Compare Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB

Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 6th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 10 reviews while Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is ranked 13th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 2 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 7.4, while Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is rated 8.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB writes "Provides Threat Protection Across a Variety of Internet Connections". Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, Splunk User Behavior Analytics and Fortinet FortiWeb, whereas Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB is most compared with Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall, Cisco Sourcefire SNORT and Darktrace. See our Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB report.
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Pros
It has a huge rate of protection. It's has a low level of positives and a huge rate of threat protection. It's easy to deploy and easy to implement. It has an incredible price rate compared to similar solutions.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.

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The Palo Alto solution has improved our organization by providing threat protection across a variety of internet connections. Our company also gets valuable insights regarding threat analysis.It's allowed us to have better visibility and protection from threats.

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Performance needs improvement.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.

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One way Palo Alto can improve is by offering sandboxing. I don't know if they currently offer a sandboxing feature together with the firewall or not. They should provide secure sandboxing with the firewalls.Performance monitoring could use improvement.

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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 SNORTPalo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB
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Overview

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.

The majority of attacks and exposure to malicious content occurs during the normal course of web browsing activities, which requires the ability to allow safe, secure web access for all users. URL Filtering with PAN-DB automatically prevents attacks that leverage the web as an attack vector, including phishing links in emails, phishing sites, HTTP-based command and control, malicious sites and pages that carry exploit kits.

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CareCore, 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 AustraliaTRI-AD, Telkom Indonesia
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