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2020-01-26T09:26:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Check Point Remote Access VPN?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Check Point Remote Access VPN, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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13 Answers
LA
Cloud Support - Security Admin at a tech company with 1-10 employees
User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-07-29T05:09:00Z
29 July 22

On a technical level, the tool is very good, and safe, in addition to providing a lot of control.

Adriamcam - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at ITQS
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-06-22T14:08:00Z
22 June 22

One of the main aspects of importance in a company is the security of the computer platforms. When making an investment with these tools you are taking care of an important patrimony that will double your profits.

JamesYa - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architect at Cloud4C Services
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-04-12T20:01:40Z
12 April 22

I rate Check Point Remote Access VPN a seven out of ten.

FG
Especialista Certificado en Administración de Servicios de Tecnología de la Información at AZZAIT
User
Top 20
2022-02-28T14:53:00Z
28 February 22

Check Point is very reliable and secure.

Alex Tremblay - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Manager at H2O Power
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-19T15:26:00Z
19 November 21

Check Point products are typically not cheap, however, I've found it's often due to the fact that you can do a lot with it. I recommend Check Point products to anyone who is going to have the time and expertise to administer them. You're going to be able to do what you want to do, engineer a design that works for you. If you want to just plug it in and forget about it, then this might not be the product for you. That said, for those who do just want to plug something in and forget about it, I warn you to be cautious. When it comes to Remote Access, you don't want to ignore this. You want to be looking at it and you want to monitor it, otherwise attackers will take advantage of that weakness. This is where Check Point allows you to monitor the edge, while granularly controlling it.

Manuel Briones - PeerSpot reviewer
Voice and data infrastructure specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-02T20:39:00Z
02 November 21

We would like them to add a 2MFA feature in the future. This is our direct request.

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NK
Senior Vice President, Technology for the Americas at Engel & Völkers Development GmbH
Real User
Top 10
2021-06-16T01:39:00Z
16 June 21

Get this software installed as soon as possible. It's a smart move.

Ifeanyi Onyiaodike - PeerSpot reviewer
Network security engineer at Fidelity Bank
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-03T09:53:16Z
03 June 21

We are customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I'd advise new users that, when it comes to deploying with an authentication provider, I would advise that you use a Microsoft authenticator. We tried using their authenticator at first, but that is not good. That did not work. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

LA
Network, Systems and Security Engineer at SOLTEL Group
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-02T10:42:00Z
02 June 21

So far, I have not found any negative characteristics to complain about, since in general, the software works in an excellent way and it has never failed us.

PeerSpot user
Network Security Engineer/Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-25T06:25:00Z
25 October 20

It's not hard to deploy the solution. Remote Access VPN is easier to deploy than some other solutions like Pulse Secure. If you already have a Check Point firewall, this remote solution is a win-win because you don't need to buy, manage, or do a hardware refresh when you enter the end of life. You will have centralized logs on the same tools. If you have a Check Point firewall, this solution is the best for you. I would rate Check Point Remote Access VPN a nine out of ten. It works very well. I would say it's almost the perfect solution. As far as I'm aware, it's one of the oldest solutions from Check Point. So it's very, very stable. They have a lot of years of working with it.

Oleg Pekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-08-27T17:49:00Z
27 August 20

The Check Point Endpoint Remote Access VPN for MacOs and Windows are reliable solutions for remote access VPN, and fully compatible with the Check Point security ecosystem.

AG
Network Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-08-03T06:11:00Z
03 August 20

My advice would be to have patience. Make sure you get a Tier 3 support person. Setting up the servers and everything is easy, but deploying the Endpoint VPN client is not easy. They need to have someone walk them through the process of creating the Trac file that contains the settings for the client. That is hard. There is the endpoint server, which is on-prem, and easy to set up like any other appliance that any network engineer or systems administrator should know how to do. That is easy. But if you want to deploy the client, which most people want to deploy the client, and have any type of configured settings on it, then know that it is not just a generic client. That's the hard part. My advice would be to reach out to support and have them help you with it. I remember not knowing how to deploy the Trac file and struggling immensely. I was unable to deploy the client and get people working, which is my job and what I'm supposed to do. Learning how to do that, being familiar with the process, and actually doing what I'm expected to do at work, which is let people be connected to the firewall, that was my biggest lesson. I would rate it a seven and a half out of 10.

