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2018-10-16T01:53:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering AlgoSec?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering AlgoSec, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 10Real User

I would rate it a nine out 10. It would get a perfect 10 if they fixed the many bugs in the new version.

2021-08-23T16:13:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend, "Do it," in regards to implementing AlgoSec. I wouldn't have been with it since 2004 if it wasn't among the best tools. I have tools in vulnerability scanning and SIEM/SOC as well as tools for authentication. There are a lot of tools. As a security guy, I have been doing this since 1997. When you find a product that delivers, you stick with it, and AlgoSec is that type of product. I have been so pleased with the tool. It sounds cliché, but I haven't gotten to a point yet where the tool hasn't provided for me. This is why I always come back to it. For an organization as small as ours, it gives us a tool that is affordable, easy to implement, and the expertise that we were lacking. When I need it, it is there. If I have a question about an endpoint or protocol, I am trying to resolve audit points about what ports are listening and why, or I have to figure out how to isolate something more than it already is, AlgoSec is the tool that I go to first to get information and answer some of these questions. In most cases, all the details and rules are all right there. It has been great. I have seen the capability for AlgoSec to enable us to manage multiple or dispersed environments in a single pane of glass. Because I am such a supporter and have seen the value that AlgoSec can bring to more than one organization, I invited the CSO office in Chile to attend a work session with us so they can start to see everything that AlgoSec might do for them. I knew that it was on their task list, and they have a need to get into the same area. The potential is there that our head office will begin to use the tool, having seen how it has been helping us in just our local office. They need it more because they do have a broader array of firewalls, connections, and things like that. So, I'm looking forward to that. I know for a fact we are not getting all the value out of the appliance that we can. I know for a fact we are getting more value out of the appliance than we intended when we licensed it. Those are good things. The visualization of our network is helping me. There are diagrams that can be drilled into which help me. When you are small, going over to IT all the time and asking questions isn't always the best thing. It is disruptive. Then, I have to worry whether I got the right answer or not. AlgoSec removes those things. I see what is happening and I know that it is based on the facts. There are five of us using it. I am sure that we use it every week, probably not every day to answer questions, and we are running monthly reports, which are automated, so we have a good history. So, we have the opportunity at any point to identify problems and resolve them. What we have learned from using AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer: We didn't understand our risk with our firewall. It is good that we relied on a credible third-party, but what we saw was rules could be better configured. These are our protection to the outside world between the bad world outside and inside, between our head office and us. I worked for a Wall Street firm, and we didn't trust anybody. It is a big deal now with zero trust. This tool will help us to get there, dialing things down. For the AlgoSec experience (the company, product, support, and people), I want to give it 10 (out of 10). Nobody trusts that, but they have been very good to me. The boss who didn't like spending money is very happy with the results. I brought it back to him and showed him what we have been able to do past our manual efforts, and it resonates with him. It makes sense to him. He reads the paper. He sees how quickly ransomware can spread across a network. One of the things that we can do to help protect against that is make sure that we have good segmentation and only the endpoints which really need to talk to each other are allowed to do so.

2021-08-09T08:01:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Their sales engineers have really been very helpful and very good at working with us. I have nothing bad to say about them. They were excellent and I have a good relationship with them. If I ever need anything, I'll reach out to either our sales executive or our SE anytime and they respond immediately to us. I would say the biggest thing we've learned with it is how much information it does give you. It is a nice platform. It definitely drills in a lot of layers of security and efficiencies that you can do. We're not using it to its full potential for cleaning up policy rules. As most companies are now, they are short-staffed and overworked. But it definitely can be used a lot more than we are using it for. Overall, it's a great solution and I have not seen another vendor in this marketplace that does any better than this. I would rate AlgoSec a nine out of ten. We would like to see the auditing functionality improved. But that would be the only shortcoming at this point. I do think that they are top of the marketplace for this.

2021-07-20T15:10:00Z
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Top 10Real User

I would recommend this solution because AlgoSec provides a lot of reports and views of your environment. You won't be able to get this view through a firewall manager. For example, the CheckPoint firewall manager won't provide what AlgoSec provides, especially related to the compliance of your environment. We have implemented Cisco ACI in our environment, and AlgoSec will help us to work with this new technology implemented in our environment. We will integrate AlgoSec and ACI next week. I would rate AlgoSec a 10 out of 10.

