Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Sophos UTM

Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in Advanced Threat Protection with 7 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 18 reviews. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "It catches modified signatures of known viruses". 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 Sourcefire Firewalls. Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense and WatchGuard XTM. See our Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Pros
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.With this product, we receive the best monitoring and reports.​Detailed reporting on analysis of content. The inspections are easily applied to security policy profiles and profile groups, and may be assigned on a per-rule basis.High availability with active-active and active-passive modes.WildFire has been instrumental in blocking a number of new threats, before common desktop anti-virus tools were able to detect them.Whole team can use the firewall and understand it.

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It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.It now controls all the security aspects of our web servers with Sophos UTM WAF.​We use Sophos UTM as our main firewall with all its features included. Mainly, it controls all of our network perimeter security: firewall, IDS/IPS, and web application firewall (including VoIP).​The initial configuration is straightforward thanks to the web GUI. In 30 minutes, you can have a running firewall with UTM protection enabled.​Brings greater visibility into the network traffic coming inside and passing away from the company.They are all good, but most-used are Network Protection and Web Filtering.Scaling out cannot be easier, as there are many migration paths.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.

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Cons
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.The GUI is better in 8.0, but I still feel it lacks the fast response most of us desire. Logs are much quicker.

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Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.​Reporting: We have had to work manually in many of our reports.Needs to improve the certificate management (ex. Let's Encrypt support).VPN needs IKEv2, but it’s in the roadmap. Also, all new, cool features will only come to the new Sophos XG Firewall.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.​This product could use some improvement with web filtering. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up and maintain.​Finding information about Sophos’ sizing guidelines can actually be difficult. Also, Sophos does not make it clear what they mean by “users” when you are sizing a firewall, which then leads to undersized implementations.​​I am going to flat out say technical support is terrible. Being a Platinum level customer, I am not happy with the support.​

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​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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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.​In the case of a software/virtual appliance subscription, you pay by protecting user/IP addresses. You can do this to as much hardware resources as you like.​​The pricing for Sophos UTM is quite acceptable compared to other UTM vendors.If you would like to run an active-passive HA system, you only need to buy an additional hardware without subscription. At other vendors, you need subscription for both devices.​For under 50 users, MSP licensing is profitable.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.Sophos offers free training when selling their products from within the partner portal.​

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Overview
OverviewWildFire™ 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 CustomersNovamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk CorporationOne Housing Group
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