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Alert Logic Web Security Manager

  • Great at web-based attack protection.
  • Easy to add sites within a few minutes once familiar with the interface and process.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

If you don't have the money to have a good VAR set it up or don't have the desire/expertise in-house to properly configure Palo Alto, then take a pass and use something like a Cisco ASA or Sophos XG. Also, expect to spend a lot of time fine-tuning it. Also, since there are so many ways of doing the same thing, it's important for your team to be disciplined about how and where they use rules. However, Palo Alto firewalls are well worth the effort. After they're properly set up, you'll have a very good, comprehensive view of your traffic with excellent reporting and alerting ability.
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Pros

  • Web-based attack protection
  • Site monitoring
  • Notification and alerting from the vendor
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  • Protects against common threats such as unauthorized vulnerability scans
  • Protects against malware applications and ransomware such as Cryptowall
  • Allows very secure VPN connections for external users
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Cons

  • Initial professional services engagement for setup/implementation
  • Vendor change management without notification
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  • The web content filtering is good, but could be improved
  • Wildfire can take a long time to analyze files
  • Alerts and logs could contain a little more information or intelligence to help narrow down a threat.
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This firewall is the most comprehensive firewall with the easiest interface I've ever used. The interface is also very intuitive and it's easy to figure out what features will or will not do if they're turned on or off. The logging and reporting features are also great. Easy to understand and to generate.
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Cisco ASA doesn't even compare to the Palo Alto firewalls. When using a Cisco ASA at another company, we were constantly dealing with malware that got past the firewalls because it didn't provide any layer 7 protection. The PA's provide next level protection against application and user-based threats as well as run of the mill malware, port scans, and DoS attacks.
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Return on Investment

  • Filled a critical business need to protect home grown websites.
  • Integrated well with SIEM.
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  • Less time for users to connect to the VPN (globalprotect can be set to be "always on")
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Pricing Details

Alert Logic Web Security Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details