2021-07-15T06:36:00Z
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Top 10Real User

I would advise knowing what you want to get out of the tool. Why do you want to use the tool? Is it just for a workflow as we use it, or is it the analysis? It seems there are other tools that equally do workflows as well. Then it comes down to your analysis in terms of what answers are you looking for, and then you evaluate if the tool can handle the questions to get the answers. In terms of AlgoSec providing full visibility into the risk involved in firewall change requests, what I've seen recently, which wasn't there a few years ago, is that it does risk analysis, and then it says something like no risks. The strange thing is even when it says no risks, the security people do not automatically approve the change. They still need to go over the nitty-gritty of the flow, which makes me ask the question about its value and how valuable is this. It can be two things. We either do not trust the tool, or the tool just doesn't give a correct assessment of the risks. That could be for multiple reasons. I don't know if this is something that comes out of the box and cannot be configured, or is this something where you need to tell the tool what is the security policy, and based on that, it will do the analysis. It anyways gives a score. I've seen it, but I doubt the usability of it. It has not reduced the time it takes to implement firewall rules in our organization. For me, the speed of delivery hasn't really changed because there is still internal validation, and that process takes a long time. This is basically independent of AlgoSec. I use it onsite and in the cloud environment. I use it in both, but I do not know which specific features AlgoSec has concerning clouds. I also don't know if it is good or bad when it comes to preparing for audits and ensuring our firewalls are in compliance. In terms of implementation, I can't say whether automation has helped to reduce human errors and misconfiguration. I can only say from another point of view. I'm doing academic research at the moment. My research is about the evolvability of firewall rule basis. The management of rule basis is pretty complicated and the bigger they become, the more complicated it gets. I've done some fundamental research on this, and I've come up with some interesting conclusions. I know that the information that I got from algorithms that I wrote myself, which are not fairly complicated, gives a lot more visibility in terms of what's wrong within the policy, as compared to what the tools do. I'm 100% sure of that. Based on what I've seen on AlgoSec and some webinars, there is a lot of information in there, but it doesn't give the real clarity on what's wrong with my rule base. I would rate AlgoSec a six out of 10.

2021-06-13T14:29:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

If any user or customer has firewalls, maybe 15 or 20 plus, definitely go for this product. It cuts down operating costs. The benefit of AlgoSec is that you only need one engineer to do all the configurating, rather than separate engineers for the different firewalls. Not only that but you can automate as well. Obviously you have to integrate a texting management tool, but you can integrate and follow the focus. I rate this solution a 10 out of 10.

2021-05-18T20:04:08Z
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Top 10Real User

If you are looking for a tool that will provide you clear visibility into all the changes in your network and help people prepare well with compliance, then AlgoSec is the tool for you. Don't think twice - AlgoSec is the tool for any company that wants clear analysis into their network and policy management. Anybody can use AlgoSec once they take all the training. Compared with other tools on the market, the solution is 10 out of 10.

2021-04-22T15:55:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I have learned so many lessons here. A secure environment is your main asset. When you have a secure environment you can always run your business smoothly, do your changes smoothly, and do your daily tasks smoothly. A secure and safe environment is the key to a successful IT business. That's the main point that I've learned from this. If you're implementing, I always recommend AlgoSec and to check whether it can cater to their needs. Most of the time, it is capable. It's capable of handling your requirements most of the time. On a scale of one to ten, I would give AlgoSec a seven. This is taking into consideration the support and everything else. Any talks about AlgoSec and you need to consider their support level.

2021-04-21T08:53:00Z
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Top 20Real User

For many customers in Russia, the support of local firewall and network vendors' equipment is very important and they will be happy to get that from AlgoSec. In Russia, there are several common firewall and VPN solutions that are widly deployed over the country. Sometimes, the use of these products is required by regulation, whereas other times, customers prefer using Russian devices to lower foreign vendor dependency risks. It also ensures that no foreign sanctions will break their network and security operations. Having the support of these devices is very important for our customers.

2021-03-23T09:00:00Z
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Top 10Real User

AlgoSec is the best tool on the market.

2020-12-03T13:58:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We have relationships with AlgoSec, Skybox, and Tufin. We are resellers as well as value-added service partners of all three solutions. Our experience is across the board. What we advise depends on our customers' requirements and preferences. Based on that, we suggest select solutions. We have a cloud model that we have worked out with AlgoSec. We are their managed security service partners. Along with that, we also do the on-prem deployment, especially in the Indian government sector. Overall, I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten. I've had a fantastic experience with it so far.

2020-11-11T08:54:03Z
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Top 10Real User

Its a good production and good support, definitely worth it.

2020-10-15T16:29:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Overall, I am happy with the product; it meets and even exceeds our expectations and ticks all the boxes in terms of reasons for purchasing it.

2020-10-08T12:52:00Z
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Top 20MSP

Overall, this is a good product and it meets the needs of customers.

