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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Routers

One major drawback of Cisco Routers is that it is quite expensive. It may not be the perfect budget friendly item for most small companies. However, it is highly accessible and reliable. Security concerns are next to nil so it is something one can rely on, without fearing frauds and security breeches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Forcepoint NGFW

If you are looking for a smaller network/security team, the ease and low complexity create an easy to manage environment. One engineer can easily manage 100 nodes/locations. If you are just starting to get security conscious and predict regular adjustments to policy, routing, and access, this is a very good system for making easy to understand and low impact changes on a regular basis without operations interruption.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
8.1
Identification Technologies
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
5.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
5.0
Content Inspection
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
10.0
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
10.0
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
8.0
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
10.0
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
8.0
VPN
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
9.0
High Availability
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
9.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
7.0

Pros

Cisco Routers

  • Security. You can run VPN services on these routers along with core function of routing.
  • Rate limiting for DDOS or traffic on WAN links can help to prioritise the actual user traffic.
  • Routing. This is main feature of these devices and they do it really well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Forcepoint NGFW

  • Easy to manage and make changes on - ACL's are done with ease.
  • Easy USB initial configuration - The easy initial setup of a new location and firewall saves massive time. Settings are automatically pushed to new nodes upon contact with the controller.
  • Low Complexity - This system does not have a lot of complexity requiring extra hours, training, or personnel to manage.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Routers

  • Firmware improvements as the routers (at least the models I used) can sometimes crash while setting up.
  • In two RV042 that I had to configure and monitor, I had problems where they stopped working properly (crashes, loss of settings, bug). In another model, the VPN did not connect and only after a router restart did it work.
  • Three WAN options on RV line.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Forcepoint NGFW

  • Poor Reporting - It exists but even when calling in to support for assistance, they have no idea how to tackle customizing reports or searching for specific data.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Routers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Forcepoint NGFW

Forcepoint NGFW 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The Graphical User Interface is very easy to read, understand and work with. The usability of this product is very high.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Routers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Forcepoint NGFW

Forcepoint NGFW 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Support has varied over the history of the company. Terro is a name that comes up often with the best of service from this company.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Routers

I haven't used other routers in my career. We evaluated Palo Alto but quickly realized we needed to stay with Cisco, as they never gave us a reason to change. Palo Alto also was a much greater financial investment we were not willing to take, along with the learning curve to support their hardware.
Jacob Klein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Forcepoint NGFW

There are similar hardware and license costs between the two products. The Forcepoint NGFW product is by far easier to use and manage.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Routers

  • It has helped increase IT productivity by making network management easier
  • The yearly subscription fee is too expensive and isn't worth it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Forcepoint NGFW

  • Efficiency/Productivity increase. The company moved from Cisco firewall and routing hardware to Forcepoint NGFW. It now takes fewer people and fewer hours to manage the new product. This has allowed the company to put the man-hours to use on other projects and tasks.
  • Long term viability. This has been a concern in the past when the company started as Stonegate, merged to become Stonesoft then got purchased by McAfee, then McAfee got purchased by Intel. However, with Forcepoint the product seems to have found a stable home.
  • Low complexity. The Web GUI based system for management has reduced the cost of personnel and training required. There is no longer a need for the company to have higher trained and higher salary cost employees to manage the system. Mid-level admins at lower salaries are capable of managing the GUI based system with ease.
Nick Erwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Routers

General

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

Forcepoint NGFW

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Routers
8.7
Forcepoint NGFW
9.0

Usability

Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
10.0

Support Rating

Cisco Routers
Forcepoint NGFW
6.0

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