Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center vs. CrowdStrike Falcon

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) are a firewall policy and intrusion detection appliance management system, providing an administrative nerve center for managing critical Cisco network security solutions. It provides complete and unified management over firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. Easily go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating…N/A
CrowdStrike Falcon
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
CrowdStrike offers the Falcon Endpoint Protection suite, an antivirus and endpoint protection system emphasizing threat detection, machine learning malware detection, and signature free updating. Additionally the available Falcon Spotlight module delivers vulnerability assessment with no performance impact, no additional agents, hardware, scheduled scans, firewall exceptions or admin credentials.
$6.99
per endpoint/month (for 5-250 endpoints, billed annually)
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Falcon Pro
$6.99
per endpoint/month (for 5-250 endpoints, billed annually)
Falcon Enterprise
$14.99
per endpoint/month (minimum number of endpoints applies)
Falcon Premium
$17.99
per endpoint/month (minimum number of endpoints applies)
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Secure Firewall Management CenterCrowdStrike Falcon
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
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Firewall Security Management
Comparison of Firewall Security Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
8.0
20 Ratings
3% below category average
CrowdStrike Falcon
-
Ratings
Policy planning and rule management8.820 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated Policy Orchestration7.418 Ratings00 Ratings
Device Discovery8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Policy Compliance Auditing7.118 Ratings00 Ratings
Attack Path Simulation Testing8.515 Ratings00 Ratings
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation8.118 Ratings00 Ratings
Vulnerability Scans7.415 Ratings00 Ratings
Firewall Rule Cleanup9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
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Ratings
CrowdStrike Falcon
8.7
73 Ratings
3% above category average
Anti-Exploit Technology00 Ratings8.866 Ratings
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)00 Ratings9.372 Ratings
Centralized Management00 Ratings8.573 Ratings
Hybrid Deployment Support00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Infection Remediation00 Ratings8.870 Ratings
Vulnerability Management00 Ratings8.256 Ratings
Malware Detection00 Ratings9.172 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Secure Firewall Management CenterCrowdStrike Falcon
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(23 ratings)
9.2
(76 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(3 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(7 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Secure Firewall Management CenterCrowdStrike Falcon
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
FMC is feature-rich and user-friendly. Cisco firewalls can run on standalone mode (FDM) but fewer features are supported on FDM. FMC is a must when working with Cisco Firewall. Migration from Cisco ASA to Cisco FTD is easy. There is a tool (FMT) that converts and imports the cisco IOS configuration file to FMC. FMC runs in VM or can be purchased as a physical appliance. The downside is that FMC is not quite fast and has bugs, especially when running in the older version 5x. and 6x.
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CrowdStrike
I would highly recommend CrowdStrike Falcon to any organization serious about bolstering its cybersecurity defenses. The platform's effectiveness in threat detection, proactive mitigation, and scalability make it a valuable asset in today's ever-evolving threat landscape. Despite some learning curves and integration challenges, the return on investment and the overall security enhancement justify its strong recommendation.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Great protection and security against the multiple digital virus attacks.
  • Provides detailed logs to track any threat and helps to secure the network promptly.
  • VPN service for remote access of important organizational applications.
  • Best management tool for controlling data and bandwidth resources.
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CrowdStrike
  • The Log analysis is very detailed and easy to use.
  • Prevent and block all type of malwares.
  • Great threat intelligence which is very up-to-date with the recent cyber attacks
  • very user friendly in access and management
  • Automated feature of detecting, taking action and closing incidents using fusion workflow.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Stability when managing firewalls, we're having issues with Firewall 01 and Firewall 02 remaining in sync
  • Reporting when it comes to access control policy rules - there is no way to export a report of the rules easily. Using a custom Python script on the Cisco forums is the only way to easily export a CSV.
  • Support for policy and route-based site-to-site VPN was not available until 6.6.0 and later. This forced us to purchase ASAs to bridge that gap.
  • Dashboard reporting - when clicking a link for more information, nothing displays. Currently working with Cisco on the support case, which has been escalated.
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CrowdStrike
  • Sometimes updates to sensor versions fail, which requires manual intervention by internal staff members
  • The variety of different administrative privilege levels is vast and sometimes confusing
  • Proactive notifications confirming the health of the environment would be great instead of just reporting on potential issues
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We are very satisfied with SecureX and it's adaptive, active nature in protecting or data and systems. It's easy to administer, update, review notifications and update when necessary. Cisco's security practice fits into our needs and continues to evolve as global cyber events change. SecureX is easy to migrate to new cisco gear as we upgrade to newer models when supports ends on older gear. Enabling fast ROI during these capital expenditure projects.
