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Ahmed Hamdi
Real User
Network Infrastructure Program Manager at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

In the previous version, some features were not enabled. For example, you could not access the VPN. So that was one of the downsides of the product. In this latest version, after enabling these features in the previous version and using them, it's been good. Inspection, application, and inspection… more»

What needs improvement?

The file trajectory could be improved. We still have a web proxy but I think at some point we should not have two products. We should have only one product. Most of the features of the web proxy already exist in the UTM appliances. We have a debate as to whether it's the Cisco Firepower and UTM… more»

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

I started with Juniper and the Palo Alto UTM Appliances, and many other vendors. But we do have a policy to use multiple vendors.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is extensively used. We have a policy, from a permission security perspective, that you need to have diversity in the vendors and diversity in the products. We have some areas which are using these products and other areas which is using different products. It's a really good product… more»
TariqueAshraf
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company
Aug 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its modularity, so whenever you need to upgrade or add another service, you don't need to buy another box. You can activate these services on the same box, which saves a lot in terms of cost… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see support for DDoS protection. The cost of adding additional throughput is very high and is an area of concern. Competing products such as FortiGate and TippingPoint have a much larger throughput at a smaller cost. The… more»

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

The price for additional throughput is the highest in the industry.

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

Prior to this solution, we used TippingPoint. Although it is a very good solution, there was a problem with the product having too many acquisitions. Every time there was a new acquisition, support was a concern. For example, at one point… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend for IPS. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
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AymenBoumaiza
Consultant
Senior Consultant at Wevioo
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

I've found the web filter and JPS the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

There are some features not found in Firepower, like data loss prevention, and SSO, to have a connection between Cisco and Active Directory, which was introduced on other products. In the future, I'd like the same solution in other UTM solutions. I know it has an application filter, but it's not really improving. Also, DLP needs to prevent data loss. Those two features are really important now for… more»

What other advice do I have?

If someone wants to use Cisco Firepower, the solution is easy. The complete solution is the best for having the full security of a Cisco infrastructure. If I could advise someone with the deployment, I would advise taking the complete solution, in order to have a really scalable and stable solution. Or, if you can't take the complete solution, I'd advise taking a cluster of Firepower to have the… more»
Real User
IT Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

I find the IPS feature the most valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco NGIPS dropped network Troyans and web application attac almost every day. That helps up to feel more secure.

What needs improvement?

The main problem with Firepower is the time between deployment and configuration. Now, it's approximately six minutes, so If I configure something during deployment, I understand that maybe if I write… more»

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

We used to have ASA 5520. But in time we needed more security features to secure our services and users.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody implementing this solution is to follow the instructions carefully. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The company is Cisco oriented and Cisco is a leader in security Gartner Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.
Systenginr567
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 30 2019

What needs improvement?

Overall, it lacks user-friendliness. It could be easier to manage. I can train any customer using FortiGate or Palo Alto in a few days, but with Cisco, it takes much more time because the systems aren't easy to use. It would be very nice to get rid of FlexConfig. It's a very unhelpful element of the solution. One feature that is lacking is full interoperability with CLI. You can configure Palo Alto and FortiGate with a graphical interface, and you can configure it with the command line. This is not so in Cisco. For professionals, this is important because the command line allows us to… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. Ten years ago, when you sold Cisco to clients, customers complained about the price but they knew they were buying the best product in the market. It is totally different now. If they want to buy the best product in the market, they buy Palo Alto or Check Point. Cisco is trying to catch up to the competition. When we talk about just the IPS manufacturers, I would rate the solution around six or seven out of ten. If we're talking about Cisco as a whole, I would rate them eight out of ten.
Networkadmn678
Real User
Network Administrator
Sep 02 2019

What do you think of Cisco NGIPS?

What is our primary use case?

We use it on the perimeter, for our infrastructure between our network and our bank's network.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very powerful coupled with Firepower. It's great for filtering.

What needs improvement?

The pricing is very expensive. They should make their equipment more affordable. Cisco should offer better integration capabilities and offer an easier integration process.

For how long have I used the solution?

We bought the solution a year ago, and finished setup a month ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This current solution is stable. Last time, we worked with Cisco ASA 6500. That solution sometimes froze and we had to reboot the system. This one, as I mentioned, seems fine. We don't have this…
Real User
Senior Manager, Network Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

From a cybersecurity past perspective, it has aligned the features in accordance with our strategic needs.

What needs improvement?

The aspect of private party integration solutions could be improved. I would like to see a sandboxing feature. And the options that people buy in modules, they need to packaged better as a baseline.

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

The solution has a high cost. In my opinion, the cost of renewal is a bit too high.

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

We didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We're using it continuously. We plan to increase usage. During setup, I would advise that you must spend more time on planning. If you do, the transition is easier. I would rate this solution 6 out of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at several: Imperva, Check Point, Juniper, Sophos, and SourceNET.
Real User
Cyber Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 24 2019

What is most valuable?

Signature rules from the Snort community around the world.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped improve productivity and detect attacks before they happen.

What needs improvement?

* I would like to see better integration with SIEMs. * Better rule building using other tools, like LuaH and Python. * Better performance. * Better intelligence gathering… more»

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

We buy the licensing on a yearly basis, when we renew our contract. It is around $14,000.

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

This was originally a Snort product, which was open source. So, there is a community for it worldwide. We used ISS from IBM in the past, but it was causing many issues and… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is a ten because it is the only product in the market like this.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

McAfee and Palo Alto were on our shortlist.
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What is Cisco NGIPS?

Cisco Firepower NGIPS provides network visibility, threat intelligence, automation and industry leading threat effectiveness. Gartner has ranked Firepower NGIPS as a Magic Quadrant Leader for seven years running, and the independent NSS Labs testing organization consistently rates it as a “Recommended” IPS solution for eight years.

Also known as
Sourcefire NGIPS, Firepower NGIPS
Cisco NGIPS customers

American Electric Power, Huntington Bank, Keycorp, Nationwide, Transunion, Marriott, Inova Health, Ford, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Chevron, Walmart, Coca Cola

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