Most Helpful Review
Researched Untangle NG Firewall but chose Cisco ASA NGFW: Offers great technical support and good security from the firewalls
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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.
I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.
The technical team is always available when we have problems.
The solution is good for a basic firewall for a small business or for home use.
The graphic user interface is very good and it is user-friendly which makes the product easy-to-use.
The initial setup is easy. It only takes 15-30 minutes to deploy.
The feature I find most valuable, is that the program helped me to realize all the requested functionality that was needed.
I find the solution to be user-friendly. It has a lot of reports and easy settings.
We can open a new VPN connection easily. It's much easier than with Fortinet in our experience.
The Untangle firewall is a software firewall, so it runs on generic hardware. We found that was probably the best feature, and it's why we chose it when we started using it three years ago.
The interface is very good.
Web filtering is very reliable.
The features I have found the most useful are the web filter, the captive portal, the SSL inspector, and the ad-blocker. They're awesome.
None of my clients has had a ransom or breach using Untangle.
Web Filter is effective, Web Cache offers bandwidth savings, and the VPN setup is easy.
It is very easy to deploy and monitor.
It is not attached to an appliance, meaning if you get a good PC/server, then you can already run a firewall.
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.
The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.
It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.
The solution would not be suitable for anything large-scale.
The ability to set the VPN IP address would be a welcome addition.
On the customer-side, because I'm a small business, I need a cheaper or free solution option.
OPNsense showed me some problems when using it in different environments. The problem is integration with a virtual server.
The web content filtering needs improvement.
The pricing is not as good as it was some time ago. They've since skipped offering a lot of individual features.
The hardware can be improved.
For the web filter, I think they can do better especially on the free model.
It would be much easier if there was a mobile app.
The ability to setup a DDNS for each WAN independently would be a very handy feature.
The product needs to have a better support group for its online support, specifically for its help desk.
The management console for partners is a bit tricky (buggy).
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.
OPNsense is open source software so at this time it is free for us to use.
There are no licensing costs for OPNsence.
It costs about $1000.
We are not paying any licensing fees. OPNsense is completely free for us.
We pay $350 USD per year for the solution. There are no additional costs. As long as you're not using a physical appliance, that's all you need.
It is the most cost-effective to use.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls|
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.
OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.
Untangle NG Firewall takes the complexity out of network security—saving you time, money and frustration. Get everything you need in a single, modular platform that fits the evolving needs of your organization without the headaches of multiple point solutions.
Enjoy the flexibility to deploy Untangle’s award-winning NG Firewall software on third party hardware, as a virtual machine, or as a turnkey appliance.
Rest assured that the browser-based, responsive and intuitive interface will enable you to create policies quickly and easily. Then, drill down into database-driven reports—the most comprehensive and detailed in the industry—to get visibility into exactly what’s happening on your 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.|
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