Cisco NGIPS Review

This solution has helped improve productivity and detect attacks before they happen


What is our primary use case?

It detects attacks from malicious intrusions and malicious activity before they happen.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped improve productivity and detect attacks before they happen.

What is most valuable?

Signature rules from the Snort community around the world.

What needs improvement?

  • I would like to see better integration with SIEMs. 
  • Better rule building using other tools, like LuaH and Python.
  • Better performance.
  • Better intelligence gathering in domains, the main URLs, and endpoint solutions.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very reliable. We really like the product and will be staying with the product a while.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

At this point in time, it's making it a little bit difficult to scale due to the company, as the vendor is making some changes. We are waiting to see if the product is scalable or not. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Rating the technical support from one to five (where five is high), I would rate them as a two. I find them to be very bad.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was originally a Snort product, which was open source. So, there is a community for it worldwide.

We used ISS from IBM in the past, but it was causing many issues and was dropping packets. It was not an ideal solution, so we moved to Sourcefire FirePower NGIPS.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy because I am very familiar with the product.

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

We buy the licensing on a yearly basis, when we renew our contract. It is around $14,000.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

McAfee and Palo Alto were on our shortlist.

What other advice do I have?

The product is a ten because it is the only product in the market like this.

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