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Question: Which firewall is better and why: Sophos XG 210 or Fortinet FortiGate 100E? Answer: Hi, This really gets to two things: - how fast your internet access is and how much are you planning to grow in the next few years?  - are you planning to do the TLS inspection? Do proper sizing with partners. Pay attention to XGS2100 which is a new platform by Sophos.  Avoid this "✓ Include port forwarding for local service publishing" since both units have some kind of WAF, it is better to do it with WAF. Sophos WAF has more features than Fortigate integrated WAF.  ✓ Monitoring and reporting --> what kind of reporting are you looking at? ✓ Malware and viruses inspection --> XG can be combined with InterceptX, this is good protection. Been running it for years.  Also, pay attention to support from Fortinet and Sophos. Fortinet has version 7.0 out and it is probably full of bugs as they tend to do the last couple of years but Sophos is the same here. They are rushing with features out so make sure partners confirm stable versions for you.  Don't bother with 100E, go after 100F or 101F since it is a new box from Fortinet. 
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"The IPS, as well as the malware features, are the two things that we use the most and they're very valuable.""The protection and security features, like URL filtering, the inspection, and the IPS feature, are also very valuable for us. We don't have IT staff at most of the sites so for us it's important to have a robust firewall at those sites""We can easily track unauthorized users and see where traffic is going.""With the FMC and the FirePOWERs, the ability to quickly replace a piece of hardware without having to have a network outage is useful. Also, the ability to replace a piece of equipment and deploy the config that the previous piece of equipment had is pretty useful.""They wanted to leverage something which is equivalent that can give them the next gen features like application awareness and intrusion protection. So that is a major reason they were looking forward to this. The original ASA firewall did not have these features. This was the major reason the customer moved on to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD). Now they can go ahead and leverage those functionalities.""The Firepower+ISE+AMP for endpoint integration is something that really stands it out with other vendor solutions. They have something called pxGrid and i think it is already endorsed by IETF. This allows all devices on the network to communicate.""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.""One of the most valuable features is the AMP. It's very good and very reliable when it comes to malicious activities, websites, and viruses."

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"SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.""Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable.""We are a visual effects company, and there have been a number of high profile security issues in our industry. This has brought us to a higher standard of security, which our clients are very keen on these days.""We use the FortiGate Sandbox to detect zero-day vulnerabilities, such as anomalies or malware, that are unknown and have not yet been discovered.""The virtual firewall feature is the most valuable. We have around 1,500 firewalls. We did not buy individual hardware, and the virtual firewalls made sense because we don't have to keep on buying the hardware. FortiGate is easier to use as compared to Checkpoint devices. It is user friendly and has a good UI. You don't need much expertise to work on this firewall. You don't need to worry much about DCLA, commands, and things like that.""The most valuable features are that it is very simple to configure and to manage.""Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR). It gives you a seamless and simple integration into a large network.""The most valuable features are the possibility of having one fabric for switching on security."

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"This kind of strategic technology makes it much easier to remove malware and address vulnerabilities quickly.""The simplicity of the setup is the most valuable feature.""This solution is very user-friendly and even a non-professional can configure the policies.""The cloud-based interface makes it easy to manage.""The most valuable feature is that it scans all of the data for any kind of malware.""it's user-friendly, not complex.""The most valuable feature is the intrusion prevention system.""Great interface and in-built help is very intuitive."

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Cons
"For the new line of FTDs, the performance could be improved. We sometimes have issues with the 41 series, depending what we activate. If we activate too many intrusion policies, it affects the CPU.""The user interface for the Firepower management console is a little bit different from traditional Cisco management tools. If you look at products we already use, like Cisco Prime or other products that are cloud-based, they have a more modern user interface for managing the products. For Firepower, the user interface is not very user-friendly. It's a little bit confusing sometimes.""We would like to see improvement in recovery. If there is an issue that forces us to do recovery, we have to restart or reboot. In addition, sometimes we have downtime during the maintenance windows. If Cisco could enhance this, so that upgrades would not necessarily require downtime, that would be helpful.""We had an event recently where we had inbound traffic for SIP and we experienced an attack against our SIP endpoint, such that they were able to successfully make calls out... Both CTR, which is gathering data from multiple solutions that the vendor provides, as well as the FMC events connection, did not show any of those connections because there was not a NAT inbound which said either allow it or deny it.""I was just trying to learn how this product actually operates and one thing that I see from internal processing is it does fire-walling and then sends it to the IPS model and any other model that needs to be performed. For example, content checking or filtering will be done in a field processing manner. That is something that causes delays in the network, from a security perspective. That is something that can be improved upon. Palo Alto already has implemented this as a pilot passed processing. So they put the same stream of data across multiple modules at the same time and see if it is giving a positive result by using an XR function. So, something similar can be done in the Cisco Firepower. Instead of single processing or in a sequential manner, they can do something similar to pile processing. Internal function that is something that they can improve upon.""The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution.""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.""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."

