Firewalls report from it central station 2017 03 04
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet, Cisco, pfSense and others in Firewalls.
198,776 professionals have used our research on 5,446 solutions.
Chart Key
Number of total page views
Number of times compared to another product
Total number of reviews on IT Central Station
Number of followers on IT Central Station
Average Rating
Average rating based on reviews
The total ranking of a product (and the bar length) is based on a weighted aggregate ranking. For Views, Comparisons, Reviews, and Followers the score is calculated as follows: The product with the highest count in each area gets the highest available score of 17.5 points. Every other product gets assigned points based on its total in proportion to the #1 product in the category. For example, if a product has 80% of the number of reviews compared to the product with the most reviews then the product's score and bar length for reviews would be 17.5% (weighting factor) * 80% = 14.
In the final section, Average Rating, there are 30 points available to each product independent of the other products.
Reviews and ratings that are more than 24 months old, as well as those by resellers, are excluded from the rankings.
Most Views
From IT Central Station visitors
Most Reviews
Within the last 24 months
Most Followed
By IT Central Station users
Most Compared
From IT Central Station visitors

What is Firewalls?

What is a firewall? Technically, a firewall definition could be that it’s the part of a system or network that blocks unauthorized access but permits outbound communications.  Most importantly, firewalls are intended to protect key IT assets from security threats such as denial of service attacks or data theft. Firewalls come in many varieties. What makes one better than other will depend on numerous organization-specific factors. 

When IT Central Station users were asked about what makes the best firewall, they described a number of factors that will help anyone make the right choice. Some security professionals want to know what is the best free firewall? IT Central Station reviews suggest that this is a question that should asked only after one has assessed many basic requirements about usability and features first.

Visibility is offered as one of the most critical aspects of an effective firewall.  Users want global reports and traffic visibility as well as application visibility.  IT Central Station members also want the firewall to provide visibility into specific users’ behaviors.  Visibility as a key point of value cuts across different types of solutions, including Windows firewalls, firewall software and network firewalls.

Ease of use and simplicity of administration also rated as high priorities for firewall buyers. A firewall should be easy to manage and configure.  Easy installation is essential, as is integration.  According to IT Central Station reviewers, firewalls typically function in complex, heterogeneous security environments. In parallel, solid vendor support is important.  Reviewers noted that the first line of response to an issue with a firewall is almost always an in-house technical resource. That resource needs to be trained easily. If training is too cumbersome or if the firewall admin is a hard-to-find hire, the department will suffer.

Firewall users list many specific functions as “must haves.” These include intrusion protection (IPS), VPN, high throughput, data loss prevention, SSL, IPSEC, application control and web content filtering.  Some users want a firewall to easily integrate with an LDAP Server or Radius Server.  Anti-spam is desirable, as is anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.  Users emphasize the importance of IPv6 native support as well as traffic shaping and bandwidth control.

Firewalls Reviews

Read reviews of Firewalls that are trending in the IT Central Station community:
Your trust is our top concern, so companies can't alter or remove reviews.

