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Cisco Secure Firewall

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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

The ability to decrypt traffic is exceptional and has been useful many times in our organization. The analytic capabilities provide significant insight into internet behavior. We do not utilize it as the primary firewall, because it is not quite as robust as our core firewall vendor.
Ronald Barrett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall
8.5
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
7.9
Identification Technologies
Cisco Secure Firewall
7.9
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
9.0
Visualization Tools
Cisco Secure Firewall
7.4
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
8.4
Content Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall
9.3
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
9.2
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Secure Firewall
8.3
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
7.6
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Secure Firewall
6.9
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
7.2
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Secure Firewall
8.9
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
4.4
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Secure Firewall
8.3
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
9.2
VPN
Cisco Secure Firewall
9.2
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
7.6
High Availability
Cisco Secure Firewall
9.8
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
8.0
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall
9.5
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
8.8
Proxy Server
Cisco Secure Firewall
7.5
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
7.0

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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

  • Securing public cloud on same level as an on-premise environment.
  • Ease of migration and management, similar to physical infrastructure.
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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

  • I feel like there is not enough of a support community, similar to checkpoint.
  • VPN client is not as user-friendly as Anyconnect.
  • No root access to device.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Palo Alto VM series are best selling and industry's top-selling security product which customers prefer while securing their public cloud environment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall

Cisco Firepower is a costlier solution but you get what you pay for, with the added costs Cisco provides a full feature solution to be configured in any scenario. The setup can be complex but sometimes this is needed for challenging setups. This is the full featured standard for enterprise security solutions.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

We did a shootout between the SonicWall / Fortinet / Barracuda / Cisco ASA + Firepower / Palo Alto, both hardware and (when applicable) VM appliances.The Barracuda / Sonicwall / Fortinet technology is interesting, but nowhere near as robust as the PA technology. Using the money we saved by switching to Palo Alto instead of Cisco, we purchased a small island in the Caribbean.
Bear Golightly | 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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

  • It has help us determine the necessary spend for internet bandwidth
  • Has helped us easily monitor policy compliance
  • Provided tools that increase understanding of security for non-IT staff
Ronald Barrett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall

General

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

Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall
9.1
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
9.2

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall
8.0
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall
7.9
Virtualized Next-Generation Firewalls - VM Series
10.0

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