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"The environment is managed and administered centrally in Check Point Infinity which provides a lot of stability with its other features.""Network protection, OS protection, application protection, and file protection are valuable. It is also easy to implement and manage.""Harmony Mobile presents many innovative features.""We have applied MFA so that no one can bypass this security and the users/employees can access their resources very easily, securely, and seamlessly.""Check Point Harmony Mobile has helped us a lot with security outside the perimeter through its mobile technology.""We have had a lot fewer attacks thanks to this solution.""The best thing about the product is that it is transparent and does not impact the users.""We've found that the product is quite stable."

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"MaaS can force people to lock their phones. Not everyone likes having a PIN and other security features on their phones, but this sets a requirement that you can't get your emails unless you have a PIN on your phone. That was a good feature, and we were able to easily increase the PIN from four digits to six digits. Overall, it was pretty user-friendly.""Remote enablement feature and access to internal resources on the VPN.""Using this solution has made things more convenient. Earlier, we had to depend a lot more on IT to find and resolve our issues.""All features that we have deployed are useful. We do access office emails on our smartphones, and we have complete sync with Active Directory. Our calendar also gets synced in the MaaS360 application. We also ensure that the data from these official applications is not being misused by any of the employees. We have disabled cut, copy, paste, and all such features. It ensures that all the official data that our employees have on their smartphones is secure. Security is the paramount feature that we value in this product.""The most valuable feature is the fact that we can find a lost device or shut the device down and wipe it is good for HIPAA.""Maas360 uses distribution groups to deploy apps, which makes it a bit easier than, for example, Intune.""One valuable feature is the ability to provide a secure environment. Another is the kiosk mode where MaaS360 can be used over a tablet or mobile device to ensure that a single application is used.""The solution is easy to implement."

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Cons
"The service provided by Check Point at the technical support level is somewhat slow, and they only provide help in English, which limits some clients.""Compatibility with other Mobile Device Management (MDM) products on the market should be improved, ensuring correct operation between SandBlast Mobile and MDM.""It would be super helpful if there were more details around the risks that were found on our mobile devices.""Harmony Mobile could be improved with increased built-in DLP coverage.""Harmony has more support for Android OS as opposed to iOS. You need a third-party MDM solution to integrate with iOS. If you don't have an MDM, your app can't scan on an iOS device. The solution can scan everything on Android. It sees all your apps.""The product does not provide deep capabilities for sharing specific data to users or groups separately, nor does it provide visibility as to whether a user has access to the data or not.""We can say that this is a very good solution but Check Point has to reduce the cost.""One of the improvements that can be made is that they become compatible with Google MDM."

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"Local technical support would be helpful.""When we have MaaS360 installed on smartphones, it consumes the battery of the device at a much faster pace. This is one of the areas of improvement that I would like to highlight. We have also observed that in the contact list, a lot of duplication is happening. A single contact is duplicated three or four times, which also consumes more memory resources. If they can work on improving it for these aspects, it will have a more positive impact not only on the way the application is being consumed by the user but also on user satisfaction. A lot of new features are being deployed or rolled out by companies that are competitors of IBM MaaS360. IBM will have to ensure that all those features are on board so that we have a complete suite of features in the platform, rather than deploying multiple diverse solutions to cater to the requirements of our customers.""IBM MaaS360 can improve the information provided for DLP control. Some of our customers would benefit from this.""User interface is basic and not very intuitive.""The price could be lower.""The solution needs to offer live technical support. Right now, it's just a chat window and it's rather unhelpful.""The user interface could definitely use some improvement.""Zero day support is something they can work on. They can make it a little bit more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost is huge compared to other products, and it seems this solution is only for companies with a large budget."
  • "This is a very expensive product."
  • "The quality, price, and support ratio are very good."
  • "Regarding the cost of licenses, each device consumes one, even if it has both professional and personal profiles."
  • "Check Point provides a separate license in cases where organizations want to use this only on mobile devices, or laptops/desktops."
  • "At the moment, the price is good, but there is always scope for amelioration when it comes to pricing. When pricing is lower, it can make a customer buy the product. Customers ask us about the price of the product before allowing us to explain the functionality to them."
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  • "Fees are monthly and it's approximately $8 per user."
  • "Price is something for which we are always under pressure. If we have to look at the MaaS deployment, the price definitely has to come down. This is clearly one of the areas that we will have to work on, not only as a provider to our customers but also as a consumer of this service."
  • "I feel the pricing to be very high."
  • "MaaS360 is priced at a balance. It is not as expensive as AirWatch or Jamf and is not a cheap solution like a few of the local products."
  • "The licensing structure is broken down into levels, each with different functionalities available. Depending on your license, there may be additional fees for extra features."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We have had a lot fewer attacks thanks to this solution.
    Top Answer:It is important to always implement demo environments to test first before doing it in production so that we can have more experience when migrating it to the most important environment. The cost is… more »
    Top Answer:I feel that the way of implementing users in a massive way should improve, where we can easily load some Excel, which can provide all the users that are required to be implemented. Also, the solution… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization researched both Microsoft Intune and IBM MaaS360 when considering the type of endpoint security tool that we wanted. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM MaaS360 to secure and manage… more »
    Top Answer:Maas360 uses distribution groups to deploy apps, which makes it a bit easier than, for example, Intune.
    Top Answer:We are charged on a monthly basis. It's my understanding that the pricing is the same as or similar to Intune. If we do switch over, the pricing will be pretty much the same. With IBM, you had to have… more »
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    Also Known As
    Check Point Mobile Access, Check Point SandBlast Mobile
    Fiberlink MaaS360, MaaS360
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    Overview

    Check Point Harmony Mobile is a unified security solution for user devices and access. It is a complete threat defense solution for mobile devices that prevents cyberattacks and enforces security for remote workers and users. It prevents threats on apps, networks, and OS while enhancing the user experience and preventing the disruption of device performance. 

