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Bishoy-Habib
Real User
Security Pre-Sales Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 27 2019

What needs improvement?

They are great in every single area except for the optimization feature. The optimization is not really ready. If you want very good optimization, you have to add it to the network. I think if they make some enhancements in that area, they will replace every other product in no time. We also need more IPS detection rules.

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

I believe the licensing fee is for one year, three years, and five years, or something like that. If you want to increase the support level from a simpler level to platinum, I think that there's a cost. There are differences between every kind of support, but I don't know the numbers.

What other advice do I have?

They just need to make sure that their environment is ready for implementing the firewall. They have to prepare for about two hours of downtime because we need some downtime to do the initial configuration. They need to be prepared for the deployment plan. That's all. The biggest lesson I learned is that you cannot provide everything in one box. You can provide everything in one box, but you… more»
Real User
Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Oct 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The Security management console is fantastic. The central security management center and the content management center are very good.

What needs improvement?

This solution would be improved with the inclusion of custom reporting. The pre-prepared reports are ok, but sometimes, perhaps once a month, I would like to create some custom reports. In the next… more»

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

This is not a very expensive solution. The big advantage of this solution is that we can select the right model for our requirements, which is not too expensive. There are many hardware models and… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we used Sidewinder. That solution was discontinued and we were at the end of support for our hardware.

What other advice do I have?

Forcepoint is my favorite enterprise firewall. The security management center is the best part of this solution. It is always very simple to see the state of the firewall and to configure it to look… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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Consultant
Information Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 30 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is having the ability to cluster multiple firewalls even if they are different versions.

What needs improvement?

It's a complicated firewall. Until you come to know the firewall inducers, most people don't like the firewall because the components for it are a little bit complex. User-friendliness is a little bit tough. It needs to be more user-friendly when creating policies, and pushing policies. Committing takes more time compared to Palo Alto. The solution needs to invest in its GUI. The interface is very… more»

What other advice do I have?

What others need to know is that they need to have a clear idea of why they're going for this particular firewall. They need to know if are they looking for clustering or if are they looking for link load balancing. If they're not going for clustering, I would suggest they go with the most moderate firewalls like Palo Alto or Fortinet. A certain type of attack, such as evasion techniques, isn't… more»
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 04 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is SD-WAN.

What needs improvement?

There is no support available in Fiji, and it would make it easier to have local support and somebody that we can speak with. The pricing for this solution should be more competitive. Forcepoint would be improved if there were more training… more»

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

Forcepoint is very expensive but it's really secure.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using a combination of Fortinet and Cisco, but have now upgraded entirely to Forcepoint. Fortinet did not have the same package available as Forcepoint that includes end-point security.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is researching this solution is to consider the company's budget. Forcepoint is a very expensive solution but it is also very secure. For smaller companies, I would recommend Fortinet and Cisco, but if you have the… more»
MarkEdward
Real User
Technical Support Engineer at MCS
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is controlling the traffic and the logging. They have real-time logins for traffic logs. Troubleshooting was very easy for me.

What needs improvement?

They should have a GUI on the product itself, not a separate management tool to be used on the management server or on a server to be used to manage the file. It should be all in one device. The device should be controlled through its own GUI. They also have to improve the learning center and the documents as the documents don't really help. In the next release, they should improve the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommended this solution mostly for large enterprises, a project that needs more than 100 firewalls to be managed. They have a very good management tool as security management centers. I would rate it an eight out of ten.
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees
Oct 31 2019

What do you think of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall?

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of the solution is its most valuable asset. It's very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

The solution's support could use improvement.  I'm in the MENA region so most of the time we were getting support from Europe. They should include a license watch solution on their back-end.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. We haven't been worried about a lack of stability affecting us in the latest version or in the patches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution isn't scalable. We have about 5,000 users, but they are never on it at the same time. Traffic just passes through.

How are

AhmadAlshami
Real User
Senior IT Operations Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The support is great. They also have very good categorization. It's very good. It captures a lot of threats.

What needs improvement?

The first point to improve is just a matter of updates. We are moving to the cloud, so we want to use virtual licenses on the cloud. We need to move from on-premises to the cloud. We would love to take another solution from Forcepoint, but unfortunately, the price is too high. That's why we are not considering using Forcepoing for our proxy and DLB. They have a very good DLB, but the matter, in… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommended Forcepoint to be implemented. I would rate this solution as nine out of ten. It would be a full ten if it had integration with endpoints.
Arf-Wu
Real User
Manager at Readytech
Jan 30 2020

What do you think of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall?

What is our primary use case?

Forcepoint makes up part of our security solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.

What needs improvement?

Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement. The implementation could be made easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall for one year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling this solution is difficult. We have approximately 100 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are satisfied with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with FortiGate.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and initial…

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What is Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall?

Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall protects enterprise networks with high-performance "intelligence aware" security supported by real-time updates. This enables Stonesoft to deliver the industry's best defense against advanced evasions, alone with complete next-generation firewall protection when and where you need it - at remote sites, branch offices, data centers, and the network edge.
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