Compare Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS

Cisco IOS Security is ranked 20th 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 FortiManager and Fortinet FortiOS, whereas Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Darktrace, Sangfor NGAF and Azure Firewall. See our Cisco IOS Security vs. Fortinet FortiOS report.
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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 features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.

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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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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.There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.

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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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Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.

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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, ASAIOS 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 Firm18%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider12%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company8%
Media Company8%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Media Company11%
Insurance Company11%
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Comms Service Provider43%
Transportation Company29%
Pharma/Biotech Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Company Size
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise53%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise15%
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