AlgoSec Valuable Features

Network Security Engineer/Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The feature we find the most valuable is the Firewall Analyzer for the firewall policy audits and to show external auditors we have a process to identify risks and to tackle them. It's also very important for policy clean maintenance. This helps us know which devices are between the source and destination on the flows that we need to open for the business. The audit tools are also very important to us because we can easily have everything that needs to be presented to the security auditors. We are in the process of implementing FireFlow for full automation which will save us time for more important things we need to to on daily basis that are not creating firewall rules. We aim to achieve the full automation soon. View full review »
Service Delivery Manager at Schneider Electric
I think that perhaps FireFlow could be the most valuable feature, according to the feedback from our technical teams. This allows them to easily add, modify, and remove rules from the firewalls. Another good point is that we avoid the old procedure of end-users requesting rules, a security team in the middle validating, and then the final implementor doing the job. With this feature, you can directly permit the end-user to request what he or she needs, and if the security policy is respected then it can directly be approved and implemented. View full review »
Network Administrator at City of Calgary
This appliance has a lot of great features to offer. You can buy the physical appliance or VM depending on your company requirements. Features we like are: * Multi-approval AlgoSec Fireflow rule creation system. The end-user can only implement the rule if it is approved by all of the IT groups. * Very good integration with other vendor's products like Cisco or Palo Alto Firewalls. * This Appliance gives you the full Network MAP, which is obtainable from the Routing table. * It is easy to find whether a security policy is blocked, as well as where and by which device. View full review »
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Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
It’s capability to build and present entire network topology via map makes team members to easily investigate the entire domain. Whenever new applications and services get on boarded and traffic rules and policies being created it automatically discovered those Apps and services and makes life easy. Each and every performance report can be fully automated using this and saves time in audit and compliance requirement.It also helps us to clean old and obsolete rules or those rules which are not in use otherwise it could be very difficult without this product as team have to log into each firewall and remove rules and policies View full review »
Ricardo Fernandes
Resp. Area de Segurança at REN
Most valuable features are the firewall rule optimization, topology mapping, and automating the deployment of new rules in several multi-vendor devices. AlgoBot is a brilliantly, simple idea that lets us give our IT internal customers a way to check if rules are already in place before asking for more. With firewall rule optimization, you cannot only tune most used rules higher in the rule base, but also check for unused objects or rules to clean up. The automatic implementation of rules in several firewalls simultaneously is also a great feature, especially in large environments or on short staffed teams. View full review »
Riyas Mohammed
The features that we have found to be most valuable are: * Risk Analyzing: Has helped to identify the risks in security network devices in a very short time, which increases and improves security overall. * Policy optimization and IPT: Has helped to identify the garbage rules and improve the device performance. Also, has assisted in removing any rules causing IPT failure. * Compliance: Helps prepare for the audit in a short time, and assists with continuous compliance. * Active push: It is capable of pushing the changes and configuration from AlgoSec itself, which decreases manual errors during implementation and configuration. View full review »
User at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We like that we have been able to identify risky rules, based on the criteria we have set. We also like the ability to push policies from AlgoSec to the firewalls to ensure risky policies are never created in the first place. That's a feature that will help us in the future as well. We are moving towards an automated environment so the ability to work with Ansible, ServiceNow, and Palo Alto gives us the ability to automate our firewall policy creation. And it does so in a manner where we do not have to worry about a policy being created that may put our organization at risk. View full review »
Jeffrey Cherpeski
MITP-2 at State of Nevada Department of Administration Message
Policy optimization, compliance, and change reports are the most valuable. I can clean up firewall rules quickly, optimizing the rule set and moving on in hours. Before, I was looking at days. Compliance is a breeze. The change reports are helpful to see changes over time and also be a "second set of eyes" when looking into issues. The mapping tool is helpful. Traffic queries are a great help when troubleshooting a problem, especially if the traffic is going through two or more firewalls. View full review »
Nicholas Maurel
Digital Security Specialist at Derivco
The most valuable feature is the Firewall Analyser, which has a number of fantastic features. From a risk perspective, you can apply compliance Frameworks like ISO 27001 and PCI DSS against firewall rule bases to see if your rule base is compliant. If you are not then AlgoSec provides descriptive ways on how to adjust rules to make your rule base more compliant. Definitely, the policy-cleanup features are the main draw. Shadowed rules, rule duplication, rule consolidation, rules permitting too much access, and rule usage are very useful and help to clean up rule bases. View full review »
