Compare Cisco NGIPS vs. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT

Cisco NGIPS is ranked 5th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 11 reviews while Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 8th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 9 reviews. Cisco NGIPS is rated 8.0, while Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco NGIPS writes "Offers valuable SSL decryption, URL filtering, and ITSM inspection features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Sourcefire SNORT writes "Good functionality and has the possibility to have one manager for other firewalls but stability needs to improve". Cisco NGIPS is most compared with Darktrace, Trend Micro TippingPoint NGIPS and McAfee Network Security Platform, whereas Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Splunk User Behavior Analytics, Cisco Stealthwatch and Fortinet FortiWeb. See our Cisco NGIPS vs. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT report.
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The solution is very powerful coupled with Firepower.Technical support is quite good. With firewalls, the last cases I had with Cisco were professionally handled quite quickly and it was great.This is a stable solution.We primarily use this solution as an application filter and for IPS.The most valuable feature of this solution is its modularity, so whenever you need to upgrade or add another service, you don't need to buy another box.It has aligned the features in accordance to our strategic needsThe initial setup wasn't complex or complicated.The solution is stable. This is one of the good things in Firepower. Especially if we use ESE with it.

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The URL filtering is very good and you can create a group for customized URLs.The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically learn the traffic in our environment, and change the merit recommendations based on that.In general, the features are all great. However, if I need to take hardware for ASA, because they need to upgrade to Firepower, we want to create rules. For that, most of the time we go to the command line. Right now Firepower is working really hard on the grid. You can apply all those rules to the grid. Even if you want to monitor the logs, for example, the activity will tell you which particular user has been blocked because of that rule. Firepower's monitoring interface is very good, because you can see each and every piece. ASA also had it, but there you needed to type the command and be under the server to see all that stuff. In Firepower you have the possibility to go directly to the firewall. The way the monitoring is displayed is also very nice. The feature I appreciate most in Firepower is actually the grid. The grid has worked very well.I like most of Cisco's features, like malware detection and URL filtering.The most valuable feature of this solution is the filtering.The solution can be integrated with some network electors like Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco ISE, and Active Directory to provide the client with authentication certificates.The whole solution is very good, and stable.Cisco technical support is unbeatable. It offers a premium service every time.

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The pricing is very expensive. They should make their equipment more affordable.Overall, it lacks user-friendliness. It could be easier to manage. I can train any customer using FortiGate or Palo Alto in a few days, but with Cisco, it takes much more time because the systems aren't easy to use.I would like to see integration with monitoring tools such as Nagios or BMC.The inclusion of bandwidth management features would improve this product.If there was a software-based solution for scaling up then it would be much better.The aspect of private party integration solutions could be improved.More flexibility with the dashboards is needed because some of them are not fully developed.There are some features not found in Firepower, like data loss prevention, and SSO, to have a connection between Cisco and Active Directory which was introduced on other products.

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There are problems setting up VPNs for some regions.We are unhappy with technical support for this solution, and it is not as professional as what we typically expect from Cisco.To be frank, the product is not really stable, although they're working on that. Whenever I go to the technical community with an issue, they will usually say that it is not there yet, but the technical team are working on it. The issues are not insolvable. I think they should just keep working on the product to make sure that the product can become very stable. The technical support is great. I appreciate that. We have a lot of communities supporting Firepower now, so you can find help for whatever issue you have.I don't think this solution is a time-based control system, because one cannot filter traffic based on time.If the price is brought down then everybody will be happy.With the next release, I would like to see some PBR, so that you can do the configuration with the features.The customization of the rules can be simplified.The pricing needs to be improved. We have lots of low-budget clients around us. Budget constraints are always a deterrent in our market.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Cisco products are always expensive, but if you can afford the price then it's a great solution.Licensing fees for this solution are $3,500 USD, and there are no additional costs.The price for additional throughput is the highest in the industry.We buy the licensing on a yearly basis, when we renew our contract. It is around $14,000.

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I don't know the exact amount, but most of the time when I go to a company with a proposition, they will say, "This thing that you are selling is good, but it's expensive. Why don't you propose something like FortiGate, Check Point, or Palo Alto?" Cisco device are expensive compared to other devices.Licensing for this solution is paid on a yearly basis.We have a three-year license for this solution.

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Sourcefire NGIPS, Firepower NGIPSSourcefire SNORT
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Overview

Cisco Firepower NGIPS provides network visibility, threat intelligence, automation and industry leading threat effectiveness. Gartner has ranked Firepower NGIPS as a Magic Quadrant Leader for seven years running, and the independent NSS Labs testing organization consistently rates it as a “Recommended” IPS solution for eight years.

Snort is an open-source, rule-based, intrusion detection and prevention system. It combines the benefits of signature-, protocol-, and anomaly-based inspection methods to deliver flexible protection from malware attacks. Snort gained notoriety for being able to accurately detect threats at high speeds.

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American Electric Power, Huntington Bank, Keycorp, Nationwide, Transunion, Marriott, Inova Health, Ford, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Chevron, Walmart, Coca ColaCareCore, City of Biel, Dimension Data, LightEdge, Lone Star College System, National Rugby League, Port Aventura, Smart City Networks, Telecom Italia, The Department of Education in Western Australia
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