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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"I like the way Firepower presents the data. It gives you two classifications for the evidence, something based on the priority of the evidence and another classification based on the impact of the evidence in your environment. This makes it very easy to spot the evidence that is most impactful to my environment. Instead of having to go through all the evidence based on that priority, I can focus on the evidence that has the most impact on my environment.""The most valuable feature of the Firepower solution is FireSIGHT, which can be easily managed and is user-friendly.""Once you add Firepower onto to it and you start enabling some of its features, you get some IDS/IPS involved with it and you can even do web filtering.""The most valuable features of Cisco firewalls are the IPS and IDS items. We find them very helpful. Those are the biggest things because we have some odd, custom-made products in our environment. What we've found through their IPS and IDS is that their vulnerability engines have caught things that are near-Zero-day items, inside of our network.""The IPS, as well as the malware features, are the two things that we use the most and they're very valuable.""The protection and security features, like URL filtering, the inspection, and the IPS feature, are also very valuable for us. We don't have IT staff at most of the sites so for us it's important to have a robust firewall at those sites""We can easily track unauthorized users and see where traffic is going.""With the FMC and the FirePOWERs, the ability to quickly replace a piece of hardware without having to have a network outage is useful. Also, the ability to replace a piece of equipment and deploy the config that the previous piece of equipment had is pretty useful."

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"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.""We use Cisco IOS Security mostly for routers to route off the firewall. It's a next-generation device.""The VPN is the most valuable feature.""You can scale it when you need to.""I've found their network routing to be very good.""Cisco IOS allows us to keep the same security features as our principal offices.""The stability of this solution is excellent.""Technical support for this solution is very good."

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"We have expanded the wireless access point and switches using Fortinet FortiOS.""The fact that is it has a UTM, a Unified Threat Management feature is the most valuable aspect for us. It's an all in one product. It's like our one-stop-shop to the internet.""The most valuable features are the intrusion prevention system and the anti-virus.""For my organization, it has become much easier to scan the firewalls because the solution is more user-friendly than competitors.""The interface is easy to understand, so when there are threats you get alerts. It's quite intuitive, but if you are ever confused they have instructional videos. For example, if you don't understand a graph there's a link to a video that explains what the graph means. It makes it very user-friendly.""I like its configuration and the various functions it offers.""All of the features in this solution are effective and efficient.""The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good."

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"Also, they have a Firepower source file that I can work on the ASA device and on Firepower devices. A problem here lies in the way that you manage these devices. Some devices do not support the FMC, and some devices have to be managed through ASDM, and others have to be managed through FMC.""I would like to see the inclusion of more advanced antivirus features in the next release of this solution.""In Firepower, there is an ability to search and dig into a search, which is nice. However, I'm not a super fan of the way it scrolls. If you want to look at something live, it's a lot different. You're almost waiting. With the ASDM, where it just flows, you can really see it. The second someone clicks something or does something, you'll see it. The refresh rate on the events in Firepower is not as smooth.""The worst part of the entire solution, and this is kind of trivial at times, is that management of the solution is difficult. You manage FireSIGHT through an internet browser. I've had Cisco tell me to manage it through Firefox because that's how they develop it. The problem is, depending on the page you're on, they don't function in the same way. The pages can be very buggy, or you can't resize columns in this one, or you can't do certain things in that one. It causes a headache in managing it.""For the new line of FTDs, the performance could be improved. We sometimes have issues with the 41 series, depending what we activate. If we activate too many intrusion policies, it affects the CPU.""The user interface for the Firepower management console is a little bit different from traditional Cisco management tools. If you look at products we already use, like Cisco Prime or other products that are cloud-based, they have a more modern user interface for managing the products. For Firepower, the user interface is not very user-friendly. It's a little bit confusing sometimes.""We would like to see improvement in recovery. If there is an issue that forces us to do recovery, we have to restart or reboot. In addition, sometimes we have downtime during the maintenance windows. If Cisco could enhance this, so that upgrades would not necessarily require downtime, that would be helpful.""We had an event recently where we had inbound traffic for SIP and we experienced an attack against our SIP endpoint, such that they were able to successfully make calls out... Both CTR, which is gathering data from multiple solutions that the vendor provides, as well as the FMC events connection, did not show any of those connections because there was not a NAT inbound which said either allow it or deny it."

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"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.""Most of their features are meant for Cisco. You cannot integrate them with any other vendor.""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.""If they could increase the performance a little better because the device sometimes gets slow.""I wish it would be more like the next generation firewall technology. There should be more selection between the application and filtering.""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.""In the next release of this solution, we would like to see support for the 100BT and 7000 models.""I would love it if it has a link-by-link feature, integration with Unified Threat Management (UTM), and load balancers. They haven't got any link-by-link feature right now, which can be a very attractive option. This link-by-link feature can also be made available for Cisco's UTM firewalls. The link-by-link feature is available in some of the other firewalls. Currently, integration with UTM is missing. Cisco IOS Security also doesn't have the load balancers and a few things that need to be done to get a good UTM firewall. Normally, other firewalls have UTM. As a next-generation firewall, it's good, but as a UTM, it has to do some work."

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"The additional features I would like to see included in the next release is better troubleshooting and reporting.""The complexity of the VPNs should be improved.""I would like to see smaller and more frequent updates.""The signature discs, compared to Palo Alto, aren't as good. It takes more time to get the signature updates.""The solution is good, but they have poor marketing in Nigeria. They need to market their product better.""For me, it is important to be able to block VPN applications, like Facebook, so I would like to see that included in the next release. With this version, if you want to block or allow a site, you now have to drag all the domains related to this site.""The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure.""In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price of this solution is not good or bad.""The Firepower series of appliances is not cheap. I just got a quote recently for six firewalls that was in the range of over half-a-million dollars. That's what could push us to look to other vendors...""Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year.""Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.""The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""There are additional implementation and validation costs."

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"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.""The licensing is on a subscription basis, and it is fairly costly. I would prefer a one-time payment.""The licenses for this solution are expensive.""It is an expensive solution.""The pricing is okay. It is competitive. It costs more when you need get more features.""Price is certainly something that the IOS technology has fallen behind the competition on.""It is necessary to pay for a license in order to use the solution. It is on a yearly basis and the price is high.""Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico."

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"The program is expensive.""We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future.""Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue.""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.""Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses.""The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device.""The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Pricewise Cisco. But PA has better rating.
Top Answer: Ease of Use - GUI familiarities  and adoption level can differ from user to user. - Personally I found CISCO  ASA… more »
Top Answer: One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.
Top Answer: Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in… more »
Top Answer: I think they should bring back remote VPN for users. However, I understand the attempt is to have these functions inside… more »
Top Answer: The configuration and the UI are very user-friendly.
Top Answer: The licensing is on an annual basis, I believe that the pricing is fair.
Top Answer: One of the issues we have now with everyone working from home is that the assisted offloading doesn't always work well… more »
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Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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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Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company9%
Non Profit9%
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Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company20%
Government6%
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Transportation Company8%
University8%
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Media Company5%
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Computer Software Company26%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise32%
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Large Enterprise74%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
512,711 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco IOS Security is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 16 reviews while Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 23 reviews. Cisco IOS Security is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS Security writes "Prevent unauthorized use of network resources and integrate branch offices with reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". Cisco IOS Security is most compared with Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Kerio Control and Claroty Platform, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Azure Firewall, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Darktrace and WiJungle. See our Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS report.

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