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Find out what your peers are saying about Sophos UTM vs. Untangle NG Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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"The user interface is easy to navigate.""It is very stable compared to other firewall products.""The management aspect of the product is very straightforward.""The best features are stability and scalability.""Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.""The most valuable feature must be AnyConnect. We have quite a few customers who use it. It is easy to use and the stablest thing that we have. We have experienced some issues on all our VPN clients, but AnyConnect has been the stablest one.""The traffic inspection and the Firepower engine are the most valuable features. It gives you full details, application details, traffic monitoring, and the threats. It gives you all the containers the user is using, especially at the application level. The solution also provides application visibility and control.""If we look at the Cisco ASA without Firepower, then one of the most valuable features is the URL filtering."

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"We find all of the features valuable because together they fit the needs of our customers.""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."

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"Easy to set up and easy to integrate.""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."

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Cons
"The annual subscription cost is a bit high. They should try to make it comparable to other offerings. We have a number of Chinese products here in Pakistan, which are already, very cheap and have less annual maintenance costs compared to Cisco.""They need a user-friendly interface that we could easily configure.""It would be nice if you didn't have to configure using a command-line interface. It's a bit technical that way.""You shouldn't have to use the ASDM to help manage the client.""In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.""One of the problems that we have had is the solution requires Java to work. This has caused some problems with the application visibility and control. When the Java works, it is good, but Java wasn't a good choice. I don't like the Java implementation. It can be difficult to work with sometimes.""Security generally requires integration with many devices, and the management side of that process could be enhanced somewhat. It would help if there was a clear view of the integrations and what the easiest way to do them is.""One area where the ASA could be improved is that it doesn't have AMP. When you get an ASA with the Firepower model, ASA with FTD, then you have advanced malware protection."

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"We would like to have unique viewable IDs for rules and in the packet filter logfile, for easier debugging of old log files.""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."

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"Web-filtering policies could be improved.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We pay about $200 yearly and we have two firewalls.""It's very competitive with other products.""Cisco is considered to be an expensive solution.""Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.""The licensing is a bit off because the physical firewall is cheaper than the virtual one. We only have the physical ones as they are cheaper than the virtual ones. We only use the physical firewalls because of the price difference.""There is room for improvement in the pricing when compared to the market. Although, when you compare the benefits of support from Cisco, you can adjust the value and it becomes comparable, because you usually need very good support. So you gain value there with this device.""When it comes to Cisco, the price of everything is higher. Cisco firewalls are expensive, but we get support from Cisco, and that support is very active.""It's a brilliant firewall, and the fact that it comes with a perpetual license really does go far in terms of helping the organization in not having to deal with those costs on an annual basis. That is a pain point when it comes to services like the ones we have on Fortigate. That's where we really give Cisco firewalls the thumbs up."

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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.""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."

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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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Fortinet FGs: Great devices, relatively easy to deploy and maintain. Cheaper than most devices of their kind. If you're… more »
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: My understanding is that UTM is the software; SG is the hardware. You can buy Sophos UTM running on SG hardware and then… more »
Top Answer: I'd agree with Karl's comment above. PfSense is a great product but treat it like a firewall and the big bonus is it's… more »
Top Answer: I presume the topic is UTM appliances (as Meraki and Sophos have many products). Any physical site connected to the… more »
Top Answer: Easy to set up and easy to integrate.
Top Answer: If you an SMB or NGO, then the setup and price model is relatively cheap and you can either go for the 1year or 3year… more »
Top Answer: At this stage, I think the SSL decryption option can be streamlined. I think decryption transparency could be improved… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAvAstaro
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Overview

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.

Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.

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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 Firm19%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company10%
University7%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm11%
Healthcare Company11%
Construction Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company23%
Media Company9%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider21%
Computer Software Company18%
Media Company12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School10%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise47%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise20%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business88%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Find out what your peers are saying about Sophos UTM vs. Untangle NG Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,725 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Sophos UTM is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 24 reviews while Untangle NG Firewall is ranked 6th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 5 reviews. Sophos UTM is rated 8.4, while Untangle NG Firewall is rated 8.0. 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 "Dependable, easy to integrate and a simple interface". Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, OPNsense and Meraki MX , whereas Untangle NG Firewall is most compared with pfSense, OPNsense, Sophos XG, Fortinet FortiGate and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Sophos UTM vs. Untangle NG Firewall report.

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