2019-10-07 19:54:00 UTC

If you could go back, would you change your decision to buy that firewall and why?

If you could go back in time, would you change your decision to buy that firewall and why?

What do you think?

2626 Answers

This answer depends on the provider one has. These days people in enterprise are moving away from big names to Fortinet, WatchGuard.
I would recommend them to stick to secure architecture than just names. Check the frequency at which their threat database is updated. Ask them about their threat Intelligence provider. Is it in-house vs third-party? Check if they have an integrated suite rather than just a one-off product. See how long have they been in the market and where are they positioned in Gartner Report. Now coming to the original question, do I want to change my Vendor for my security services. My answer is no.

2019-10-08 03:13:11 UTC08 October 19
UserTOP 5

If I could go back and buy a different firewall, I would do so immediately.

The main reason is that when layer 7 capabilities are implemented, everything changes in terms of:

* Performance
* Functionalities
* Routing
* Reliability

I would buy a much stronger firewall i.t.o. CPU power, more ethernet ports.
Salespersons always try to sell you what they think will be best, but the technical person should have the final say in the decision-making process.

2019-10-08 13:49:20 UTC08 October 19

I would change my firewalls with NSX edge gateways, which have all the basic functionality of firewall and For NG inspection and defense I will implement FTD or PaloAlto VM.

2019-10-08 18:18:00 UTC08 October 19

No, I will keep my FortiGates thank you very much and here’s why:

* Traffic visibility is now 20/20 or better.
* Troubleshooting time has been reduced drastically.
* On-the-fly packet captures isolates or eliminates areas of focus.
* Rulesets are intelligently implemented because there is a holistic view of the entire policy and active feedback on non-compliant, duplicate, or shadow rules in real-time.
* Integration into roadmap items such as SD-WAN, WiFi, port security, etc.

2019-10-08 16:00:44 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

If it is about saving money answer is no. Saving money is not aways the case. Some products has easy way of maintaining than other.

2019-10-08 12:11:44 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

With the Cisco Meraki and FortiGate solutions, we have no regrets. It does what it's designed to do and just keeps on getting better on the deployment side. From security to performance, these solutions just work. Fair understanding is required to set up properly but once configured it's almost set and forget. Reporting is also a plus on these 2. No fancy configuration of an on-premise analyzer solution required.

2019-10-08 10:55:25 UTC08 October 19
UserTOP 5

I am a Cisco awarded trainer and used to have a Cisco ASA 5506. I got rid of it straight away. I will not touch it ever again. Yes, it may sound, but you are a Cisco trainer, ok? Yes, and I do like and respect Cisco when it comes to routers and switches but I purchased a Fortinet product and will not change it for anything else in the world.

I have not found in my usage (yes, I have one deployed at home and deployed others, 18 of them, in medical centers) nothing else comes close. Their ASIC chips can handle speed and many other features. Are they 100% perfect? No, but, again, they are the best. They have Forticlient, but when it comes to endpoint security, Symantec Endpoint eats them for breakfast. I do not like the Forticlient at all. Not because I do not like, they do not perform as Symantec Endpoint does, simple as that. In addition to email spam, I did get 3 spams in my mail server regardless of anything else. Why? Well, that story costs $150K US dollars. And when someone knows how things work, even I take the Netflix content, and I will stop here. Simple as that. Summary, Fortigate is a 99 out of 100 product. I will not change the decision to buy another one since I have not used, test and demonstrate to me there is something better.

2019-10-12 05:00:45 UTC12 October 19
Real UserTOP 10

No, we're happy.

2019-10-09 10:44:48 UTC09 October 19

No, I wouldn't change my decision because it was proved that it was the correct selection.

2019-10-09 07:06:46 UTC09 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

No, it was a good decision to buy this firewall. It is perfect for my usage (small company, 8 users) and easy to manage with OPNSense.

2019-10-08 16:43:52 UTC08 October 19

No, I wouldn't change my mind but would add "XG from Sophos".

Sophos XG Firewall a couple of years ago came up with the deployment wizard option. This has made a really easy deployment. Comprehensive security with outstanding user experience. Sophos has simplified the approach for the SMB, middle-market and pragmatic enterprises who value a complete security set (and easy to use)
• On-Box Logging & Reporting Our built-in reporting the admins know exactly what's happening and are able to fix problems fast, and shape policies to keep users secure
• Endpoint/Network Security Heartbeat proven endpoint agent and firewall technology to create a security link connecting multiple points of security via the network.
• Connect remote offices easily with Sophos RED (Remote Ethernet Device) provides secure remote access to a branch with no need to centrally manage multiple UTMs Sophos offers a web-based interface integrated into all the devices. Admins can access a single device from anywhere in the world (depending on configuration) using a recent browser. There is no specific need to use a CLI, scripts, special tools, or a Windows application for management. Web management is integrated in all the physical and virtual devices and does not require a separate management device. Users also have access to a self-service portal for certain functions including application access, remote browser session (HTML5 VPN), Wireless access and more.