2020-10-07T16:36:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Excellent product to use and has tremendous support from OEM. We have not faced many problems or issues using this product. We also have not tested AI or ML capabilities and are very keen to start working with it now. Overall, it is well-maintained, robust platform tool for firewall management.

2020-04-27T17:30:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It has saved my bacon a number of times and is a great arrow to have in your quiver of tools.

2020-04-21T14:24:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is a great tool that makes work easier each day. I can't imagine working without AlgoSec and using it for my daily activities.

2020-04-21T14:11:00Z
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Top 10Real User

I have not seen any major issues with AlgoSec and it is better than the previous product we used. I am glad to have it now.

2020-02-06T09:12:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

I'm sure we will use this solution for ten more years, at least, as long as it continues to do what is promised. This product is ready to work within a next-generation infrastructure environment. It simplifies and automates network security policy management to make your enterprise more agile, more secure and more compliant – all the time. Overall, this is a complete product that helps our organization on a daily basis.

2020-02-01T20:28:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Overall, I think this tool is very useful and we think that it's difficult to improve.

2020-02-01T13:44:00Z
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Top 10Real User

It is clear that it is difficult to have the perfect tool with all that you need. As we expect, it is not an ideal world. AlgoSec is, in general, doing fine. Today, this tool is very stable and permits us to improve the efficiency of the day to day work by our technical teams. It also allows the end-user to be more directly involved in the requests, highly reducing the time between the request and the final implementation. The only advice or remark I can add here is what concerns me with the network maps. This is the cause of what makes the initial setup harder than expected. The reason is because of the network map configuration. There is no visibility on the provider because they cannot grant us access, meaning the configuration has to mostly be performed manually.

2020-01-31T11:45:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We have more than ten clusters behind our firewall. It is essential that we track the changes in policies and the compliance status of devices. AlgoSec can easily do that.

2019-11-26T07:48:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Many users have the tool but don't use it with everything it can offer. What I recommend is that you explore all of the features of the product.

2019-11-12T16:45:00Z
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Real User

This solution will help you significantly with compliance, the part of your job that may not be your favorite.

2019-08-27T11:14:00Z
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Real User

Overall, AlgoSec is doing a good job.

2019-08-22T13:25:00Z
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Real User

Do not underestimate the configuration effort, especially on a more complex landscape.

2019-08-12T09:08:00Z
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User

My advice is to go with this product. It is easy to set up and use. It has great features and very good technical support to back it. So far, we find ourselves below limitations on this appliance with the version we are currently running. Overall, this is a Great security management product with good automation options to help your security teams function.

2019-08-06T22:23:00Z
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MSP

The product is a very good tool to manage network traffic and devices.

2019-06-18T09:02:00Z
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Real User

The solution is pretty solid and intuitive.

2019-06-07T15:37:00Z
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Real User

All manufacturers on the market are constantly improving. The beautiful and simple thing about AlgoSec is the short distances and that you are heard. If you want a feature implemented, or a report for a certain country adapted or created, then they will take your request seriously right up to the C-Level. The implementation takes place promptly and is customer-friendly.

2019-06-06T10:26:00Z
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Real User

Enjoy Firewall Security Management and Automation.

2019-05-22T18:15:00Z
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Reseller

This solution is very useful for any type of organization with multiple network security devices such as firewalls, routers, etc, and have the goal of achieving business security and automation. AlgoSec has main three components that can be purchased in different phases if required. They are: * AFA: AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer * AFF: AlgoSec FireFlow * ABF: AlgoSec BusinessFlow

2019-04-22T06:45:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

As my company uses basic package, I quite happy with the functionality.

2019-03-01T08:59:00Z
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Real User

No.

2019-02-22T09:03:00Z
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Real User

Put it in, let it collect for up to 12 months and ensure you run regular reports. Only then can you be sure that you don't use rules. Remember, DR testing and failovers sometimes happen on a 6 or 12-month basis, and removing rules covering this will cause issues when you least expect it.

2019-02-20T11:24:00Z
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Real User

None.

2019-02-19T21:24:00Z
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Real User

No.

2019-02-08T13:44:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend investing the time in a full project to implement the AlgoSec suite if you will be using more than just the Analyzer piece. Fireflow and Business flow would benefit from dedicated standup time and effort to achieve the best results.

2018-11-05T16:01:00Z
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Real User

The tool is very flexible. Be sure to allocate sufficient resources to deploy & customize it.

2018-10-22T14:20:00Z
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User

It's simply great, keep going.

2018-10-19T14:25:00Z
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Real User

No additional comments.

2018-10-18T21:15:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's not a solution to install and forget. To bring out the best of its value you must always keep generating reports and applying corrections. It's a great tool to have especially if you have too many juniors operators.

2018-10-16T01:53:00Z
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