Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos XG

As of February 2019, Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 44 reviews vs Sophos XG which is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "The IPsec tunnels are very easily created, and quite interoperable with devices from other vendors". The top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Gives us customizable policies, modifiable templates, and customized rules for single users". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and pfSense. Sophos XG is most compared with Sophos UTM, Fortinet FortiGate and pfSense. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos XG report.
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Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.We use a southern institution that's audited for IT security and the reporting that automatically comes off the unit makes it much easier to meet compliance standards and makes it easier as far as the amount of time that has to be spent to compile that information. If you get your reporting set up correctly when you initially set it up, you just select the one you want and hit print. The auditing trail on it is the best feature.It is easy to use and performs very well.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.It's a firewall that secures our internal network. I have been using it since 2013, and I find that most of the features are advanced, and very user friendly.The most valuable feature is the bundled subscription, which is IPS, TV and web filtering.It is a good source for firewall protection.It has improved our security capabilities.

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It has a very friendly interface like the Cyberoam iNG units, it has customizable policies, it has proper templates that you can even modify, and you can customize the rules, down to each single user.The dashboard is customizable as well. It gives you the feature of including what you need to see as soon as you open the dashboard and to remove the non-necessary stuff, which varies from one organization to the next and from one IT manager to the next. And it has a wide variety of reports as well, template and customizable reports.Valuable features include: the ease of setting up the VPN connection; the fact they have the cloud management option, so I can manage the firewall on a cloud platform from anywhere I am; the user interface is very user-friendly, so it's very easy for the administrator to make any policy changes.The most valuable feature, according to the setup we have at our work place here, is the flexibility of the system or the firmware that's running the appliance. It's so flexible, performing multiple rules with different configurations. According to the set up here, we need to implement several firewalls with different access levels, because we have a variety of users. For this requirement, it's very flexible and very easy to use.My clients gain efficiency in protecting against attacks from malware such as ransomware and hacker attacks. It also provides them efficient internet access control, and full visibility of ports, applications, and websites.Excellent product, meets most of the security needs of companies of various sizes. You can buy it without fear.

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I think there could be more QoS featuresThey should make the rule sets more understandable for the end user. When you're trying to explain to somebody how a computer network is secured, sometimes it's difficult for an end user or customer to understand. If there was a way to make the terminology more accessible to the end user, the set up could be easier. They should translate the technical jargon to an easily relatable and understandable conversation for the end user, the customer, that would be brilliant. Particularly in an environment where the IT structure is audited regularly, there's always pressure from the auditor to up the standards and up the security and you get your USCERT's that come out and there's a warning about this and the customer will want to lock out so much and when you apply it they run into issue where they can't search the internet or print to their remote office. Of course they can't print to your remote office, they just locked it up. They should make the language more understandable for the customer. If there's a product out there that made the jargon understandable to John Q. Public, I would buy that.There could be more integration between the logging and analytical platforms to make it more seamless and integrated.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.The web-cache feature which was previously on the FortiGate device, but was deleted with the recent upgrade should be returned. It was a very valuable feature for us.I think they need to improve more in order to be a competitor with the leaders of the field.The UTM filtering needs improvement.There were quite a few problems with the stability of the system.

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Let's say I set up a rule to block users from accessing YouTube or Facebook. The rule will only block the HTTP traffic, which is non-secure traffic... The problem comes when you are trying to block, or allow, similar traffic that uses HTTPS. You have to create a certificate and import it into the users' web browsers, whatever they are using... The problem occurs when you're dealing with roaming users who use laptops and have to move between different sites that have different types of policies applied to them. You have to import all sorts of certificates from each site into their browser. Doing so will most probably conflict with something else that is totally irrelevant and cause a problem.Since Sophos took over Cyberoam, the online technical library and support library have become super messy. To get a piece of information is becoming a nightmare. They need to reorganize the online technical support and technical library.I would like the update process to be easier, to update the firmware of the boxes. I think it's much better automatically than having to do it manually: Download the file, do network discovery. I they can make the update process much more automatic that would help.It is performing well. However, the only challenges that we are facing are the effectiveness with blocking the proxy and tuneling applications, aside from proxy and similar applications. So the application filter on the product is not really performing 100%. Every now and then there are some updates that are happening on such applications, and it takes time until it gets the appropriate updates and becomes capable of capturing such applications and blocking them. A new feature I would really like to see would be some sort of an enhanced application filter with greater efficiency when it comes to the applications that can bypass firewall policies. These applications are really a nightmare. Once they are on the network and not detected, or the appliance is not really successful in capturing them and unblocking them, the bandwidth gets wasted all the time.Scalability it is a bit limited. We did a sizing exercise before the purchase. But that was just to fit our current needs. There was no room for having an option to upgrade the device. The only option that we have if we are grow in the near future, is to go for another model with higher specs, which is actually more expensive. In other words it doesn't have that modularity .It could offer a DNS Filter for blocking botnet networks.

