Compare Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS

Cisco IOS Security is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 15 reviews. Cisco IOS Security is rated 8.4, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS Security writes "Increased endpoint security but is overall a very complicated product". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Provides an easy and simple means of filtering traffic and establishing VPN connections and authentication". Cisco IOS Security is most compared with Darktrace, Fortinet FortiOS and Fortinet FortiManager, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Azure Firewall, Darktrace and Sangfor NGAF. See our Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS report.
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For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.The technical team is always available when we have problems.

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Technical support for this solution is very good.The stability of this solution is excellent.Cisco IOS allows us to keep the same security features as our principal offices.I've found their network routing to be very good.You can scale it when you need to.The VPN is the most valuable feature.We use Cisco IOS Security mostly for routers to route off the firewall. It's a next-generation device.Previously, anyone in the organization would see any data point in the wall. They could just go and connect their machine with that data point and could access the network. But now, even if someone came and tried that, they will not be given access.

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A good network security system for medium-sized businesses with an excellent GUI interface that gives a graphic view of network status.The solution is extremely scalable.This is an easy means of setting up high-availabilty firewall protection.The initial setup is easy. It's the easiest firewall installation process on the market. I work with three or four other products and this one is the easiest.The most valuable feature of this solution would be the caching feature.It has a lot of scalability abilities which makes it easy to scale.What I like about this solution, is that it is the only solution that currently offers VPN for clients.The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good.

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We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.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.

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In the next release of this solution, we would like to see support for the 100BT and 7000 models.I think setup could be one area for improvement, because sometimes we don't have people inside so we have to move to the place.I wish it would be more like the next generation firewall technology. There should be more selection between the application and filtering.If they could increase the performance a little better because the device sometimes gets slow.The routers, don't have like long-term tendency features, or higher availability features available for the IOS. It could also use a better user interface.Most of their features are meant for Cisco. You cannot integrate them with any other vendor.We have a very bad experience on the support. They take too much time requesting logs, and they are not coming directly online to resolve the issues.There's a technology called SD-WAN that we would like to see. We are unable to handle multiple connections or to automatically load balance. I would like to have a feature that enables us to automatically prepare for load balancing.

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While it is a solid solution, there are some product limitations which exclude it from deployment in some situations.The solution needs to adjust its pricing models. With the way they are structured, everything is very disparate and sold separately, and, depending on the solution, it can get quite pricey.The support is not very good, but the product is stable so it is not so much of a problem.In terms of what needs improvements, the troubleshooting could use improvement. When we work with other products like Cisco ASA, Palo Alto, and Check Point, we see a big difference in the troubleshooting. It's not easy to find a report.Their technical support needs improvement.In terms of what needs improvement, the pricing could be lower. The price is very steep.In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price.The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure.

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Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.The program is very expensive.The cost of this solution is high.Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.

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The licenses for this solution are expensive.The licensing is on a subscription basis, and it is fairly costly. I would prefer a one-time payment.The pricing is very expensive. Normally I do a yearly contract; I don't know the exact pricing, but it's around $75,000 USD per year. That's the standard licensing.

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Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech.Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.The program is expensive.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire FirewallsIOS Security
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

Cisco IOS Software delivers a sophisticated set of security capabilities for a comprehensive, layered security approach throughout your network infrastructure. Cisco IOS security technologies help to defend critical business processes against attack and disruption, protect privacy, and support policy and regulatory compliance controls.

Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.

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Sample Customers
There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.Arup Group, Brunel University London, City of Biel, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, K&L Gates , New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Offshore Northern Seas, TransplaceBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
University6%
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Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company8%
Retailer5%
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Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm22%
University11%
Transportation Company11%
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Comms Service Provider43%
Transportation Company29%
Pharma/Biotech Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Company Size
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise40%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise53%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise14%
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