Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Sophos UTM

Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 2nd in Advanced Threat Protection with 9 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 33 reviews. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "At the end of the day, even in spite of application controls, it's on top of the charts in terms of functionality". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Cisco Firepower NGFW. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and Sophos XG. See our Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Being an application-based firewall, this is one of the critical focus factors along with the threat prevention services it provides.It is stable and pretty much scalable.The cloud-based services are a nice feature.My primary use case for this solution is for a secure gateway.The reporting feature helps our performance.Their technical support is outstanding and top-notch.It catches modified signatures of known viruses.​Installing this product as a datacenter firewall for segregation and segmentation, and also configuring policies between zones has improved my organization.

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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.It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.It has helped by identifying threats within the company. If there are computers or servers that are compromised, then we are able to identify them right away in the system.The implementation with the AWS environment was good.It meets our compliance needs in an elastic computer environment.

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As a firewall and 360 degrees of security, there needs to be more maturity.The initial setup was complex.I think it would be nice for Palo Alto to work without the connection to the cloud. It is 100% powerful when connected to the cloud. But, if you disconnect from the cloud, you only get 40-50% power.I would give this product a rating of 9 out of 10 due to some slight issues of performance.They should make their user interface a little more user-friendly.​The VPN and decryption need improvement.​They provide a medium level of technical support.The data analytical system for deployment needs to improve.

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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.Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.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.The technical support only communicates via email. I would prefer to communicate directly with someone.They could reduce the price.It is a little too CPU resource intensive, so we would like to see improvements there.

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It is a reasonable price compared to other solutions on the market.The pricing is OK, it is not too expensive.​More expensive than other firewalls.​It is expensive, a feature more accessible to enterprise class customers, but provides an enhanced possibility that Zero- or near-Zero-day threats may be identified and mitigated. The cost of the product weighed against the potential impact of even one successful crypto malware-type exploit may justify the expense.The pricing and licensing option should be categorized for various countries such as for Bangladesh.It's not particularly cheap, but it is absolutely worth it.It IS a bit expensive, but I think you get what you pay for. Value is there.

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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.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.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.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.The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.

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Overview
WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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Sample Customers
Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk CorporationOne Housing Group
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Legal Firm9%
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Healthcare Company13%
Pharma/Biotech Company6%
Government6%
Mining And Metals Company6%
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Construction Company14%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company13%
University6%
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Small Business65%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise22%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise30%
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