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30 Ratings
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93 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

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Score 8.4 out of 100

FireMon

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Score 8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

[Cisco Secure Firepower Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)] is a good replacement to have next-generation firewalls to replace Cisco ASAs if the business wants to stick with Cisco gear. There are issues with pairs of firewalls remaining in sync, site-to-site VPN support on versions pre-6.6.0, being able to dial down into dashboard graphs, as clicking a link takes you to a page with no results, and deploys are slow when comparing to typing commands into an ASA CLI, as it can take multiple minutes for one configuration change.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

Within my industry I have multiple contacts that are looking for exactly what Firemon does. Not only can the software help compliance professional but also network engineers who need a better picture of how infrastructure is set up. As well as new employees that need to learn the environment quickly
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall Security Management

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
FireMon
Policy planning and rule management
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.3
FireMon
Automated Policy Orchestration
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
FireMon
Device Discovery
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.0
FireMon
Policy Compliance Auditing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.7
FireMon
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.3
FireMon
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
FireMon
Vulnerability Scans
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.1
FireMon
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.7
FireMon

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • It is a great advantage to have a single tool for managing multiple devices.
  • The interface is amicable and easy to adapt.
  • There is no risk of immediately applying changes to the device and affecting production; one can decide at what time to perform the deployment.
Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • Licensing is difficult to navigate on purchase
  • Renewal licensing and support isn't all that easy to do and has its issues
  • The lowest end firewalls on the market seem to be EOL sooner than documented and requires earlier upgrading to ensure FMC itself can be kept current for security reasons. if you buy anything but the cheapest model firewalls this is not a problem
  • Implementing some functionality is more complex than it should be and believe Cisco could do better in this regard to the software
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FireMon

FireMon 8.6
Based on 4 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) 7.3
Based on 3 answers
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.
Mark Sena | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

FireMon 7.3
Based on 3 answers
It save me time and I'm able to have the review - review the rule independently with using my time.
Jeff Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) 7.8
Based on 9 answers
Initially, we had a lot of issues with bugs and performance issues, however, Cisco did help us to remediate these over time. A negative point was that the roadmap for Cisco's FMC was subject to many changes--improvements, new features, and even add-on products that were promised in the early stages eventually never made it to the current version.
Bart Verbaandert | TrustRadius Reviewer

FireMon

FireMon 7.7
Based on 34 answers
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.
Eric Garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FireMon

FireMon 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Implementation is fairly simple. Most issues can be resolved by referencing manuals.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Utilized across the entire organization as a single point of entry to the Internet. It provides a secure solution for internal and external users, ensuring secure access to all applications. The AnyConnect solution provides a secure method for remote users to connect into corporate applications, utilized much over the past year for work from home.
Jon Pedimente | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FireMon

FireMon 7.5
Based on 32 answers
It has some hefty requirements for system specs, but that's due to the firewall logging. You can have multiple nodes to distribute the load and grow as you need. We found that our initial setup went beyond what we initially needed, but we were able to see the increasing load and plan accordingly to add resources and nodes to handle the additional firewalls.
Howard Wall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • We lost some features like servers load balancing.
  • But, we got NGFW with a very powerful IPS on one box with a single management interface. We also saved money and data center space from buying multiple boxes (one for IPS and the other as Firewall).
  • We also saved team time and multiple devices management, and we got the benefits of a single vendor providing support.
Michael nabil | TrustRadius Reviewer

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)
Ken Sharp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

General

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

FireMon

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.9
FireMon
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
FireMon
8.6

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.3
FireMon
7.3

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
FireMon
7.7

Implementation Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
FireMon
9.1

Scalability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
FireMon
7.5

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