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We performed a comparison between Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management and Microsoft Defender for Cloud based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"It has been great for us. Previously, we didn't have a solution to protect us, especially from malware, whereas now, we are getting protection up front, especially from the malware attacks coming through emails or endpoints.""It's a very scalable tool that can be used in a very small environment or in a very large environment. Everything can be managed from a simple dashboard and can be scaled up or down depending on the customer's environment.""Within advanced threat hunting, the tables that have already been defined by Microsoft are helpful. In the advanced threat hunting tab, there were different tables, and one of the tables was related to device info, device alert, and device events. That was very helpful. Another feature that I liked but didn't have access to was deep analysis.""The EDR features are valuable. By getting the EDR features, we have more control over the device. We have information about events in real-time and more protection against zero-day threats and zero-day vulnerabilities. We can monitor every event or action that a device is going through. We can get an idea if it is something malicious or if we have to take any actions.""We can automate routine tasks and write scripts to carry out difficult tasks, which makes things easier for us.""Many people don't realize that Microsoft Azure, Exchange Online, and the security and compliance portal all sync together. For instance, within the Azure portal you can set security restrictions and policies to help secure your tenants... The good part of it is that these products have already been integrated. When you sign on as an admin you have global admin rights and that gives you access to all these features.""Microsoft 365 Defender is simple to upgrade.""The solution is well integrated with applications. It is easy to maintain and administer."

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"We really liked its ease of implementation against our Microsoft Azure environment.""Good interface and visibility.""It presents great visibility of the traffic flow of our cloud, providing information on what data and users are circulating and in the event of a threat, it immediately identifies them by providing detailed and granular information from our entire environment.""This solution has saved the company from unnecessary data loss that occurs due to cyber attacks.""Its easy implementation against Microsoft Azure was quite satisfactory.""The dashboard is intuitive. You know if you're compliant or not, and then it gives you a remediation plan.""The two most valuable features for us are the central firewall administrator and the real-time cloud compliance monitoring.""The most valuable feature of Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is the training."

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"Everything is built into Azure, and if we go for cross-cloud development with Azure Arc, we can use most of the features. While it's possible to deploy and convert third-party applications, it is difficult to maintain, whereas Azure deployments to the cloud are always easier. Also, Microsoft is a big company, so they always provide enough support, and we trust the Microsoft brand.""Defender lets you orchestrate the roll-out from a single pane. Using the Azure portal, you can roll it out over all the servers covered by the entire subscription.""Threat protection is comprehensive and simple.""The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.""It is very intuitive when it comes to policy administration, alerts and notifications, and ease of setting up roles at different hierarchies. It has also been good in terms of the network technology maps. It provides a good overview, but it also depends on the complexity of your network.""The first valuable feature was the fact that it gave us a list of everything that users were surfing on the web. Having the list, we could make decisions about those sites.""One of the features that I like about the solution is it is both a hybrid cloud and also multi-cloud. We never know what company we're going to buy, and therefore we are ready to go. If they have GCP or AWS, we have support for that as well. It offers a single-panel blast across multiple clouds.""The main feature is the security posture assessment through the security score. I find that to be very helpful because it gives us guidance on what needs to be secured and recommendations on how to secure the workloads that have been onboarded."

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Cons
"This solution could be improved if it included features such as those offered by Malwarebytes.""The documentation on their website is somewhat outdated and doesn't show properly. I wanted to try a query in Microsoft Defender 365. When I opened the related documentation from the security blog on the Microsoft website, the figures were not showing. It was difficult to understand the article without having the figures. The figures were there in the article, but they were not getting loaded, which made the article obsolete.""The solution could improve by having better machine learning and AI. Additionally, the interface, documentation, and integration could be better.""The data recovery and backup could be improved.""Correctly updated records are the most significant area for improvement. There have been times when we were notified of a required fix; we would carry out the fix and confirm it but still get the same notification a week later. This seems to be a delay in records being updated and leads to false reporting, which is something that needs to be fixed.""The support from Microsoft could improve. There are times I have to wait for a response from a qualified specialist.""Microsoft 365 Defender does not have a unique package with emerging endpoint security technologies, such as EDR and XDR.""The logs could be better."

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"The false positives can be annoying at times.""We're looking for a solution that can incorporate legacy infrastructure for some of our business needs.""Reporting should have more options.""CloudGuard could be more customizable. It has built-in standards for things like GDPR compliance. But depending on your business lane, you might want to build your own controls based on your own standards.""Currently, I would like this solution extended to cellular devices or tablets.""The guidelines to implement or to link with the clouds are not complete.""The entire system is complicated, and the setup process may not cater to the company's demands.""I would like to see improvements in the vulnerability assessments in terms of how the solution discovers vulnerabilities or compromised workloads. Also, customizable reports would be nice."

