Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall Review

Great for blocking attacks, best support, and very easy to use

What is our primary use case?

I use it to protect my DMZ from external attacks.

How has it helped my organization?

Last year, we received a lot of linear service attacks in our environment during the Black Friday season. Cisco Firepower blocked every attack.

What is most valuable?

The Adversity Malware Protection (AMP) feature is the most valuable. 

It is also very easy to use. Every technical user can operate this solution without any difficulty. The dashboard of Cisco Firepower has every tool that a security operator needs. You can find every resource that you need to operate through this dashboard.

What needs improvement?

Its interface is sometimes is a little bit slow, and it can be improved.

When you need to put your appliance in failover mode, it is a little difficult to do it remotely because you need to turn off the appliance in Cisco mode. 

In terms of new features, it would be good to have AnyConnect VPN with Firepower. I am not sure if it is available at the moment.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Firepower for two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We use it specifically for DMZ, so we don't need it to scale it up. Because we are using this solution for a specific environment, we don't plan to increase its usage.

We have a few teams who use this solution. We have the information security team for reading the logs and policies. We have administrators, and we also have contractors for the network operation center to analyze some logs and reports. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have used their technical support. They are amazing. Cisco's technical support is the best.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used Check Point and one more solution. The main difference is in the IPS signatures. Cisco Firepower has precise and most updated IPS signatures.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy. The deployment took two months because we didn't have Firepower previously, and it took us some time to plan and implement.

What about the implementation team?

We used our reseller and contractor to deploy Cisco Firepower. They were good.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Cisco Firepower a nine out of ten. 

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