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Pros
"Provides good integrations and reporting.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""The implementation is pretty straightforward.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""Being able to determine our active users vs inactive users has led us to increased productivity through visibility. Also, if an issue was happening with our throughput, then we wouldn't know without research. Now, notifications are more proactively happening.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem.""Feature-wise, we mostly use IPS because it is a security requirement to protect against attacks from outside and inside. This is where IPS helps us out a bunch."

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"This product is affordable and it's a good, high-performance appliance.""It is very versatile.""The performance overall is very good.""While the stability maybe isn't quite to the level of Cisco, it is a very cost-effective solution. It's cheap compared to Cisco.""It gives all the features of a full-fledged firewall with great performance.""The most valuable feature is that its IPsec works perfectly.""The most valuable features are the IPS and Antivirus.""The pricing of the solution is good."

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"The user interface is very good. It's already quite simple and easy to use.""SD-WAN features should be added.""It is easy to implement.""The multifactor authentication is helpful because whenever the user wants to connect to the firewall, they have to use the authenticator before they can access it.""Compared to other firewalls that I had looked at, I thought Sophos was the better solution. It just seems to be easier to manage versus Cisco, Fortinet, or one of the other options I was looking at.""The feature that we find most valuable is the VPN, which ensures that people working remotely have a secure connection.""Web filtering is easy enough to deploy, manage, or make exceptions to.""We've had good experiences with technical support."

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Cons
"One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""One of the few things that are brought up is that for the overall management, it would be great to have a cloud instance of that. And not only just a cloud instance, but one of the areas that we've looked at is using an HA type of cloud. To have the ability to have a device file within a cloud. If we had an issue with one, the other one would pick up automatically.""Its interface is sometimes is a little bit slow, and it can be improved. When you need to put your appliance in failover mode, it is a little difficult to do it remotely because you need to turn off the appliance in Cisco mode. In terms of new features, it would be good to have AnyConnect VPN with Firepower. I am not sure if it is available at the moment.""I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device.""FlexConfig is there as a bridge for features that are not yet natively integrated into Firepower. It is a way of allowing you to be able to configure things that wouldn't otherwise be possible until the development team can add them into Firepower's native capability. There is still some work that needs to be done around FlexConfig. There are still quite a few complex things, like policy-based routing, that have to be done in FlexConfig, and it doesn't always work perfectly. Sometimes, there are some glitches. It is recommended that you configure FlexConfig policies with Cisco TAC. It would be good to see Cisco accelerate some of those configurations that you can only do in FlexConfig into the platform, so that they are there natively.""The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""On the VPN side, Firepower could be better. It needs more monitoring on VPNs. Right now, it's not that good. You can set up a VPN in Firepower, but you can't monitor it.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement."

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"FortiGate should be more customer friendly and budgeted better.""In the next releases, it would be nice to see central cloud management.""The product does not have a good graphical interface.""The solution should provide more useful GUI features.""Customization needs improvement.""There should be integration with an active directory — with Microsoft.""It would be better if it could provide you with options before completely blocking anything through the web filter. If you are doing a deep SSL inspection on the site if it says it's expired, it doesn't give you the option to continue at your own risk. I can't say that it's bad, but SSL internally isn't really a requirement. However, its security features can help. Right now, we have people going out and spending on purchasing the SSL certificates for internal sites.""The performance could be better. Some features need to have quality control when the switch is working. The dedicated bandwidth for some users is not reliable."

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"I think that the main area for improvement is the quality assurance of the updates.""They made some changes to the firmware update sometime last year, which moved some of the policies from where they were before. Some of the policies, such as NAS policies, were separated, which made it a bit hard for people to trace the policies they had configured.""Having a web portal where you could make requests for the categorization of non-categorized items, would be beneficial.""I used to work with Fortinet, and sometimes I see that the SD-WAN feature could be better because it's much easier in Fortinet.""They need to do more quality checks before they release firmware upgrades. Currently, a few Cyberoam firewall customers are facing some issues while upgrading the Cyberoam firmware to Sophos. After the new firmware is installed, they are seeing some performance issues, which require some bug fixes. The performance is fine after getting the required support. Customers who are already using Sophos hardware are quite satisfied with this solution. Their support should also be improved. We are facing difficulties getting support on time through email or phone.""The response time could stand improvement.""They need to improve the SD-WAN feature.""The reporting could be improved in this solution by adding more details."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""This product is expensive.""I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs.""There are additional implementation and validation costs.""The price is comparable.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."

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"With Fortinet FortiGate-VM you can bring your own licensing, or it can be paid on a yearly basis.""There are yearly or monthly licenses which you can choose from.""There should be a reduction in the setup price and licensing costs.""There is a benefit in terms of the cost of using this solution because the price is very good.""The price of this product is great compared to others.""Of all the firewalls that we compared, FortiGate is the cheapest and most affordable, so we are satisfied with the pricing.""At present, the SD-WAN licenses are on an annual basis.""The solution could be better priced."

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"The hardware is inexpensive but the license is expensive.""The price of Sophos is reasonable. It's not too expensive — I think it's worth it.""The price of the solution is reasonable when comparing it to other solutions.""The price is fair.""There is a license required for this solution that is priced well and all the features are included.""Its price is fair. It is cheaper and way better than others.""The price is reasonable in my opinion.""I don't think that it is expensive when you compare it with other solutions available on the market."

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Questions from the Community
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Top Answer: Sophos XG is easy to use.
Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
Security7 Networks, COOPENAE
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company6%
Marketing Services Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company30%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company18%
Government6%
Media Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise20%
REVIEWERS
Small Business65%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise25%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 58 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 119 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.2, while Sophos XG is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Slightly unstable, needs a better user interface, and lacks good monitoring capabilities ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Light and stable with excellent real-time control ". Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, OPNsense and Untangle NG Firewall, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Sophos Cyberoam UTM. See our Fortinet FortiGate-VM vs. Sophos XG report.

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