Managed Security Services Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Doing the analysis of rule sets is very useful for us. Being able to make and implement changes within a timeline is a very valuable aspect of the solution. The solution is easy to navigate. The initial setup is straightforward. View full review »
IT Technical Consultant at Schneider Electric
Among all of the different AlgoSec modules, I think that FireFlow is the most valuable and we have integrated it into our internal processes. This is something that increases business efficiency and helps avoid bottlenecks in our NOC team. Moreover, we have eliminated any human mistakes that we have dealt with in the past and now we want to avoid as we are moving toward a completely automated network. View full review »
Network and Security Engineer at Inmarsat
We have found the Firewall analyzer to be most valuable in terms of policy ruleset management. However, policy ruleset management, automation, and auditing are all good features. The complete and end-to-end visibility and analysis it provides of the policy rule base is invaluable and saves countless time and effort. The automation possibilities the FireFlow product provides will also be very useful going forward in terms of time and effort saved, as well as reliability and efficiency. Overall, the Firewall Analyzer is hugely beneficial in terms of policy ruleset management. View full review »
IT Security Manager at a sports company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the rule base optimization, which provides extremely valuable information about inactive rules, and rules that can be optimized or unified. In addition it is about tracking insecure changes and getting better visibility into network security environment - either on-prem, cloud or mixed. We are also going to implement full change management via Algosec as it allows to eliminate human error, ease on security governance and improve general ROI. View full review »
Paulo Ataides
Senior Information Technology Security Analyst at a integrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Analysis of the environment to optimize the use of the solution (firewall) and obtain a greater view of compliance. Optimizing the operation making it possible to focus on other improvements. The possibility for the end-user to request their rule and ensure that policies are complied with using AlgoSec adds greater security, and it also speeds up the request process. It also makes it possible to automate the implementation of rules. The user receives the information if his request is within the policies and can continue the request, or if it is denied, the applicant must adjust their request to stay within the policies. The time spent for this without AlgoSec is up to one week, whereas with AlgoSec, in a maximum of 15 minutes we have the request analyzed. View full review »
Sahanawaz khan
Sr Platform Owner at Emirates NBD
Both the modules of AlgoSec solution which has been on-boarded in our environment are amazing to use it as it provides a central end to end visibility of the firewall rules spanning across the multiple layers of the firewall. It's helping our Risk and Compliance team to assess all our firewall rules periodically and help us to remain compliant. It saves a lot of manual time especially in daily operations and increases the turnaround time for business. It has helped us internally to provide the documentation for our auditing and reporting purposes. View full review »
Network Engineer at Schneider Electric
The most valuable feature is the ability to compare policies with certain established and accepted configurations and values. We have the option to generate several security reports for our firewall devices, such as what policies were created, what cluster they were created in, and which pose a risk either because they have been obsolete for a long time or because they have very specific technical specifications. Examples of this are open ports that are totally vulnerable or declared services that violate security. All of the reports can be exported to PDF, meaning that we can send them to the different departments to study the cases and determine whether these rules are necessary. If not, then they can be eliminated to optimize the system. View full review »
Network and Security Engineer at Euronext Technologies
The most valuable feature for us is AlgoSec's ability to analyze rules for risks and for performance while allowing the user to submit a change request immediately based on that assessment. Additionally, the fact that it integrates seamlessly with Ansible, as well as providing an API for the users to extend based on their own needs, is a great plus for us. View full review »
Senior Technical and Integration Designer / Center of Excellence / Europe & Indonesia at Ahold Delhaize
Most of all, Technical Reviews are now top-notch and AlgoSec does part of the job automatically that had been done manually with our previous vendor. We now process FCRs much faster, which helps us to deliver faster and implement reworks at a quicker rate. With Business Flow and Firewall Analyzer, it provides much better visibility into traffic and process flows. Visibility into traffic was our main problem in the past since we had no clue what was going on but now, we have all sorts of analyses and reports. This makes our decision process, firewall clean up, and troubleshooting much easier. View full review »
Renato Marques Dos Reis Paula
Senior Security Analyst at Compugraf
In my opinion, the most valuable features are the network map, unused rules reports (IPT), and active change. They are features that help with automation and reduce the analyst's time spent troubleshooting. The unused rules reports (IPT) help remove unused rules and even unused objects within a rule. View full review »
Network & Collaboration Engineer at Btg Pactual S.A.
