Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center vs. Skybox Security

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center
Score 8.0 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
Skybox Security
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Skybox Security offers vulnerability and threat management solutions.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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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
8.1
20 Ratings
2% below category average
Skybox Security
7.4
2 Ratings
11% below category average
Policy planning and rule management8.720 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Automated Policy Orchestration7.318 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Device Discovery8.018 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Policy Compliance Auditing7.218 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Attack Path Simulation Testing8.515 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation8.118 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Vulnerability Scans7.615 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Firewall Rule Cleanup9.017 Ratings8.02 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Secure Firewall Management CenterSkybox Security
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(23 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(3 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(7 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
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Ease of integration
8.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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Skybox Security
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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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Skybox Security
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
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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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Skybox Security
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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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Skybox Security
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.
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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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Skybox Security
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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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Skybox Security
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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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Skybox Security
  • Skybox is in pilot
  • Positive ROI is in change management
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