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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 initial setup is super straight forward and as far as the licensing goes for the small product that we have, the pricing was pretty competitive. It wasn't as simple and as cheap as a SonicWall but for the service we would get it was a good price.It is a good product from a price perspective versus functionality.Price-wise, it's at a good price point for our market.It is cost-effective, and provides a good value for your money. The pricing, and license renewal, is very reasonable for us.They need to be competitive with other solutions.It is an inexpensive solution.We find the most valuable aspect of this solution is the price. It is affordable, and cheaper than other firewalls.

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Amitava Ganguly
Jon BoothUser

We just entered our 3rd year with two Sophos XG 310's (active/passive) and we could not be happier. When these devices are paired up with Sophos Endpoint + Intercept X you will have a comprehensive security solution that is difficult to beat. And in a small to medium size business, their value proposition is second to none.

I just started my second DECADE using Sophos solutions and they never disappoint from start to finish. They make the initial purchase and deployment pain-free, the day to day "care and feeding" of their products is simple, and they are highly competitive when it comes time for subscription renewals. I am yet to experience the "now that we have you, here comes the pain" approach other vendors use on their long term customers - think Smartnet and other escalating services here.

No, they are not a household name and really have a greater presence in Europe and Asia, but they are a serious player and should not be underestimated. Flashy ads in US trade magazines are pretty, but I prefer their approach of putting more money into product development than marketing. Year upon year Sophos continues to make steady progress with Gartner and other tech info sources, and I caution those that depend on their upper right hand quadrant recommendations. Many that rise quickly, also seem to fall just as fast. Many of us that have been doing this for some time prefer bulldozers over bullets when it comes to security and "flavor of the week" product offerings. Sure bullets can cover ground fast, but the bulldozer always gets more done when when it makes the same trip.

So that's my two cents. Best of luck with what you finally choose.

25 April 18
Andrew S. Baker (ASB)Real User

Both Sophos and Fortigate offer end-point software. Depending on your needs, both have advantages over the other solution, but most people would conclude that the Sophos end-point solution is more feature rich.

That said, when it comes to security, while there is some advantage in having a one-stop shop, there are disadvantages to all/many of your protection layers coming from the same vendor. Any weakness that vendor has will likely be found in the other layers as well, undermining a great deal of your protection in a single shot.

I would be more inclined to evaluate each layer of the protection somewhat separately unless this results in a significant price disparity.

Fortinet's client is great for host-protection and easy VPN access, but I would either augment or replace with Cylance end-point, depending on the need for the VPN access.

Fortinet devices are more flexible from a management standpoint, especially as you grow, IMO.

01 November 17

I am concerned that if you truly want to enable a lot of security features that the Fortinet 100e maybe a little small, at least go up to the 200e. The Fortinet 5.4 OS has matured and is very stable, the 'e' generation has just been awesome for us and our customer deployments. We also fully manage and monitor our customer deployments, so we live with our sizing decision. We have a lot of 50e, 60e, 100e and 200e out replacing much larger/legacy C and D series FortiGates. We have a long history of deploying all the way back to the 200A series. If you are only worried about through put and not security, then the smaller units will do a really good job for you. If you are worried about security, then at a minimum for a small site look at the 100e, but with as many servers as you mentioned look at the 200e. Also, we heavily utilize our FortiAnalzyer for our managed customer firewalls. You should deploy a virtual FortiAnalzyer to help with security monitoring and reporting. However, I don't know what your VPN and other requirements look like, so hard to size for you. Sophos is trying to disrupt and doing a good job at it, I think they are a very series competitor to Fortinet. We have recently started to explore Sophos to see if it maybe a better solution for our customers and help us to scale our business. Both compare well against each other on paper, devil is in the details and vendor support services. I should add that my only experience with Sohos as a user was back in the day of Astaro Firewall software before Sophos' purchase.

04 October 17

As another user proposed, go for sophos SG series.
XG series is a hybrid of cyberoam and sg series that I did not like at all.I am using sophos from 2010.
As for the sizing if you go fullguard you must go in a higher model than XG210 in order for the firewall to function properly. If 100 user will be online and you need web protection and spam filtering to be performed by the firewall +IPS then yes go to a higher model. 230 or 310 or 330 if you have the budget.
Sophos also has Wifi AP that are controlled by the firewall.
Unfortunately I dont have any experience on Fortigate.

Please consider the following. Whetever you buy dont go for a model that covers you capacity of users if you use fullguard . If you have the budget a go for 310 or 330.

See bellow this link for sophos sizing

As I said sophos SG is better than XG in my experience.
If budget is your main rival consider also Watchguard they have also great security bundles.

Best Regards

04 October 17
Andrew S. Baker (ASB)Real User

Both solutions have a firewall and end-point security. I like the performance and flexibility of the Fortigate solution more than the Sophos.

Ransomware is prevented in the same way as other host-based malware. If it can run, you are doomed, so it has to be prevented from running.

04 October 17
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FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate

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.

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
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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Comms Service Provider13%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Cloud Provider16%
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Financial Services Firm9%
Writing And Editing Position8%
Manufacturing Company20%
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Construction Company10%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise27%
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