We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"If configured, Firepower provides us with application visibility and control."
"Provides good integrations and reporting."
"A good intrusion prevention system and filtering."
"We have not had to deal with stability issues."
"I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable."
"The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."
"The customer service/technical support is very good with this solution."
"Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity."
"Performance is a strong point."
"Juniper supports their products very well."
"We think they have a good interface, the operating system is good, it's robust. It has plenty of great features, and the relation between the cost and benefits works for our business."
"The user interface is good."
"The Juniper SRX series is easy to use."
"It's fine, and it's good. It's very stable."
"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."
"Sophos is a unified solution. We have anti-virus protection, firewall rules, knotting, and DACC all in one box."
"It's a stable solution."
"The stability, overall, is excellent. I haven't had a problem in the last two years."
"This is a very stable product."
"It is easy to manage."
"Good basic firewall functions with advanced firewall scanning."
"Sophos SG UTM had all the basic functionality that you needed. It is user-friendly and easy to manage for any integrator."
"The most valuable feature is ransomware protection."
"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."
"Deploying configurations takes longer than it should."
"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."
"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."
"Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved."
"The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement."
"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."
"Its logging is very good, but we would like to have an easier way of creating more reports. We would like to be able to manipulate the reports or manage the way the reports are coming out."
"It could have features that other products support like blade options and stand-alone endpoint security."
"It could be more secure."
"Sometimes committing configurations takes a lot of time in Juniper because of the connections, and it could be a little bit faster."
"The user interface and the GUI need improvement."
"The CPU switch could be improved for a better overall performance of traffic flow."
"The solution could cost less. It's a bit expensive right now."
"It was very difficult to deal with and required a lot of support, and the UI is very poor."
"When we call support, we get put on hold for a long time."
"The ease of use could be a bit better."
"The five-factor authentication needs improvement."
"There needs to be some improvement in the IPsec VPN. There is implementation only support. I have version one. I'd be most interested in having IP version two from the protocol."
"The classification segregation of applications lacks sufficient definition."
"The solution needs to do better at covering mobile devices, although they may have an integrated solution for that purpose."
"Updates come out agonizingly slowly, a trickle."
"The solution is not scalable."
"For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
"The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case."
"There are additional implementation and validation costs."
"Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
"When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today."
"The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
"Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing."
"Compared to other vendors, the pricing of this solution is good."
"It is best suited to an enterprise-level, as the mid-range companies may find that the cost is not affordable."
"The product itself is costly and the price of migration is very high."
"The price could improve, it is a bit expensive."
"There is a licensing fee."
"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."
"When you consider performance, price, and features, maybe Juniper is not so cost-effective compared to other solutions like MikroTik."
"This is an expensive product."
"It is necessary to pay for a licence to use the solution, but it is not very expensive."
"We pay for the service on a yearly basis. The last time we paid was in June, for a year. At the time, it was about $20,000."
"This product is free for home users. The more expensive products have better performance."
"Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."
"It is the cheapest product available. It's good if you have a low budget."
"The prices can be better, they could make it a lot cheaper."
"The solution is very low cost compared to competitors. You have a good firewall, a lot of functions for less than the price of some omni firewall competitors."
"It's reasonably priced."
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 4th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 32 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 2nd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 21 reviews. Juniper SRX is rated 7.8, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.4. 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 Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". Juniper SRX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Juniper vSRX, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and Stormshield Network Security. See our Juniper SRX vs. Sophos UTM report.
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