Compare Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Threat Prevention

Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 8th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 7 reviews while Palo Alto Threat Prevention is ranked 7th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 9 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 8.2, while Palo Alto Threat Prevention 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 Threat Prevention writes "Enables us to control the amount of bandwidth an application is allowed to consume and is extremely scalable". Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, Fortinet FortiWeb and Splunk User Behavior Analytics, whereas Palo Alto Threat Prevention is most compared with Darktrace, Trend Micro TippingPoint NGIPS and Cisco Stealthwatch. See our Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Threat Prevention report.
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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.Solid intrusion detection and prevention that scales easily in very large environments.

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With the IP address flag, I was able to see that I was being hacked. The moment there was an interaction between somebody on my network and that IP, the solution was able to flag it, and we were able to protect ourselves.The most valuable features are the simplicity, transparency, and overall ease of management.I find the malware protection very handy.The application control and vulnerability protection are the most valuable features.The initial setup was straightforward. It's quite easy. Deployment took one to two weeks.The most valuable feature of Palo Alto Threat Prevention for our company is the next generation firewall.Most of the features of Palo Alto Threat Prevention are alright. I recommend features like content filtering, IP address, & intelligent firewalls. The reporting feature is very good.One of the most valuable features is the anti-malware protection.

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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.Integration with other components — even Cisco's own products — can be enhanced to improve administrative experience.

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Sometimes when you want to group a set of ports, and communicate with Palo Alto, you cannot group TCP and UDP ports together. This needs to be adjusted.The price of licenses should be lowered to make it less costly to scale our solution.I think they can use some improvement on FID.The solution needs to improve its local technical support services. There is no premium support offered in our market.It's not so easy to set up a test environment, because it's not so easy to get the test license. The vendor only gives you 90 days for a test license; it's a tough license to get.The organization mail security solutions could be improved. There is no mail security solution available.Generally, to deploy it will take some downtime, about a day.Right now we are focusing on email. If Palo Alto can increase the features related to email filtering and the new malware, it would help us protect our systems.

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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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If you want to have all of the good features then you have to pay extra for licensing.It is an expensive solution and I would like to see a drop in price.It's not too expensive.The pricing and the licensing are pretty competitive at this stage. As a reseller, I would like to see the price come down a little bit so I can compete better against other firewalls because we do that all the time.

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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.

Threats do not discriminate between application delivery vectors, requiring an approach that has full visibility into all application traffic, including SSL encrypted content, with full user context. Threat Prevention leverages the visibility of our next-generation firewall to inspect all traffic, automatically preventing known threats, regardless of port, protocol or SSL encryption.

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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 AustraliaUniversity of Arkansas, JBG SMITH, SkiStar AB, TRI-AD, Temple University, Telkom Indonesia
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