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Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    10.0

    Avast SIG

    100%

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    Avast SIG

    100%
    1 Rating
    7.0

    Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Avast Software

    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.
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    Forcepoint

    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
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    Pros

    Avast Software

    • ‘Designer’ of the site is great
    • Access places
    • The easiness to follow each demand
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    Forcepoint

    • 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).
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    Cons

    Avast Software

    • Should be able to leave in only 1 language
    • Make Avast more communicative
    • It has the possibility of leaving it our way
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    Forcepoint

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    Avast SIG

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Avast SIG editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued) editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Alternatives Considered

        Avast Software

        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.
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        Forcepoint

        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.
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        Return on Investment

        Avast Software

        • Great for team communication
        • Great for improving our understanding of the product.
        • Terrible in language setting
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        Forcepoint

        • 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.
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