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"The solution could improve by being more intuitive and easier to use requiring less technical knowledge.""Another thing is that Defender for Cloud uses more resources than CrowdStrike, which my current company uses. Defender for Cloud has two or three processes running simultaneously that consume memory and processor time. I had the chance to compare that with CrowdStrike a few days ago, which was significantly less. It would be nice if Defender were a little lighter. It's a relatively large installation that consumes more resources than competitors do.""Most of the time, when we log into the support, we don't get a chance to interact with Microsoft employees directly, except having it go to outsource employees of Microsoft. The initial interaction has not been that great because outsourced companies cannot provide the kind of quality or technical expertise that we look for. We have a technical manager from Microsoft, but they are kind of average unless we make noise and ask them to escalate. We then can get the right people and the right solution, but it definitely takes time.""Azure's system could be more on point like AWS support. For example, if I have an issue with AWS, I create a support ticket, then I get a call or a message. With Azure support, you raise a ticket, and somebody calls back depending on their availability and the priority, which might not align with your business priority.""We would like to have better transparency as to how the security score is calculated because as it is now, it is difficult to understand.""Microsoft sources most of their threat intelligence internally, but I think they should open themselves up to bodies that provide feel intelligence to build a better engine. There may be threats out there that they don't report because their team is not doing anything on that and they don't have arrangements with another party that is involved in that research.""One of the main challenges that we have been facing with Azure Security Center is the cost. The costs are really a complex calculation, e.g., to calculate the monthly costs. Azure is calculating on an hourly basis for use of the resource. Because of this, we found it really complex to promote what will be our costs for the next couple of months. I think if Azure could reduce the complex calculation and come up with straightforward cost mapping that would be very useful from a product point of view.""Azure is a complex solution. You have so many moving parts."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solutions price is fair for what they offer."
  • "The price could be better. Normally, the costs depend on the country you're located in for the license. When we were in the initial stage, we went with the E5 license they call premium standard. It cost us around $5.20 per month for four users."
  • "The price of the solution is high compared to others and we have lost some customers because of it."
  • "Microsoft is not competitive with the pricing of the solution. The competitors are able to offer lower discounts. The price of the solution is higher."
  • "We have a lot of problems in Latin America regarding the price of Microsoft 365 Defender, because the relationship between dollars and the money of the different countries, it's is a lot. Many customers that have small businesses say that they would like the solution but it is too expensive. However, large companies do not find the cost an issue."
  • "The most valuable licensing option is expensive, so pricing could be improved. Licensing options for this solution also need to be consolidated, because they frequently change."
  • "Microsoft should provide lower-level licensing options. They should do it in such a way that even an individual could purchase a license, and it should be entirely flexible."
  • "They have moved from a licensing model to pay-per-use... The question is: What happens if, for any reason, there's not enough budget to accept this model? That could be a great problem."
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  • "Licensing and costs are straightforward, as they have a baseline of 100 workloads within one license and no additional charges."
  • "The license for CloudGuard Posture Management is about $80 a year, and it's based on your cloud footprint, not the number of users. So you could have a million users, and it doesn't matter."
  • "From a pricing perspective, they are pretty expensive."
  • "In the beginning, the price of Dome9 was cheap, whereas now it is not."
  • "Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is always known as a good solution but an expensive one. When you're using Cisco, Check Point, or Palo Alto, you know that you will pay more, but you know that it will work."
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  • "Azure Defender is a bit pricey. The price could be lower."
  • "This is a worldwide service and depending on the country, there will be different prices."
  • "Security Center charges $15 per resource for any workload that you onboard into it. They charge per VM or per data-base server or per application. It's not like Microsoft 365 licensing, where there are levels like E3 and E5. Security Center is pretty straightforward."
  • "There is a helpful cost-reducing option that allows you to integrate production subscriptions with non-production subscriptions."
  • "Its pricing is a little bit high in terms of Azure Security Center, but the good thing is that we don't need to maintain and deploy it. So, while the pricing is high, it is native to Azure which is why we prefer using this tool."
  • "I am not involved in this area. However, I believe its price is okay because even small customers are using Azure Security Center. I don't think it is very expensive."
  • "The cost of the license is based on the subscriptions that you have."
  • "Although I am outside of the discussion on budget and costing, I can say that the importance of security provided by this solution is of such importance that whatever the cost is, it is not a factor."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is well integrated with applications. It is easy to maintain and administer.
    Top Answer:The data recovery and backup could be improved.
    Top Answer:The control logs offer detailed reports of what happens within the infrastructure.
    Top Answer:The prices are competitive. You also have to see the characteristics that Check Point provides; it meets the… more »
    Top Answer:The Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management tool is very good. In addition, the Check Point team works to give updates… more »
    Top Answer:Azure Security Center is very easy to use, integrates well, and gives very good visibility on what is happening across… more »
    Top Answer:The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.
    Top Answer:This is a worldwide service and depending on the country, there will be different prices. There is a price calculator… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
    Dome9
    Microsoft Azure Security Center, Azure Security Center, Microsoft ASC, Azure Defender
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    Overview

