Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls Reviews

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Mustafa Ahmed
Real User
Network Security Engineer at qicard
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is for IT security management. It is extremely valuable to protection so that is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The main product in our company is dependent on Cisco as a security solution. Cisco has a great reputation in the market. We are using Cisco as our main firewall in the company because it provides the… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not really sure that much has to be improved. Compared to other firewall solutions probably the thing that could be improved is the interface — the GUI. Other than that I don't think there is… more»

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

I don't know the exact product they were using before but I think it was just proxy. When I came to the company, the Cisco solution had already been installed, so I don't know the exact product from… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten with one being worst and ten being best, I would rate Cisco SourceFire Firewall as a nine. It could easily be a ten if it had a better GUI interface. As far as making… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't know if the company evaluated other solutions before choosing Cisco. When I came to the company, it was already there. Cisco is a very popular enterprise solution so they may have just chosen… more»
Heritier Daya
Real User
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats. The IPS is a must for a firewall.

What needs improvement?

The firewall throughput is limited to something like 1.2 Gbps, but sometimes we require more. Cisco makes another product, Firepower Threat Defence (FTD), which is a dedicated appliance that can… more»

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

We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months. In terms of licensing, this product costs a lot, but this cost can save my… more»

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

We were using the SonicWall solution prior to this one, but it reached end-of-life because we had updated our architecture. This is why we migrated to a next-generation firewall. We had also been… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is not to think twice about it. There are a lot of features that come with the cost. These institutions secure our network and they have to do… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did have knowledge of other products, but we chose this solution because it facilitates the sharing of information with their knowledge base. It helps you learn from scratch.
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SherifNour
Real User
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The Cisco security rules are very strict and very strong. I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.

What needs improvement?

When comparing this solution to other products, the Fortinet UTM bundle has some better features in their most receive product. For example, there are better configuration features, the Sandbox is better, and so is the web censoring. These… more»

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

The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the number one firewall product that I recommend. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This is my first recommendation for firewalls, and my second recommendation is Fortinet FortiGate.
Seniorntwrk56
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The Sourcefire stuff itself is the most valuable feature. Signature detection, intrusion detection, IDS, and IPS are all very good. AMP is very useful. I like that you can put it onto devices as well. The aggregated views in FMC that you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution allows you to be more agile and react faster.

What needs improvement?

The FMC could be a little bit faster. It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. My advice for those considering the solution is this: if you want to migrate something, plan enough time for testing before you come over to the solution. You should also watch as many webinars… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at a few options, but we have an internal policy that says, unless noted otherwise, network equipment has to be Cisco based. We had to go with a Cisco product.
Real User
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is easy to use if you know how to set it up. The most valuable features are on the routing side, with the control between the two networks and the rules that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Firewalls are difficult, and this solution gives us outside access to connect with the customer's network and service them better. It makes us more efficient.

What needs improvement?

The inclusion of an autofill feature would improve the ease of commands. This solution would benefit from being more cost-effective.

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

With respect to the routers and switches, or the core stacks that we get, they seem to be pretty comparable so I don't have any issues with the licensing. Some of our… more»

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

Our implementation of this solution was driven by the customer.

What other advice do I have?

With this solution, we have everything that we need. I don't know about other people's use cases, but ours is pretty straightforward. My advice to anybody researching this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

While we have a partnership with Cisco, there are other products that have been used within the company. After evaluating other products such as those by Barracuda, it… more»
DonCheney
Real User
Senior Network Administrator at Washington Trust Bank
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The thing we've found most valuable is the efficiency. The firewalls are easy to configure and deploy. Overall it is an easy system to manage. Another valuable feature is just how granular we can get… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization has been improved by the solution because we can be assured that the firewall is secure. It gives us more flexibility to monitor other things. Because we have safe firewalls, we don't… more»

What needs improvement?

One way the product could be improved is if you could monitor more than one rule at a time. We only have the option to have one monitor window up at a time if you're trying to troubleshoot something… more»

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

Previous to this we had just a normal firewall that I didn't like. It didn't provide enough.

What other advice do I have?

As far as rating this product, I would give it a nine out of ten. The only real drawbacks are the lack of multi-monitoring and not really having clear instructions prior to jumping in and implementing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before selecting this as a solution we really didn't evaluate other options at all.
Michael Collin
Reseller
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not… more»

What needs improvement?

The service could use a little more web filtering. If I compare it to Cyberoam, Cyberoam has more the web filtering, so if you want to block a website, it's easier in other solutions than in Cisco. I think in Cisco it's more complicated to do that, in my opinion. It could also use a better web… more»

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

I previously used Juniper before Cisco, but only for one year. I switched because my company only used Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise that If you want something robust, a good hardware solution, I think it's competitive and you have a good warranty, you have to choose Cisco. I would rate the solution 8 out of 10.
Ahmad Alkoragaty
Consultant
IT Consultant at MOD
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it has the ability to divide the network into three parts; internal, external, and DMZ.

What needs improvement?

I would like for the user interface to be easier for the admin and network admin. I would also like to be able to access everything from the GUI interface. The way it is now, it needs somebody experience in iOS to be able to operate it. I… more»

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

There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone considering this solution to have a technical support or maintenance contract with the vendor or a third-party to help maintain the product. Without help with maintenance, there is no value to the product. You should… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We don't evaluate different solutions because our infrastructure is Cisco-based. We wanted it to be homogeneous with our infrastructure.
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Sourcefire Firewalls help ensure your network's availability and the security of your company's resources by protecting the network infrastructure against network- and application-layer attacks, viruses, and worms.
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