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Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. SonicWall NSa and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"The implementation is pretty straightforward.""The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""Web filtering is a big improvement for us. The previous version we used, the AC520, did not have that feature included. It was not very easy for us, especially because the environment had to be isolated and we needed to get updates from outside, such as Windows patches. That feature has really helped us when we are going outside to pull those patches.""The customer service/technical support is very good with this solution.""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.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""It has a good security level. It is a next-generation firewall. It can protect from different types of attacks. We have enabled IPS and IDS."

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"The VPN is great.""When comparing this solution to others this one has better reporting, user management, and is easy to use.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.""I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.""The people we deal with is a local partner in Cambodia and we can get good support from them.""The feature that we like the most about Forcepoint is that we know the technology and have confidence in it. We can have several functionalities to simplify operations and management. We can combine functionalities like log ownership to review the number of devices in the infrastructure.""It is stable and scalable. In addition, their support is great. When you ask them for something, they provide support, and if required, they also involve the R&D team to help you to resolve the issues in your configuration.""The most valuable feature is SD-WAN."

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"Compared to Cisco, SonicWall NSa is much easier to configure.""I like the solution's configuration, interfaces, and user guides.""Setup is easy. Anyone with basic firewall experience can do it.""The most valuable feature is the sandbox.""Deep packet inspection and intelligent application control are the most valuable features. It is a very updated solution. It is very current as compared to other brands and vendors.""The solution has many useful features, such as content management, user management, user filtering, and domain controller connectivity mapping.""It's very flexible and meets our customer's needs.""The most valuable features are that it is reasonably-priced and works well."

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Cons
"The central management tool is not comfortable to use. You need to have a specific skill set. This is an important improvement for management because I would like to log into Firepower, see the dashboard, and generate a real-time report, then I question my team.""The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website.""Report generation is an area that should be improved.""This product is managed using the Firepower Management Center (FMC), but it would be better if it also supported the command-line interface (CLI).""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""One issue with Firepower Management Center is deployment time. It takes seven to 10 minutes and that's a long time for deployment. In that amount of time, management or someone else can ask me to change something or to provide permissions, but during that time, doing so is not possible. It's a drawback with Cisco. Other vendors, like Palo Alto or Fortinet do not have this deployment time issue.""It would be great if some of the load times were faster.""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."

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"The security features need to be improved.""Forcepoint would be improved if there were more training available.""My team is looking for more throughput and better integration with our security framework.""We feel the product's technical support could be better, as this relates to the solution itself, to the installation of the product, and to having a proper understanding of the case.""The network interface could be better, and it could be cheaper.""The solution needs to build upon its network functionality. It needs to be a bit smarter.""If I want to allow access to Facebook, yet not allow the user to access videos, then I am not able to do it with this product.""The company should update the URL filtering database. They need to enhance the URL filtering and make it easier to customize."

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"Do not even consider NetExtender - probably one of the most horrific, nightmare grade Java-based VPN clients. We have but all given up trying to make it work reliably.""SonicWall does not support DynDNS, yet this is an important feature for smaller companies that do not have a static IP address.""Vendor support needs improvement. The frequency of time and support should be increased.""The ongoing service fees are high.""Initially, it may be difficult for some people to learn and become acquainted with it.""Potential improvement around the associated VPN cost""I would like to have a built-in vulnerability scanner in the firewall. It would be great to have such functionality. Its price could also be better. It would also be good to have a local warehouse. It doesn't get damaged a lot, but if a customer needs a replacement, currently, it has to come from Miami or Mexico, which can take a few days. It would be better if they have a local warehouse from where we can just pick replacements and quickly solve a client's needs in terms of replacing equipment. It would be great to have it locally instead of waiting for it from Mexico or the USA.""The pricing for this product in India is high and the fees should be reduced."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed.""The price is comparable.""I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.""This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper.""There are additional implementation and validation costs."

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"The pricing should be more competitive against other vendors in the market.""The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000""I consider Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall's price to be good.""We have just a subscription for the cloud, and this license is great. The license is so good.""The pricing of the solution is normally competitive with other products.""It could be cheaper like Fortinet.""Everything in Forcepoint comes with an individual license, which is kind of a problem. In our last meeting, they said that it may change at the beginning of 2021, and they will try to merge some licenses together. Customers will get more features than what they got previously. We will wait and see.""We would love to take other 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 the end is the cost."

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"Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis, and we are happy with the pricing.""There is a license required for this solution and you can purchase a one, two, or three year term. Typically businesses choose the one year subscription and then later choose the three year licensing option if they are satisfied.""Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.""We are on a three-year license for the solution. The price is inexpensive compared to other solutions.""A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy.""They do have the option to purchase yearly, or two years, and three years renewal.""Its price is okay.""SonicWall still is only a dollar or Euro per gigabit. This means, of the IPsec, it's the cheapest solution."

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Top Answer: I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.
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Top Answer: The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Forcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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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.

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.
Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.
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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
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Non Profit8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company27%
University9%
Retailer9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company19%
Educational Organization15%
Healthcare Company12%
Marketing Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company20%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise23%
REVIEWERS
Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise19%
Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. SonicWall NSa and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 18th in Firewalls with 19 reviews while SonicWall NSa is ranked 15th in Firewalls with 35 reviews. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 8.0, while SonicWall NSa is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall writes "Good console management, but the interface is not user-friendly and application filtering needs finer granularity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Darktrace, pfSense and Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, whereas SonicWall NSa is most compared with Meraki MX, Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ and Zyxel Unified Security Gateway. See our Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. SonicWall NSa report.

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