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"The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up.""To the best of my knowledge, Fortinet does not have a CASB solution and Fortinet does not have a Zero trust solution.""We had a minor problem where there was a major system upgrade on the hardware platfrom and the Mac client was not available as soon as it might have been. The PC client was available immediately, but we had to wait a month or so, before there was a mac client. I was slightly irritated that it was not ready on time, but it was eventually resolved.""We would like to see a better training platform implemented.""FortiGate is really good. We have been using it for quite some time. Initially, when we started off, we had around 70 plus devices of FortiGate, but then Check Point and Palo Alto took over the place. From the product perspective, there are no issues, but from the account perspective, we have had issues. Fortinet's presence in our company is very less. I don't see any Fortinet account managers talking to us, and that presence has diluted in the last two and a half or three years. We have close to 1,500 firewalls. Out of these, 60% of firewalls are from Palo Alto, and a few firewalls are from Check Point. FortiGate firewalls are very less now. It is not because of the product; it is because of the relationship. I don't think they had a good relationship with us, and there was some kind of disconnect for a very long time. The relationship between their accounts team and my leadership team seems to be the reason for phasing out FortiGate.""In the next release, maybe the documentation on how to use this solution could be improved.""I think there could be more QoS features""I would like to see a more intuitive dashboard."

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"It would be great if the user can have a portal to check on activities related to their account.""Their technical support needs improvement. I've been on hold with them for hours waiting for their support.""The cloud support needs to be improved.""The weakest point is the technical support because they are difficult to get into contact with.""It would be helpful if they had a set of standard templates because it would assist in the beginning, when you are just getting started.""The uploading and downloading of reports should be included.""The two main areas where this product needs improvement are routing and reporting.""Lacking network access control, user profiling and analytics dashboards."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.""The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""There are additional implementation and validation costs.""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.""This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.""This product is expensive."

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"Fortinet is the least expensive solution.""It's very affordable.""Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.""The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing.""I think that the pricing is fair.""For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year.""It's an expensive solution.""The price is okay."

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"The Sophos pricing, in general, is better than SonicWall, Fortinet, WatchGuard, or anybody else.""We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees.""The price is cheaper than that of some competing vendors.""The pricing is flexible. Sophos looks at a country's economy and offers flexible pricing. This is how they have managed to penetrate the market.""It's approximately $6,000 for each device.""It is not expensive, it's a reasonable price,""The issue of a recurring license is a hassle because every year, we have to subscribe.""It is not very expensive."

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Answers from the Community
Eman Taky
author avatarLuis Apodaca
User

I personally used Sophos UTM 9, and it´s great, it can support all your needs without a problem, the only concern is to find the correct physical server for deployment. Also, it can be purchased in a stand-alone box. I totally suggest the appliance for a UTM version or a XG Firewall

I never used FortiGate but a lot of people do and they are fine with the choice. So, I think it's a matter of the budget.

author avatarRichard Benfatto
User

Today I have deployed a small FGT40F with OS 7 build 006. This is replacing a 3 years old FGT30E. In both cases even under heavy attack, memory in the FGT30E would jump to 77% and CPU would reach the 90%. I would then block those addresses and CPU would go down to 1 %. Again this shows again and again how the hardware is so incredible due to what I have written below.


Now the OS7 and F40F, memory seats at 55% and CPU 1 %. I have full IPS, SPAM, and any other policy you could imagine.


Do that in Sophos and you will need the computer that NSA has in USA. Sorry, it is just the truth and nothing but the truth.


When you have the chance to see what OS7 info to the administrator has to offer the user, you will see what I say.

author avatarRichard Benfatto
User

I can see answers with the word "budget", What is cheap may end expensive. CAREFUL.


Fortinet is a clever company who had put ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). They use silicon, chips, so they are not only fast but can guarantee throughput. I have since instanced of Sophos where the CPU runs at 90% and struggles.


So, think how can you guarantee traffic with IPS, VPN and many other simultaneous tasks.


 But it is your decision.


Good luck. I personally would not touch Sophos at all.

author avatarreviewer1267734 (Executive Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees)
Consultant

The XG210 is a little slow if you turn on all the security.  Unlike the old SG firewalls, the XG firewalls tend to get bogged down.  I have an XG230 and it worked well.  As for Fortigates; they also work very well but they are more expensive.  Both of them meets most all of your requirements depending on the packages you opt for.  I am now running a Fortigate 301E and it is faster than the XG230 and I can do all the inspection I want at 1Gbps whereas the Sophos struggled.    I would not go for the Fortigate 100.  I would go with a slightly higher performance system, and the E series is fine but the F series is a newer breed.  


In my opinion, the Fortigate line is a little more robust and it is more intuitive to manage.  That said, they are both quality firewalls.  

author avatarPaul Yuen
User

The Fortinet FortiGate appliance is recommended,  we have in the past used Sophos and found that certain malware gets through rendering it very unreliable. Fortinet has a great reputation and you should not just select Sophos base on pricing alone as you will have more than a 100 VPN users, you can't have a bad inconsistent box which will break your network.


author avatarAbayomi Ajisefinni
Real User

Sophos XG210 dusts Fortinet fortigate 100E in every department far more than you can ever imagine. SSD storage and throughputs Sophos is dope.

author avatarNorman Freitag
User

I can only agree with the previous speakers. Both systems are good and differ in details.


Apart from the budget, topics such as scalability and which systems (SIEM/SOC) the components are connected to are important.


And then there is the saying that we all know: Who buys cheap buys twice.


Best Regards


Norman

author avatarAbayomi Ajisefinni
Real User

Sophos XG210 fills these needs adequately. Give it a go.

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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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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.

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 95 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 6th in Firewalls with 110 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while Sophos XG is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Light and stable with excellent real-time control ". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and SonicWall TZ, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with pfSense, Sophos UTM, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Meraki MX and Sophos Cyberoam UTM. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos XG report.

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