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When we are asked by local partners which security equipment we use we always recommend our Cisco security products. The Firepower firewall is no exception and we can easily recommend this to others who need a fast, secure, and well built system that integrates well with all your existing hardware and software.
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After a year of using the Smoothwall UTM Firewall solution, we can say that it is a secure solution, it offers a graphical interface for configuration and access with easy understanding and usability, the security features and blocking of url and applications work very well and also protects against malware and ransomware. For small and even intermediate scenarios I recommend it, but not for very large scenarios. Licenses can be renewed and are priced very well compared to competitors.
Read full review Pros Policy management in the GUI. I'm old-school, and still create ACLs in the CLI, but using the GUI for this is very nice. Event monitoring and reporting is great, and you can get very granular when it comes to what information you are viewing. I really like the troubleshooting features that are built in, especially the packet tracer and the ability to generate and download a troubleshooting package to review or send to TAC. Read full review easy to manage by its web platform that allows quick access to system functions allows the administration of the company's network by creating IP navigation permissions to prevent access to unprotected pages this system can be installed on computers with very few resources and even with old equipment just by adapting an additional network card. This is helpful for companies that are starting and do not have much capital to invest but need to protect their systems Read full review Cons When deployed as Firepower Threat Defense, configurations cannot be made within the device itself. Troubleshooting can be difficult if the Cisco Firepower 4100 Series firewall is managed by the Cisco Firepower Management Center. There are two operating systems in Cisco Firepower 4100 Series, firmware upgrade process will take a long time. Read full review Rare problems have been noticed when there are many connections at the same time. Read full review Alternatives Considered
As I mentioned before, the Fortigates have better failover. I think the Cisco interface is easier to use that that of the
. My only criticism would be that with multiple CLIs, it can get a bit confusing when you are trying to configure something or troubleshoot from the CLI.
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Smoothwall is a system that is cheaper than just a free license due to being a Linux distribution. Simplewall is a bit more for robust equipment or large networks.
Read full review Return on Investment Positive impact would be our increased security network wide. Another positive would be the increased processing power, saving us time and [from] needing more equipment. A negative impact would be the increased need for having to learn a new interface. Read full review Internal network security and intruder protection for a cost-effective solution. The solution contributed and greatly reduced malware attacks and ddos attacks. Reports allowed more accurate analysis. Read full review ScreenShots