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Find out what your peers are saying about OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Pros
"Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality.""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.""The solution offers very easy configurations.""The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""There are no issues that we are aware of. It does its job silently in the background.""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.""The most valuable feature is stability."

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"The solution is good for a basic firewall for a small business or for home use.""The graphic user interface is very good and it is user-friendly which makes the product easy-to-use.""The interface and the dashboard are the most valuable features of this solution.""The initial implementation process is simple.""The VPN server feature is the most valuable. It is integrated with Radius and AAA for doing accounting and authentication. Insight view is also an important feature for me at this time. It allows me to assess our network traffic. I also like the firewall feature. The BSD kernel has a packet filter. It is one of the most solid frameworks for firewalls. Its user interface is one of the best interfaces I have used.""OPNsense is easy to scale when running on the hardware.""I have found the solution has some great features overall, such as guest access capabilities, dashboards, and ease of use. There is plenty of documentation and support and it has the plugins that I needed.""The system in general is quite flexible."

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"The stability, overall, is excellent. I haven't had a problem in the last two years.""This is a very stable product.""Sophos UTM is the simplest of these products to setup.""The most valuable feature is ransomware protection.""What I like about the solution is the ease of use.""The most valuable features of this solution are the firewall application and application control.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""Good basic firewall functions with advanced firewall scanning."

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Cons
"In a future release, it would be ideal if they could offer an open interface to other security products so that we could easily connect to our own open industry standard.""I would like it to have faster deployment times. A typical deployment could take two to three minutes. Sometimes, it depends on the situation. It is better than it was in the past, but it could always use improvement.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""Report generation is an area that should be improved.""The change-deployment time can always be improved. Even at 50 seconds, it's longer than some of its competitors. I would challenge Cisco to continue to improve in that area.""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.""The product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience."

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"The solution would not be suitable for anything large-scale.""The only thing that I would like to see improved is the Insight or the NetFlow analysis part. It would be good to have the possibility to dig down on the Insight platform. Right now, we can easily do only a few analyses. If this page becomes more powerful, it surely will be a well-adopted platform.""The logging could improve in OPNsense.""The interface isn't so friendly user. But we have some technicians here who are quite confident with this tool. OPNSense could maybe add sets of rules so it's simpler to manage different groups with particular needs.""There should be more technical documentation.""The interface needs to be simplified. It is not user-friendly.""The ability to set the VPN IP address would be a welcome addition.""While they do have paid options that actually gives better features, for most of the clients, if they tend to take a paid option will instead opt for Fortinet."

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"Anti-phishing functionality should be improved.""It would be nice if it had basic features, such as DLP (Data Loss Prevention).""The logs are not clear, which means that you need an additional piece of software in order to read them clearly.""Updates come out agonizingly slowly, a trickle.""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.""When we call support, we get put on hold for a long time.""There were a lot of features and functionality in Sophos SG UTM but nothing was state of the art in terms of technology. You did not get the latest functions. It was very monolithic as it was based on an old Linux PuTTY system.""Monitoring and reporting are areas that need improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""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.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.""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.""The price is comparable.""This product is expensive.""It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""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."

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"It is not an expensive product. Basically, I deployed it because it was the fastest solution to satisfy our needs in open source.""OPNsense is open source software so at this time it is free for us to use.""OPNsense is a well known open-source tool.""OPNsense is an open-source solution and it is free to use.""The solution is not expensive.""As an appliance, it's in the medium price range."

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"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.""The prices can be better, they could make it a lot cheaper.""It is the cheapest product available. It's good if you have a low budget.""It is necessary to pay for a licence to use the solution, but it is not very expensive.""I think the pricing of Sophos is very fair.""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.""Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
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Top Answer: The system in general is quite flexible.
Top Answer: The main cost is the hardware. We don't pay anything for the software.
Top Answer: In my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great firewalls with excellent performance and a… more »
Top Answer: Sophos UTM is no longer being developed, according to our reseller. All the development effort is going into XG. So XG… more »
Top Answer: With Sophos, we have not had any incidents this year. The security provided has been good. It has proven to be okay for… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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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.

OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

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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
CompuNet Systems GmbH,
One Housing Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider46%
Computer Software Company16%
Government7%
Media Company4%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Government10%
Comms Service Provider6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company18%
Government7%
Media Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business69%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise15%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise17%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

OPNsense is ranked 19th in Firewalls with 11 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 2nd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 21 reviews. OPNsense is rated 8.0, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of OPNsense writes "A solution that detects and blocks malicious content with good reporting and visibility, but the reliability needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". OPNsense is most compared with pfSense, Untangle NG Firewall, Sophos XG, Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA Firewall, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. See our OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM report.

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