Cisco Cognitive Threat Analytics Competitors and Alternatives

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Senior Network and Security Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
New protections can be automatically activated in the "Staging mode", which only detect the possible threat and alerts them

What is our primary use case?

Our company works in developing and delivering online gambling platforms. The Check Point NGFWs are the core security solution we use to protect our DataCenter environment located in Asia (Taiwan). The environment has about ~50 physical servers as virtualization hosts, and we have two HA Clusters consist of 2x5400 hardware appliances, managed by an OpenServer Security Management Server on a Virtual Machine (KVM), all running on R80.10 with the latest JumboHotfix. The Clusters serve as the firewalls for both inter-VLAN and external traffic. We have the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) blade… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The number of the IPS protections is amazing - after the latest update I see more than 11000 in the SmartConsole."
  • "In my opinion, the Check Point software engineers should works on the performance of the blade - when it is activated with the big number of the protections in place, the monitoring shows us the significant increase in the CPU utilization for the gateway appliances - up to 30 percents, even so we are cherry-picking only the profiles that we really needed."

What other advice do I have?

The correct performance sizing is essential for this kind of software - use the tools provided by the vendor, and consult the sales if you are still not sure.
SR
IT and Operations Manager at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Scalable with an easy initial setup but technical support is terrible

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution on the VPN for protection purposes. We utilize its antivirus capabilities as well.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is a breeze."
  • "When it comes to dealing with updates, there are often bugs on the solution. They should do a lot more testing before they release new versions."

What other advice do I have?

We're using the latest version of the solution. I would recommend the solution. It doesn't take too many people to set it up or maintain it, like, for example, Cisco, which is a bit more complex and difficult. I would rate the solution seven out of ten, and that's mostly due to the fact that their support is so awful right now. If their support was better and more reliable, I would rate them much higher.
MV
Managing Director at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
A mature product with good integration capabilities, however, it needs to be more affordable

Pros and Cons

  • "Cisco has always been a premium product. There's a lot of other entry-level solutions. This is more robust."
  • "The company needs to make its solution more affordable to make it more accessible to larger markets. Otherwise, it's seen as an enterprise-level solution that small or medium-sized organizations can't afford and therefore they won't even look at it."

What other advice do I have?

We use a few different Cisco solutions. We're a Cisco partner. We have a business relationship with the company. We're dealing with the latest version of this particular solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. The value for money it should be there. Which means good features, good functioning things are there, but they need to make it more affordable for big market. If they were able to price the solution to make it more affordable for more clients that may not be enterprise-level, they've have a bigger footprint.
HS
Senior Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Top 5
Very stable with good technical support, but can be quite expensive

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for email scanning.

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical support on offer is very good."
  • "The solution is pretty expensive."

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend the solution, however, it depends on what a company needs. Before jumping in, a company needs to ask, themselves questions like: "What's our requirement". That said, for general enterprises, it's a good enough option. For our organization, however, as of next year, we're going to move away from it and deploy with a Cisco-based solution. Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten.
SA
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
A scalable, stable solution that has effective suspicious IP protection

Pros and Cons

  • "With the IP address flag, I was able to see that I was being hacked. The moment there was an interaction between somebody on my network and that IP, the solution was able to flag it, and we were able to protect ourselves."
  • "Sometimes when you want to group a set of ports, and communicate with Palo Alto, you cannot group TCP and UDP ports together. This needs to be adjusted."

What other advice do I have?

We use both the cloud and on-premises deployment models. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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