Stormshield Network Security Review

Deploying the router mode is fine, but when deploying the bridge mode we had problems.


What is most valuable?

Netasq Seismo is valuable.

What needs improvement?

  • Management interface (GUI)
  • IPS engine
  • Log management

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the UTM for 15 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Always, especially in the in-line mode (bridge mode). It sounds like it should be easy to integrate on an existing network, but this is not true as the product was not functioning as expected/designed.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Always as it unexpectedly reboots. The product is not stable at all, difficult to configure and manage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have never had the chance to deploy more than two units or in a large environment.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

They need to have people that are able to communicate efficiently using the English language. Before working with Netasq, I used to deal with Fortinet a lot, and there is no way that you can make any sort of comparison.

Technical Support:

Above average.

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

Fortinet, Dell SonicWall and Check Point because these products offer a wide range of features that are not available with Netasq.

How was the initial setup?

The router mode works fine but this was not the case with bridge mode.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it in-house.

What was our ROI?

It's average.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, which was a big mistake but the management decided at that time to go with Netasq since there was no existing distributor in Middle East region.

What other advice do I have?

I don’t recommend this product at all. Go with Fortinet, Juniper or Check Point unless you don’t have the required budget then Netasq or any other low grade UTM might be enough for you.

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

what version are you using? still netasq firmware or stormshield?
stormshield v2.2 is very stable.

is your firewall crashing (so under /log you can find some *.core files or maybe you've spoofing alarms?)

on netasq in bridge mode sometimes you've spoofing issues not for netasq product but for customer network missconfigurations.

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Consultant

i see now the topic is under ver 7 and 8.. netasq is in version 9 .. maybe a fw upgrade can help