The quick wins that the product can help us to achieve. With a few rule arrangements, we can improve the rule processing of the firewalls, increasing their performance and reducing possible bottlenecks, but keep us under the defined baseline of the company. Also, the gain on the agility of checking what we already have created. The rules that can accommodate new requests instead of creating new rules have definitely helped us to resolve tickets in a faster way, achieving the expected SLA from users and internal customers of the company. View full review »
Network Security Engineer III at Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
We primarily use the firewall analyzer feature. It is really great for looking at stuff like PCI, HIPPA, etc. There are sometimes false positives but I don't know of a product out there that does not have false positives. The firewall analyzer is great if you deploy a new firewall platform and need to see if it provides an adequate level of protection, where you don't have any dangerous rules. I like the peace of mind that we get from seeing what our overall score is for the configs. I also like that I can check against PCI requirements. View full review »
User with 10,001+ employees
The What-if analysis allows us to check the security rating under hypothetical rules that may be implemented on our firewalls. Baseline compliance allows you to run and check the results of commands on the Firewalls and Routers. This solution is perfect for checking compliance against best practices, as proposed by the CIS. View full review »
Network Engineer at Ti Automotive
AlgoSec proactively analyzes all risks in the network security policy, across multi-vendor firewalls and cloud security groups. AlgoSec is the only solution that supports the entire security policy management lifecycle from application connectivity discovery, through migration, maintenance, and decommissioning. Independent testing describes it as ‘one of the most complete security management solutions on the market’. It seamlessly integrates with all leading brands of traditional and NGFWs, cloud security controls, routers, and load balancers. The graphical user interface is much better than in other products. View full review »
Tim Wackenhuth
IT Security Engineer III at Paychex, Inc.
I think finding the firewall's rules with the highest risk is valuable. In the old days, we had to run reports and look through rule bases trying to find risky rules and that can also lead to human error. Now we see it via AlgoSec. It also helps because we see those risks across multiple vendors. View full review »
Sergio Vieira
Security Architect, InfoSec at Euronext
One of the best features is the possibility to monitor all policy changes in near real time and to receive automatic alerts on changes. The AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer security rating visibility is also very useful, helping identify and mitigate firewall policy risks. View full review »
User at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Most of the features proved to be very useful within our massive setup, with some getting additional airtime during production changes. Our perimeter team uses the policy optimizer to search out unused objects in rules and determine when the rule was most recently hit accurately. From my personal experience, the traffic simulator can be used to check if a request from a user or project is already a function enabled, or instead, we have an access change to implement. This saves an enormous amount of time during CAB calls. The risk and compliance area is key to ensuring we conform to company regulation and our perimeter detection policy. Having a number of compliance options to baseline ensures that we get the basics right before looking at advanced risks and remediation. View full review »
Sunil Kumar.
