security

We love the ability to monitor performance in real-time, and gather critical information about network flows and traffic. 

The controls for creating, modifying, and editing firewall policies, firewall configurations, and other system operations are very simple and seamless. Accessing and viewing logging from many firewalls worldwide is also made very simple and intuitive with the ability to see both an overall picture of the logging, as well as the ability to filter down to the most specific traffic flows.

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SA
Network Administrator at Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Plc

The additional features offered by the solution are excellent. We didn't have a lot of these on a previous solution, and they've proven to be an advantage for us.

Based on my personal use of the system, the interface is quite good.

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DN
Customer Executive IT at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We have found all the security blades very helpful. The IPS blade, Antivirus blade, Anti-bot blade, Threat Emulation blade, and Threat Prevention blades have been most useful in securing the network. 

With the antivirus, IPS, and Anti-bot blades signatures being automatically updated regularly on a daily/hourly basis, the network is always safe. 

The URL and Application Filter blade offers a daily update of the database which helps us control the traffic. 

Mobile access has helped us cater to more than 4000 users so that they can work from home.

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CA
User at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is good when it comes to access control, which is the basic feature that we use in a firewall appliance or solution. Check Point is effective when it comes to security control and threat prevention.

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Network Engineer at LTTS

The most valuable feature for me is Identity Awareness.

Earlier, we were creating policies with a machine IP-based policy. Whenever a user's machine was changed we had to manually change that machine IP to streamline the user access without their work being interrupted. That was a very hard task for me but now, with this identity awareness blade, we are creating users with their user ID.

If any user changes desk location or something else, we map the user ID-based access. It is a one-time activity and we are very happy with it.

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PL
Firewall Engineer at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Using a single GUI with a single management IP makes things easier if you have to administrate several customers. In the Multi-Domain Environment, you are able to see an overview of all the different customers.

Several health checks are shown for the gateways in an overview so you don't always have to use a monitoring system in parallel since you see some states at a glance after logging in.

Having the possibility to use Smart Event to check for threats on a broader scale helps after a security incident and also makes it easier to check - instead of looking through different logs.

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ICT Officer at Kenyatta National Hospital

In terms of most valuable features, I love the URL filtering as well as the identification capabilities which link with the Active Directory and work for me even with bandwidth regulation. These allow me to select to whom to do what, and when.

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SM
ICT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

Check Point Security Management has a beautiful interface for viewing logs and access reports. You can create many filters and run queries from a modern graphical interface without resorting to shell commands.

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