Cisco Firepower NGFW Review

​NGFW features software stability, quick software updates for known bugs/vulnerabilities.


What is most valuable?

NGFW features software stability, quick software updates for known bugs/vulnerabilities. Why no hardware reliability (see Clock Signal Component Issue -Cisco)? Because without NGFW features it is basically like a home router.

How has it helped my organization?

It is small, nobody knows where it is, nobody knows what it is, it works silently. So, as there is no issue, it is good for business and organization.

What needs improvement?

License politics, license price, precise vendor roadmap for this product.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, FirePower is not stable, because every new software version comes with many features that cause problems. Cisco has to do it because other vendors have already added these features.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

High.

Which solutions did we use previously?

3Com TippingPoint as IPS, Zyxel ZyWALL ZyXEL ZyWALLas VPN server. Cisco has good documentation and it is easy for Cisco certificated engineers.

How was the initial setup?

Complex, because of non-ready Firepower service software setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The last years' experience showed that there is no full security, so why pay more. Any security vendor with a user-friendly interface, with good support, on-time updates for known vulnerabilities and reliable hardware, is acceptable for an organization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco's ASA product line will be replaced by Cisco FTD. And Cisco FTD software is not ready for production (lack of many basic NGFW features). So, maybe only high-performance Firepower 41xx/21xx/90xx Series is good as IPS.

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