We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity."
"The most important feature is the intensive way you can troubleshoot Cisco Firepower Firewalls. You can go to the bit level to see why traffic is not handled in the correct way, and the majority of the time it's a networking issue and not a firewall issue. You can solve any problem without Cisco TAC help, because you can go very deeply under the hood to find out how traffic is flowing and whether it is not flowing as expected. That is something I have never seen with other brands."
"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."
"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."
"We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government."
"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 most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput."
"The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."
"Technical support is good. They quickly respond, and they even have local help here. They can actually give you an answer very quickly."
"It is very fast and very easy to maintain. Another nice part of it is that you can easily extract the logs and move them over to a security operations center."
"One of Juniper SRX's most valuable features is the site-to-site VPN."
"The user interface is good."
"The scalability is fine."
"When compared to Palo Alto, Juniper is a better choice when it comes to the enterprise network and connectivity."
"The firewall features and the routing capability are the most valuable."
"What I like the most about Juniper is that they have the same CLI on all routers, switches, and firewalls. If you have worked with any Juniper device, such as a Juniper router, you will be able to work with an SRX, which is really cool. It is a nice experience to work with every device of Juniper, not only firewalls."
"The scalability is very good, where you can do an HA configuration and then bring in another box, if necessary."
"I have found the firewall portion for the blocking most valuable."
"Technical support is perfect, excellent."
"Content protection, content inspection, and the application level firewall."
"A free firewall that is a good network security appliance."
"The concurrent users are perfect for us."
"The solution has good customization abilities and plenty of features."
"The main features of this solution are customization and ease to use."
"The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement."
"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 makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved."
"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."
"It would be great if some of the load times were faster."
"Deploying configurations takes longer than it should."
"The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website."
"The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough."
"I've noticed that the management interface could use some updates and upgrades."
"As a networking person, I don't really have any major issues with this device. Based on my experience of using it in a cluster, it could be more stable. I had an incident when one of the SRXs in a cluster couldn't learn ARP. It is a good solution, but firewalls don't seem to be an area of development for Juniper. They are focusing on data centers, routers, and switches, not firewalls."
"It could be more secure."
"The configuration is difficult and it should be easier."
"The reporting is lacking."
"The setup process should be improved."
"The solution is quite advanced. You need a lot of training to use it effectively."
"It must be 5G ready. The 5G network is rolling out soon in India, and Juniper must upgrade their firewall slot to the 5G network, or they must manufacture a 5G dongle card for the Juniper firewall. I want Juniper to upgrade their dongle from 4G to 5G. Presently, they have an expansion slot in the SRX 322 series and higher firewalls. In that expansion slot, they can put a 4G mobility SIM card so that whenever our primary link is down, it will automatically connect through this GSM network and form a tunnel."
"The router monitoring needs improvement when compared with Sonicwall."
"The solution could always work at being more secure. It's a good idea to continue to work on security features and capabilities in order to ensure they can keep clients safe."
"This solution is good for small businesses but it is not as stable as other competitors such as Fortinet."
"The hotspot and the portal feature in this solution are not stable for WiFi access. We use it at least once or twice every day and it crashes. Some modules can be better by improving detection and having new updates. Additionally, we have some issues with clustering and load balancing that could improve."
"I have been using WireGuard VPN because it is a lot faster and more secure than an open VPN. However, in the latest version of pfSense, they have removed this feature, which is one of the main features that I need. They should include this feature."
"I would like to see pfSense integrate WireGuard. Currently, pfSense uses OpenVPN, and there's nothing wrong with it, but WireGuard is a lot leaner and meaner."
"ClamAV AntiVirus can cause some crashes. That service should be improved."
"Also, simplifying the rules for the GeoIP. Making it simpler to understand would be an improvement."
"This product is expensive."
"Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing."
"Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain."
"The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
"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."
"For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
"This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
"The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
"The product itself is costly and the price of migration is very high."
"Compared to other vendors, the pricing of this solution is good."
"Its price is reasonable. In India, most of the products have a similar price. There is only a 5% to 10% variation in the price of different brands."
"It is best suited to an enterprise-level, as the mid-range companies may find that the cost is not affordable."
"The price could improve, it is a bit expensive."
"When you consider performance, price, and features, maybe Juniper is not so cost-effective compared to other solutions like MikroTik."
"The price is reasonable."
"In general, their price definitely couldn't be cheaper."
"The pricing is lower than some of its competitors."
"It is an open source firewall."
"I like the fact that it is open-source."
"pfSense is open-source, but the support is something that the customer pays for."
"The solution is free. However, you need to pay for support."
"pfSense is a free solution."
"I am using the free version of pfSense."
"The price of pfSense is reasonable. However, there is a free version available."
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.
Juniper SRX is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 32 reviews while pfSense is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 53 reviews. Juniper SRX is rated 7.8, while pfSense is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Juniper SRX writes "This best in class Next-Gen firewall is elegant in its ease-of-use and architecture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of pfSense writes "Feature-rich, well documented, and there is good support available online". Juniper SRX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Meraki MX and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, whereas pfSense is most compared with OPNsense, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos UTM, Sophos XG and Stormshield Network Security. See our Juniper SRX vs. pfSense report.
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