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41 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

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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 (formerly Firepower NGFW)

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

Sophos UTM

UTM works great if you want a solid, obvious firewall. There's not a lot of second-guessing as to what you are about to do with every change you make. If you incorporate their wireless access points and RED (remote ethernet device) for remote users or small offices, it's considerably much easier to set up than other comparable solutions. If you are looking to manage your firewalls via the cloud, you are out of luck.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.5
Sophos UTM
Identification Technologies
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.9
Sophos UTM
Visualization Tools
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.4
Sophos UTM
Content Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.3
Sophos UTM
Policy-based Controls
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.3
Sophos UTM
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
6.9
Sophos UTM
Firewall Management Console
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.9
Sophos UTM
Reporting and Logging
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.3
Sophos UTM
VPN
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.2
Sophos UTM
High Availability
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.8
Sophos UTM
Stateful Inspection
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.5
Sophos UTM
Proxy Server
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.5
Sophos UTM

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • 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

Sophos UTM

  • Enhanced network security at a good price.
  • Flexibility of access to the internet and collaboration in remote and secure work.
  • Connectivity between branches with site-to-site VPN with easy deployment and configuration of routes.
  • Protection against malware of all types.
  • Affordable and efficient support and warranty.
  • Great reporting features
Ana Cristina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • 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

Sophos UTM

  • The UI is a bit dated albeit, it is very functional and everything is right at my fingertips.
  • Better documentation. This hardware and software solution is amazing, but as I said previously, it can be a little daunting to set up.
Matthew James | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW) 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

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is no non-sense and easy to understand. No need for any consultants to help implement this solution. The performance is consistent and solid. Paired with a good amount of firmware and definitions, it's hard to find any fault in this product. It's interoperability with other Sophos products make a compelling argument to invest in more Sophos products.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW) 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

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 7.6
Based on 3 answers
I find the support fair. The wait can be frustrating when dealing with fire. The pandemic has not helped with this. Although the wait can be long, the support reps are knowledgeable and was able to resolve the issues I was facing.
Michael Cattano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

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

Sophos UTM

I would rate Sophos second on this list right below Webroot. Webroot has an easier user interface and policy builder. However, Sophos would be on top of its UI would be improved. I would rank CrowStrike third and McAfee last. Sophos is great for complex environments that have multiple needs.
Nate Binkley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

  • 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

Sophos UTM

  • Sophos has provided a secure Firewall for us.
  • Integration with Sophos Central makes it easier to manage both.
  • Site to site VPN Failover groups has caused more trouble than it's worth.
  • High availability doesn't recognize when you are restarting for an update.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)

General

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

Sophos UTM

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
9.1
Sophos UTM
8.7

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
8.0
Sophos UTM
10.0

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Firepower NGFW)
7.9
Sophos UTM
7.6

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