AlgoSec Review

Relieves workload and increases efficiency by automating time-consuming tasks


What is our primary use case?

We are currently using this solution to audit our firewall policies (both in performance and compliance), as well as automating the creation of new rules and improving application functionality delivery. We are also using AlgoSec to automate machine provisioning (creation of new rules associated with that machine) and machine decommissioning (removal of rules associated with that machine).

How has it helped my organization?

With AlgoSec, we are now able to automate several time-consuming tasks. We are currently in a rule base performance improvement process and AlgoSec is an invaluable tool to accomplish this. Furthermore, we are starting rule creation automation, which will also provide some relief on our workload.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is AlgoSec's ability to analyze rules for risks and for performance while allowing the user to submit a change request immediately based on that assessment. Additionally, the fact that it integrates seamlessly with Ansible, as well as providing an API for the users to extend based on their own needs, is a great plus for us.

What needs improvement?

The product is severely lacking in vendor support. They claim to support some devices, but when you dig deeper, it is only basic support, with enterprise-grade features for those devices being unsupported. This is a big deal for us, as several sections of our network are not fully supported which, in turn, does not allow us to fully automate rule creation. Moreover, we cannot perform end to end connectivity checks. One such feature is the lack of VRRP support on devices other than Cisco or Juniper, which causes the software to interpret a non-existent router as the next hop for a particular flow (the VIP address of the VRRP).

For how long have I used the solution?

One year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

While this solution is somewhat stable, there is definitively room for improvement here. We've had some issues with the solution during our usage but, so far, no show stoppers. Other customers of this solution have complained that a large number of devices can severely hinder the stability of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a very scalable solution, built mostly on open source technology. The customer is allowed to extend its functionalities via the API to integrate with other solutions or existing automation.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is sometimes difficult to deal with as the response times are somewhat lacking. One good thing is that the case owner you are assigned to is generally the same,  which is great because, after several cases, the case owner is already familiar with your network.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not cumbersome at all. The documentation and training videos are definitively a big plus.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was mainly performed by us, with the help of a vendor team. The level of expertise of the third party was passable, but we were looking forward to having someone with more expertise with the product.

What was our ROI?

So far, the ROI is currently only due to the fact that rule automation has decreased the load on our support team, allowing them to work on other projects. We are also able to provide reports to auditors without losing a single day from the network support department. We simply provide AlgoSec reports and analysis.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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