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

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Pros
"Its easy implementation against Microsoft Azure was quite satisfactory.""Good interface and visibility.""It offers advanced detection of threats that can harm data from the cloud database.""The solution offers an excellent price, benefit, and installation relationship.""The administration portal panel is very intuitive.""The two most valuable features for us are the central firewall administrator and the real-time cloud compliance monitoring.""Auto remediation is a very effective feature that helps ensure less manual intervention.""The control logs offer detailed reports of what happens within the infrastructure."

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"I like the alert policies because they are quite robust. It has some built-in templates that we can easily pick up. One of them is the alert for mass downloads, when a particular user is running a massive download on your SharePoint site.""I like the web GUI/the management interface. I also like the security of Microsoft. As compared to other manufacturers, it's less complex and easy to understand and work with.""The solution does not affect a user's workflow.""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.""Threat detection is its key feature, and that's why we use this tool. It gives an alert if a PC is attacked or there is any kind of anomaly, such as there is a spike in sending emails or we see an unauthorized website being accessed. So, it keeps us on our toes. We get to know that there is something wrong, and we can isolate the user and find any issues with it. So, threat detection is very robust in this tool.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its monitoring.""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.""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."

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Cons
"The security of Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management could improve. There are always new security issues coming out.""It should have some options to activate API calls to the platform in the cloud, another improvement would be that when the rules are colonized and they want to be published.""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.""Currently, I would like this solution extended to cellular devices or tablets.""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.""Check Point's support, customer service, SLAs, and schedules can be improved a little."

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"Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps' initial setup was quite technical but we were prepared. The time of the implementation depends on the job and how many users are being set up.""Currently, reporting is not very straightforward and it needs to be enhanced. Specific reports are not included and you need to run a query, drill down, and then export it and share it. I would love to have reports with more fine-tuning or granularity, and more predefined reports.""The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better.""It takes some time to scan and apply the policies when there is some sensitive information. After it applies the policies, it works, but there is a delay. This is something for which we are working with Microsoft.""Sometimes the support is actually lacking.""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.""There are some features, such as user navigation content filtering, that are disabled by default, and it probably makes sense to enable them by default.""There are challenges with detection and there are challenges with false-positive rates."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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."
  • "It is a little bit expensive. When you want to have the complete package with Office 365, Defender, and everything else, it is expensive."
  • "We are an MST and we do not pay for the solution. However, the price of the solution could be better."
  • "The cost could be improved when you need to pay for anything. For example, refreshing files takes time to load, though it may be my Internet. To improve the refresh time, Microsoft says that we need to pay for a Premium license, and I don't like paying for things that help make a solution better."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 expectations very well.
    Top Answer:The Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management tool is very good. In addition, the Check Point team works to give updates to the system regularly, and we have made several updates in recent years. We… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native solution, unifying multiple features like DNS-layer security, threat… more »
    Top Answer:One of the most valuable features is auditing. Some of the other protection services have issues with auditing. Microsoft Defender for Cloud has an excellent auditing technique that helps us avoid the… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is in the middle. It isn't too cheap or expensive compared to other antivirus or security products. It is priced according to industry standards.
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    Also Known As
    Dome9
    MS Cloud App Security, Microsoft Cloud App Security
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    Overview

    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 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.
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Security Firm12%
    Cloud Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Educational Organization38%
    Government13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Engineering Company13%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government7%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Midsize Enterprise32%
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    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is ranked 5th in CWPP (Cloud Workload Protection Platforms) with 20 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is ranked 2nd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 19 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is rated 8.4. 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 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, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Amazon GuardDuty, Qualys VM and Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler Internet Access, Netskope CASB, Qualys VM and Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks.

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