Most Helpful Review
Researched Fortinet FortiGate but chose Cisco ASA NGFW: Advanced Malware Protection works well to protect against cyber threats
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home functionality.
The most valuable feature is that the encryption is solid.
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.
The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.
The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.
We use the FortiGate Sandbox to detect zero-day vulnerabilities, such as anomalies or malware, that are unknown and have not yet been discovered.
We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.
Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable.
SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge transformation in a unified offering.
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus.
The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere.
Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.
Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.
I like the automatic firmware updates. We use the Active Directory to authenticate VPN users.
I use Meraki in my POCs and with my customers as well.
The internet traffic shaping has been very valuable.
Deployment takes no more than one working day.
The initial setup for me was straightforward.
A strong, reliable solution for small companies with little or no dedicated IT department.
Cisco provides us with application visibility and control, although it's not a complete solution compared to other vendors. Cisco needs to work on the application behavior side of things, in particular when it comes to the behavior of SSL traffic.
It is expensive.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.
Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.
I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.
We would like to see a better training platform implemented.
We had a minor problem where there was a major system upgrade on the hardware platfrom and the Mac client was not available as soon as it might have been. The PC client was available immediately, but we had to wait a month or so, before there was a mac client. I was slightly irritated that it was not ready on time, but it was eventually resolved.
To the best of my knowledge, Fortinet does not have a CASB solution and Fortinet does not have a Zero trust solution.
The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up.
There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN.
I think there could be more QoS features
Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.
Technical support for this solution can be improved.
Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.
Expensive licensing and firewall stops immediately working if the license is not renewed at expiration date.
I need more UTM protection security features.
The IPS, the Intrusion Prevention System, can be improved.
Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections.
Right now, you can postpone the update but eventually, if you don't do the update, it will install the updates automatically for you and that's something that is not working for me.
The client-side VPN is weak. The product could be improved with deployment templates.
The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection.
Pricing and Cost Advice
In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.
We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.
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.
Fortinet is the least expensive solution.
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors.
Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.
The pricing for this solution is good.
Before choosing a piece of equipment you have to take into account the cost-benefit offered by each one. Sometimes it is not worth paying a very cheap price to have a minimum level of security.
Each feature costs money, so it is important to study your needs.
I would say that all things considered, the pricing is pretty good.
Fortinet is reasonable in pricing and licensing. Overall, FortiGate is affordable. The licensing fee can be a little high, depending on the budget for your project.
Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.
Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.
Pricing varies as per the type of license.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate||MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600|
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.
The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.
|With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.|
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|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.||Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here||Hyatt, ONS|
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