Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) vs. Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Avast SIG
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Avast Business Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) is designed to replace traditional hardware by delivering cloud-based firewall capabilities from Avast's global cloud network. The service ensures network security is always on, always updating, and always protecting the business. SIG is built to eliminate the gaps in protection caused by legacy, on-premise security hardware.N/A
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Stonesoft firewalls were acquired and rebranded as McAfee Firewall Enterprise (MFE), then divested by McAfee and acquired by Forcepoint in 2016, and have reached end of life (EOL).N/A
Pricing
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Avast SIGStonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Top Pros

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Top Cons
Features
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)
10.0
1 Ratings
16% above category average
Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
-
Ratings
Identification Technologies10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Visualization Tools10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Content Inspection10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy-based Controls10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Logging10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Stateful Inspection10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Proxy Server10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Small Businesses
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Avast Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)Stonesoft Firewall (Discontinued)
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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Discontinued Products
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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Discontinued Products
  • 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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Discontinued Products
  • 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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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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Discontinued Products
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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Discontinued Products
  • 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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