So, I would add Sophos too.

2019-10-08 14:20:04 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 20

I am working with WatchGuard and Sonicwall firewalls but after to work with WatchGuard I think it is easier than Sonicwall but sometimes still lacking little thinks like as for you see what is the wired speed while you are in troubleshooting, you need to go to the web interface because within the WSM (centralized manangement software) you don´t have how to see it. For example, some things about the cluster you need to use the WSM software to make it easy and another thinks it´s better to use the web interface. Some things make me think about making a change but in the end, I prefer WatchGuard than Sonicwall.

2019-10-08 11:31:04 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

I would have never changed my decision on buying a firewall the reason being that a firewall is an important pillar in defending networks from cyber threats that are ever-increasing each day and also give you an insight on what will be happening within one's network.
Besides the firewall protecting information from external threats, it also helps with internal company policies eg what users can and cannot access when they are connected to the organization internet.

2019-10-08 08:34:47 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

I think the decision to buy the firewall at that time was probably the best with the information that I/we had then. Security threats are theoretically not predictable. Manufacturers try to cover as many possible angles from new threat vectors. With that in mind, it is advisable to have a scalable solution that can be complemented over time then eventually replaced with up to date infrastructure. Replacing security infrastructure can be quite costly, it would be advisable to have a model that can also factor in this shift while keeping the customer secure.

2019-10-08 06:53:35 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

If I could go back, then I would buy a Fortinet FortiGate firewall. Fortinet has a complete end to end security portfolio and the Firewall is better then all others which include powerful hardware with Multiprocessor and the operating system FortiOS robust.

2019-10-12 11:49:07 UTC12 October 19
Real UserTOP 10

No, because it fulfills our requirements. What I might change is the reseller or the interaction with the principal directly, in order to get the most out of the purchased products. Sometimes, the competency and commitment of the reseller are more crucial than the product itself.

2019-10-11 03:17:58 UTC11 October 19
UserTOP 5

Eso depende de la experiencia de servicio de soporte e implementación que tienes con tu proveedor actual. La plataforma puede ser muy buena, pero si se maneja mal, vas a experimentar la misma mala experiencia que equivaldría un mal producto. Es como ir en una super autopista conduciendo un ferrari revolucionado en el primer o segundo cambio.

2019-10-09 15:30:46 UTC09 October 19
UserTOP 20

I would not manage our network without a firewall. There are to many threats from around the world, the firewall is the most important line of defense. Also, we use our firewall to do NAT.

2019-10-08 13:24:10 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

I would have to agree with the reviewers that suggest which essential firewall features to examine the various firewall vendors.
It ultimately comes down to the prior experience with the vendor and if you trust their firewall product since it is either of great help or a problem that never goes away until you replace the unit years after the purchase, configuration, and implementation.

2019-10-08 13:19:56 UTC08 October 19
UserTOP 5

We are happy with the Fortinet firewall, it is a thousand times better than our previous firewall.

2019-10-08 12:36:48 UTC08 October 19

I wouldn't make the decision of purchasing a solution and then need to go back and change my decision but in case I find that my calculations do not meet the requirements then I would go to make a change or increase the throughput of the same firewall so that it will meet my requirements.

2019-10-08 12:05:53 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 5

I wouldn't change my decision to buy Fortinet. Fortinet gives us full control of network traffic and gives us the possibility to deploy more IPS without charge firewalls CPU.

The only thing that I want to buy with Fortinet next time is FortiAnalyzer to get a unique endpoint for management.

2019-10-08 10:23:51 UTC08 October 19
UserTOP 20

In my opinion, It will depend on the security solution purchased. For some solutions instead of buying a physical firewall for network security, you can go for a service provider who is offering a managed cloud firewall. That will reduce the total cost of ownership as well as device handling and installation costs.

2019-10-08 09:34:54 UTC08 October 19
Real UserTOP 10

It was the best spending money. I never regret it.

2019-10-08 06:58:37 UTC08 October 19

A firewall is a network security device to monitor and control both incoming and outgoing traffic in the network. The reason why to buy a firewall is to secure your data, your client from the attackers and malware to still your sensitive information and data breach and it helps your organization with better security.

2019-10-08 06:14:20 UTC08 October 19

It is a good firewall. I really like the dashboard IP connections report, it shows which IPs are trying to hack and their geo location. It lets me blacklist them with a right-click.

2019-10-08 03:05:35 UTC08 October 19
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