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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco NGIPS vs. Cisco Stealthwatch and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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"I have found the filter and the antivirus to be most valuable.""I've found the performance and stability to be the most valuable features of Cisco NGIPS. It is scalable as well.""Its ease of use and its ability to block and allow ports in and out of our organization are the most valuable features. It works very well. It gives us all the information that we need.""I think their fingerprints are good in terms of how they whitelist and blacklist.""The technical support is impressive.""IPS is a valuable function, because they update the signatures all the time and it's very granular.""The tracking intelligence feature is very good. This solution provides us with the opportunity to detect threats in real-time.""The solution gives us a lot of visibility into our security."

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"It's easy to set up. The deployment takes one or two days. You need to collect the data from a device and then direct it to the portal.""It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it.""We find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""Overall, the implementation is very good."

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"The SSL decrypt could be improved, but it's normal. All the devices in our platform need a lot of memory or CPU to do the SSL decrypt. This is an issue to improve in all platforms, not only in Cisco.""It has room for improvement when it comes to integrating machine learning and AI into it where even if you don't have a baseline that is of length for anomaly detection, it could do more like an AI style machine learning. It learns on its own.""Should include additional security features.""The only thing I think they may need to improve on a little bit is identifying software more correctly when you do network discovery.""The solution would be better if it offered customers more integrations and more signatures.""Some Next-Generation Firewall solutions come with Intrusion Prevention. It would be nice if Cisco NGIPS included that.""The user interface needs some improvement, it is a little rudimentary and not very intuitive.""The onboarding process could be made a little bit better."

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"Cisco could improve the administration for the customers.""We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""We determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required.""The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best.""Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run.""It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing depends on negotiation with the vendor, although I can say that it is moderate.""This is an expensive product, with the biggest cost being the license that keeps the service going.""There are licensing fees depending on the features that you are using.""It is expensive. It has separate licensing for all the features, and every feature set seems to require another license. Licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs besides the standard licensing fee.""Cisco products are not cheap and this solution is no different.""The pricing could be improved. Our customers have a yearly license.""It could be less expensive.""The licensing can be billed annually or in multi-year contracts such as three, four, or five years."

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"This is an expensive product. We have quit paying for support because we don't want to have to upgrade it and keep paying for it."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: IPS is a valuable function, because they update the signatures all the time and it's very granular.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of the licensing costs, I know we have a three-year subscription.
Top Answer: I think the GUI user interface could be improved and the login is not very user friendly. They could maybe improve on that.
Top Answer: Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.
Top Answer: This is an expensive solution and the license is expensive. The cost is an area where a lot of clients are a little uncomfortable. The license cost is based on the size of the environment you're… more »
Top Answer: The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best. Stealthwatch was purchased from a company called Lancope and the look and feel of the tool is a little different from some of Cisco's… more »
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Also Known As
Sourcefire NGIPS, Firepower NGIPS
Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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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.

Cisco Stealthwatch uses NetFlow to provide visibility across the network, data center, branch offices, and cloud. Its advanced security analytics uncover stealthy attacks on the extended network. Stealthwatch helps you use your existing network as a security sensor and enforcer to dramatically improve your threat defense.

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Sample Customers
American Electric Power, Huntington Bank, Keycorp, Nationwide, Transunion, Marriott, Inova Health, Ford, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Chevron, Walmart, Coca Cola
Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm20%
Aerospace/Defense Firm7%
Non Profit7%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company20%
Healthcare Company7%
Healthcare Company23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company8%
Transportation Company5%
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise32%
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise79%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco NGIPS vs. Cisco Stealthwatch and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
552,027 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco NGIPS is ranked 5th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 18 reviews while Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 5th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 6 reviews. Cisco NGIPS is rated 8.4, while Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco NGIPS writes "The anomaly baseline formation links the network, then anything that goes away from the norm is also flagged". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Stealthwatch writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". Cisco NGIPS is most compared with Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Check Point IPS, McAfee Network Security Platform, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and Darktrace, whereas Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud and Splunk User Behavior Analytics. See our Cisco NGIPS vs. Cisco Stealthwatch report.

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