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Stormshield Network Security is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Unified Threat Management (UTM) tools. It is most often compared to Fortinet FortiGate: Stormshield Network Security vs Fortinet FortiGate

What is Stormshield Network Security?
NETASQ's integrated intrusion prevention engine uses protocol conformity analysis, application filtering and antivirus analysis to inspect authorized traffic flows and strengthen application security. NETASQ enables you to establish and configure user-based security policies, giving you greater control over which network resources each user is authorized to access.

Stormshield Network Security is also known as NETASQ Firewalls.

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Stormshield Network Security Customers
ACESUR group, Ministry of Education Oman, Anios Laboratories, Zain, DLM Location
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What users are saying about Stormshield Network Security pricing:
  • "I think the price is good."
  • "The price of this solution and the price of support are ok."
  • "We bought a three-year license, and we renew it whenever it expires. The price could be better. It's always very expensive."

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YM
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 10
Provides full network control, good performance, protects against vulnerabilities and other threats

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for network security, to deploy controlled users, and to prevent the network from attacks.

The deployment model we are using is on-premises.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution permits me to control everything in the network including, users, Wi-Fi, access, Kuta for users, and load balancing.

It has also taught me how to deal with users with vulnerabilities, the good side and the bad side of the solution, and how to control users from anywhere.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the URL filtering database. It is great and contains all internet categories.

The interface has great scalability. I can turn them into what I want including hybrid, bridge, or into a router mode.

The security has no back doors. It's more secure than other solutions and the hardware performance is also better than others.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of this solution needs to be decreased.

Authentication needs to be improved. If any user out of my domain wants to authenticate, he can't because the captive portal is not compatible with many browsers, like Google Chrome. This is a big problem that we are having with the captive portal. It needs to be improved.

Also, security policy needs to be more straightforward and easier.

In the next release, I would like to see the Security Policy simplified. It has a few features, like, Filter-NAT, URL filtering, and SSL filtering, but it would be nice if there were a way to combine the features in one tab or to create a setup wizard for this option.

I would like to create a Filer-NAT rule to decrypt or to block some sites with HTTPS and HTTP. I think that there is a way to combine them using a wizard to create the rule.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

We have five hundred users, and six of them are technicians.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am from the Middle East and they are in America. I contacted them twice and they were very helpful. They helped me to test the situation.

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

Previously we did not use another solution. This was the first one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex for me, but it was for other technicians who were using the firewall. They need time to understand how the firewall is used.

The deployment took about two days to complete and deploy correctly.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was done by myself. I am the technical support in Egypt. I have been told by other agents that they prefer to work with me and no other agents.

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

You can choose between a standard license and a premium license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing, we evaluated FortiGate. It was lower than Stormshield by almost double.

We chose to go with Stormshield because it is well known on the market, just like Apple and Samsung. Most are aware of this solution and go with it.

Also, it has task managing, and I haven't seen it in any other solution.

I did a comparison between FortiGate, Sophos, and Stormshield. The result was that Stormshield was better. It is stable and it has great hardware performance and security features.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to buy an extended license for this solution. They will benefit from Kasperky Antivirus, the extended control option, and the vulnerability manager. It's a great tool for IT.  

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
BD
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Robust, provides a high level of security at a reasonable cost

Pros and Cons

  • "A very robust product."
  • "Improvement is needed in terms of the technical support of the manufacturer."

What is our primary use case?

We are a value-added distributor of Stormshield and I'm the owner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

This is a very robust product. We've sold it here in the U.S.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see an improvement in the design of the product. Improvement is also needed in terms of the technical support of the manufacturer, they're not very responsive when it comes to technical support. They're also not very active on presales. Those are the main issues.

I'd like to see a strengthening of the ransomware component. The former version that we have has no ransomware on it. The reporting also needs improvement so that we can receive it in several languages. We leave some of the equipment with customers and monitor security for them. Each month we have to pull a report and most of the time, some of the languages are not available so it also requires translation. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for eight years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stormshield's pretty robust, compared to other products like Fortinet. You get more security with Stormshield and spend less money. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have a total of about 60 people using Stormshield, and they are deployed throughout various departments. We have our PKI platform, and it's used there. We also have some Stormshield equipment on another network. I'd say 50% of the people here are on Stormshield, working on projects or connecting to the networks.

How was the initial setup?

When you don't know the product, the initial setup is a little complex. But once you're familiar with it, it's pretty easy to configure it with the parameters. Deploymentook us five days but deployment time would depend on the security policy that you have within your organization. What is the policy? What are you trying to protect? The program has so many features that one cannot activate all of them, but you need to activate and put parameters in the system based on your policy. As resellers, we have people who have been trained to deploy and support it.

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

We have a perpetual license so we just pay for maintenance. We've had training in maintenance so we tend to do it ourselves unless we need some upgrade. In that case, we ask the manufacturer to come and help.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did an apples-to-apples comparison of Stormshield and some of the Fortinet equipment, and we've seen that Fortinet is a bit more expensive. In terms of security, Fortinet offers less than we've seen with Stormshield. Stormshield lacks the huge marketing budget that Fortinet has to go out there and make themselves known.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise being very patient when it comes to getting pricing from the company. We used to have a direct contact with Stormshield when it was Netasq. After a few years they tried to appoint a so-called master distributor. Apparently that is not working and the sale channels are scrambled and pretty difficult. 

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Distributor
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DM
CEO & Founder at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
A good protective shield that is easily manageable in a variety of environments

Pros and Cons

  • "Easily manageable in a variety of environments."
  • "The SD card could be more secure."

What is our primary use case?

We are an IT service provider not end users. We are the only service provider of this solution in Central Africa. I'm the CEO and a founding partner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

I like that the solution can be managed in a variety of environments, and that it provides us with a shield. 

