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Cisco Secure Firewall

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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.8

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    88%

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.1
    81%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.0
    80%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    9.5
    95%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    9.1
    91%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.0
    80%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.8
    88%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    8.7
    87%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    9.5
    95%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    9.9
    99%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    9.2
    92%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    7.4
    74%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.5

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    95%
    20 Ratings
    7.7

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire

    77%
    7 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    80%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire

    100%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    79%
    6 Ratings
    9.0

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    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
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    Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks Wildfire is well suited for pretty much anywhere that you need the latest and greatest network security. It is extremely good at protecting you from the latest malware threats that might pose a potential problem for your network/endpoints. We've been very please since we installed it and I would say cost of the Palo Altos is the only drawback. If money were no object I'd go with a Palo Alto with Wildfire every time. But unfortunately in some smaller branches it just doesn't make financial sense.
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    Pros

    Cisco

    • 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
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    Palo Alto Networks

    • This is could base and easily manageable for our collocation. While working within the could can review in live time potential treats that it has reported from other devices.
    • Worked very well with existing Palo Alto devices.
    • Another huge plus is the simplicity of managing and ease of scalability.
    • Its cost is competitive with similar/like products available.
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    Cons

    Cisco

    • 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.
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    Palo Alto Networks

    • WildFire, like other sandboxes, has to stay up with malware sandbox evasion techniques, which necessitates larger file size limits.
    • More file formats should be able to be submitted and scanned by WildFire, which needs improved initial administration and setup.
    • It's quite pricey, and there's no warning choice for performance on the cloud.
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure Firewall 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

      Palo Alto Networks WildFire

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Palo Alto Networks WildFire 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

        No answers on this topic

        Palo Alto Networks

        It works very well and takes care of protecting us from threats new and well-known. It's been a game changer in terms of threat detection & prevention.
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        Usability

        Cisco

        It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        Easy to use and works well. For the most part it's set it and forget it, but there's also some flexibility for high security environments and those with extra privacy concerns.
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        Support Rating

        Cisco

        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.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        PAN support is very good. You can get the reasonable and timely support on any conditions. When the product is already integrated with the PAN firewalls, you can choose the severity levels based on the effect. The customer service/TAC is very helpful, they even have additional recommendations of advises for product usability. Local partners are also assisting the cases and give their expertise.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Cisco

        Cisco Firepower firewalls have all the features expected of an NGFW. Managed with a Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, most of the learning curve is just knowing where in the menus to go to do what you want. All brands of firewalls work as expected, and learning each GUI is the trick. The GUI for Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is simple. Though when devices are registered to Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, there are no options to make changes locally and sync them back to the management center. That does limit accessing a remote site that might go down.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        We wanted a single device to handle numerous jobs, such as antivirus, antimalware, vulnerability detection, url filtering, etc. Palo Alto provides this, while TippingPoint IPS is a more dedicated product. Caveat: I used TippingPoint over 5 years ago, so things may have changed.
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        Return on Investment

        Cisco

        • 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.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        • Unknown file analysis helps with identifying malware that may not have a current signature.
        • Additional visibility into files transferred across networks.
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