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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall Security Management

    8.3

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    83%

    FireMon

    Feature Set Not Supported
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    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Policy planning and rule management

    8.9
    89%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated Policy Orchestration

    8.5
    85%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Device Discovery

    8.6
    86%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy Compliance Auditing

    7.3
    73%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attack Path Simulation Testing

    7.8
    78%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation

    9.1
    91%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vulnerability Scans

    7.9
    79%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Rule Cleanup

    8.4
    84%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • FireMon is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating
    • Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center and FireMon are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.9

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    79%
    19 Ratings
    8.6

    FireMon

    86%
    62 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.3

    FireMon

    83%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    7.3

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    73%
    3 Ratings
    7.3

    FireMon

    73%
    3 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    100%
    1 Rating

    FireMon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    80%
    9 Ratings
    7.7

    FireMon

    77%
    34 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    FireMon

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    80%
    1 Rating

    FireMon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    FireMon

    80%
    41 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    Cisco Secure FMC is great for managing firewalls but not so great for troubleshooting firewalls. It makes setting up VPNs between devices easy, and makes creating ACLs a breeze, but it is tough to grasp how to actually view the troubleshooting logs.
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    FireMon

    The networking team needed insight into traffic for a particular application and had reached out to see if FireMon could provide insight into the traffic flow to help with troubleshooting. It simply made a traffic report that was auto emailed to the team about the issue, and it gave great insight on how often it was being used.
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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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    FireMon

    • PCI Reporting - After identifying which firewalls and rulesets are in scope, producing a report artifact to satisfy PCI requirements on Firewall reviews is literally a two-click operation.
    • Storing Rule Metadata - FireMon stores metadata (prefilled fields, standard fields, and custom fields) for each rule in each policy which is valuable for context during firewall reviews in particular
    • API - FireMon exposes most if not all of its functionality via REST API
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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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    FireMon

    • Some features could be added to the existing functionality which include NAT rules usage
    • Rule expiration normalization from firewalls rather than entering them in rule documentation
    • .csv exports of the files from the firewall pane only gives usage for 30 days by default and that should be increased
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      FireMon

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      FireMon editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Optional

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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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        FireMon

        I would give a 10 but if for some crazy reason Firemon does not add support for Firepower (without using FMC) before renewal then we'd have a major problem but I have absolute confidence this will not be an issue
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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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        FireMon

        It save me time and I'm able to have the review - review the rule independently with using my time.
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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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        FireMon

        No answers on this topic

        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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        FireMon

        FireMon technical support is awesome! They respond quickly to our requests and they are well trained and very knowledgeable about the tool. Some issues have to be referred to the development team, but technical support largely provides solutions for any issues that we may have.
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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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        FireMon

        Implementation is fairly simple. Most issues can be resolved by referencing manuals.
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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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        FireMon

        I has worked with AlgoSec and while they are very similar product, I find the FireMon is easier to understand and get rolling with. While both require some learning, FireMon is by far the easier one. Once you have an understanding of how things are arranged and labeled you can easily import firewalls and begin to work on them to improve them
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        Scalability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        FireMon

        Firemon Is easily scalable and maintainable with any size team. Although it requires some tech debt, it is well worth the time to invest to ensure compliance is visible and reports are accurate. Although our environment is very large we do not fully utilize the scalability of the Firemon product.
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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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        FireMon

        • The use of FireMon has eliminated the backlog in firewall policy changes, approval, and implementation.
        • FireMon has greatly increased the accuracy of changes, and reduced the risk of planned changes (3 incidents in over 27000 change tickets--most with multiple policy changes in each, is a stellar record)
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