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Pros
"All of the features are very useful in today's market.""The dashboard is intuitive. You know if you're compliant or not, and then it gives you a remediation plan.""Auto remediation is a very effective feature that helps ensure less manual intervention.""Good interface and visibility.""This product provides a really nice visualization of the infrastructure, including network topology, firewalls, etc.""It provides complete visibility of workload hosted on different cloud platforms including AWS and Azure, along with multiple tenants.""It helps us to analyze vulnerabilities way before they get installed in production and the web. It gives us more security in the production environment.""Checkpoint posture management gives you visibility across your entire cloud infrastructure, so it helps you with management, maintenance, and compliance. With visibility across all these cloud platforms, you can protect against compromised credentials or identity theft."

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"There are a lot of features with benefits, including discovery, investigation, and putting controls around things. You can't say that you like the investigation part but not the discovery. Everything is correlated; that's how the tool works.""If your business requirements are relatively simple, it can get the job done.""The feature that helps us in detecting the sensitive information being shared has been very useful. In addition, the feature that allows MCAS to apply policies with SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive is being used predominantly.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its monitoring.""The most valuable feature is the seamless integration across different clouds.""We have become more aware of what services our users are using, how often they are using them, and what data is being sent out of the organization and to which services. So, it is really a lot about visibility and helping us make decisions based on that. It drives some of our policy decisions for adding extra security controls.""It is very easy to use, which is what we look for in these types of solutions.""Better logging allows us to find problems and take appropriate steps to lock them out."

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Cons
"Dome9 should also support deployments that are on-premises and in a hybrid cloud.""It should capture more information in metadata including communication detail. Also, Internal IP addresses should not be tracked as this might be having some compliance issues.""The false positives can be annoying at times.""Integration could be improved.""Currently, worldwide, there are many companies of all sizes that do not understand the value that their data has, but even with all existing clouds, they also do not understand what the shared responsibility model is. They only assume that by having a cloud, the provider must ensure safety, when the truth is that the providers only secure their sites. Everything we do in the cloud and how we configure it is actually our responsibility.""We were demotivated by the lack of native automation modules for the Terraform and Ansible tools.""In Dome9, there should be a policy validation option where we can validate the policy before we push it into production.""Reporting should have more options."

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"In the future, I would like to see more plug-and-play capabilities that use AI to tell you what needs to be done. It would be helpful if it scanned our devices and made security suggestions, on a configuration basis.""They should continue integration with all other Microsoft security-related products. The integration with all the other products is still ongoing.""The interface needs to be more user-friendly.""The response time could be better. It will be helpful if the alerts are even more proactive and we can see more data. Currently, the data is a little bit weak. It is not complete. I can't just see it and completely know which user or which device it is. It takes some effort and time on my part to investigate and isolate a user. It would be great if it is more user-friendly or easy for people to understand.""I believe it's only set to be integrated with Microsoft Defender for identity and identity protection. I would like to see it available for use with something like Office 365 Defender. I don't think it's integrated with that yet.""This service would be better if it had a separate license, only for this service, that could be used to track usage.""There are challenges with detection and there are challenges with false-positive rates.""The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is a very straightforward licensing model that is based on the number of assets you are discovering and managing with the solution."
  • "The licensing and costs are straightforward, as they have a baseline of 100 workloads (number of instances) within one license with no additional nor hidden charges. If you want to have 200 workloads under Dome9, then you need to take out two licenses for that. Also, it does not have any impact on cloud billing, as data is shared using the API call. This is well within the limit of free API calls provided by the cloud provider."
  • "I suggest that you pay attention to the product pricing because while there are no tricks, and the licensing model is transparent, the final numbers may surprise you."
  • "Right now, we have licenses on 500 machines, and they are not cheap."
  • "The pricing is tremendous and super cheap. It is shockingly cheap for what you get out of it. I am happy with that. I hope that doesn't get reported back and they increase the prices. I love the pricing and the licensing makes sense. It is just assets: The more stuff that you have, the more you pay."
  • "In the beginning, the price of Dome9 was cheap, whereas now it is not."
  • "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."
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  • "This product is not expensive."
  • "Our clients normally use the Microsoft E1 licensing, which is renewed yearly."
  • "The pricing is a little bit high but right now, we are okay with it because of the compatibility with Office 365, Teams, and Azure AD."
  • "I'm not totally involved in the pricing part, but I think its pricing is quite aggressive, and its price is quite similar to Netskope. Netskope has separate licensing fees or additional charges if you want to monitor certain SaaS services, whereas, with MCAS, you get 5,000 applications with their Office 365. It is all bundled, and there's no cost for using that. You only have the operational costs. In the country I am in, it is a bit difficult to get people with the required skill sets."
  • "Its pricing is on the higher side. Its price is definitely very high for a small-scale company. As an enterprise client, we do get benefits from Microsoft. We get a discounted price because of the number of users we have in our company. We have a premier package, and with that, we do get a lot of discounts. There are no additional costs. It only comes in the top-tier packages. Generally, the top-tier license is the best license that you can get for your organization. If you want, you can buy it separately, but that's not a good idea."
  • "The price could be better and should be reconsidered."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The dashboard is intuitive. You know if you're compliant or not, and then it gives you a remediation plan.
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    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.
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    If your business requirements are relatively simple, it can get the job done.
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    You can buy it alone, however, it's not worth it. Nobody buys it alone as it's not that good as a standalone product. It's better as a part of the E3 and E5 suites. We don't sell it.
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    Also Known As
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    Overview

    Check Point CloudGuard provides cloud native security for all your assets and workloads, across multi-clouds, allowing you to automate security everywhere, with unified threat prevention and posture management. The only solution that provides context to secure your cloud with confidence.

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics. With Microsoft Cloud App Security, you can: 

    - Manage, control, and audit apps to streamline cloud access security

    - Mange your access to resources to discover shadow IT and understand your digital information estate

    - Use real-time controls to enable threat protection on all the access points that touch your environment

    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
    Symantec, Citrix, Car and Driver, Virgin, Cloud Technology Partners
    Customers for Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps include Accenture, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and Nakilat.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm44%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Maritime Company13%
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    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Media Company4%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government6%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is ranked 3rd in Cloud Workload Security with 19 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is ranked 2nd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 12 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management writes "Security visibility accuracy is tremendous, letting us see who is trying to access what". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps writes "Integrates well and helps us in protecting sensitive information, but takes time to scan and apply the policies and cannot detect everything we need". Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Check Point Harmony Email & Office and BMC Helix Cloud Security, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler Internet Access, Netskope CASB, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks and iboss.

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