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Score 9.6 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Avast SIG

The scenario that Avast is great would be for large companies, where it works through homeoffice. Avast would be a bad idea for the educational institution, that is, a place where it will be directed to an underage audience, but I believe that Avast is on its way to becoming a global use system, so in the future it can be used in scenarios.
JULIA CORREIA SILVA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Any scenario where a dedicated firewall administrator is on staff and a secure firewall solution that requires high availability is needed will be a good solution for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product. The McAfee Firewall Enterprise however comes with some of its own parlance that is different from other vendors and does require some comfort on the administrators side when it comes to working in the command line. Added knowledge of protocols and how they interact is a must for any firewall admin but particularly for the McAfee Firewall Enterprise product due to its flexible nature. If the environment is to be mostly hands off where a very limited rule set is to be configured and not likely to change often, I would defer to a different product
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Identification Technologies
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Visualization Tools
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Content Inspection
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Policy-based Controls
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Active Directory and LDAP
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Firewall Management Console
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Reporting and Logging
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
VPN
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
High Availability
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Stateful Inspection
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Proxy Server
Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Pros

Avast SIG

  • ‘Designer’ of the site is great
  • Access places
  • The easiness to follow each demand
JULIA CORREIA SILVA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • Based on the SecureComputing Sidewinder firewalls, the McAfee Firewall Enterprise does similar backend containerization of each service which provides for added security in the unlikely event of failures or breeches.
  • Tie in reporting services (if used by the admin) provide very granular details on rules accessed and the firewalls response to the requests.
  • Configurable options are plentiful. Unbound DNS can be configured on each "burb" (SecureComputing/McAfee parlance for interface), similar options for sendmail while rulesets can be configured at the application level down to simple IP-filter making options for enhancing security as well as troubleshooting equally as useful.
  • Full control over shell for scripting and/or scheduling (cron) purposes.
  • Solid HA and patching architecture.
  • Support was always helpful, knowledgeable and insightful (especially the staff that migrated from SecureComputing).
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Avast SIG

  • Should be able to leave in only 1 language
  • Make Avast more communicative
  • It has the possibility of leaving it our way
JULIA CORREIA SILVA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • For an application-layer firewall the applications supported (at the time I managed them) were too few and would need to be expanded and the application ruleset needed to be expanded as well.
  • The remote access VPN client configuration was overly complex for the average user and would need to be supplemented with a configuration file that had already been generated. Other solutions from CheckPoint or Cisco ASA are not as complex for end user remote access.
  • Enhancing the GUI with a builtin "packet capture" feature would be useful for administrators not familiar with tcpdump.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Avast SIG

In my institution we didn't choose Avast, as they see the best for the team, that is, in this case I didn't have access to the other Avast. But in this case, I can pass on my experience with the Avast that I use. It is great, but it is necessary to improve in several aspects, such as the structure.
JULIA CORREIA SILVA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Compared to other firewalls I've managed (Palo Alto, Cisco ASA & CheckPoint) I would say that McAfee Firewall Enterprise was probably at the time not the leader in its field however it is a product that proved its reliability and flexibility over the other vendors. The addition of many new features usually comes as a detriment to some other area (restricted CLI, decreased logging etc.). In my experience this product gave the flexibility and options that the organization needed.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Avast SIG

  • Great for team communication
  • Great for improving our understanding of the product.
  • Terrible in language setting
JULIA CORREIA SILVA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

  • In its highly available configuration the impact on any business objective has been positive given the fact that any downtime of the firewall would negatively impact all business objectives.
Jacob Corzine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Avast SIG

General

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

Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Avast SIG
10.0
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
7.0

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