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What is Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center?

The Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is the administrative nerve center for select Cisco security products running on multiple platforms. It provides unified management of Cisco Secure Firewalls with Firewall Threat Defense (FTD) software for port and protocol control, application control, IPS, URL filtering, and malware protection functions. Firewall Management Center is the centralized event and policy manager for:

● Cisco Secure Firewall with the Firewall Threat Defense (FTD) OS

● Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services

● Cisco Secure IPS (Firepower Next-Gen IPS / NGIPS)

● Cisco FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR

● Cisco Malware Defense (AMP)

Buyer's Guide

Download the Firewall Security Management Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2021

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Cisco Systems at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
MSP
Top 5
Great data protection and easy access to good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The applied policy inside the firewall is good."
  • "The IOS and the deploy option could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to protect our servers. 

What is most valuable?

The firewall itself is valuable as is the applied policy inside the firewall. All companies are looking to protect their data centers from unapproved access or server misuse and this product works.

What needs improvement?

I think the IOS and the deploy option could be improved. They should also consider working on the batteries. It's not helpful most of the time. Cisco's competitors have more features and they give more thought to their solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this product is good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable, if I need to add users or add licenses, it's flexible.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco technical support is good. Let's just say that the support is very helpful. Maybe the most helpful support in the network. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial deployment was quite complicated and I believe it could be simplified. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cisco products are generally quite expensive. 

What other advice do I have?

From my perspective, it's a true commander and I like Cisco. All the treatment is available on the internet.

I rate this solution a nine out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Systems Administrators at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable, good support, and good IPS capabilities

What is our primary use case?

I use Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center to manage my perimeter firewalls and my data center firewalls.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the intrusion prevention system.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup could be simplified. The interface is an area that could be improved. Monitoring live events or event logging needs improvement as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are using version 664.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a pretty stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 20 people using this solution in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is good. They are always good.…

What is our primary use case?

I use Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center to manage my perimeter firewalls and my data center firewalls.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the intrusion prevention system.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup could be simplified.

The interface is an area that could be improved.

Monitoring live events or event logging needs improvement as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are using version 664.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a pretty stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 20 people using this solution in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is good. They are always good.

I would rate technical support an eight out of ten.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use Fortinet products.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is midway complex and straightforward.

The deployment in a large environment took a week approximately.

We have a team of two staff members to maintain and deploy this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We completed the installation in-house. We did not use an integrator or reseller.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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