Firewalls QuestionsAsk the community a question

7909ab29 ac8e 4ff2 8999 abadf097e2d4 avatar
Terry Stokes
Real User
Information Technology Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Ddp 8148
Ariel Lindenfeld
Community Mgr
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Mar 15 2017
656ce880 aae9 4c5e b134 d3732f9e7b49 avatar
Carson RutherfordAwesome answers all around! The most important aspect to look for is... more »
Girish vyas avatar 1433008867?1433008865
Girish VyasThere are already some good answers about it but this is what I understand... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
reviewer2009911) How much traffic is appropriately blocking as per the policy. 2) Firewall... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
reviewer199326Basically, using Palo Alto along with their Wildfire solution (either in the... more »
50d7bc4a 8a67 4b5e 8a24 245ce9811fe1 avatar?1458673533
Jesús Guadalupe Torres AraujoHello, Well, not forget that Firepower technology was developed by... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
erik van veen1. Scalability: linear growth due to Single Pass technology. This means that... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
reviewer230721According to the listed Sophos appliance model, this seems to be a very small... more »
Luciano morales li?1428451837
Luciano MoralesI think that it will handle the traffict very well, however you didn´t... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
Hamza_FarhanQ: Can Sophos XG 85w handle network traffic going through Cisco switches... more »
IT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Vinod shankar li?1414336887
Vinod ShankarGartner Magic Q for 2014 actually lists both Cisco and FortiGate... more »
Reviewer72054 li?1414329779
TracyLFoxMy tech staff replied: WSA is a content filter not a firewall, Unless the... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
Blair NowakowskyI have been using Fortinet for over 6 years and I am very pleased. We are a... more »
Ddp 8144 %281%29
Avigail Sugarman
Community Mgr
Community Manager
IT Central Station
F68c6f94 2a28 479e 9b53 86c7c1be91e8 avatar
Fabrizio VolpeDisclaimer: in the past years I have worked with security solutions coming... more »
Mike parsons li?1414335173
Mike ParsonsI would agree that they can be difficult to install and manage. Part of the... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
reviewer75036Hi, Cisco Firewalls are routers with firewalls built onto them. Thus... more »
Ddp 8144 %281%29
Avigail Sugarman
Community Mgr
Community Manager
IT Central Station
Add randygrein
Randy GreinThere is a difference between the policies that govern a firewall and the... more »
Anonymous avatar x30
reviewer144966Managing a firewall properly boils down to good configuration and change... more »
Reviewer106689 li?1414332330
reviewer106689Hi, It entirely depends upon the requirement. Best way to create... more »
Ddp 8144 %281%29
Avigail Sugarman
Community Mgr
Community Manager
IT Central Station
50d7bc4a 8a67 4b5e 8a24 245ce9811fe1 avatar?1458673533
Presales Technical Consultant
Throughout my work experience, I developed self-learning skills. Having to support the technical documentation and working tools such as firewall, IPS, network switches, vmware, I have managed to acquire knowledge for its management, whether for project recommendation and implementation and... more>>
Reviewed Palo Alto Networks WildFire: The way that the product process or handle the...
Srengineer672 li?1421917315

Rizwan siddiqi li?1421689600
TOP 20
Network Security Consultant
I have 8+ years of experience in network, systems, security and IT managed services. I have hands on experience on NOC tools, Cisco ASA firewall, routers, catalyst and nexus switches, VMware, windows and Linux based servers. Network Security Cisco ASA 5515-X, 5510, 5505 and Fortigate... more>>
Anjas vaheed avatar 1431366566?1431366564
Senior Technical Consultant - Network and Security
7+ years of Experience in IT industry with major skills in Networking and security of enterprise networks. Provided solutions to the leading enterprises in UAE for the best IT architecture(Network, Security and wireless solutions), Performed Network audits on the enterprise networks.
41e97455 d821 4d22 b099 000cf5e8d105 avatar?1439488636

Network Engineer II
Network Engineer with a proven track record of problem resolution and implementation success. I treat every challenge uniquely and from start to finish am fully engaged. I enjoy coming to work every day because I know there will be a new challenge waiting for me, allowing me the freedom to work... more>>
Michael wilkins li?1427808798

Senior Technical Consultant
Specialties: Fortinet design and deployment, Wireless network design and deployment, Apple network integration, Cisco switch deployment and integration, Exchange 2010/2013 deployment, Server 2012 design and deployment. I also work extensively with vSphere 5, designing and deploying solutions... more>>
Shiv shankar li?1421328165
Technical Consultant
I love to grab the new technology and learn to new things. Manage the team work. I would also love the challenging job.
Reviewed Fortinet FortiGate: Very easy to manage and understand
656ce880 aae9 4c5e b134 d3732f9e7b49 avatar
Project Consultant
I'm a friendly, intelligent, passionate and very curious human being. A self-motivated worker, I enjoy finding any area of a workflow or process that needs improvement and working to empower that to a higher potential. Be it a technical matter involving a network of devices or working to... more>>
Senior Technology Consultant Cosmocall/Microsoft
- Operations & Technical Support Team Management - Software Development Projects & Team Management - Lean Software Development - Processes & Workflows Definition and Optimization - Software & Platform Architecture - Tier 2 Certified CosmoCom Cosmocall Universe 5.2/6.0 - MS... more>>
Anonymous avatar x100
Sr IT Security Consultant
I have worked in the IT industry for the past 10 years initially with a primary focus on technology implementation and security administration. I have a strong background in both physical and logical security and have worked in both areas. I am very interested in information security,... more>>
Anonymous avatar x100
Technical Consultant
I'm a highly driven IT Professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. I have acquired a tremendous amount of hands on technical knowledge dealing with all areas of IT. The areas I'm focusing on is Networking, Storage, Virtualisation & Microsoft Technologies.
Anonymous avatar x100
Senior Security Consultant

Sign Up with Email