Compare AlgoSec vs. FireMon

AlgoSec is ranked 1st in Firewall Security Management with 77 reviews while FireMon is ranked 3rd in Firewall Security Management with 6 reviews. AlgoSec is rated 9.2, while FireMon is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of AlgoSec writes "Reduces our workload and generates reports that facilitate auditing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FireMon writes "Reporting features help us close visibility gaps and decrease auditing time". AlgoSec is most compared with Tufin, FireMon and Skybox Security Suite, whereas FireMon is most compared with Tufin, AlgoSec and Skybox Security Suite. See our AlgoSec vs. FireMon report.
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This Appliance gives you the full Network MAP, which is obtainable from the Routing table.We are in the process of implementing FireFlow in our daily operation, which will make our lives even easier. The idea is to search the Firewall Analyzer for the equipment between the source and destination, and then automatically jump off to FireFlow and open a ticket. This will then automatically implement what is needed without the need to go into the Firewall itself. This will save us a lot of time and will help us to onboard junior engineers very quickly, getting them up to speed on our network and daily operation in record time.There are some important and really nice features that I want to mention about AlgoSec. The most useful feature is instantaneous AFA reports, that you do not have to wait (at least one week or even more for a more accurate one) to get optimization recommendations about policy as many other vendors.The automation of the firewall rule deployment, working together with our ticketing system, is the most valuable feature of this solution. The needs as required by a user request are automatically validated and configured in the specified firewalls without any human action.With this feature, you can directly permit the end-user to request what he/she needs, and if the security policy is respected it can directly be approved and implemented.The most valuable feature is the reporting, including the policy report and regulatory compliance reports.The most valuable feature is traffic simulation because, with this function, it has become more practical to know if something is released or blocked in my environment.FireFlow is the most valuable feature because we changed the way to set up rules on the firewalls.

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It gives us the ability to go to one place to look for potential firewall rules that are inappropriate, or which don't meet compliance. Instead of manually searching hundreds of firewalls for a policy, we can go to this one location and find the rules which are now out of compliance.It is the single place where we go to review all of our firewall changes. The solution makes it easier for us to track all the changes made. It is a central place where we can look at all the firewall rules, because we have three different firewall vendors. It save us time and creates efficiencies by looking at the general picture.The most valuable feature is the reporting capability because everything that we do is a result of our being able to query a report, based on our environment and our PCI compliance efforts.The Security Manager part of FireMon... gives me an eye on everything that's out there, everything that I cannot see. Because I'm not a network admin, I cannot go to a firewall itself, but at least I have FireMon so that I can go in and view everything that I want to view. And I can eliminate whatever I see that is wrong,It provides us with a single pane of glass for our on-prem environment, to see configuration. We have not implemented into the cloud yet. We can search for an object group and see where it lives on any firewall in the enterprise or find security rules, no matter what firewall they're on.The most valuable features are Policy Optimizer and Firewall Manager for different brands of firewall.

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It seems that AlgoSec created a VSYS (Virtual system) for each virtual router name, even though our firewall has only a single VSYS.One important thing they should improve is their support level. We have a lot of trouble with the basic enterprise support level. They are very slow to respond and solve problems.To be more specific, when we tried to add some devices on AlgoSec it seemed to be done but when you checked the monitor section, some device was always red. Finally, we could handle this part by installing a new software fix but AlgoSec support was weak when we tried to handle this process.The interface needs to be more user-friendly for low-profile users so that we can give some kind of access to specific people around the company for self-configuration of specific rules.It would be easier if the network maps could be updated using the GUI portal instead of from the OS.Cisco Firepower device support is limited in our AlgoSec system and I think AlgoSec can improve in that area.I believe Active Change needs to be improved because not all products are supported, and some functions cannot be implemented by Active Change either.I would like to have AlgoSec update the topology maps from the GUI portal, rather than having to go into the OS.

