Cisco Sourcefire SNORT Review

Reliably filter URLs and malware, easy to manage and has good support


What is our primary use case?

Our primary uses for this solution are URL filtering and malware filtering.

How has it helped my organization?

Sourcefire SNORT has been good for us.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is reliability. This solution is better than Check Point.

The URL filtering is very good and you can create a group for customized URLs. 

Cisco SNORT is easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

There are problems setting up VPNs for some regions. There are cases where they are permitted in Sourcefire but blocked in Check Point. 

There are some outside ports that are allowed by default but should not be.

It would be helpful if a list of third-party services were listed so that the rules could be easily added. An example of this would be a ticket booking site. It would be in a list of services and selecting it would allow transactions with that site.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Sourcefire SNORT for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are some bugs in this solution and troubleshooting them is complicated.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good and is better than Check Point.

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

We are also using Check Point but it does not work as well as Sourcefire SNORT, which is why we are switching. For example, customized URLs do not work in Check Point. Check Point is also more complex.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution and one that I would recommend to others.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

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

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