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"One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality.""Being able to determine our active users vs inactive users has led us to increased productivity through visibility. Also, if an issue was happening with our throughput, then we wouldn't know without research. Now, notifications are more proactively happening.""The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy.""The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""When it comes to the integration among Cisco tools, we find it easy. It's a very practical integration with other components as well.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""The solution offers very easy configurations."

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"The visibility, the one-pane-of-glass which allows me to see all of my edge protection through one window and one log, is great. Monitoring everything through that one pane of glass is extremely valuable.""Auto-scaling and zero touch are valuable features.""I like the firewall and the virtual machine. I also like that it's compatible with Amazon Web Services and Azure.""The installation process doesn't take very long.""We have found the overall functionality of the product to be exactly similar to the physical product. The one good advantage is that it is cloud-based and can be deployed either as a part of a scale set or one can shut down the virtual machine and adjust the physical parameters of the virtual machine easily and bring it right back up.""The most valuable features are the VPN Blade, IPS Blade, the URL filtering, and the Applications Control Blade.""The Capsule solution and application filters are the most valuable. It is pretty straightforward to implement, and it also has good stability and scalability. Their technical support is also really good.""SSL/TLS traffic inspection features are used for advanced threat prevention against secure SSL traffic."

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"The scalability is acceptable.""The technical support is good.""The solution has plenty of features.""The most valuable features of this solution are sandbox capabilities.""The most valuable feature of this solution is how it keeps up-to-date with viruses.""WildFire's application encryption is useful.""Remote access is excellent.""Using WildFire has reduced the number of viruses and the amount of malware that comes into our system, which means that I don't have to rely on the end-users to identify it."

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Cons
"There is limited data storage on the appliance itself. So, you need to ship it out elsewhere in order for you to store it. The only point of consideration is around that area, basically limited storage on the machine and appliance. Consider logging it elsewhere or pushing it out to a SIEM to get better controls and manipulation over the data to generate additional metrics and visibility.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement.""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""We're getting support but there's a big delay until we get a response from their technical team. They're in the USA and we're in Africa, so that's the difficulty. When they're in the office, they respond.""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI)."

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"I would like to see a step-by-step initial installation of the firewall. That would be really helpful. Like in Oracle appliances, when you start it asks you, what's your current IP address? An initial setup should be a step by step and intuitive process. You click on "begin," it asks you some simple questions. You fill in the blanks - your current IP address, what you want to do, you want to set up a site to site VPN, for example, that kind of thing. That would be the smartest thing to have.""The solution lacks the capability to scale effectively.""The documentation has been rough. Being able to do it yourself can be hit or miss given the constraints of the documentation.""Easier optimization techniques can definitely help with better performance of the OS, as using the vanilla software doesn't actually showcase the real capability of the software.""Check Point support, beyond CloudGuard, does need some improvement.""It's meeting our needs at this time. If I could make it better, it would be by making it more standalone. That would be beneficial to us. I say that because our current platform for virtualization is VMware. The issue isn't any fault of Check Point, it's more how the virtualization platform partners allow for that partnership and integration. There has to be close ties and partnerships between the vendors to ensure interoperability and sup-portability. There is only so far that Check Point, or any security vendor technology can go without the partnership and enablement of the virtualization platform vendor as it relies on "Service Insertion" to maintain optimal performance.""This application can be more integrated with web application firewalls. Better integrations would provide more granularity, which would be helpful for focusing on the application itself and preventing attacks. It would be good to include the cross-domain search. If you have multiple firewalls that are managed on the same platform and you want to check who is using some particular objects or where a specific ID is being used, it should provide an option for this kind of search instead of having to check one by one on each firewall.""As an administrator, I can say that among all of the Check Point products I have been working with so far, the Virtual Systems solution is one of the most difficult."

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"The threat intelligence that we receiving in the reporting was not as expected. We were expecting more. Additionally, we should be able to whitelist a specific file based on a variety of attributes.""When you contact support, there is no guarantee that they will be available to help you tackle the issue that you are facing.""The price of WildFire should be reduced in order to make it more affordable for our customers.""The support is good but they could be faster.""The only complaint that we receive from our customers is in regards to the price.""The cost of the solution is excessively high.""In the future, I would like to see more automation in the reporting.""The deployment model could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are additional implementation and validation costs.""The price is comparable.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""Its pricing is good and competitive. There is a maintenance cost. It includes SecureX that makes it cost-effective as compared to the other solutions where you have to pay for XDR and SOAR capabilities.""This product is expensive.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."

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"The cost is on the higher side, as it is based on workload, hence we need to decide which VPC or workload needs to be part of CloudGuard.""There is flexibility in the different licensing models that are offered.""The price could be better.""The pricing and licensing have been good. We just had to do a license increase for our portion of it. We had that done within a couple of days. Given the fact that it's purely a software-based license, it ends up being even quicker than doing it for an on-prem firewall.""Licensing is simply by the number of hosts that you are looking to protect within your environment. It makes it much easier to ensure that you are covering your environment.""Although I don't have specifics for pricing, based on my overall experience, I can conclude that Check Point provides the best pricing when comparing to other vendors.""Licensing is available on a monthly or yearly basis.""It is not expensive, but it is a little bit above the middle range. There are other solutions that are a little more expensive than this, but they also have some interesting features."

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"The price of the Palo Alto Networks WildFire license is expensive. When it came time to renew the solution the price doubled.""The price is a bit higher than the other products such as TrendMicro, or FireEye.""The pricing is highly expensive.""Pricing could be improved.""We pay between $3,000 and $4,000 CAD ($2,200 - $3,000 USD) per year to maintain this solution.""It depends on the features. Additional features cost additional money as well.""This solution is very pricey and it depends on the package that you implement.""The solution is overpriced."

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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
CloudGuard IaaS, Check Point vSEC, CloudGuard IaaS, Check Point Virtual Systems, Check Point CloudGuard Network Security
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Check Point CloudGuard provides unified cloud native security for all your assets and workloads, giving you the confidence to automate security, prevent threats, and manage posture – everywhere – across your multi-cloud environment.

WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.
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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
Physicians Choice Laboratory Services, Helvetica Insurance
Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk Corporation
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Government11%
Computer Software Company11%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company26%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider17%
Government17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Retailer11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise35%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise55%
Large Enterprise37%
REVIEWERS
Small Business51%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise70%
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Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 25 reviews while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 17 reviews. Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is rated 8.6, while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Check Point CloudGuard Network Security writes "Unified Security Management has enabled us to combine our on-prem appliances and cloud environments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "Good technical support and provides automatic analysis that saves us time in filtering email". Check Point CloudGuard Network Security is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Cisco ASA Firewall, Azure Firewall and Sophos XG, whereas Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Proofpoint Email Protection, Juniper SRX and Zscaler Internet Access.

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