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Pros
"You can do zero-day prevention and detection. It's quite useful.""We are satisfied with the technical support.""The integration with the Cisco portfolio is very helpful.""IPS is a valuable function, because they update the signatures all the time and it's very granular.""The features that I find most valuable are the DDoS protection, IPS/IDS, and Firepower for web application filtering.""We have found the product to be quite stable.""Ir's signature-based. We are also using the anomaly baseline formation, where it links the network, then anything that goes away from the norm is also flagged. Those are the two most valuable features.""Its ease of use and its ability to block and allow ports in and out of our organization are the most valuable features. It works very well. It gives us all the information that we need."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""Overall the solution is very good. It offers great protection and gives us a good overview of what is on the network.""Great monitoring feature.""There's a good dashboard you can drill down into. It helps you easily locate intrusions and the source of attacks.""The solution can scale.""It has a lot of functions, such as firewall. We are administrators, and we create some rules to protect our network. We also monitor the traffic in and out and have disk encryption on-premises. When we detect malware, we scan for the virus on the PC. We can then delete or block the malware."

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Cons
"The solution should contain the sandbox features which we find in Check Point.""Multi-internet line load balancing should be supported.""I'd like to see some cloud management. Cisco maybe already has it, however, my company doesn't use it as cloud management.""Cisco can do better on their documentation because the product is really hard to understand.""Some Next-Generation Firewall solutions come with Intrusion Prevention. It would be nice if Cisco NGIPS included that.""Better integration with other products, such as a SIEM tool, would provide better peer visibility about your security posture.""The only thing I think they may need to improve on a little bit is identifying software more correctly when you do network discovery.""I think that some initiation scripts might be helpful because they would make the configuration easier and more user-friendly for customers."

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"The management console needs to be less complex and easier to navigate.""The pricing could be improved.""We would like to have a simpler version. Some settings and functions on the McAfee console are complex and complicated. I want the management console to be simpler.""Some of the documentation is not as straightforward as it could be.""The management component could be simplified.""The solution could improve some aspects of detection."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing depends on negotiation with the vendor, although I can say that it is moderate."
  • "The cost of the license depends on the level of support that you have with Cisco."
  • "This is an expensive product, with the biggest cost being the license that keeps the service going."
  • "There are licensing fees depending on the features that you are using."
  • "Cisco products are not cheap and this solution is no different."
  • "It is expensive. It has separate licensing for all the features, and every feature set seems to require another license. Licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs besides the standard licensing fee."
  • "The licensing can be billed annually or in multi-year contracts such as three, four, or five years."
  • "The pricing could be improved. Our customers have a yearly license."
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    Questions from the Community
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    IPS is a valuable function, because they update the signatures all the time and it's very granular.
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    I'm not sure of the licensing costs, I know we have a three-year subscription.
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    I think the GUI user interface could be improved and the login is not very user friendly. They could maybe improve on that.
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    The pricing of the solution is okay. Licensing is paid on a yearly basis.
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    The system isn't fool-proof. Sometimes, based on the network or other reasons, McAfee cannot detect the actual attack. This rarely happens. It's only been the case maybe one or two times. The solution… more »
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    Also Known As
    Sourcefire NGIPS, Firepower NGIPS
    McAfee NSP, IntruShield Network Intrusion Prevention System, IntruShield Network IPS
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower NGIPS provides network visibility, threat intelligence, automation and industry leading threat effectiveness. Gartner has ranked Firepower NGIPS as a Magic Quadrant Leader for seven years running, and the independent NSS Labs testing organization consistently rates it as a “Recommended” IPS solution for eight years.

    McAfee Network Security Platform is a uniquely intelligent security solution that discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in the network. Using advanced detection and emulation techniques, it moves beyond mere pattern matching to defend against stealthy attacks with a high degree of accuracy. This next-generation hardware platform scales to speeds of more than 40 Gbps with a single device to meet the needs of demanding networks. Our Unified Defense Architecture approach to security management streamlines security operations by combining real-time McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds with rich contextual data about users, devices, and applications for fast, accurate response to network-borne attacks.

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    Sample Customers
    American Electric Power, Huntington Bank, Keycorp, Nationwide, Transunion, Marriott, Inova Health, Ford, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Chevron, Walmart, Coca Cola
    Desjardins Group, HollyFrontier, Nubia, Agbar, WNS Global Services, INAIL, Universidad de Las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Cook County, China Pacific Insurance, Bank Central Asia, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, City of Chicago, Macquarie Telecom, Sutherland Global Services, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, United Automotive Electronic Systems
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Government12%
    Leisure / Travel Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco NGIPS vs. McAfee Network Security Platform and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco NGIPS is ranked 5th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 21 reviews while McAfee Network Security Platform is ranked 8th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 6 reviews. Cisco NGIPS is rated 8.4, while McAfee Network Security Platform is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco NGIPS writes "The anomaly baseline formation links the network, then anything that goes away from the norm is also flagged". On the other hand, the top reviewer of McAfee Network Security Platform writes "Effective, with an easy setup and a good dashboard". Cisco NGIPS is most compared with Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Check Point IPS, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Fortinet FortiGate IPS and Cisco Stealthwatch, whereas McAfee Network Security Platform is most compared with Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Fortinet FortiGate IPS, Darktrace and Check Point IPS. See our Cisco NGIPS vs. McAfee Network Security Platform report.

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