User at Maple Leaf Foods
Currently, we are using almost all the features of the product to take as much advantage as we can of what it offers. But our primary use is compliance reporting and the Firewall Analyzer helps us achieve our various IT compliance requirements, like ISO-27001. View full review »
IP network expert at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
The most valuable modules are Firewall Analyzer and FireFlow. FireFlow is the workflow system, whereas Analyzer is the module responsible for tracking the configuration of firewalls, routers, switches, load balancers, etc. There are many more useful features that cannot be listed here in a detailed manner. View full review »
DevOps Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
We loved the automatic policy or network topology change features in the AlgoSec appliance. It detects the changes and alerts when someone is trying to make changes in the firewalls or network devices during abnormal change-time windows. It detects if the requested network and ports are getting blocked by the network or firewalls by a simple query, which helps to identify the network blocking firewalls in the topology. View full review »
Julian Santos
User at a wireless company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is traffic simulation because, with this function, it has become more practical to know if something is released or blocked in my environment. IPT is valuable because this function is of great help to have a more effective security policy. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The feature that I've found most valuable is the risk classifications for different rules. The number of different risky rules that we have for each Firewall is determined automatically. The traffic used or not for every service is very useful to check if some service is needed or not. In cases where it is not used, we can delete or disable it. The FireFlow tool is very useful with the automatic installation of rules into Firewalls. It detects the router and applies the new rules, which saves us time in manual configuration. View full review »
* Risk Analyzing: Short time analysis and accuracy * Policy Optimization: Removing garbage policy rules and improving the performance of network devices * Compliance: For Audits in the short term View full review »
Alberto Selma Tamarit
Senior Networking Engineer at Schneider Electric
The most valuable feature of this solution from an operations perspective is the automation of the firewall rule deployment, working together with our ticketing system. Any new needs are requested by a user using the internal webpage request. This request is automatically validated against a set of standard rules. If the request is compliant, the new rule sets are automatically configured in the specified firewalls without any human action. This reduces the firewall team's workload and improves efficiency. View full review »
Mustafa Karanfil
Network Security Engineer at Türkiye İş Bankası
The most valuable feature is the reporting, including the policy report and regulatory compliance reports. In the Intelligent Policy Tuner, the tighten permissive rules tab allows us to reduce the number of rules in each policy. I can easily control, report, and reduce the rules for policies. Also in the Rules Cleanup tab, I am removing unused rules as I feel confident in deleting these types of rules. Our Information team read Regulatory Compliance Reports that can easily track the compliance status of each device. View full review »
I value all the rich features of AlgoSec equally since it solves many problems with one solution. From the ability to see rules with a few clicks to maintaining or lowering the firewall's security risk score is priceless. And, the support team behind the solution is equally as strong and helpful, making this one of my best implementation decisions and tools in the toolset. View full review »
User at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The automation of the firewall rule deployment, working together with our ticketing system, is the most valuable feature of this solution. The needs as required by a user request are automatically validated and configured in the specified firewalls without any human action. This improves the firewall team's workload. View full review »
Arieh Shalem
Director of Information Security Operations at First Quality Enterprises
The features that I have found most valuable are: * Great visibility for High-risk firewall rules * Mapping business risks * Mapping risky applications * Informative regulation reports for PCI-DSS, ISO 27001 and many more * FW cleanup recommendation * Easy logging capabilities with leading SIEM products in both LEEF and Syslog formats View full review »
Idan Malei
Global Network and Security Team Leader at Ormat Technologies, Inc.
