AlgoSec Valuable Features

Security Engineer at Euronext
The feature we find the most valuable is the Firewall Analyzer. 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 in our daily operation, which will make our lives even easier. The idea is to search the Firewall Analyzer for the equipment between the source and destination, and then automatically jump off to FireFlow and open a ticket. This will then automatically implement what is needed without the need to go into the Firewall itself. This will save us a lot of time and will help us to onboard junior engineers very quickly, getting them up to speed on our network and daily operation in record time. Until now we are very satisfied and surprised about the results we have been having with FireFlow, and expect to be fully working with this tool within the next three months. 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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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 »
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 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 »
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 »
Abasi WInt
Security Engineer at Genuine Parts Company
The feature I find most valuable is Change Detection email notifications. We are able to track real-time changes made. View full review »
Nick Rose
Network Manager at iPSL
A number of features are used more than others. We use the policy optimiser to search out unused objects in rules and determine when the rule was last hit accurately. The risk and compliance area is key to ensuring we conform to company regulation. Having a number of compliance options to baseline ensures that we get the basics right before looking at advanced risks and remediation. Finally, the traffic simulator can be used to check if a request from a user or project is already a function enabled or we have a full access change to implement. View full review »
Robert Silvia
Senior Security Analyst at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Firewall Analyzer's policy optimization reports: They provide the data needed to perform all the activities mentioned above. View full review »
Sergio Vieira
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 »
User at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Firewall Optimization is all time favorite which saves a lot of manual work and increases device performance. Compliance is also equally important as our organization is very concerned about it and AlgoSec does it for us in minutes. 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 »
Thiago Bujnowski, PMP
Defensive Security Leader at Stone Pagamentos
AlgoSec Firewall Analyser (AFA): Providing reports and security improvements actually added value to the services provided to our customers. This was a key feature provided as a service allowing us to be proactive anticipating possible flaws and vulnerabilities. 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 »
Mark DeLongchamp
Global Network Security Engineer at General Motors
Standard view of firewall policies, regardless of vendor (ex: Checkpoint and Cisco). Built-in reports to aid in policy cleanup (ex: unused rules or objects, covered rules). 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 »
Manager - Network Service Delivery (IP & Security) at Prudential Corporation Asia at Prudential Corporation Asia
ABF is a key module for us, which we are using like an application center where we can keep our firewall rules for each application up-to-date. The compliance module is one of the best features which can help anyone to perform security review with predefined security matrix configurations. The compliance module can save a lot of time for security reviews and provide full visibility of the risk required in firewall change requests. 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 »
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Ability to manage multiple vendor firewall policies and traditional firewalls with an intelligent way to prevent cyber attacks and reduce outages. 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 »
User at POST Luxembourg
We are only using Firewall Analyzer, which is really good compared to other vendors. The other features (FireFlow and BusinessFlow) still aren't mature, and their licensing is expensive. 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 »
Director of Cybersecurity
The whole platform is extremely useful. 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. View full review »
Zach Sloneker
IT Security Analyst at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Traffic simulation queries, policy tuner analysis and rule usage. Traffic simulation queries assist with new firewall change design and reduce manual work effort. Policy tuner analysis and rule usage enable recertification and provide additional validation for new changes. 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 »
I have found the firewall optimisation feature to be very valuable because most developers don't know the ports or services their applications are running. After running the rules on any services for a short while, AlgoSec helps get the right service ports and IP addresses. 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 »
The best feature is, in my opinion, the firewall analyzer. Just let the tool analyze the traffic for a few days or weeks, and you will get perfect ideas on how to improve your rules and which rules are just unnecessary or too spacious. So getting a better security level by better firewall rules is just what you want to have if you're using a firewall. Otherwise, it would not make sense to have a firewall, right? A nice feature as well is that it gives a compliance report on each of your security devices. This helps a lot to get an overview of every single security device in your network and its status. 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 »
User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer is for me the most valuable thing in this application. I don't know how much time we saved with this application, but I now know that without it, we would lose several hours every day solving networks incidents. We also use the AlgoSec FireFlow to generate and manage the tickets concerning the flows. View full review »
Olivier Beytrison
System Architect at HES-SO//Fribourg
The traffic simulation query helps to understand which rules match or don't match for a specific traffic pattern, helping troubleshoot application issues. View full review »
Mannavan Veeramani
Senior Network Security Engineer at Prudential Corporation Asia
ABF: It is application-centric. which helps to track changes in the application from day one. Compliance: It helps to have a zone matrix and capture risks. 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 »
User at a retailer 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. View full review »
Account Director
* Firewall Analyser due to its initial ability to cleanse and provide efficiencies to legacy estates. * FireFlow continues to drive customer efficiencies, allowing an organisation to keep up with the pace of change. * We see the value of BusinessFlow for organisations involved in digital transformation projects migrating to public/private/hybrid cloud models. View full review »
Security and Network Consultant at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
* Its ability to describe the business, getting firewall rules as a result. * Creates the possibility for security engineers to obtain visibility on the complete environment. View full review »
David Ord
User at Enbridge Gas
AFA analyze reports are the biggest use case to review the rules before migration and removing the unused rules for cleanup. 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 »
Matthew Ireland
VP Global Cyber Security Operations at NTT Security
AFA is the best feature. It shows consistent information regardless of the underlying platform. Unused rules, hidden rules, and dangerous combinations of rules are easily found and tracked by using AlgoSec. View full review »
Global Network Solution Architech at AXA Tech
AlgoSec FireFlow: * Eliminates mistakes and optimizes firewall rules. * Firewall rule compliance with global security policies. * Eliminates redundant and unused firewall rules. * Reporting. View full review »
Network Engineer at WPPI Energy
* Policy risk mitigation identifies and helps tighten risky rules rendering the policy more secure. * The change management feature is great for environments with multiple firewall engineers. View full review »
Security Operations Manager at eTranzact
* Track new rules * Modified rules and deleted rules * The configuration backup feature is also helpful to restore configuration when the config file is corrupted. 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 »
Security Consultant at Total System Services, Inc.
Compliance and risk reporting are the most valuable features of the product, closely followed by FireFlow, which builds on the analysis engine. I have also found the team to be engaging and customer focused. 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 »
Derek Weakley
Information Security Professional at NTT Security
In AFA, the ability to trend rule usage and drill into traffic seen hitting that rule is powerful for cleanup of overly permissive rules. 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 »
Sr Firewall Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The PCI compliance feature has been helpful in preparing for audits. The Firewall Analyzer has been very helpful. View full review »
Mark Grady
Lead - Security Infrastructure Consultant at TSYS
We found the traffic simulation query, active change, policy optimization, FireFlow, and map features to be especially helpful. All the other application features are valuable as well. We have yet to fully unleash its full potential. View full review »
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The analysis and visualization part has given us a great insight into our perimeter security architecture. Also, the top 100 policy report usage is a pretty cool feature that I like the most. It also helps us from an auditing standpoint as well to make sure we meet our compliance demands. 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 »
Marco Murillo
Presales Manager at SEFISA
Rule optimization is one of the features that we have used the most, as firewalls were running for a while with no prior process rules created for them and no follow up being done. 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 »
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