The solution is extremely reliable.
It is a safe product.
The interface is straightforward and easy to use.
The intrusion detection feature is the most valuable. It is an open-source firewall, so there is a lot of material on it. I also find the open VPN capability very nice. It is pretty customizable. The clustering and the high availability are the two biggest things to be able to get out of a firewall.
To be honest, all of the features that are provided, all the other vendor will also have. One feature we did find valuable was the CLI, it is more accurate. Additionally, I was happy with the customization, dashboards, access lists and interface.
The most valuable feature is stability.
You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.
There are also additional features, compared to a Layer 4 or Layer 3 firewall, such as AV signatures and devices, which are very helpful for securing the company's network.
The reporting needs to be improved. It is hard to get a domain.
The firewall appliance itself is the most valuable feature.
If you want to install antivirus and firewalling on endpoints, then Sophos is the best option.
I recommend the solution due to its ease of use and pricing.
Flexible and integrates well with apps and other security tools.
The interface is very nice. We generally like the UI the product offers.
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Rony_SklarCommunity Manager at IT Central Station
There are many cybersecurity tools available, but some aren't doing the job that they should be doing. What are some of the threats that may be associated with using 'fake' cybersecurity tools? What can people do to ensure that they're using a tool that actually does what it says it does?
Ravindra KumarTD at NIC
I work in a Tech Services company with less than 1,000 employees. I'm looking for a firewall to replace Cyberoam 200ing. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Rony_SklarCommunity Manager at IT Central Station
With remote work having become the norm for many, what security should businesses have in place? Do you have suggestions of specific products that businesses should look at?
B PutnamOwner at a retailer
I am the owner of a retailer company with 1-10 employees. We host websites on Windows 2008 R2 servers and Norton Business Protection. We are looking for recommendations for the best network firewall. Thanks! I appreciate the help.
Menachem D PritzkerDirector of Growth at IT Central Station
There are so many products in the market today. Who are we going to be talking about 3-5 years from now?
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