Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
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 features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.
Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.
We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.
Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.
Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.
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.
It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.
Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.
Anti-Spam web content filterinG.
This solution has solid UTM features combined with a nice GUI.
This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried.
The features that we have found most valuable are the SSL VPN and the User Portal.
It allows me to easily connect with more than forty-five remote sites and more than fifty remote users between IPsec and SSL VPN, applying the web filter and application filter to ensure a secure connection.
Configuration troubleshooting is eased by the use of the color-coded, live firewall log.
The features that I've known to be most valuable are both the web security features as well as the web firewall capabilities. As a partner of Sophos firewall, we have some clients and they are using Sophos firewall UTM and we are using it as well.
Sophos UTM has improved the porting section. It has improved security by seeing the gaps. For example, when you discover that an entry has been using a certain application, with Sophos UTM acting as a Layer 7 firewall, you can block the application, not the port.
The most valuable feature is the IPS. It also protects us from malware.
UTM 9 brings along IPSec as well as iPhone and iPad support. This seems small but it’s useful.
The isolation of infected machines is a big feature. Also, the ability to detect external sources that change files on a file server is really big.
Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
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.
There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.
With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.
The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.
Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.
There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.
Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.
Technical support for this solution can be improved.
I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.
I think there could be more QoS features
The Web-filter in this solution is not very good.
FortiOS is not simple.
This product could be improved with Active directory integration and better handling in IPsec and GRE Tunnels.
I use the FortiGate 60D model and realized the 300Mbps bandwidth limitation. Because it is a product that offers many services, I think it could have greater bandwidth capacity.
I would like to see the SD-WAN feature improved.
Support for IKEv2 is needed in this solution.
The only time we face a problem or issues is when we place a ticket. We have found that response is very slow.
With Sophos UTM, there is a general rule in the firewall when the country blocking can block some countries from accessing your data. In the current version, you still need to add it by putting in the IP range. This feature would be helpful for administrators and it gives them the advantage to block stuff in less time.
The solution could be improved by adding cloud soundboxing.
We didn’t find any issues but I know there have been some in the last few years.
It does have built-in policies, which enable you to disable USB devices, etc. It would be nice if they had more policies because there are not that many of them.
There is still room for improvement in wireless protection. I don't mean their WiFi device is bad, but there are still things to improve on, such as WiFi roaming.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.
We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.
The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.
Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.
Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.
The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.
Cisco recently has become very expensive.
The pricing for this solution is good.
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.
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.
Our licensing costs are on a yearly basis.
Compared to Palo Alto, which we have used in the past, pricing and licensing are okay.
This solution is less expensive than FortiGate.
The biggest issue with Sophos is the pricing. It's definitely more expensive. As I said, we looked at Webroot, which is a big alternative, and Sophos was almost three times the price of Webroot. That's a pretty big difference.
Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.
We purchased the appliance with five years onsite support and licenses.
Pricing for the upgrade was very competitive as Sophos wanted to retain existing customers.
The pricing and licensing are both good and better than Sophos's competitors. This is why we went with the product.
The AWS Marketplace product should be a better fit, but it is a little pricier.
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.
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|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate||Astaro|
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.
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