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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Ehsan Emad
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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… more»
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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… more»

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»

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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… more»

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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Information Systems Manager with 1-10 employees
Mar 18 2019

What is most valuable?

With this solution, you can have an inspection of each package and see what the threat level it's at. It has made the work more dynamic. We don't… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the deeper inspection it provides we have better security and sections that allow users broader access.

What needs improvement?

They should develop a web interface that is actually useful. Currently, we still have an issue where you have to go in and do manual configuring by… more»

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

We were using SonicWall before.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a nine out of ten. Not a ten because of the horrible initial setup and because you can't handle all operations from one interface… more»
Iz
User
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) with 1-10 employees
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Snort IPS with recommendation template * Extendable hardware module * Straightforward licensing * Cisco product… more»

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… 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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… 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… more»
Gerald Zauner
Real User
Data Center Architect at Fronius International
Feb 19 2019

What is most valuable?

It has many features but not all of them work. The features aren't stable enough for us to use them. The most valuable features are the firewalling… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been using Cisco for a long time, and we use Firepower to replace other systems. It hasn't really been an improvement, but there are many… more»

What needs improvement?

The stability and the product features have to really be worked on.

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

We chose Cisco because it had the full package that we were looking for.

What other advice do I have?

Customers should take note that the migrations steps are not easy. The tools cannot solve all configurations and handle all configurations directly… more»
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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
Cisco Firepower NGFW 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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