Compare Sophos UTM vs. Untangle NG Firewall

Sophos UTM is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 30 reviews while Untangle NG Firewall is ranked 19th in Firewalls with 7 reviews. Sophos UTM is rated 8.4, while Untangle NG Firewall is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Has a solid state hard drive and can boot in less than sixty seconds". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Untangle NG Firewall writes "Offers reliable web filtering and is easy to administer". Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos XG, whereas Untangle NG Firewall is most compared with pfSense, OPNsense and Sophos UTM. See our Sophos UTM vs. Untangle NG Firewall report.
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Pros
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 feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.

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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.

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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.

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Cons
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.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.

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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.

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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).

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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 cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.

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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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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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Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASAAstaro
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Overview

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 global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.

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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Sample Customers
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.One Housing GroupNorth American Stamping Group, Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), Brown County Schools, IN, City of Bridgeton, MO, Lancaster County, SC, Vision Charter School, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, NC, Breakwater School, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, NH, Admiral Farragut Academy, Flow Companies, No Ordinary Hotel, KECdesign,
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company11%
University7%
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Software R&D Company23%
Comms Service Provider14%
Media Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Healthcare Company12%
Financial Services Firm12%
Consumer Goods6%
Local Government6%
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Comms Service Provider17%
Software R&D Company16%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government7%
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Comms Service Provider14%
Media Company13%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company9%
Company Size
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business61%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise22%
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Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise27%
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Small Business86%
Midsize Enterprise14%
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