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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.5

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    85%

    PRTG

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

    Identification Technologies

    7.9
    79%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    7.6
    76%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    9.4
    94%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    8.8
    88%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    7.2
    72%
    13 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.9
    89%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    8.3
    83%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    9.4
    94%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    9.9
    99%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    9.3
    93%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    7.2
    72%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    PRTG

    84%
    PRTG Network Monitor ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    47 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    52 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    45 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    53 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    37 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    26 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    37 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    46 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    36 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    50 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • PRTG Network Monitor is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    94%
    14 Ratings
    8.8

    PRTG

    88%
    53 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    PRTG

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    80%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    PRTG

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    79%
    6 Ratings
    8.5

    PRTG

    85%
    28 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

    PRTG

    If there are a number of different protocols and devices to monitor PRTG is really an all in one solution. There are network specific solutions, telephony solutions, server solutions, etc - but this tool can do anything. Even if you don't use this tool as your main "monitoring solutions" every IT professional should have access to this tool for at least troubleshooting purposes.If you are looking for something specific built for a task you may be able to find [a] more direct and easy tool to use that would be easier and quicker to setup as customization is not needed.
    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

    PRTG

    • Very, very configurable. You can create all kinds of monitors for all kinds of things. Plus it has loads of suggestions out of the box. It can get complicated but monitoring is complicated. Pretty decent interface and good support - active community.
    • I really liked how easy it was to add alerts by SMS. So easy to setup.
    • I like their sizing models (for purchase). We're actually small enough that we are free. But it's not free as in stripped down - it's free because we don't use many "sensors" and don't honestly have the need.
    Dan Reynolds | 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

    PRTG

    • The probe service can be quite resource-intensive. This can cause false-positive readings from some sensors sometimes.
    • The software gets updated very regularly. Whilst this is usually a good thing to fix bugs etc, it does meantime downtime of the monitoring quite often while they are installed.
    • The ability to create Maps from Libraries. Very specific issue but a lot of people have been asking for it for years and it is still not available.
    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

    Cisco Secure Firewall Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    PRTG

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0 subscription license

    PRTG Editions & Modules

    Edition
    PRTG 500$1,7501
    PRTG 1,000$3,2001
    PRTG 2,500$6,5001
    PRTG 5,000$11,5001
    PRTG XL 1$15,5001
    PRTG EnterpriseCustom Pricing2
    1. perpetual license
    2. subscription license
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    PRTG

    PRTG 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    It is now an essential tool for monitoring and maintaining the health of our network and systems.
    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

    PRTG

    PRTG 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    The tool is very intuitive to use and it is Windows-based (everybody knows how to use Windows) so it's easy to get into. Every time is setup in a hierarchy so if you have a good initial hierarchy design, it will really reduce administrative effort down the road.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    PRTG

    PRTG 8.5
    Based on 28 answers
    I am giving this a 6 simply because I have never had to contact support. The online documentation is adequate for most things, and the user-maintained knowledgebase is excellent. The few times I have run into issues that were not easily resolvable with intuitive UI, I was able to find the answers that I needed either in the PRTG-provided documentation, the knowledgebase, or with a quick online web search.
    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

    PRTG

    I have deployed and tested three products for evaluation I found [PRTG Network Monitor] very easy to deploy, the deployment literally took not more than one hour including basic configuration and network discovery. After deployment few configuration changes and creation of maps, reports and little tweaking is required. [Then] it would go through its process of recommendation that took some time to complete, while [on] other hand other software's took lot of time to install and configure. And features were also missing, which resulted in decision in favor of [PRTG Network Monitor].
    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

    PRTG

    • The ability to analyze multiple pieces of information in one place, especially with historical data, has saved our IT department time and headaches. It would be so much more difficult to trace an issue without PRTG, just relying on event logs and an open task manager window.
    • The cost is not cheap, so it's an expense that hits the bottom line like everything else. Figure in hardware costs as well, ideally a server outside of your main environment.
    • I keep saying this, but the historical data piece is worth so much. There's really no good way to collect all of that information in one place without something like PRTG. And that definitely saves time and money in the long run.
    Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

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