Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls Benefits

Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The application and user-visibility and control, along with very powerful IPS and malware protection, enables our clients to secure their data centers and internet perimeter in a much better way. It provides them with traffic visibility and reporting as well. The main advantage is when you put it between users and servers internally or between different VLANs in the network. You have full visibility over the traffic, over all the internal applications. Usually, there's a lot of traffic that is not very clear and no one knows what is on their network. So, once deploy it internally, you have full visibility over the internal traffic, who's accessing what, which protocol. It can directly detect all kinds of malicious traffic, traffic that abuses bandwidth. It makes different kinds of internal behavior that is useful to a network admin. And for security of course: Any kind of file infection, any kind of internal scanning, internal attacks; it gives you full visibility. Finally, you have communication of VLANs, internally, in the network, of course. So you have a granular access control based on user and application, instead of IP and port as you would have with a traditional firewall. View full review »
Sr. Security Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
It provides centralized management. I would also add that URL, Malware and IPS built-in has been a great help as well. Where we used to need several products for all these features, we now only need the ASAs with the additional licensing. So now, it is more a matter of license management over hardware and licensing management. View full review »
Pre-sales engineer with 51-200 employees
As a reseller, because Cisco includes different companies like Sourcefire, Meraki, and Talos, I think Cisco has a good portfolio for the security business, with their own devices too. For example, we have our firewall, we have a Web security appliance, things like OpenDNS with Umbrella. I think Cisco can cover with all the platforms. View full review »

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