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The AWS integration is still not mature for us to use. It is just not ready for our use case for AWS connectivity. Therefore, it does not provide us with a single pane of glass for our cloud environments, because we can't manage our cloud environment with the tool.The stability has been fairly decent, but there have been a few issues. My coworker has had some issues in the past where he has had to work with support.The current health and monitoring of the devices is atrocious... Imagine you have a list of 200 devices, and you can grade each of those devices as either green, yellow, or red. However, there might be three different reasons for you to go to red, or eight different reasons to go to yellow, and all of those things could be combined... Out of all those categories, I only find one or two of them that are, perhaps, pertinent.We're working on implementing FireMon with our ticketing system service now. Having that would be an improvement.Some of the core functionality in our environment doesn't seem to work. We will get buggy code releases. They need to work on their Q&A of every code release.We are looking for more integration with SIEM and other tools.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It seems we have recovered our money on this appliance, so it is money well spent.The pricing of AlgoSec is fair.The pricing for this solution seems to be reasonable for the functionality.AlgoSec is not much more expensive compared to other products available in the market.The price is high but the support is extremely poor, so keep that in mind before choosing this product.The price is adapted to the product's utilization for each company.My advice is that you must do a POC and show value.The pricing for this solution is not cheap, but we get good value for what we pay.

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We don't license all of the devices in our network, so it does not provide us with a comprehensive visibility of all devices in a hybrid network at this time.We pay for it yearly.Regarding additional costs, if you want things like Policy Optimizer, extra features, that's extra.The pricing is very good, very straightforward. It also came in cheaper than AlgoSec and Tufin.

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Answers from the Community
Norman Cuadra
author avatarNetwork Security Engineer- Senior at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User

Honestly, it's been a while since we did a proof of concept for AlgoSec, that said they were a very arrogant company or at least the SE they sent down was. Essentially laughing at their competitors rather than offering "here is why we are better". My recent looking at their site doesn't impress me, I "feel" that Firemon is trying to move faster and create more modern tools but again I can't give you a nice side by side comparison.

author avatarYitzyTannenbaum
Real User

AlgoSec has many key differentiators, including the unique business-driven approach to network security. In order to fully cover these unique advantages, I would recommend reaching out to the AlgoSec team who would be happy to discuss them in detail. Additionally, ITSC is a great website to see what real users think about the different solutions in the space, AlgoSec has been named #1. I would recommend taking a look at some of the reviews, specifically those who evaluated both AlgoSec and Firemon such as this one: https://www.itcentralstation.com/product_reviews/algosec-review-65216-by-sunil-kumar

author avatarRoger Thiagarajah
Real User

Sorry Nick / Norman, I haven't dealt enough with either of the products to give an honest answer on comparison. Thanks

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Overview
AlgoSec simplifies, automates and orchestrates security policy management to enable enterprise organizations and service providers to manage security at the speed of business. Over 1,500 of the world’s leading organizations, including 20 of the Fortune 50, rely on AlgoSec to optimize their network security policy throughout its lifecycle, to accelerate application delivery while ensuring security and compliance. AlgoSec is committed to the success of each and every customer, and provides the industry’s only money-back guarantee.FireMon is the No.1 provider of Intelligent Security Management solutions worldwide, combining advanced benchmarking, simulation, and analysis to deliver next generation security intelligence. Since creating the first-ever network security management solution 15 years ago, FireMon solutions have continued to deliver visibility into and control over complex network security infrastructure, policies, and risk to over 1,500 customers around the world. Using the FireMon Intelligent Security Management platform, today’s leading enterprise organizations, government agencies and managed security providers have dramatically improved effectiveness of network defenses, accelerating business agility optimizing return on investment. For more information or a free 30-day trial, visit www.firemon.com.
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NASDAQ, Oracle, T-Mobile, Chevron, AT&T, BP, Intel, Skype, Microsoft, Volkswagen
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm32%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company7%
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Financial Services Firm31%
Comms Service Provider8%
Insurance Company8%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company30%
Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider9%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise80%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise74%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise75%
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