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JoshuaThums
Real User
Network Administration Lead at Forest County Potawatomi Community
Oct 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Cisco firewalls are the IPS and IDS items. We find them very helpful. Those are the biggest things because we have some odd, custom-made products in our environment. What… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We definitely feel that we're more secure now than we have been in the past. That goes back to those Zero-day vulnerabilities. An example would be some of the vulnerabilities with Adobe TIF files that… more»

What needs improvement?

Cisco firewalls provide us with some application visibility and control but that's one of those things that are involved in the continuous evolution of the next-generation firewalls. We have pretty… more»

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

Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year. In addition, there is Smart Net, but the subscription base is the most substantial. In an environment like ours… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be: Don't let the price scare you. I would describe the maturity of our company's security implementation as "working on it." It is an evolving process. When it comes to the Cisco… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There have been evaluations of other products over the years. We do layer some of them to filter things through multiple product vendors, so if there ever is a vulnerability with Cisco, hopefully one… more»
Dave Cooper
Real User
Network Engineer at CoVantage Credit Union
Sep 16 2019

What is most valuable?

It's the brick wall that keeps us from the bad guys. It does a lot of things. In the beginning when you just have a firewall, of course, it's your NAT and it's your Access… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's hard to judge how much time it saves our organization because it's doing things you don't realize. For example, when it's blocking web advertisements, when it's… more»

What needs improvement?

In Firepower, there is an ability to search and dig into a search, which is nice. However, I'm not a super fan of the way it scrolls. If you want to look at something… more»

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

We're going to get to a point, not this year and not the coming year, probably going into 2021, where we're going to want to replace the ASA appliances with either… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We've been with Cisco and haven't had anything else yet. We haven't had a desire to move in a different direction. We've stayed with it because of how good it is. We were… more»

What other advice do I have?

The neat part about this is how Cisco continues to evolve its product line and help us stay secure, while still doing our day-to-day business. My advice would depend on… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We haven't evaluated any other options. The only thing that may ever force us in that direction would be cost. Only if the cost of the solution got so large would we have… more»
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Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Real User
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
Apr 15 2019

What is most valuable?

Cisco Firepower NGFW is really easy to use right now to determine when my file requires a shift from primary to secondary status, and it can be done with automation… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have a two-part business. First, we provide solution services as a vendor for multiple customers working as a consulting firm. I'm providing multiple customers with… more»

What needs improvement?

I would say when Cisco is selling something called a firewall, they put a lot of services together to make a single box solution. When a company develops a firewall, they… more»

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

The license in my country is available to subscribe for three years or one year. We wanted to go with the solutions for embedding a two-year subscription, but this was not… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Cisco ASA as a firewall.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, I would rather ask everyone to have a simple network. If you need multiple networking lines, like for the Cisco ASA or the Firepower NGFW, make sure you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This fall, we evaluated firewall equipment from Juniper Networks. This is a limitation for Cisco, as their pricing is too high. The fact is when I need to install and… more»
Girish Vyas
Real User
Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
May 14 2019

What is most valuable?

Firepower is an okay product. However, it is better as a firewall than the IPS or other services it provides.

How has it helped my organization?

My client company is Cisco Oriented. They wanted to leverage something which is equivalent that can give them the next gen features like application awareness and… more»

What needs improvement?

I was trying to learn how this product actually operates and one thing that I see from internal processing is that it does fire-walling and then sends it to the IPS model… more»

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

We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did previously use a different solution. They had two different solutions. One was Cisco ASA itself and before that, they used Check Point. We are a Cisco company and… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're really looking into Cisco Firepower, they have a good product, but I would say study hard and look around. If you want an easier product, you can always use Palo… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We gave them Palo Alto as an alternative option. I think they were more into Cisco. They did not evaluate the Palo Alto though, they just opted for Cisco.
sentwrkpres56
Real User
Senior Network Support & Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The Firepower Management Center is an easy way to manage the devices centrally. I guess this is something that all vendors provide so it's nothing special. I like the way Firepower presents the data. It gives you two classifications for the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

A lot of companies have a lot of vulnerabilities and lots of exploitations that are going inside their network that the IT staff are not aware of. You actually need a security device like a next-generation firewall to protect your network… more»

What needs improvement?

There are quite a few things that can be improved. Firepower is an acquisition from another company, Cisco's trying to put it together. Their previous ASA code with the source file code that they have acquired a few years ago still has some… more»

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

The pricing is overrated. Prices for Cisco equipment are always a little bit higher than other vendors. Customers are always complaining about the high prices of Cisco equipment, so it would be very good if these prices can be lowered down… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to someone considering it. I would recommend to study and know what the requirements are exactly. One of the things that might be a problem, or might be a complex thing to do is to go through Cisco Firepower… more»
Seniodascie9887
Real User
Senior Data Scientist & Analytics at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The architecture of FTD is great because it has an in-depth coverage and because it uses the AVC, (Application, Visibility, and Control) and also rate limits. Also, the architecture of fast paths is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved my organization. I'm a solution provider and so I deploy in many different companies that are my customers right now. Before Firepower, we had some problems with the… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see real-time log systems because it's very helpful when you want to troubleshoot.

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

Based on the services that you will get, especially the AMP license, the price is very reasonable. The license system is also good but it's not very impressive. It's a very regular licensing system… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used ASA, which is a regular firewall. We switched to Firepower because it has a lot of features. It is one of the best firewalls in the world so we shifted to Firepower.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone considering this solution to just read the release notes before doing anything. You should know what the exact architecture is and what the exact details of the software are… more»
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»
Ali Abdo
Real User
Technical Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 30 2019

What is most valuable?

They give me more visibility of what's going on when traffic comes in and goes out from the company or comes in from the outside. I can see what's going on with this… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before Firepower, we didn't have any visibility about what attack was happening or what's going on from the inside to outside or the outside to inside. After Firepower and… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like for them to develop better integration with other security platforms. I would also like for them to make the Cloud configuration easier.

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

It's more expensive than Fortinet and Juniper. The price is high compared to other vendors. In general, for the license, it's not that expensive.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using Cisco ASA without Firepower. We switched to Cisco Firepower because Firepower has more features, like malware inspection, and more possibilities… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone considering this solution to subscribe to the URL filtering and to use malware inspection. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Fortinet and Juniper.
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What is Cisco Firepower NGFW?

The Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) prevents breaches, and can quickly detect and mitigate stealthy attacks using deep visibility and the most advanced security capabilities of any firewall available today - all while maintaining optimal network performance and uptime. With Cisco NGFW you can automate operations to save time, reduce complexity, and work smarter.

Also known as
Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER
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