We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The Adversity Malware Protection (AMP) feature is the most valuable. It is also very easy to use. Every technical user can operate this solution without any difficulty. The dashboard of Cisco Firepower has every tool that a security operator needs. You can find every resource that you need to operate through this dashboard."
"Feature-wise, we mostly use IPS because it is a security requirement to protect against attacks from outside and inside. This is where IPS helps us out a bunch."
"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."
"I have experience with URL filtering, and it is very good for URL filtering. You can filter URLs based on the categories, and it does a good job. It can also do deep packet inspection."
"The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy."
"The implementation is pretty straightforward."
"I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)."
"I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable."
"FortiGate as a product is very easy to configure."
"The solution is very user friendly."
"The information security features are the most valuable."
"Has a very simple OS and a good price point."
"There are many useful features, such as web security and advanced threat detection."
"It is more robust than SonicWall, particularly on the VPN from site to site."
"Firewall and overall management are valuable features."
"Performance-wise, I think FortiOS is much better than its Juniper counterpart. Based on our actual experience and performance metrics, FortiOS-based products are much better than Juniper."
"DHCP is a basic service, and they've been doing it for years, so it's mature and stable."
"Infoblox offers granularity and advanced DNS protection to mitigate DNS attacks. It's a very secure solution."
"The security of the solution is perfect. It's very good at protecting us from attacks."
"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."
"The Firepower FTD code is missing some old ASA firewalls codes. It's a small thing. But Firepower software isn't missing things that are essential, anymore."
"The intelligence has room for improvement. There are some hackers that we haven't seen before and its ability to detect those types of attacks needs to be improved."
"FlexConfig is there as a bridge for features that are not yet natively integrated into Firepower. It is a way of allowing you to be able to configure things that wouldn't otherwise be possible until the development team can add them into Firepower's native capability. There is still some work that needs to be done around FlexConfig. There are still quite a few complex things, like policy-based routing, that have to be done in FlexConfig, and it doesn't always work perfectly. Sometimes, there are some glitches. It is recommended that you configure FlexConfig policies with Cisco TAC. It would be good to see Cisco accelerate some of those configurations that you can only do in FlexConfig into the platform, so that they are there natively."
"The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution."
"Deploying configurations takes longer than it should."
"One of the few things that are brought up is that for the overall management, it would be great to have a cloud instance of that. And not only just a cloud instance, but one of the areas that we've looked at is using an HA type of cloud. To have the ability to have a device file within a cloud. If we had an issue with one, the other one would pick up automatically."
"The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs."
"Technical support could be better. Some competitors have much more responsive support teams."
"It could more scalable for the lower end users."
"The pricing model makes this product far more expensive than similar solutions."
"I can only compare it with SonicWall, and it is missing many advanced features that SonicWall has."
"Fortinet needs to make this solution even more robust. Sometimes when we get a DDoS attack, the cannot withstand it. We can run out of sessions very easily. That said, I suppose if you want more a robust system, then you could purchase higher-end solutions, which are more expensive. Still, I would like to see more protection from even in the low-end version."
"The solution could improve the log retention and reports."
"FortiOS doesn't work well with all browsers. I think they need to do a better job of making it compatible with the various browsers that are out there."
"The solution could improve by making the dashboard easier to use."
"There needs to be more capabilities in order to configure the console itself instead of the user interface dashboard. Configuring the DNS or DHCP through the console instead of the GUI dashboard would be better."
"There should be better alerts for when attacks are happening."
"The solution is expensive."
"The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
"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."
"This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper."
"The price is comparable."
"I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing."
"I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs."
"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."
"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."
"The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device."
"The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."
"The price of Fortinet FortiOS has been reasonable."
"There is a license required for the solution and the price is fair."
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Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection (ADP) effectively shields you from the widest range of DNS DDoS attacks, ensuring that you can maintain service uptime for your organization. Minimizing disruptions caused by DDoS and other DNS-based attacks is a key business imperative because DNS provides mission-critical network connectivity. If your DNS is down, your business is down. With ADP you can maintain DNS integrity and stop external and internal DNS DDoS attacks that can take your business offline. ADP eliminates such threats as volumetric attacks, DNS hijacking, cache poisoning and other DNS-specific exploits. A proven solution, it ensures that your customers can always reach your website and other external systems, and it keeps your business up and running 24×7 to maintain customer trust and confidence.
Fortinet FortiOS is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 13 reviews while Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection is ranked 5th in Domain Name System (DNS) Security with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiOS is rated 8.4, while Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiOS writes "Robust, scales well using FortiManager, and you have a choice of two different modes to run in". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection writes "An easy initial setup with DNS protection and good granularity". Fortinet FortiOS is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway, Azure Firewall, Darktrace and Sangfor NGAF, whereas Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, EfficientIP DNS Guardian, Zscaler Internet Access, Palo Alto Networks DNS Security and F5 BIG-IP DNS.
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