    Microsoft 365 Defender, part of Microsoft’s XDR solution, leverages the Microsoft 365 security portfolio to automatically analyze threat data across domains, building a complete picture of each attack in a single dashboard. With this breadth and depth of clarity defenders can now focus on critical threats and hunt for sophisticated breaches, trusting that the powerful automation in Microsoft 365 Defender detects and stops attacks anywhere in the kill chain and returns the organization to a secure state.

    - Reduce signal noise by viewing prioritized incidents in a single dashboard. 

    - Use the automated investigation capabilities to spend less time on detection and response.

    - Take care of routine and complex remediation with Microsoft 365 Defender by auto-healing affected assets.

    - Hunt across all your data, leveraging your organizational knowledge with custom queries. 

    - Develop custom detection and response tools for long-term protection and improved security posture.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is a CWPP (Cloud Workload Protection Platform) tool that enables your organization to automate governance across multi-cloud assets and services. These services include visualization and assessment of security posture, misconfiguration detection, and enforcement of security best practices and compliance frameworks. This solution is one of the leading cloud native security solutions on the market and is suitable for companies of all sizes.

    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management Features

    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Network security
    • Application protection
    • Workload protection
    • Posture management
    • Cloud intelligence

    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Support cloud native environments: Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management provides cloud security and compliance posture management for cloud-native environments, including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and Kubernetes.
    • Visibility across your entire cloud infrastructure: The solution’s powerful network and asset visualization, including network topology and firewalls, allow you to discover any vulnerabilities, compromised workloads, open ports, or misconfigurations in real time.
    • Custom rules and restrictions: With Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management you can quickly create custom rules with unique restrictions and governance practices using the solution’s Governance Specification Language (GSL), which supports seamless auto deployment for all types of programming languages.
    • Protection against compromised credentials and identity theft in the Cloud: Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management offers better protection and control over IAM users and roles, allowing administrators to easily manage granular permissions across entire cloud environments.
    • Manage posture everywhere across multi-cloud environments: By implementing the solution, you can manage the security and compliance of your public cloud environments at any scale. Additionally, the solution requires no software installation and no agents to manage. All you need to do is specify policies once across multiple clouds, and the system uses underlying cloud controls to implement the policy on each cloud.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management solution.

    An Advisory Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm says, "Security visibility accuracy is tremendous, letting us see who is trying to access what. I love the work involved in maintaining and scaling security services and configurations across multiple public clouds using this solution, versus using native native cloud security controls. It is so much better.”

    PeerSpot user Schillebeeks B., Owner at AD Internet Consulting, mentions, "The two most valuable features for us are the central firewall administrator and the real-time cloud compliance monitoring."

    Another reviewer, a Senior Security Engineer at an insurance company, states, "The audit feature is the most valuable for compliance reasons. It gives you a full view of the whole environment, no matter how many accounts you have in AWS or Azure. You have it all under one umbrella."

    Mantu S., Sr. Technology Architect at Incedo Inc., comments, "Auto remediation is a very effective feature that helps ensure less manual intervention."

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud protects your Azure and hybrid resources. Microsoft uses a wide variety of physical, infrastructure, and operational controls to help secure Azure—but there are additional actions you need to take to help safeguard your workloads. Turn on Azure Security Center to strengthen your cloud security posture. Within Azure Security Center, use Azure Defender to protect your hybrid cloud workloads. With Azure Security Center, you can:

    - Assess and visualize the security state of your resources in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds with Azure Secure Score

    - Simplify enterprise compliance and view your compliance against regulatory requirements

    - Protect all your hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Defender, which is integrated with Security Center

    - Use AI and automation to cut through false alarms, quickly identify threats, and streamline threat investigation

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

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    Sample Customers
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    Symantec, Citrix, Car and Driver, Virgin, Cloud Technology Partners
    Microsoft Defender for Cloud is trusted by companies such as ASOS, Vatenfall, SWC Technology Partners, and more.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company38%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Security Firm12%
    Cloud Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Agriculture12%
    Consumer Goods Company12%
    Pharma/Biotech Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise53%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
    670,523 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is ranked 4th in Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP) with 20 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is ranked 2nd in Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP) with 33 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management writes "A non-technical person can start creating custom rules using GSL Builder in about a week, but the vendor is slow to fix bugs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud writes "Provides good recommendations and makes policy administration easy". Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Amazon GuardDuty, Qualys VM, Wiz and Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Amazon GuardDuty, Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Trend Micro XDR. See our Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud report.

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