The most valuable feature is the unused rule optimization, where it clears the policy when appropriate. View full review »
Network Security Engineer at Chubb
* Identifying and removing risky rules * Firewall rules cleanup (unused rules) * Security compliance reports * Security baseline settings View full review »
User at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
So far, we are using AlgoSec Analyzer and FireFlow. The Analyzer is more for compliance, risk, and auditing. FireFlow is more for automating rule changes and installation. Right now I am loving FireFlow for its easy to use interface. You can also get as complex as you are comfortable with. You can add email, scripts, and hooks to certain aspects of the rule creation process. View full review »
Key-Account-Manager at DATAKOM Gesellschaft für Datenkommunikation mbH
The most valuable feature is the interaction between AlgoSec's different solutions. From Firewall Analyzer to FireFlow to BusinessFlow, the solutions add value for us and our customers. The basis with the Firewall Analyzer and the corresponding Network Map is one of the core features for transparency. The ticket system informs all of the people involved with respect to the next steps. The reporting and documentation components help us to comply with the ISO catalog. View full review »
User with 10,001+ employees
* The filter rules correlator allows us not only to have a clear view of the blocking points but also the quality of the filtering performed on the various firewalls highlighted by their risk index. * Another interesting feature of the product is its ability to highlight filtering rules that would mask other more specific rules and thus lead to an optimization of the system. * AlgoSec also allows us to have a history of changes. This feature is especially useful in the event of an outage or an unwanted change. View full review »
User at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I like the auto-mapping features and configuration overview. We use this for many things, but primarily for quick reactions to security events, audit, project management, and quick operational efficiencies. * Firewall rule optimization * Regulatory and baseline compliance analysis/mapping * Policy tuning * Application discovery * Automated Change management View full review »
Andre Santiago
Senior Consultant at Deloitte Portugal
The most valuable feature is that the tool is capable of simplifying firewall management and configuration in an automated fashion. Additionally, the fact that it is also possible to implement a FW management workflow clearly supports the improvement of the 'way of working' and operation of the FW environment. View full review »
Information Security Specialist with 10,001+ employees
The best feature for us is the ability to automate the change requests that come through our service desk, which is done via the tool's intelligence to analyze the conditional rules. As previously mentioned, this used to be a big time sink for the guys which is now less of an issue. This means that the company can claim back valuable man-hours for other means (also showing a labour cost saving to the board). View full review »
User at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are the FW report, traffic simulation, and the FireFlow system to help manage requests. View full review »
Joby George Cherian
The most valuable features to me were the following: * Testing network flows and optimizing firewall policies. * Obtaining regulatory and compliance metrics for audits. * Visualize complex networks using the topology maps. * Simple interface and ease of navigation. View full review »
Noel Noguera
Technical Director at Keystone Solutions, Inc.
* Algosec Firewall Analyzer and Algosec FireFlow: They basically give us a full picture of how traffic flows and how we can secure it. * The product, directly implementing the policies to be enforced by the gateways, makes life easier to the IT. View full review »
Bogi Wicaksono
System Engineer at Dimension Data
The features that are most valuable are the interactive topology map and the traffic simulation queries. The MAP helps us by generating a network topology map and checking the routing table for every device that is connected. The traffic simulation queries help us to check the connection between two objects. This allows us to gather information about the devices pertaining to blocked traffic or services that we need to add. View full review »
User with 10,001+ employees
AlgoSec is not completely deployed inside my organization, so for the moment the most valuable features are the network map, which provides the full visibility of the network, and the security reports. The AFF module is really valuable for different teams. View full review »
The feature we found most useful is the automation of the change process within our organization for firewalls. This feature has reduced the number of mundane tasks the firewall and IPS team undertake on a regular basis. We have been able to increase the effectiveness of the team, allowing them to prioritize more complex and business-critical tasks in a faster manner. View full review »
Ketan Khambe
Technical Presales Engineer at Exclusive Networks
Policy tightening feature: It gives the visibilities of "any to any" rules, which source and destination are used, and the actual traffic from overly permissive rules. Therefore, we are able to tighten the policy of the firewall. View full review »
Network Expert at a integrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Firewall Analyzer is valuable because it makes searching our existing policies so simple. We like FireFlow because it provides an easy way to introduce flow-opening requests. View full review »
User at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
* Ability to manage all the network security equipment centrally * Ability to delegate to local ITs the network security equipment change requests * Ability to decrease the necessary workload to enable network connections, troubleshoot * Ability to detect unauthorized or non-compliant changes in the network security equipment configuration. View full review »
Cyber Security PreSales Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to deploy new rules in all of the firewalls included in the environment at one time. This automates the process instead of installing one rule or one device at a time. View full review »
Mahmoud Hashem
Technical Manager at Global Technologies for Trading and Contracting
The most valuable feature is the ability to reorder rules because of the enhancement of firewall CPU performance when they are applied. View full review »
Henrique F. Caires Clemente
Software Developer at Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
The most valuable features are the network map, risk analysis, and tickets for firewall changes. Very helpful automatic implementation of requested changes. View full review »
Senior Cyber Security Specialist at Richemont
The most valuable feature is the help of cleaning the firewall rules and object databases. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about AlgoSec. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
464,369 professionals have used our research since 2012.