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Iz
User
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) at SISTIC
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Snort IPS with recommendation template * Extendable hardware module * Straightforward licensing * Cisco product integration

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the security posture and visibility of our traffic. It has been proven very reliable on the hardware finishing and network portion. Since Cisco have been… more »

What needs improvement?

* I would like to see more improvements made to the dashboard and UI, as well as to the reporting, the reporting is quite limited and not user friendly. * I would like… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Base hardware cost are average. Additional hardware modules are priced higher than the base module. They also offer very clear licensing and pricing.

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

Cisco ASA.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is still a very good hardware manufacture, but they need to catch up on the software portion. We used the Cisco product because we know they tried very hard to get… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Check Point, FortiGate, Palo Alto, SonicWall, Huawei, and Sophos.
Nathan Chadwick
Real User
Technology Associate at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
Aug 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The IPsec VPN and web filtering.

How has it helped my organization?

The use of it has really bogged down our response time for certain problems, given we have to go through AT&T for everything. I don't think really highly of it, though.

What needs improvement?

I would like the ability to pick and choose different features of it to run in a packaged infrastructure or modules, therefore I would like to have more customizability over it. It seems very clunky… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay a lot of money for it. For big organizations who are used to throwing around a lot of money for absolutely surety, this would probably be a good fit for them. For the average SME, this… more »

What other advice do I have?

We just don't have a lot of the control or customizability that we would like to have over the system. A lot of this has to do with how AT&T is handling the access to it. Also, the hardware is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently looking at WatchGuard, pfSense, and Fortinet FortiGate. Netgate would provide the hardware. We have still got nine months left on our contract with AT&T before we can actually do… more »
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Pablo Torrejon
Reseller
Support Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 07 2018

What is most valuable?

We can shift traffic, block certain content, or redirect policies.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us all the features that we need.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see MS Word BPM as a feature.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a great solution for medium or big enterprises, not so much for small businesses, mainly due to the financial costs. Cisco Firepower is a great solution, but it is expensive compared to others… more »

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

We started with Cisco Firepower.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Quality of the product * Cost.
Real User
Asst.Manager IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 26 2018

What is most valuable?

All the features are good. The GUI is among the most valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we only had a normal firewall, it was not next generation. It was not blocking many of the threats from Layer 7, the application layer. Now, this solution has IP, an intrusion prevention system, and because of the URL filtering… more »

What needs improvement?

It is on multiple boxes so ISP load balancing, multiple network load balancing would be helpful. Also a web-based portal for VPN. Earlier they had it in the ASA model, but currently, they don't have it. The user needs to just click on the… more »

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

We have been using Cisco for a long time, various models. We had PIX, then ASA. We were quite comfortable with the performance, it never failed. But our old solution was coming to end-of-life. Also, this is able to more block more threats… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would depend on what your comfort level is. If you have already used Cisco, I would recommend this, to evaluate it at least. Evaluate it and learn how useful it is. It gives good performance, the technology is quite good… more »
Real User
Presales Engineer
Jun 13 2018

What is most valuable?

Monitoring, of course - the dashboard. It enables you to see what is happening.

What needs improvement?

It's lacking one feature: VPN. That is a feature we're looking for. Otherwise, the new devices have very good support, and the performance is quite good. Also, the 2100 Series lacks a DDoS feature. If they could add that to those platforms, that would be good.

What other advice do I have?

There are other solutions, like Fortigate, which are very good solutions, and cheaper for the customer. Even the support via subscription is favorable, in terms of pricing. I would really advise the customer to do some research first and come up with the best solution for their needs I rate… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Check Point and Fortigate. Generally, our customers choose Firepower because they've seen the system work somewhere before, and they see it is stable and working perfectly. Those are the reasons they opt for Firepower.
David Hartt
Real User
‎Senior Vice President at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
May 27 2018

What do you think of Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall?

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a firewall and it has performed adequately.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows the securing of various network segments, based on use.

What is most valuable?

DMZ segmentation, and IDS and IPS.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is fairly stable. However, Cisco suffers from some integration issues with other products, but this product, as a standalone, is fine. There is a problem with the Cisco Catalyst Switches in terms of assembling bursts and having them interact properly with the Cisco Firepower.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Tech…
Yasir Al-Musawi
Real User
Network Security Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 27 2018

What do you think of Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall?

What is our primary use case?

Currently used for at our disaster recovery site as our internal firewall, not a lot of services are running through it. We are still going around learning how to use it.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we have used Firepower firewall, we are facing issues of getting real-time logs, as they are not available with the latest version.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to create interfaces and routing, which all can be done at the GUI level. For now, we are still going around the services and will add more in the future.

What needs improvement?

The product needs real-time logs to be able to monitor our services, so we can know if any our services have been blocked via the firewall or on the application side.

For how long have I used the

Consultant
Consultant
Jan 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Management Console and user profiling to define activities.

How has it helped my organization?

It’s too early to say anything about this, as it’s still under implementation.

What needs improvement?

As it’s a GenX firewall, expertise for both implementation and troubleshooting the pain points can be a challenge. This could be a concern when companies are thinking… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All our requirements which we need performed by the firewall (e.g. VPN, URL white-listing, or IP based white-listing, etc.) have separate licenses and costs.

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

Check Point. We moved to Firepower as an internal firewall to manage internal access and other network load.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it an eight out of 10, as it’s a new platform. Compared to Cisco ASA, it’s far better, per my usage to date. Make sure you have an expert resource or subscribe to… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, a couple of other of OEMs: Fortinet, Barracuda, etc.
Vendor
Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 09 2017

What do you think of Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall?

What is most valuable?

Some of the valuable features are detecting malware and blocking blacklisted URLs.

How has it helped my organization?

It has enhanced the security in every network over time.

What needs improvement?

As of now, I can't find any flaws with the device or any improvement that I can suggest.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with the device for the past two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The upgrade is a bit of a pain in the neck.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no issues with the stability

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been all-star perfect.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I…
Azar Mammadli
Real User
IT Operation Manager
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

NGFW features software stability, quick software updates for known bugs/vulnerabilities. Why no hardware reliability (see Clock Signal Component Issue -Cisco)? Because… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It is small, nobody knows where it is, nobody knows what it is, it works silently. So, as there is no issue, it is good for business and organization.

What needs improvement?

License politics, license price, precise vendor roadmap for this product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The last years' experience showed that there is no full security, so why pay more. Any security vendor with a user-friendly interface, with good support, on-time updates… more »

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

3Com TippingPoint as IPS, Zyxel ZyWALL ZyXEL ZyWALLas VPN server. Cisco has good documentation and it is easy for Cisco certificated engineers.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco's ASA product line will be replaced by Cisco FTD. And Cisco FTD software is not ready for production (lack of many basic NGFW features). So, maybe only… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What is Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall?

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Also known as
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall customers

Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield

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