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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
"The two most valuable features for us are the central firewall administrator and the real-time cloud compliance monitoring.""Its easy implementation against Microsoft Azure was quite satisfactory.""The administration portal panel is very intuitive.""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.""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. The different cloud platforms all have their own way that they handle a lot of the stuff that Dome9 handles. Even within their platform, they are in a lot of disparate places, e.g., in AWS, there are five different tools. You have to jump between them to get the same information that you can just pull in automatically on Dome9, which is just one platform. We are using multiple platforms, so that makes it even more complicated and time consuming if you had to just rely on them to get all of your information. Whereas, it's all just summarized and put together on the Dome9 end.""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.""It provides complete visibility of workload hosted on different cloud platforms including AWS and Azure, along with multiple tenants."

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"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 most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is to stop shadow IT.""In Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, there is an option to enable files. Once you enable that, it will give you all the files in your organization and where they are located in the cloud... That feature is very useful for investigation purposes.""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 ability to prevent users from using certain applications is one of the most valuable features. It doesn't require any configuration for implementation from the client perspective. It just works right away and gives you the information you need.""The general usability of the solution is very straightforward.""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.""Better logging allows us to find problems and take appropriate steps to lock them out."

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Cons
"The security of Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management could improve. There are always new security issues coming out.""The tool has a lot of potential, but today, it lacks a lot of Scripts/Bots for Azure.""Reporting should have more options.""Currently, I would like this solution extended to cellular devices or tablets.""Integration could be improved.""The support must be more effective.""The reporting dashboard responds slowly, which leads to late report compilation.""The biggest thing is the documentation aspect of Dome9 is a little lacking. They were purchased by Check Point about a year and a half to two years ago. When they integrated into Check Point's support system, a lot of the documentation that they had previously got mangled in the transition, e.g., linking to stuff on the Dome9 website that no longer exists. There are still a lot of spaces with incomplete links and stuff that is not as fully explained as it could be."

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"Sometimes the support is actually lacking.""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.""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.""This service would be better if it had a separate license, only for this service, that could be used to track usage.""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.""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.""They should continue integration with all other Microsoft security-related products. The integration with all the other products is still ongoing.""The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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:This solution has saved the company from unnecessary data loss that occurs due to cyber attacks.
    Top Answer:The setup cost is high, however, the pricing terms vary based on the size of an organization.
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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.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm33%
    Security Firm14%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Educational Organization38%
    Government13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Engineering Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is ranked 4th in CWPP (Cloud Workload Protection Platforms) with 21 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is ranked 2nd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 18 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is rated 8.4. 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, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Amazon GuardDuty, Qualys VM and Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security, 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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