Compare FireMon vs. Palo Alto Networks Panorama

FireMon is ranked 3rd in Firewall Security Management with 6 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Panorama is ranked 6th in Firewall Security Management with 9 reviews. FireMon is rated 8.2, while Palo Alto Networks Panorama is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of FireMon writes "Reporting features help us close visibility gaps and decrease auditing time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Panorama writes "Offers a lot of advanced functionality that is easy to deploy and the GUI is easy to use ". FireMon is most compared with Tufin, AlgoSec and Skybox Security Suite, whereas Palo Alto Networks Panorama is most compared with FireMon, AlgoSec and Tufin. See our FireMon vs. Palo Alto Networks Panorama report.
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It gives us the ability to go to one place to look for potential firewall rules that are inappropriate, or which don't meet compliance. Instead of manually searching hundreds of firewalls for a policy, we can go to this one location and find the rules which are now out of compliance.It is the single place where we go to review all of our firewall changes. The solution makes it easier for us to track all the changes made. It is a central place where we can look at all the firewall rules, because we have three different firewall vendors. It save us time and creates efficiencies by looking at the general picture.The most valuable feature is the reporting capability because everything that we do is a result of our being able to query a report, based on our environment and our PCI compliance efforts.The Security Manager part of FireMon... gives me an eye on everything that's out there, everything that I cannot see. Because I'm not a network admin, I cannot go to a firewall itself, but at least I have FireMon so that I can go in and view everything that I want to view. And I can eliminate whatever I see that is wrong,It provides us with a single pane of glass for our on-prem environment, to see configuration. We have not implemented into the cloud yet. We can search for an object group and see where it lives on any firewall in the enterprise or find security rules, no matter what firewall they're on.The most valuable features are Policy Optimizer and Firewall Manager for different brands of firewall.

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The solution is absolutely stable.The interface is very easy to use. You can do most jobs from one single console.The most valuable feature is WildFire.What I like most about this solution is that it allows me to push multiple policies on multiple followers at the same time.Using this solution means that you can store logs for longer periods, up to perhaps two years, depending on your attached storage.The dashboards are very good on Palo Alto. They offer a centralized dashboard for managers as well.It's helpful that the solution allows us to control all the firewalls from one device.It has made our ROIs easier, but consolidating the correlation of data into one single point, which is pretty great.

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The AWS integration is still not mature for us to use. It is just not ready for our use case for AWS connectivity. Therefore, it does not provide us with a single pane of glass for our cloud environments, because we can't manage our cloud environment with the tool.The stability has been fairly decent, but there have been a few issues. My coworker has had some issues in the past where he has had to work with support.The current health and monitoring of the devices is atrocious... Imagine you have a list of 200 devices, and you can grade each of those devices as either green, yellow, or red. However, there might be three different reasons for you to go to red, or eight different reasons to go to yellow, and all of those things could be combined... Out of all those categories, I only find one or two of them that are, perhaps, pertinent.We're working on implementing FireMon with our ticketing system service now. Having that would be an improvement.Some of the core functionality in our environment doesn't seem to work. We will get buggy code releases. They need to work on their Q&A of every code release.We are looking for more integration with SIEM and other tools.

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I would like more dashboard management.The general customer feedback is when saving the configuration, it takes a long time. That needs to be fixed. The troubleshooting, the debugging part is also a little bit of a pain. It's not user-friendly on the interface to do our debugging when comparing it with other firewalls, like Forcepoint.There is room for improvement in the integration within endpoint detection. They need to do some integration between endpoints and the firewalls.Customer support can improve.The dual WAN functionality is missing in this solution.Panorama needs to work on its configuration issues.It can take a few minutes to test to see if any changes are successful or not. This needs to be improved. A commit change should take a second, not a minute or more.We had some challenges with the initial setup, but it was more on a learning curve basis.

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We don't license all of the devices in our network, so it does not provide us with a comprehensive visibility of all devices in a hybrid network at this time.We pay for it yearly.Regarding additional costs, if you want things like Policy Optimizer, extra features, that's extra.The pricing is very good, very straightforward. It also came in cheaper than AlgoSec and Tufin.

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You only pay for the license and there are no additional costs.Initially, Palo Alto looks expensive, but if you dig deeper then you will find that it is very comparable, or even cheaper than other solutions.It has freed up staff time, which is where we are seeing ROI.With the URL filtering, we probably went down from around four hours in response time to about five minutes.The licensing is not cheap. There are always hidden costs. You have support costs, or maybe you need to buy more optics on how the solution fits into the rest of your environment. It is possible some of the rest of your environment will need to change too.

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FireMon is the No.1 provider of Intelligent Security Management solutions worldwide, combining advanced benchmarking, simulation, and analysis to deliver next generation security intelligence. Since creating the first-ever network security management solution 15 years ago, FireMon solutions have continued to deliver visibility into and control over complex network security infrastructure, policies, and risk to over 1,500 customers around the world. Using the FireMon Intelligent Security Management platform, today’s leading enterprise organizations, government agencies and managed security providers have dramatically improved effectiveness of network defenses, accelerating business agility optimizing return on investment. For more information or a free 30-day trial, visit www.firemon.com.

Panorama network security management provides static rules and dynamic security updates in an ever-changing threat landscape. Reduce administrator workload and improve your overall security posture with a single rule base for firewall, threat prevention, URL filtering, application awareness, user identification, file blocking and data filtering.

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