Compare Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls vs. FireEye Network Security

Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 12 reviews while FireEye Network Security is ranked 4th in Advanced Threat Protection with 14 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is rated 8.8, while FireEye Network Security is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls writes "Valuable firewall solution for enterprise organizations who need reliable flexible security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FireEye Network Security writes "It has significantly decreased our mean time in being able to identify and detect malicious threats". Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, FireEye Network Security and Cisco Firepower NGFW, whereas FireEye Network Security is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Cisco Stealthwatch and Symantec Advanced Threat Protection.
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Pros
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.I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.

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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.The stability of the solution is very good. We can see that it gets even better with every release.The most valuable feature is that it has the ability to divide the network into three parts; internal, external, and DMZ.A powerful enterprise security solution that is dependible.The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to integrate vertically.An efficient, easy to deploy and dependable firewall solution.

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If we are receiving spam emails, or other types of malicious email coming from a particular email ID, then we are able to block them using this solution.The product has helped improve our organization by being easy to use and integrate. This saves time, trouble and money.The most valuable network security feature is the network sandbox solution. This sandbox feature works on traffic flow.Initially, we didn't have much visibility around what is occurring at our applications lower level. For instance, if we are exposed to any malicious attacks or SQL injections. But now we've integrated FireEye with Splunk, so now we get lots of triggers based on policy content associated with FireEye. The solution has allowed for growth and improvement in our information security and security operations teams.The most valuable feature is the view into the application.Application categorization is the most valuable feature for us. Application filtering is very interesting because other products don't give you full application filtering capabilities.It allows us to be more hands off in checking on emails and networking traffic. We can set up a bunch of different alerts and have it alert us.The scalability has not been a problem. We have deployed the product in very high bandwidth networks. We have never had a problem with the FireEye product causing latency issues within our networks.

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Cons
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.The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.

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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.I would like for the user interface to be easier for the admin and network admin. I would also like to be able to access everything from the GUI interface. The way it is now, it needs somebody experience in iOS to be able to operate it. I would like to have a GUI interface.The GUI interface could be improved when compared to other solutions.There used to be information displayed about the packets in a module called Packet Flow, but it is no longer there.The interface for monitoring could be improved to allow better views to make troubleshooting easier.The inclusion of an autofill feature would improve the ease of commands.

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It would be a good idea if we could get an option to block based upon the content of an email, or the content of a file attachment.As far as future inclusions, it would be useful to display more threat intelligence, such as the actual area of the threat and the origin of the web crawling (Tor and Dark Web).They could also increase or improve the scalability because to my knowledge the biggest bandwidth can only support up to 10 gigs of input.Improvements could be achieved through greater integration capabilities with different firewall solutions. Integrating with the dashboard itself for different firewalls so users can also pull tags into their firewall dashboard.A better depth of view, being able to see deeper into the management process, is what I'd like to see.Based on what we deployed, they should emphasize the application filtering and the web center. We need to look deeper into the SSM inspection. If we get the full solution with that module, we don't need to get the SSM database from another supplier.I would love to see better reporting. Because you can't export some of the reports in proper formats, it is hard to extract the data from reports.The initial setup was complex because of the nature of our environment. When it comes to the type of applications and functions which we were looking at in terms of identifying malicious threats, there would be some level of complexity, if we were doing it right.

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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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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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When I compare this solution to its competitors in the market, I find that it is a little expensive.FireEye is comparable to other products, such as HX, but seems expensive. It may cause us to look at other products in the market.The current pricing is much better than before because they now offer product-related promotions along with some changes in product licensing. The new pricing model is better than before.We're partners with Cisco so we get a reasonable price. It's cheaper than Palo Alto in terms of licensing.Because of what the FireEye product does, it has significantly decreased our mean time in being able to identify and detect malicious threats. The company that I work with is a very mature organization, and we have seen the meantime to analysis decrease by at least tenfold.There are some additional services that I understand the vendor provides, but our approach was to package all of the features that we were looking to use into the product.The pricing is a little high.Pricing and licensing are reasonable compared to competitors.

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Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASASourcefire FirewallsFireEye
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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.

Sourcefire Firewalls help ensure your network's availability and the security of your company's resources by protecting the network infrastructure against network- and application-layer attacks, viruses, and worms.

FireEye Network Security is an advanced threat protection and breach detection platform that provides industry leading threat visibility and protection against the world’s most sophisticated and damaging attacks. By leveraging FireEye’s unique technologies and threat intelligence, FireEye Network Security detects what other security solutions miss, providing holistic security from the perimeter to the network core.

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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.Aegean Motorway, EllisDon Corporation, Linz AG, FFRDC, Finansbank, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Investis, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Bank of Thailand, City of Miramar, Citizens National Bank, D-Wave Systems
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company12%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company8%
Media Company8%
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Financial Services Firm40%
Aerospace/Defense Firm10%
Construction Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
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Financial Services Firm36%
University18%
Manufacturing Company18%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm24%
Software R&D Company18%
Comms Service Provider8%
Media Company8%
Company Size
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise36%
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