What needs improvement?

Many products are in front of the firewall and anybody can pick them up and the firewall will crash. It requires protection of the software and the SD card to avoid that kind of damage. I don't feel the SD card is particularly secure. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable solution

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is always and issue because they're constantly busy. It can take a few hours to get a response. When we sell the product to a new customer we also need to get through to them and it can sometimes take several days. 

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

There are numerous differences in the various solutions. I feel we have more options with the Stormshield firewall and new features that we haven't previously had. Cisco, for example, doesn't have the features that Stormshield has. 

How was the initial setup?

Implementation is very simple although variable depending on the features that require management. If it's just about configuring to set up internet access with basic filing options, it would take less than an hour and only requires one person. 

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

Licensing cost depends on the features that you need. VPN is included in the license, for example, but if you want to buy antivirus or anti spam, there is an additional cost. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
YA
Network and Security Engineer at Omdurman National Bank
Real User
A stable and scalable security solution with a useful SMD filtering feature

Pros and Cons

  • "I like how you can configure the rules. There is the task for the rules and a task for the network configuration. It also provides SMD filtering, and it can be integrated with the active directory for the users, their mission, and the VPN configuration. We are here in Sudan, and Stormshield didn't work in Sudan for more than a decade. Stormshield is a very strong firewall and very easy to configure and maintain. I am just working with the firewall solution, and we don't have any other solutions like endpoint solutions or something like that."
  • "The filtering configuration could be better. We have some difficulties with the filtering configuration and the filter extension. It's not that easy. It's not that straightforward. In the next release, I would like to see a reporting system. Stormshield doesn't have any tutorials on how to do the configuration and things like that. They just have documentation on the website. If you want to configure, for example, Cisco or Fortinet, you can find tutorials on YouTube. They show you how to configure the features, and so on. In Stormshield, there is nothing on social media or the internet on how to configure different things. The lack of documentation or the lack of material makes it difficult for others to adopt this solution."

What is our primary use case?

I use Stormshield Network Security for the firewall. 

What is most valuable?

I like how you can configure the rules. There is the task for the rules and a task for the network configuration. It also provides SMD filtering, and it can be integrated with the active directory for the users, their mission, and the VPN configuration.

We are here in Sudan, and Stormshield didn't work in Sudan for more than a decade. Stormshield is a very strong firewall and very easy to configure and maintain. I am just working with the firewall solution, and we don't have any other solutions like endpoint solutions or something like that.

What needs improvement?

The filtering configuration could be better. We have some difficulties with the filtering configuration and the filter extension. It's not that easy. It's not that straightforward. In the next release, I would like to see a reporting system.

Stormshield doesn't have any tutorials on how to do the configuration and things like that. They just have documentation on the website. If you want to configure, for example, Cisco or Fortinet, you can find tutorials on YouTube. They show you how to configure the features, and so on. In Stormshield, there is nothing on social media or the internet on how to configure different things. The lack of documentation or the lack of material makes it difficult for others to adopt this solution. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Stormshield Network Security for seven or eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stormshield Network Security is stable. I think if you choose the right box, it'll work properly for you.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Stormshield Network Security is scalable, and I didn't find any limitations in the box.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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

I think the price is good.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Stormshield Network Security an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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JB
Network and Server Engineer at AMiFN
Real User
Top 5
Good performance and an easy-to-use GUI, but it needs a sandbox and the technical support needs improvement

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is quick and easy to configure."
  • "This is not a next-generation firewall."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for the security of our local network.

What is most valuable?

The performance of this solution is good.

This solution is quick and easy to configure.

The Web GUI is easy to use. It is clear and I have had no problems with it.

Stormshield is easy for administrators to use.

What needs improvement?

The technical support for this solution needs to be improved.

This is not a next-generation firewall.

The VPN portal needs to be improved, although it functions.

This solution does not have support for a sandbox.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We used to have more bugs and crashes, and trouble with the Anti-Spam feature, but the solution is now ok.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have between one hundred and one hundred and fifty users.

The users' devices include Wi-Fi, phones, and computers. We also have five servers on the network. All of our users are end-users.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support for this solution in Poland is not good.

I have been in touch with them by phone and by email. Their response time is not quick.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is easy. The configuration is quick and easy.

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

The price of this solution and the price of support are ok. They are not expensive. Support is paid on a yearly basis.

Purchasing additional options is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that is stable and not expensive, but it is not a next-generation firewall. 

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AC
User at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable multi-layer collaborative security solution that works fine

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that it works fine. Stormshield is a very good solution."
  • "It could be better if it were more user-friendly. It's too complicated for us to use it. The price could be better as well."

What is our primary use case?

We use Stormshield Network Security for IPsec VPN, URL filtering, QoS and the other ones. We also use it for SSL VPN for the user and some other things.

What is most valuable?

I like that it works fine. Stormshield is a very good solution.

What needs improvement?

It could be better if it were more user-friendly for us as we dont use it very often evn if we never had problems to modify setup when needed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Stormshield Network Security for about four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stormshield Network Security is a very stable solution. We haven't had any problems with it.

How are customer service and technical support?

The solution works perfectly so we never had to contact technical support

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

We used Arkoon solution during 10 years and it worked perfectly. Arkoon evolved and was replaced by Stormshield solutions

How was the initial setup?

Vendor team did it for us using previous Arkoon setup. It was done in a half day.

What about the implementation team?

vendor team : level of expertise was perfect (10/10)

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

We bought a three-year license, and we renew it whenever it expires. The price could be lower but firewall licenses are always expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell potential users that it's a very good solution although I heard Palo Alto was also a very good solution.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Stormshield Network Security a nine.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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