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We performed a comparison between Check Point SandBlast Network and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Check Point SandBlast Network vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.""The good part is that you don't have to configure it, which is very convenient.""Safe attachments, safe links, policies, and the ability to protect from zero-day threats are the most valuable features.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a stable solution.""It also gives the vulnerability status according to the versions you have selected. Let's say you have Google Chrome. It mentions the versions it has, and it updates. Within two hours of an update, it is reflected in the dashboard. That's really nice to have.""The solution is very easy to use. All you have to do is to assign the license to the end-user and it's done. The customer will only have the feature activated, and the solution will monitor the emails to determine if they are a threat or not.""Does a thorough job of examining email and URLs for malicious content.""I would say that 90% of the spam and phishing attack emails get blocked right off the bat."

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"It enables my IT system to apply threat detection intelligence and diffuse the endpoint and potential threat attacks and phishing attacks onto the system in the most proactive and secure manner.""Threat extraction can help us to remove malicious content from documents by converting them to PDF.""The use of threat cloud protection with its artificial intelligence can automate possible threats.""Very few false positives are detected, which gives the confidence to raise flags when needed, ensuring the IT department is aware of threats and acting fast.""Preventing zero-day threats and extracting potential threats from incoming files with Threat Extraction is the most valuable feature for us.""The most valuable feature of Check Point SandBlast Network is the sandboxing of PDF and Microsoft system files.""You do not need to risk your network by using the in-line sandbox.""The sandbox is able to scan files without adding a delay or compromising productivity."

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"The most valuable features are the User ID, URL filtering, and application filtering.""Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is very easy to use.""Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system simplifies our security posture based on our requirements. Instead of manually pulling logs, then generating them into readable formats, it gives us the console in a readable format to view.""The initial setup was straightforward.""With the improved visibility we now have, the traffic is being properly monitored, which means that we are better able to manage it. These are improvements that we saw very quickly.""Using Palo Alto Networks Panorama, we were able to deploy a single point of management and visualization of the firewall infrastructure in cloud, on-premise and integrated with Azure to automate scale up. Its security features, i.e. anti-malware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, and antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA features are also very useful to provide secure access to servers and some users in the company. ""The VM series has an advantage over the physical version because we are able to change the sources that the machine has, such as the amount of available RAM.""The most valuable feature is the CLI."

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Cons
"We are always looking for others tools to increase automation on tasks. There can be better integration with other solutions, such as PowerPoint and email.""I'd like some additional features any product can give me to protect our environment in a better way.""In one of the reports I can get the exact place where a vulnerable file resides. But for that, I need to explicitly go into the device and check. If they could include that file part in the report, without my having to go to the device itself, that would help.""Configuration requires going to a lot of places rather than just accessing one tab.""There needs to be an improvement in integrating the product to work across multiple operating systems, and to have better support for non-Microsoft file types.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 could improve by giving customers information on techniques to prevent threats. For example, information about best practices on how to protect their own devices against hackers and scammers, such as educational information or training. This would help others have a better understanding of cyber security. Additionally, there can be more security features added.""Too many false positives and lacks an accurate capability to detect malicious SharePoint sites.""They can improve their security in a way where a customer can know if all their attachments are safe or not to open through a report. The solution does its job perfectly, but it never reports to the customer whether those attachments have been stopped before or not."

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"We have noticed a slight performance hit when the Threat Emulation and Extraction features were enabled, but the protection trade-off is worth it for us.""Check Point SandBlast Network can improve the integration with third-party vendors, such as EDR or CRM products. For example, IBM Curator.""The file types that can be scanned are limited, which means that if the file type is not listed or enabled for the sandbox, they are bypassed and it can lead to a security issue.""In Check Point SandBlast, improvement has to be made with respect to the GUI.""It would be very good for Check Point to improve its support.""When you have to scan emails that come with attachments, it takes a long time to examine them, which causes other emails not to be scanned, which can cause some danger to our organization.""There should be some customized price reductions in the offered packages.""EDR and EPM solutions like Carbon Black or CyberArk have integrations with the cloud version of Sandblast, however, there must be on-premise Sandblast options also."

