"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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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