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Daniel James
Real User
Security Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
May 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the reporting capability because everything that we do is a result of our being able to query a report, based on our environment and our PCI compliance efforts.

How has it helped my organization?

Any organization will have a best practice of looking at their firewalls at least once a year, going line-by-line. But whenever we have something like a PCI assessor coming in, we want to make sure we do our due diligence. We want to look… more»

What needs improvement?

The current health and monitoring of the devices is atrocious. I know of several engineers within the company to whom I've mentioned this to and they say, "I know, I've been telling the devs that." They would back me up on my statement… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

For this type of use, we did not have a previous solution. Another team already owned this product in our company and we assumed ownership of the product from them.

What other advice do I have?

The best advice that I could give, honestly, would be not to look at a product for a short-term goal. Speak with the vendor about the maturity model that you want to go down and the roadmap that you have for your organization. They have a… more»
Orlando Paulino
Real User
Information Security Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
May 15 2019

What is most valuable?

I'm working mostly with the Security Manager part of FireMon. It gives me an eye on everything that's out there, everything that I cannot see. Because I'm not a network admin, I cannot go to a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We want to eliminate all firewall rules that have FTP access on them. We don't want to use FTP any longer. With the help of FireMon, we were able to go in and check all the firewalls that have rules… more»

What needs improvement?

We're working on implementing FireMon with our ticketing system service now. Having that would be an improvement. I believe they said that they are working on that for the future. That would help us… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay on a yearly basis but my manager takes care of it. Regarding additional costs, if you want things like Policy Optimizer, extra features, that's extra.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of what I've used so far in my career, FireMon is one of the best. Try it out, it won't hurt. Give it a shot. It's the best, for me. It has everything that any company would need. It's easy… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before the parent company bought us, we used to have another product - I don't want to say its name - but it wasn't like FireMon. FireMon is way out there. It has all these features. I'm still… more»
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Real User
Network Security Engineer- Senior at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 02 2019

What is most valuable?

I have found the reporting on unused rules and redundant rules to be the most useful to me. We run those reports and then we can come back and fix things that are bad. And… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have some really complex firewalls out there, a lot of rules - too many rules. It's to the point where the firewalls become physically unhealthy. The config is so large… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the core functionality in our environment doesn't seem to work. We will get buggy code releases. They need to work on their Q&A of every code release. Too many… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing is done yearly. There are different levels of support to pay for, but there are no hidden fees. The pricing is very good, very straightforward. It also came… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you get the correct hardware for whatever size environment you have. End-to-end change automation for the entire rule lifecycle is not something we're using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We demoed and looked at other solutions but we did not implement any. AlgoSec and Tufin were the two main solutions that we checked first. In the end, it really came down… more»
Real User
Info Assurance Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The policy overview is the most valuable feature for each of the firewalls that we manage right now, as it reduces the complexity of the firewall rule set.

How has it helped my organization?

The firewall administrators have gained time back by using this tool, simplifying the firewall rule set. The solution helps to clean up rules which have not been reviewed… more»

What needs improvement?

The AWS integration is still not mature for us to use. It is just not ready for our use case for AWS connectivity. Therefore, it does not provide us with a single pane of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We don't license all of the devices in our network, so it does not provide us with a comprehensive visibility of all devices in a hybrid network at this time. I'm not… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't use a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

Each deployment scenario will be unique. A robust proof of concept is key to make sure it will meet all of your intended use cases. The solution is managing 25 percent of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

During our proof of concept phase, we also evaluated Tufin, AlgoSec, and Skybox. We chose FireMon based on a few different things, but the main one was that they were a… more»
Chris Goodrich
Real User
IT Security Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is being able to review all the firewall changes in the Policy Planner, and then in the policy review feature. This solution provide us with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is the single place where we go to review all of our firewall changes. The solution makes it easier for us to track all the changes made. It is a central place where we… more»

What needs improvement?

We had a few minor issues with it. However, it's worked pretty well for us overall.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for it yearly.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I didn't really have another solution that I was using before it. We had it when I started here five years ago.

What other advice do I have?

It is fairly straightforward to use, and I haven't really had a whole lot of issues with it. This solution provide us with end-to-end change automation for the entire rule… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We might have looked at Tufin.
Real User
Clinical Systems Engineer So Cal Regional Office at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* Vendor agnostic when it comes to integrating with other product. * Reliable * Excellent customer support

How has it helped my organization?

This product has enabled Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology technicians with proactive/remote monitoring of highly critical systems.

What needs improvement?

A phone app would be nice. This is the reason why it is not perfect yet.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Relative to what it offers, the price is fair.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No previous solutions were used.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very versatile and sustainable product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

FireMon Immediate Insight was the only product that would work for us, due to the limitations that the Clinical Technology Department has at KP.
Shabeer Chundaparambil
User
Manager Security Solutions with 10,001+ employees
Jun 07 2018

What do you think of FireMon?

What is our primary use case?

Optimizing and cleaning firewall rules and objects to maintain the security of the firewall and other devices.

How has it helped my organization?

Not experienced yet with the product. We are still doing our evaluations and having other discussions with different vendors to understand product capabilities.

What is most valuable?

The Policy Optimizer and Firewall Manager for different brands of firewall. 

What needs improvement?

Continuous firewall policy improvement should available out-of-the-box for firewall operation. We are also looking for more integration with SIEM and other tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What other advice do I have?

The version is an important choice for the product.

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