CK
Senior System Engineer at Thai Transmission Industry
Real User
2020-01-26T09:26:00Z
26 January 20

I don't have any advice yet. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give Check Point Remote Access VPN a seven.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Jul 29, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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AG
Network Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
03 August 20
My understanding is that the pricing and licensing are very competitive, and it's not one of their more expensive products. We buy licenses for the solution and have licenses for the endpoint servers.
Kirtikumar Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
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01 September 20
This is a very good solution for our employees who work outside of our organization.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Jul 29, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Check Point Remote Access VPN. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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CK
Senior System Engineer at Thai Transmission Industry
26 January 20
In terms of improving the service, I think they could add more features, like the security to block off the doors, or create another hatch, something like this. They could make the features safer, add malware to make my mail and the Kryon system safer and to protect data at an earlier stage.
AG
Network Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
03 August 20
Currently, we're using Check Point Endpoint Remote Access VPN R70.30.03. That's the latest version of R70.30. We haven't upgraded to R80 yet, but all of our firewalls are R80. We've been through many iterations of the Endpoint VPN client. I remember awhile ago, it was very difficult to deploy and not have problems, but they've come a long way. Now, it's a lot better. I have worked so much on this in the past with Check Point that they actually had their vice president of product development call me. I remember one of the things that I told him need room for improvement, which I still haven't seen: When you want to deploy a new Check Point agent, it is really a pain in the butt. For example, Windows 10 now has updates almost every couple of months. It changes the versioning and things under the hood. These are things that I don't understand, because I'm not a Windows person. However, I know that the Check Point client is installed on the Windows machine, and if the Check Point client's not kept up-to-date, then it's functionality breaks. It has to be up-to-date with the Windows versions. Check Point has to update the client more often. Now, the problem is that the Check Point client is not easy to update on remote computers and it's not easy to deploy a new client. They need to improve deploying a new Endpoint Remote Access VPN client and updating existing Endpoint Remote Access VPN clients. Especially if you want to deploy a new one, it's not an easy process. Their software doesn't really support creating a new Endpoint Remote Access VPN client. There is a lot of manual activity. They need to automate it better. You have to create a generic client, download it to a computer, and install it to the computer. Then, you have to find a file deep inside the directory that it creates. It's like a text file, then you take that text file out and edit the settings in it. For example, I have to tell it to connect to a site which contains our firewalls or else it's like a phone with no phone numbers and I have to put in the phone numbers. This should be done when I download the client the first time from their GUI, but it is not. Instead, I have to install a generic blank version on a computer, find a text file, and edit the text file with the sites of firewalls that the users have to connect to specific to my company. I have to make other setting changes in that version, save it, reboot the computer, find the file again, take that file out of the computer, upload it to GUI, and deploy a new version. Then, I install it after I uninstalled the old one. Of course, all the uninstalls require reboots. So, I am rebooting it like five times now. After that, I have to install it and check the settings. Half the time they don't save the way you want them to save. It is very tedious and terrible. Even learning that process was a nightmare, because it's not like they have a nice article that explains it to you. They don't. I was bumping my head up against the wall with support for almost six or seven months trying to figure that out. Half of them didn't even know how to do it. That was miserable. But now that I'm an expert on it, I can probably do it within a half a day to three days depending on if it gives me problems or not. That's still miserable, and it should be as easy as: I upload the new version of the client, put in the information that I want it to have on the settings, click download, and install, then it works. It should be that easy. There's really no reason why it's not, except for they didn't improve that process nor have they developed that area. It makes me think that their interest isn't in VPN solutions, even though it should be because it's something that they offer. Otherwise, their support is great.
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