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Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Firewall Manager

With AWS our applications can run as they are anticipated. It is recommended if someone wants to secure applications from any kind of cyber attack. For some of the particular sort of attacks, it might not work so well as expected. Its capability is enhanced more if used along with AWS tools.
Samuel-Borris James | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

For fast-growing or SME companies, pfSense is quite suitable because pfSense already had many advanced features such as VPN and multiple WAN / LAN. As a result, we just need to pay for expensive router frequently to upgrade our infrastructure.
Allan Leung | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall Security Management

AWS Firewall Manager
9.3
pfSense
Policy planning and rule management
AWS Firewall Manager
10.0
pfSense
Automated Policy Orchestration
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
Device Discovery
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
Policy Compliance Auditing
AWS Firewall Manager
10.0
pfSense
Attack Path Simulation Testing
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
Vulnerability Scans
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
Firewall Rule Cleanup
AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense

Firewall

AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
7.8
Identification Technologies
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
7.8
Visualization Tools
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
6.5
Content Inspection
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
6.0
Policy-based Controls
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
8.0
Active Directory and LDAP
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
7.2
Firewall Management Console
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
9.0
Reporting and Logging
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
7.2
VPN
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
9.3
High Availability
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
8.3
Stateful Inspection
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
8.5
Proxy Server
AWS Firewall Manager
pfSense
8.0

Pros

AWS Firewall Manager

  • AWS Firewall Manager is very easy to operate it in the first place unlike other software of this type.
  • I highly adore the ease it provides in configuration management by API
  • It provides protection to the applications from diverse forms of attacks.
Samuel-Borris James | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

  • pfSense is an excellent firewall - It logs all of your traffic. It has packages you can install to snort bad traffic.
  • pfSense has a tool called "p0f" which allows you to see what type of OS is trying to connect to you. You can filter these results and you can also block a specific OS from connecting to you.
  • pfSense is an excellent load-balancer: (Multi-WAN and Server Load Balancing) The fail-over/aggregation works very well. This is perfect if your business uses multiple ISP's to ensure your customers are always able to access their data. Also helps with bandwidth distribution as well.
  • VPN's - I am not entirely sure if this package was free with pfSense, but it does offer the ability to use OpenVPN which is what I am familiar with.
  • They also have IPsec in the settings as well, but I am not familiar with that enough to go into any detail with it.
  • As I mentioned I do use OpenVPN the only thing I don't care for with it is I can create OpenVPN configs for each user I want to be able to VPN into the network and I assumed each one would be "unique" but this does not seem to be the case. I could be doing it wrong, but if I create a config for a specific employee I would expect only that employee should be able to use that config, but I have been able to login to everyone that I made using my credentials.
  • I mentioned earlier that pfSense had a GUI.
  • I personally really think it is cool because it has a bunch of reporting graphs for monitoring your networks. I think when I become the full-time admin at the company I am going to try to talk them into getting me a TV I can mount on the wall and display all the graphs and real-time info pfSense shows so I can monitor what is going on with the network(s) at all times. Plus I think it would look rad.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWS Firewall Manager

  • Its Support team charges are extremely high depending on the case.
  • It has a limit to set up rules.
Samuel-Borris James | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

  • There is no API for making changes. This can be a hindrance in environments where auto-deploying something needs firewall rules or HAProxy configs updated. Since all settings are stored in an XML file and then configs are generated from that, even manually updating config files cannot be done.
  • Beware that some network cards can have issues. pfSense is based on FreeBSD, so it's best to look on their compatibility list before deploying.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AWS Firewall Manager

AWS Firewall Manager is way better than our past experience of Azure Firewall with which we have witnessed a lot of troubles and luckily AWS proved as a guardian angle for us with its features and perfect working and compatibility. From protection to the facility to filter out web traffic everything sounds perfect. AWS is not as tricky and difficult to begin like that of Azure Firewall.
Samuel-Borris James | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

Before pfSense we were using consumer and small business rated network appliances from Linksys, Cisco, Buffalo and Netgear. We were replacing them on average of every 6-12 months because they'd fail or would offer poor wifi availability.Switching to pfSense allowed us to use professional grade switches and wifi access points, offloading all of the services that the consumer grade products took care of, onto pfSense (DHCP, DNS, routing, firewall, VPN, etc).
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWS Firewall Manager

  • It has a system to filter out web traffic.
  • It gives complete security to keep our system clean from tricky files.
  • its documentation is highly perplexing and should be made unambiguous.
Samuel-Borris James | TrustRadius Reviewer

pfSense

  • Moving to a FWaaS solution installed on a decent computer the initial investment was moderate to cover 50 to 250 users, but still being cheaper that a Fortinet, Cisco ASA, or a Sophos UTM.
  • Paying only for support can be a double edge knife, cause you need to identify what's the goal of the request, or your drown into a an endless list of requirements.
  • To stay in the top with the half of a regular investment pFSense gives a wide variety of plugins that will give you a deep knowledge of your security flaws and strong points.
Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AWS Firewall Manager

General

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

AWS Firewall Manager Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

pfSense

General

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

pfSense Editions & Modules

Edition
SG-1100$1791
SG-2100$2291
SG-3100$3991
SG-5100$6991
XG-7100-DT$8991
XG-7100-1U$9991
XG-1537$1,9491
XG-1541$2,6491
  1. per appliance
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Firewall Manager
9.0
pfSense
9.0

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