30 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 100
4 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.5

Cisco Secure Firewall

85%
8.6

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

86%
Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 7/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.8
78%
14 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.6
76%
14 Ratings
7.0
70%
2 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.4
94%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.8
88%
14 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

7.2
72%
13 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Firewall Management Console

8.9
89%
14 Ratings
7.1
71%
2 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.3
83%
14 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

VPN

9.4
94%
12 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

High Availability

9.9
99%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.3
93%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Proxy Server

7.2
72%
12 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Secure Firewall

94%
14 Ratings
9.0

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

90%
2 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 Ratings
9.0

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

90%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall

If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
Anjali Nair | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

F5 BIG-IP [Advanced Firewall Manager] is a one box solution for all three of our needs, firewalls, load balancers, and WAF. This is a great tool for [the] security of the servers and services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
  • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
  • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

  • Central management.
  • Strong security.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
  • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

  • The GUI icons are very small and Overall UI can use some refreshing
  • The training on the tool is not easily available and mostly involves a high cost
  • The support or third party implementation teams could use some improvement
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall

General

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

Starting Price

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

General

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

Starting Price

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
Kenneth Ma | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall 7.9
Based on 6 answers
Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager has been a solid, strong solution to both keep our systems safe and being seamless for our end users. Most of the time, the end-user is not impacted and does not even know F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is running which is exactly what we are looking for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall

pfsence is a very complicated firewall and there is lots of documentation available on Cisco website for help. The configuration is very difficult and less documentation available. Cisco Secure Firewall provides us all the security features in low cost and this is very easy to configure firewall.
VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Both F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] and Radware require training as they are not easy to use. But Radware uses some configuration that needs deep learning and proper labs. From an admin's perspective, Configuration and management for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager are] less. Also, the cost of implementing F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] is lesser than that of Radware Alteon.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall

  • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
  • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
  • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

  • Easy maintenance reduces support hours.
  • Consistent experience reduces user learning curve.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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