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Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 6.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

For any customer that has a complex network environment spanning globally, skybox helps manage firewall policy compliance for many vendors quite easy. It has a variety of security and network vendors that it is compatible with in its database.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall Security Management

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.8
Skybox Security
7.4
Policy planning and rule management
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
8.2
Skybox Security
8.0
Automated Policy Orchestration
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.8
Skybox Security
7.0
Device Discovery
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
8.0
Skybox Security
7.0
Policy Compliance Auditing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.7
Skybox Security
7.0
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.3
Skybox Security
7.0
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.8
Skybox Security
8.0
Vulnerability Scans
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
8.1
Skybox Security
7.0
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.7
Skybox Security
8.0

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

  • Skybox manages compliance for firewalls better than we have seen with other tools.
  • Skybox integrates into standard change management tools so change control can flow through Skybox and assist with all decisions to implement a change.
  • The Skybox network map is more detailed than other management tools showing us paths other tools didn't find.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

  • User experience. On the first approach, it's not the simplest tool that I have ever used.
  • Web-based console. In my honest opinion it's very important [to have] this type of functionality to extend the use of Skybox.
  • Too many updates of the product.
Gabriele Angeli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

Skybox Security 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It is user friendly and quite easy to use. It centralizes all info in one portal and generates good reports to help you visualize and assess your change management decision
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

Skybox Security 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The support team needs to be improved especially in their response and awareness about recent bugs in their solution. For example, sometimes they are not aware about how to integrate specific vendors like Microsoft Azure and they still don't have answers to it until now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

CloudGuard Dome9 does not have a suite for an on-premise datacenter.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall 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

Skybox Security

  • Overall ROI is good as this product is an augmentation for us but we already have a mature security program with an experienced security team so the ROI is high.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

General

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

Skybox Security

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.9
Skybox Security
6.9

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.3
Skybox Security
8.0

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
7.8
Skybox Security
6.0

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