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"CyberArk is a very stable product and it's a stable product because it has a simple design and a simple architecture that allows you to leverage the economies of scale across the base of your infrastructure that you already have implemented. It doesn't really introduce any new complex pieces of infrastructure that would make it that much more difficult to scale.""Its' quite stable.""This is a complete solution that can detect cyber attacks well.""When we started with RPA, there was a requirement that every credential and the bots themselves be protected through the PAM system. From the get-go, we've had CyberArk in the middle... We've got a pretty robust RPA implementation with our PAM platform. Users, bots, the credentials — everything is managed via our PAM solution.""The technical support for this solution is very good. If I was to rate it on a scale of one to five, I would give it a five.""The risk of lost password and forbidden access to resources has been drastically reduced which increased the security level for the entire company,""The Password Upload Utility tool makes it easier when setting up a Safe that contains multiple accounts and has cut down the amount of time that it takes to complete the task.""Their legacy of more than 20 years is very valuable. It brings a lot of stability to the product and a wide variety of integration with the ecosystem. Because of these factors, it has also been very successful in deployment. So, the legacy and integration with other technologies make the PAM platform very stable and strong. In terms of features, most of the other vendors are still focusing just on the privileged access management or session recording, but CyberArk has incorporated artificial intelligence to make PAM a more proactive system. They have implemented threat analytics into this, and there is also a lot of focus on domain controller production, Windows Server protection, and stuff like that. They have also further advanced it with the security on the cloud and DevOps systems. They have a bundle licensing model, which really helps. They don't have a complex licensing model. Even though in our market, people say CyberArk is expensive as compared to some of the other products, but in terms of overall value and as a bundling solution, it is an affordable and highly scalable product."

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"What I like about the VM-Series is that you can launch them in a very short time.""The Palo Alto VM-Series is nice because I can move the firewalls easily.""The most valuable features are web control and IPS/IDS.""The most valuable aspects of this solution are that it's simple and stable. It has better security aspects compared to other similar solutions.""The most valuable feature is that you can launch it in a very short time. You don't have to wait for the hardware to arrive and get it staged and installed. From that perspective, it is easy to launch. It is also scalable.""In Palo Alto the most important feature is the App-ID.""The most valuable features are security and support.""The interface with Panorama makes it very easy to use."

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"The authentication port is available in CyberArk Alero but not Fortinet products.""CyberArk has to continue to evolve with that threat landscape to make sure that they're still protecting those credentials that are owned by those that have privileged accounts in the firms.""Their post-sale support area requires a big improvement. Customers cannot automate tickets directly with CyberArk. They have to come through the distributor or bring in partners who have access to the support portal. Basically, the support for post-sales implementation is there, but the role of CyberArk is very minimal. Customers have to rely on partners, which sometimes creates issues. Some of the vendors help you during the implementation process, but the CyberArk support team does not do that. They have 24/7 support for our region, but they help only if there is an emergency or there is a problem with their system. If the password vault is down or the system is down, they provide immediate attention. For almost everything else, they take more time to respond. They give low priority to service-related or migration-related questions.""We don't often contact technical support, but when we do it, the response could be faster and better.""It's a big program. To scale excessively, locally, on an on-prem application, takes a lot of servers.""Currently, in Secure Connect, an end user is required to enter account information manually, and cannot save any of this information for future use.""They need to provide better training for the System Integrator.""We found a lot of errors during the initial setup. They should work to improve the implementation experience and to remove errors from the process."

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"Palo Alto is that it is really bad when it comes to technical support.""The command-line interface is something that some people struggle with and I think that they should have an option to go straight to the GUI.""They made only a halfhearted attempt to put in DLP (Data Loss Prevention).""Its web interface is a bit outdated, and it needs to be updated. They can also improve the NAT functionality. We have had issues with the NAT setup.""There should be an option for direct integration with the Azure platform.""Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed.""It'll help if Palo Alto Networks provided better documentation.""The product needs improvement in their Secure Access Service Edge."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price of this solution is quite reasonable.""Before we bought it, they were licensing each function individually, which got complicated and very expensive. When we decided to buy it, it was much more straightforward and still quite expensive, but it brings a lot of value and risk reduction to the organization.""The price of CyberArk support could be a little bit less. Otherwise, pricing is fine.""They have two types of licensing: purchase and subscription. You have to pay for each admin user, such as Microsoft admin, mail admin, database admin, etc.""The solution is very expensive and requires a license. We pay for an enterprise license.""Pricing is quite high and it could be improved.""Overall, its pricing is really good. The main difference from all the other vendors is that they have one package that covers all the functionality and modules of the basic PAM, except the add-on modules like adware and server protection. It also doesn't include the licenses for domain controller protection or maybe an API call-related feature. For the basic privileged access management, the bundle pricing is really good, but when it comes to an agent-based solution for advanced cyber protection or application identity managers, it is expensive. Services are also very expensive if you hire the services team from CyberArk, but these guys are really good. For a couple of large banking projects, we had an experience with them. The banks wanted to have things quickly and efficiently, so we had to hire them. If we take four weeks, these guys can do everything on a weekend. They charge quite a big sum of money, but they know the system well.""I believe that this solution is priced well. It's the market leader and I think that it's the best solution."

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"The price of this solution is very high for some parts of Africa, which makes it a challenge.""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.""Palo Alto can be as much as two times the price of competing products that have twice the capabilities.""The VM series is licensed annually.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We evaluated Sailpoint IdentityIQ before ultimately choosing CyberArk. Sailpoint Identity Platform is a solution to manage risks in cloud enterprise environments. It automates and streamlines the… more »
Top Answer: Within the solution, I love the fact that everything is recorded. The configuration capabilities are great, too.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is quite reasonable.
Top Answer: In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
Top Answer: Both products are very stable and easily scalable. The setup of Azure Firewall is easy and very user-friendly and the overall cost is reasonable. Azure Firewall offers a solid threat awareness, can… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup was straightforward.
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Overview

CyberArk is the trusted expert in privileged access management and a global leader Identity Security. Designed from the ground up with a focus on security, CyberArk has developed a powerful, modular technology platform that provides the industry's most comprehensive Privileged Account Security Solution.

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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Insurance Company16%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Comms Service Provider7%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm23%
Government15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
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Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise68%
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Large Enterprise58%
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Find out what your peers are saying about CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is ranked 1st in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 17 reviews while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 11th in Firewalls with 16 reviews. CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is rated 8.4, while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of CyberArk Privileged Access Manager writes "Its architecture is much more secure compared to competitors ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "An excellent solution for the right situations and businesses". CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is most compared with SailPoint IdentityIQ, Thycotic Secret Server, BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, Azure Active Directory and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), whereas Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Juniper SRX and Kerio Control. See our CyberArk Privileged Access Manager vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report.

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