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Benefits

    Some benefits of Harmony Mobile include: 

    • Advanced app analysis that detects known and unknown threats
    • Mitigates threats regardless of the mobile management platform or what the user is doing
    • Prevents infected devices to send data to botnets
    • Blocks phishing attacks on social media, email, and messaging

    Harmony Mobile integrates with UEM systems to assess the device’s level of risk. The UEM quarantines and activates security policies, such as blocking access to corporate assets. 

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Key Features

    Harmony Mobile's key features include: 

    • App protection: The platform detects and blocks the download of malicious applications in real-time. It runs the application in a cloud-based environment and tests it by leveraging techniques such as sandboxing, advanced static analysis, anomaly detection, and other techniques. By doing so, it prevents malware from infiltrating employees’ mobile devices. 
    • Network protection: The platform’s unique infrastructure extends Check Point security capabilities to mobile devices. It includes features such as anti-phishing, safe browsing, conditional access, anti bot, and URL filtering. 
    • Simple and easy to use management: Check Point Harmony Mobile integrates with almost all mobile management solutions (MDM/UEM), and supports BYOD programs and remote work settings. It delivers scalability and efficiency with zero-touch deployment. The system works for all Android deployment models. The management console is cloud-based, delivering visibility over the risk posture and enabling admins to roll granular policies. 
    • User friendly: The platform is easy to adopt, with no disruption of the user experience or the device's usability. The system delivers detailed threat notifications in real time as well as weekly reports. The platform doesn’t impact battery life or data consumption. Additionally, it keeps the user and corporate data private without collecting or analyzing personal information. Finally, the platform anonymizes the context metadata from apps and networks it uses for analysis.  

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Components 

    • Behavioral risk engine: The engine uses data received from the app about the network, configuration, and OS data integrity, detects and analyzes suspicious activity, and produces a risk score.
       
    • Mobile gateway: A multi-tenant architecture and mobile devices are registered. The gateway manages the solution communications with connected mobile devices and with the dashboard.
       
    • Management dashboard: The dashboard enables administration, provisioning, and monitoring of devices and policies. It integrates with Unified Endpoint Management.

    • Mobile Protect app: This lightweight app for iOS and Android collects data and analyzes threats to devices. It monitors the operating systems, applications, and network behavior and collects data to detect malicious behavior.

    • ThreatCloud: A database with real-time threat intelligence on indicators of compromise from hundreds of thousands of Check Point gateways and millions of endpoints worldwide.  

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Capabilities

    • Prevents malicious app downloads
    • Prevents phishing on applications
    • Prevents man-in-the-middle attacks
    • Stops infected devices from accessing corporate applications
    • Detects OS exploits

    Reviews from Real Users

    "The easy navigation of the admin portal is a welcome change to how some other admin portals are not very user-friendly," says G.S., a Manager of Infrastructure Services at an energy/utilities company.

    Kadeem C., an IT Security Analyst at an energy/utilities company, says, "I really like the application scanning portion where it scans your current applications and any new applications that you add to the device to let you know if it is malicious."

    Oleg P., Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group, says, "The most impressive thing is the SSL VPN Portal."

    Hans V., an Engineer at Caldoo, adds that “We've found that the product is quite stable."

    MaaS360 with Watson is the industry’s first and only cognitive unified endpoint management (UEM) platform, enabling a smarter approach for enterprises to manage and secure all endpoints plus their users, apps and content.

    MaaS360 can be used to manage disparate endpoint types—including smartphones, tablets, laptops, ruggedized devices and the Internet of Things (IoT)—all from a single console.

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    Sample Customers
    Samsung Research America, Mississippi Office of the Secretary of State
    Bancroft, Garuda Indonesia
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government12%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Construction Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise52%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%

    Check Point Harmony Mobile is ranked 1st in Mobile Threat Defense with 17 reviews while IBM MaaS360 is ranked 5th in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 14 reviews. Check Point Harmony Mobile is rated 9.2, while IBM MaaS360 is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Check Point Harmony Mobile writes "Secures and segments corporate and personal data, offers remote secure-wipe capabilities, but the reporting is complicated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MaaS360 writes "Provides access to local resources without a VPN, scales well, and it's easy to use". Check Point Harmony Mobile is most compared with Check Point Remote Access VPN, VMware Workspace ONE, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Zimperium and McAfee MVISION Mobile, whereas IBM MaaS360 is most compared with Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, SOTI MobiControl, Jamf Pro and 42Gears SureMDM.

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