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Pros
"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.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem.""The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy.""The solution offers very easy configurations.""Web filtering is a big improvement for us. The previous version we used, the AC520, did not have that feature included. It was not very easy for us, especially because the environment had to be isolated and we needed to get updates from outside, such as Windows patches. That feature has really helped us when we are going outside to pull those patches.""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 integration of network and workload micro-segmentation helps a lot to provide unified segmentation policies across east-west and north-south traffic. One concrete example is with Cisco ACI for the data center. Not only are we doing what is called a service graph on the ACI to make sure that we can filter traffic east-west between two endpoints in the same network, but when we go north-south or east-west, we can then leverage what we have on the network with SGTs on Cisco ISE. Once you build your matrix, it is very easy to filter in and out on east-west or north-south traffic."

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"I like the Firewall and the IPS.""Technical support has been quite helpful in the past.""Forcepoint is a complete package because it has network and systems applications. Other firewalls are only for the network.""When comparing this solution to others this one has better reporting, user management, and is easy to use.""The most valuable feature is SD-WAN.""Forcepoint's stability is satisfactory, for the most part.""The VPN is great.""The blocking, based on the signal provided, is the solution's most valuable aspect."

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"Good security and a good interface.""Compared to other firewalls that I had looked at, I thought Sophos was the better solution. It just seems to be easier to manage versus Cisco, Fortinet, or one of the other options I was looking at.""Sophos XG protects our network from advanced threats.""It is stable, flexible, and easy to use. It has got a web management portal that can be accessed from anywhere.""The solution seems to be very easy to use.""The solution is very easy to use and straightforward.""The initial setup is very straightforward and the solution is extremely user-friendly.""The cloud-based interface makes it easy to manage."

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Cons
"Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""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 product line does not address the SMB market as it is supposed to do. Cisco already has an on-premises sandbox solution.""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.""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.""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 to see improvement when you create policies on Snort 3 IPS on Cisco Firepower. On Snort 2, it was more like a UI page where you had some multiple choices where you could tweak your config. On Snort 3, the idea is more to build some rules on the text file or JSON file, then push it. So, I would like to see a lot of improvements here.""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."

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"Its interface is complex when compared with a firewall like FortiGate. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall needs a management console, whereas FortiGate doesn't need any console. When you have a few devices, a console is not really necessary. It's good to have a private console only when you have a lot of devices.""We feel the product's technical support could be better, as this relates to the solution itself, to the installation of the product, and to having a proper understanding of the case.""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.""Something that I've noticed that Forcepoint lacks, is the training that they offer to their end-customers""They need to work on stability, it has not been the best in our experience.""The solution needs to build upon its network functionality. It needs to be a bit smarter.""Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement.""They should have a local vendor who can provide support. Most of the support is overseas, so the time zones can be a problem."

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"The reports could improve, they do not seem complete and more information could be added.""The response time could stand improvement.""We are not very happy with the customer support they provide — it's quite slow.""The reporting could be improved in this solution by adding more details.""They should include fiber ports on smaller product models and the tools should be improved for scalability.""The only area that requires improvement is scalability.""I would like to see the performance improved.""The main problem with Sophos XG today is that it doesn't have a feature where you actually know the quality of an international link, which would allow us to we know if the link is operational or not. We need more information. It's losing packets on the network. It's high latency. So, we need more information to know if the link is really bad or really good, and today, we will only know if it's working and this just isn't enough."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
  • "There are additional implementation and validation costs."
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
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  • "Forcepoint is very expensive but it's really secure."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000"
  • "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."
  • "We have found the price could be reduced. It is a little expensive."
  • "The pricing of the solution is normally competitive with other products."
  • "The pricing should be more competitive against other vendors in the market."
  • "The cost is fair, but it could be improved."
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  • "The Sophos pricing, in general, is better than SonicWall, Fortinet, WatchGuard, or anybody else."
  • "We paid for our licensing for three years, upfront, and there are no costs in addition to the standard fees."
  • "The price is cheaper than that of some competing vendors."
  • "The pricing is flexible. Sophos looks at a country's economy and offers flexible pricing. This is how they have managed to penetrate the market."
  • "It's approximately $6,000 for each device."
  • "It is not expensive, it's a reasonable price,"
  • "The issue of a recurring license is a hassle because every year, we have to subscribe."
  • "It is not very expensive."
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    I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.
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    In terms of the functionality, I think it's pretty straightforward. It's easy to pick up. It's also user-friendly.
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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
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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.

    Sophos XG Firewall is next gen firewall that is optimized for today’s business, delivering all the protection and insights you need in a single, powerful appliance that’s easy to manage.

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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)
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Non Profit8%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    University8%
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    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Large Enterprise22%
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    Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 19 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 5th in Firewalls with 129 reviews. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 7.8, while Sophos XG is rated 8.2. 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 Sophos XG writes "Light and stable with excellent real-time control ". Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Darktrace, pfSense and Cisco SD-WAN, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and SonicWall NSa. See our Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Sophos XG report.

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