34 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100
6 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall Security Management

Firewall Security Management

8.3

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

83%
7.4

Skybox Security

74%
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center ranks higher in 8/8 features

Policy planning and rule management

8.9
89%
19 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Automated Policy Orchestration

8.5
85%
18 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Device Discovery

8.6
86%
17 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Policy Compliance Auditing

7.4
74%
18 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Attack Path Simulation Testing

7.8
78%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation

9.1
91%
17 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Vulnerability Scans

7.9
79%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Firewall Rule Cleanup

8.4
84%
17 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Skybox Security is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

79%
19 Ratings
7.0

Skybox Security

70%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

100%
1 Rating

Skybox Security

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

7.3

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

73%
3 Ratings
8.0

Skybox Security

80%
1 Rating

Availability

10.0

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

100%
1 Rating

Skybox Security

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

80%
9 Ratings
6.0

Skybox Security

60%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.0

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

90%
1 Rating

Skybox Security

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

80%
1 Rating

Skybox Security

N/A
0 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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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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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

    Skybox Security

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Skybox Security 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

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      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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      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

      No answers on this topic

      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

      CloudGuard Dome9 does not have a suite for an on-premise datacenter.
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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

      • 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.
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