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Pros
"The most valuable features of this solution are advanced malware protection, IPS, and IDS.""It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective.""Provides good integrations and reporting.""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.""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.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem.""When it comes to the integration among Cisco tools, we find it easy. It's a very practical integration with other components as well."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.""I like the Firewall and the IPS.""The most valuable feature is SD-WAN.""Technical support has been quite helpful in the past.""The people we deal with is a local partner in Cambodia and we can get good support from them.""The blocking, based on the signal provided, is the solution's most valuable aspect.""I don't have anything bad to say about the product. I absolutely love it.""I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox."

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"The most valuable feature is the ease of configuration.""It's very fast and easy to configure.""This is an easy solution to deploy.""The stability of the solution is excellent, as it is with other Fortinet products.""Some of the valuable features are the firewall, IPS, web filter, and gateway capabilities. Additionally, it is easy to use and flexible.""What's most important is the ease of use.""Customers are more inclined towards FortiGate because of application control, web filtering, and anti-spam features. The support from the FortiGate team is good, and price-wise, it is affordable.""The base firewall features are quite valuable to us."

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Cons
"The performance should be improved.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""When you make any changes, irrespective of whether they are big or small, Firepower takes too much time. It is very time-consuming. Even for small changes, you have to wait for 60 seconds or maybe more, which is not good. Similarly, when you have many IPS rules and policies, it slows down, and there is an impact on its performance.""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.""We cannot have virtual domains, which we can create with FortiGate. This is something they should add in the future. Additionally, there is a connection limit and the FMC could improve."

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"They need to increase the local support here. There are also some bugs or fixes on which they need to work. They very well know about these bugs. In terms of licensing, I would like them to either increase the number of features in a single license or make licensing more flexible.""My team is looking for more throughput and better integration with our security framework.""The ability to dynamically change policies could be improved.""They need to work on stability, it has not been the best in our experience.""The security features need to be improved.""The company should update the URL filtering database. They need to enhance the URL filtering and make it easier to customize.""Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement.""Forcepoint is a little difficult to configure compared to its competitors."

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"There aren't really any negative aspects to discuss.""The support is the main thing that needs to be improved.""FortiGate is really good. We have been using it for quite some time. Initially, when we started off, we had around 70 plus devices of FortiGate, but then Check Point and Palo Alto took over the place. From the product perspective, there are no issues, but from the account perspective, we have had issues. Fortinet's presence in our company is very less. I don't see any Fortinet account managers talking to us, and that presence has diluted in the last two and a half or three years. We have close to 1,500 firewalls. Out of these, 60% of firewalls are from Palo Alto, and a few firewalls are from Check Point. FortiGate firewalls are very less now. It is not because of the product; it is because of the relationship. I don't think they had a good relationship with us, and there was some kind of disconnect for a very long time. The relationship between their accounts team and my leadership team seems to be the reason for phasing out FortiGate.""It is stable, but its stability can be improved.""The solution needs to improve its integration with cybersecurity.""The support structure needs to be improved because every time we contact them, there is a delay in the response.""Technical support could be better. You don't always get the level of help you need right away.""We were not able to build a full-mesh VPN; however, I am not sure if this was the fault of Fortinet FortiGate."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""The price is comparable.""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.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""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.""Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."

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"The pricing should be more competitive against other vendors in the market.""We would love to take other solution from Forcepoint, but unfortunately the price is too high. That's why we are not considering using Forcepoing for our proxy and DLB. They have a very good DLB, but the matter in the end is the cost.""The cost is fair, but it could be improved.""We have just a subscription for the cloud, and this license is great. The license is so good.""It could be cheaper like Fortinet.""The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000""It is expensive.""Everything in Forcepoint comes with an individual license, which is kind of a problem. In our last meeting, they said that it may change at the beginning of 2021, and they will try to merge some licenses together. Customers will get more features than what they got previously. We will wait and see."

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"I think that the pricing is fair.""It is too expensive for us. My organization is very small, and we have a total of ten users. We have three internal users and seven external users. The FortiGate 100D series is too expensive for renewing the licenses.""The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing.""Setup costs and pricing depends on many variables, but it's mostly affordable.""Fortinet bundles FortiGate with other products and because of this, the price is a little expensive to some SMB enterprises.""The price is okay.""They are very competitive, but we like to have the factory warranty taken care of.""I had to pay for the license for the firewall, but it is guaranteed to have updates. I expect a good service for it. It was about €1000 for a year, and there was no additional cost."

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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Forcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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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.

Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall protects enterprise networks with high-performance "intelligence aware" security supported by real-time updates. This enables Stonesoft to deliver the industry's best defense against advanced evasions, alone with complete next-generation firewall protection when and where you need it - at remote sites, branch offices, data centers, and the network edge.

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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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
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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%
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company27%
University9%
Retailer9%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
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Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company10%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise23%
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Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise28%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 5th in WAN Edge with 19 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in WAN Edge with 97 reviews. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall writes "Good console management, but the interface is not user-friendly and application filtering needs finer granularity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Darktrace, pfSense, Sophos XG and Check Point NGFW, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and SonicWall TZ. See our Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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