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Security Blinking Lights

posted Oct 11, 2011, 7:36 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 11, 2011, 7:36 AM ]
15 years ago Check Point was afraid of application level firewalls like Sidewinder. 10 years ago they were afraid of the behemouth....Cisco. 5 years ago they were afraid of Juniper. Today they are afraid of Palo Alto.
But their stock keeps going up and they others are fading. Why?
Management and logging.
The other amatuers have some cool blinking lights, nice features, neat websites and boast speed. But it all means nothing if you can't manage them. These competitors are OK in environments that have 10-20 firewalls, but after that the scaling will just exponentially kill you. Yeah, Cisco you can continue to give away equipment for free...but then you need 10X the cost to management the environment. And trying to decipher logging....oh geez won't go there.
Palo Alto--- Same thing. Cool blinking lights and I like their implementation of application control but they do not understand enterprise security management.
My biggest frustration with Check Point is that management and logging are what has kept them in the game...but they are using their resources developing ancillary products. Well....the core is still strong and we'll see how their 3D or 3G or whatever strategy works out in the long run....wish them the best.