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CrowdStrike
Crowdstrike has a large suite of tools built for helping the engineers triage and respond to security event whenever identified. The ability to customize the security policies and implement more granular policies to different devices based on the functionality is unmatched. Crowdstrike provides so much of ability in a decent budget which ascertains the value for money or ROI.
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Usability
Cisco
Overall usability is an eight for me because it is easy to manage the firewall policies and monitor the devices' health. The configurations are all done in the GUI which makes it more convenient and hassle free. You can also see the devices' health and the progress of the task thru its taskbar.
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CrowdStrike
I think it is a complete and very trustful XDR platform, with very few False Positives. It is very well supported by highly skilled professionals on all levels: from pre-sales engineers, Customer Account Managers and support engineers.
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Since moving to Cisco secure management center from firepower management center we've had no application issues, outages or any other problems. It's always been there for us and always provides us the necessary protection and notification when we need it. Been very happy with all of our Cisco systems over our tenure to date.
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CrowdStrike
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Support Rating
Cisco
We have the direct support of the manufacturer through its service channels, the attention is 24/7, and the response time is acceptable. The support for this tool is almost nil. It all depends on the level of implementation is carried out so that it can fail and request collaboration. Anyway, the manufacturer backs the entire Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) solution.
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CrowdStrike
Support is generally pretty fast and gets right to the issue. We haven't had to use them much, fortunately, but the issues and questions we've had are usually answered quickly. The customer success manager/account manager you're assigned will also follow up with you on a regular cadence to ensure you're getting the most out of the subscription. There's not a whole lot of room to improve, other than the general confusion about what is/what is not covered in custom packages you're subscribed to. The initial purchase took much longer because of a package name changes and realignments of different modules into those packages.
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In-Person Training
Cisco
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CrowdStrike
There is limited amount of learning that can be completed in an in-person training available. In my opinion, the self-paced learning provided by Falcon portal is more useful over in-person training. The support from Falcon is great and useful to overcome difficulties, if any.
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Online Training
Cisco
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CrowdStrike
The training provided by Crowdstrike Falcon is complete in terms of the depth of technical knowledge and teaches the users about going through with the platform. There are lots of jargons for different tools that Crowdstrike Falcon has and this training teaches them all which helps in managing the platform better. Plus, the regular knowledge checks are also very helpful for the end user.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
Cisco secure firewall management center is easy to install, moderate to setup in conjunction with firewall hardware, and administration of policy changes afterwards is pretty straight forward. And flexible to add more advanced security configurations as needed. Cisco support website is pretty good for researching how to documentation too. Cisco secure firewall management center enables integration to SecureX - the cloud security protection service. And AMP which protects packet flow with real time analysis. Cisco secure fmc is the evolved name for cisco firepower management center so for those customers who have firepower this is a simple migration.
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CrowdStrike
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
We are managing multiple customers having a large number of Cisco devices that need to be managed by a single platform. For that reason, we have selected the Cisco Firewall Management Center than checkpoint firewall management. It simplifies and automates newly bought cisco firewalls at remote branch offices to manage, configure and troubleshoot them.
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CrowdStrike
CrowdStrike Falcon's cloud-native architecture gives it an edge in terms of scalability, ease of deployment, and real-time threat intelligence updates. The user interface of Falcon is intuitive and offers clear visibility into our organization's threat landscape. Our team felt more comfortable navigating Falcon's dashboard. CrowdStrike Falcon's API and integration capabilities meant we could easily incorporate it into our existing tech stack, enhancing our other tools. Falcon's seemed more flexible for our specific needs.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • It's a very straightforward and user-friendly tool that has enhanced the total detection of malware and other threats t from intrusion into our network.
  • Provides stable deep network scanning, security visibility, and protection from unauthorized access.
  • The platform modular allows us to deploy across multiple budget cycles.
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CrowdStrike
  • Centralized resource management means we need less tools to do the same job.
  • EDR data is massive and has to be factored into the overall cost of the product. You are exponentially punished for more devices.
  • CS has allowed larger coverage over devices and has discovered massive pockets of no protections.
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