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"The user interface could use some improvement.""It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation.""At the beginning of the implementation, we had some difficulties with the scripts, but Palo Alto Networks support together with a local partner finally fixed it.""Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed.""The implementation should be simplified.""It would be helpful if we had a direct number for the support manager or the supporting engineer. That would be better than having to email every time because there would be less wait.""We feel that the setup was complex. So, we asked the tech team about the setup process. They explained how to deploy it in the right way, which made it very simple.""It would be good if the common features work consistently in physical and virtual environments. There was an integration issue in the virtual deployment where it didn't report the interface counters, and we had to upgrade to the latest version, whereas the same thing has been working in the physical deployment for ages now. It seems that it was because of Azure. We were using VMware before, and we didn't have any such issues. We do see such small issues where we expect things to work, but they don't because of some incompatibilities. There also seems to be a limitation on how to do high availability in a virtualized environment. All features should be consistently available in physical and virtual environments. It is not always easy to integrate Palo Alto in the network management system. We would like to be able to compare two network management systems. They can maybe allow monitoring an interface through the GUI to create a reference or do a baseline check about whether your network monitoring system is actually giving you the correct traffic figures. You need traffic figures to be able to recognize the trends and plan the capacity."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's a user-base subscription."
  • "From the pricing point of view, like any other product in the market, there is scope for negotiation."
  • "Defender is a little bit more expensive as compared to others. We are in the manufacturing environment. So, we don't have a high budget for all of our endpoint devices. Its cost is a major concern for us."
  • "For licensing, it's usually a yearly package for customers who are subscribed to Office 365, but they can also pay on a monthly basis."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is an add-on to the Office license. Many customers are purchasing this solution."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system."
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  • "I think the overall cost for introducing Check Point with SandBlast was reasonable and competitive in the market."
  • "The cost is not significantly high and it can be negotiated during any purchase of NGFW."
  • "The cost of Check Point SandBlast Network is annually, and there is only a standard license."
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  • "The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used."
  • "Because I work for a university and the URL is for the institution, it's a free license for us."
  • "It is not the cheapest on the market. The total cost for two firewall instances is $75,000. This includes licenses, deployment fees, and support for two years."
  • "The VM series is licensed annually."
  • "Palo Alto definitely needs to be more competitive compared to other products. The problem that I have faced is that the price of licensing is very high and not very competitive."
  • "Initially, pricing was high. Later on, we were able to negotiate the pricing and get something that fits our budget."
  • "This is not the cheapest firewall but it's not the most expensive of the options on the market."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It also gives the vulnerability status according to the versions you have selected. Let's say you have Google Chrome. It… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Microsoft Defender for Office 365. If you already have a deployment method, like CCM or something… more »
    Top Answer:In one of the reports, I can get the exact place where a vulnerable file resides. But for that, I need to explicitly go… more »
    Top Answer:Very few false positives are detected, which gives the confidence to raise flags when needed, ensuring the IT department… more »
    Top Answer:The cost of Check Point SandBlast Network is annually, and there is only a standard license.
    Top Answer:There is a limit on the number of files that can be scanned in real-time, which could lead to us being found with our… more »
    Top Answer:In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it… more »
    Top Answer:Both products are very stable and easily scalable. The setup of Azure Firewall is easy and very user-friendly and the… more »
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    Also Known As
    MS Defender for Office 365
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    Overview

    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 protects all of Office 365 against advanced threats like business email compromise and credential phishing, and automatically investigates and remediates attacks. With Defender for O365 you get Integrated threat protection for all of Office 365 that gives you:

    - Native protection for Office 365 with built-in protection that simplifies administration, lowers total cost of ownership, and boosts productivity.

    - Unparalleled scale and effectiveness with powerful automated workflows to improve SecOps efficiency.

    - A complete solution for collaboration that protects you from attacks across the kill chain.

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

    Check Point’s evasion-resistant technology maximizes zero-day protection without compromising business productivity. For the first time, businesses can reduce the risk of unknown attacks by implementing a prevent-first approach. Learn More about Check Point Sandblast

    The VM-Series is a virtualized form factor of our next-generation firewall that can be deployed in a range of private and public cloud computing environments based on technologies from VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Citrix and KVM.

    The VM-Series natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application identity, the content within, and the user identity. These core elements of your business can then be used as integral components of your security policy, enabling you to improve your security efficacy through a positive control model and reduce your incident response time though complete visibility into applications across all ports.

    In both private and public cloud environments, the VM-Series can be deployed as a perimeter gateway, an IPsec VPN termination point, and a segmentation gateway, protecting your workloads with application enablement and threat prevention policies.

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    Sample Customers
    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
    Edenred, State Transport Leasing Company (STLC), Edel AG, Laurenty, Conseil Départemental du Val de Marne, Koch Media
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company25%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Performing Arts13%
    Logistics Company13%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Security Firm13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Outsourcing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point SandBlast Network vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point SandBlast Network vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Check Point SandBlast Network is ranked 6th in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 12 reviews while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 4th in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 10 reviews. Check Point SandBlast Network is rated 8.8, while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Check Point SandBlast Network writes "Automatically cleans known file types, can detect local file changes, and offers Zero-day attack protection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "User-friendly interface, easy to monitor, and has a single pane of glass for reporting". Check Point SandBlast Network is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Fortinet FortiSandbox, FireEye Network Security, Proofpoint Email Protection and Cisco Secure Network Analytics, whereas Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Cisco ASA Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. See our Check Point SandBlast Network vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report.

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