AWS Firewall Manager Overview

AWS Firewall Manager is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Firewall Security Management tools. It is most often compared to Palo Alto Networks Panorama: AWS Firewall Manager vs Palo Alto Networks Panorama

What is AWS Firewall Manager?

AWS Firewall Manager is a security management service which allows you to centrally configure and manage firewall rules across your accounts and applications in AWS Organization. As new applications are created, Firewall Manager makes it easy to bring new applications and resources into compliance by enforcing a common set of security rules. Now you have a single service to build firewall rules, create security policies, and enforce them in a consistent, hierarchical manner across your entire infrastructure.

Using AWS Firewall Manager, you can easily roll out AWS WAF rules for your Application Load Balancers, API Gateways, and Amazon CloudFront distributions. Similarly, you can create AWS Shield Advanced protections for your Application Load Balancers, ELB Classic Load Balancers, Elastic IP Addresses and CloudFront distributions. Finally, with AWS Firewall Manager, you can enable security groups for your Amazon EC2 and ENI resource types in Amazon VPCs.

AWS Firewall Manager Buyer's Guide

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about AWS Firewall Manager pricing:
  • "The licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis and we are billed monthly."
  • "The AWS Firewall Manager is a little on the costly side."

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Technical Architect at a venture capital & private equity firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Jun 12, 2020
Easy to set up and use, provides real-time logs, and is almost maintenance-free

What is our primary use case?

I manage the AWS Cloud infrastructure for my organization and I use the Amazon firewall. We have developed a couple of portals related to the HR industry, in particular the recruitment. As part of it, we have used all of the services required to deploy a typical job portal, starting from route managers. We have DNS servers, web servers, app servers, database servers, and S3 buckets. We also perform API calls from the file services. I have managed different instances of the firewall and this solution is another layer that helps me with centralized management. We do not concern ourselves with… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Once this solution is set up, we hardly have to touch it."
  • "This solution is suitable for a small-scale enterprise and may not scale up to a very high volume of traffic or a large number of servers."

What other advice do I have?

Currently, the AWS Firewall Manager is sufficient for our needs because we don't use any software that will generate massive loads of traffic. My advice for anybody who is considering the AWS Firewall Manager is that it is pretty simple to set up and easy to use. I rarely have to look at it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Presales at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Mar 29, 2020
Intuitive, easy to set up and use

What is our primary use case?

We are currently developing a UI and a set of tools for users to be able to easily configure their AWS firewall. The AWS Firewall Manager is one of the solutions that were are working with for this. For industries such as banking and finance, there are regulatory requirements and compliance policies that companies have to pass. For example, if it is an application that requires the transfer of money then specific compliance would be in place. The AWS Firewall Manager makes it easy to configure and select the type of security required for the industry.

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is intuitive and it is easy for the users."
  • "The system should be more customizable."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to do a cost-benefit analysis of using AWS Firewalls versus using an open-source solution. That said, I do recommend that people use this product. Obviously, it depends on the requirements so I can not simply recommend it to somebody without knowing a little bit more about their environment, but in some cases, I would recommend it immediately. From a technical perspective, it is a good product. From a customizability perspective, there is room for improvement. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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Principal Security Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
May 17, 2020
Has good centrally managed rules and good central orchestration

What is our primary use case?

We use the publication firewalls to manage all these rules and the group view. It's for all the GDPR rules for the publication firewalls rules. In every department each day we discuss the GDPR calls, or we'll have acquired rules. Some of the rules can be copies of the all the existing rules plus a few nuances that each has.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the centrally managed rule. I also like the central orchestration."
  • "Enabling and configuring the logging is not that straightforward."

What other advice do I have?

I would say if you have three or four deployments in your environment, then use Firewall Manager. If you have one and want your deployments to grow further in numbers I would always advise to go for Firewall Manager. When we do a neck to neck comparison it's all different. My recommendation to go with Firewall Manager depends. I feel that when it comes to firewall protection, I would always prefer AWS. If you're looking for full-fledged network firewall capabilities, obviously go for AWS Firewall. I would rate it an eight out of ten.