Cisco Secure Firewall vs. Untangle NG Firewall

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Secure Firewall
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Secure Firewall (formerly Cisco Firepower NGFW) is a firewall product that integrates with other Cisco security offerings. It provides Advanced Malware protection, including sandboxing environments and DDoS mitigation. Cisco also offers a Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System, which provides security across cloud environments using techniques like internal network segmentation. The firewall can be managed locally, remotely, and via the cloud. The product is scalable to the scope of…N/A
Untangle NG Firewall
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Untangle NG Firewall is an open-source firewall and gateway security platform. It offers a free core firewall platform with paid add-ons, and a cloud-based management platform with a variety of deployment options for smaller teams.
$25
per month
Pricing
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Open Source Firewall
$0.00
free under the GNU General Public License (GPL)
NG Firewall Complete
$25.00
per month
z4 appliance
$299
one-time purchase
z4w appliance
$329
one-time purchase
z4 Plus appliance
$399.00
one-time purchase
z6 appliance
$1199.00
one-time purchase
z12 appliance
$1999.00
one-time purchase
z20 appliance
$3499.00
one-time purchase
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Top Pros
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Features
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Secure Firewall
6.3
45 Ratings
30% below category average
Untangle NG Firewall
8.3
6 Ratings
3% below category average
Identification Technologies6.440 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Visualization Tools5.441 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Content Inspection7.443 Ratings8.16 Ratings
Policy-based Controls7.044 Ratings8.16 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP7.539 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Firewall Management Console5.844 Ratings9.16 Ratings
Reporting and Logging5.445 Ratings7.26 Ratings
VPN7.539 Ratings9.16 Ratings
High Availability6.343 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Stateful Inspection6.242 Ratings8.16 Ratings
Proxy Server4.925 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Small Businesses
WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard Network Security
Score 9.2 out of 10
WatchGuard Network Security
WatchGuard Network Security
Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Score 9.3 out of 10
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Cisco Firepower 4100 Series
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.3 out of 10
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
Likelihood to Recommend
6.2
(45 ratings)
9.1
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
4.5
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(7 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Secure FirewallUntangle NG Firewall
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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Untangle
Untangle is very strong in the "traditional" sense of security. That means an edge appliance that either works with an existing router or is the router itself (recommended). This approach has also been adapted well to cloud environments in order to protect virtual servers and VDI workstations. As mentioned earlier, many schools are using cloud-based filtering for their 1:1 solutions for their students. This is an area where Untangle is unable to serve. Some have used an instance of Untangle in the cloud with VPN to serve their remote needs, but it is not the same as solutions that are designed for cloud-based filtering of devices without VPN.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire) shows a very detailed report of traffic that it finds as malicious. From Capturing Pcaps to generating analytics corresponding to an incident it makes it very easy for us analysts to decide the next steps.
  • Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire) has search functionality that allows us to go very specific while on the managing window, unlike Palo Alto Panorama.
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Untangle
  • Web Filtering is strong, and can also do application fingerprinting to allow Facebook, but not Facebook games. Secondly, a separate partition called a "rack" can be set up to give one subnet or group of users different web filtering policies than another. For example, teachers would get more freedom to browse the web than students at a school.
  • Built-in SD-WAN connectivity as part of your license. IPSEC tunnel creation is also amazingly easy.
  • Will install on any x86 hardware created in the last 5-10 years. Ram and processor requirements per user are very low.
  • Reporting is phenomenal, however you can get death by details very easily.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Support for native VXLAN
  • CLI support on the FTDs
  • Support for all the BGP features, there are commands that show issues with network subnets being received or advertised.
  • Show BGP neighbor x.x.x.x received-routes
  • This shows an issue that soft-inbound is not applied when it is applied.
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Untangle
  • The full suite can be expensive for business but will be powerful enough.
  • The full suite for home or small office isn't that bad of a price but may be out of reach for most home users but remember the basics are FREE so anyone can get started with it.
  • I would like to see it promoted for mid to large businesses as I think it can handle it.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
There are other vendors on the market with highly complimented solutions and based on the feedback received by fellow engineers using them in production in their organizations it sounds like something worth paying attention to. Proof of concept and feature comparison with Cisco Secure Firewall will would be the next potential step. Overall, the user experience with ease of management of solutions might be the key here.
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Untangle
Service renewal is in Feb 2021. We will be renewing!
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Usability
Cisco
Solution is highly effective, offers a lot of features with constant improvements and additions of new features over time. It's relatively easy to get familiar with the system, especially if transitioning from adaptive security appliances. If this is not the case, as for learnability there's a learning curve but once learned it is relatively easy to remember the details about the system even after a period of non-use
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Untangle
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Cisco
As for the availability, in general we did not experience any issues with it, neither in situations where there's only one physical device implemented nor when there's and High Availability pair. Failover works like a charm, no complaints here, it works as it should and so far it has been highly reliable.
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Untangle
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Cisco
Customer service has been great. TAC has been mostly able to identify and fix problems that we may have and have been very responsive. If for some reason something isn't fixed right away, they have been adamant on staying with us and working the issues out before things get escalated up the chain.
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Untangle
I haven't used them much, but they did answer my question quickly.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
In the beginning transition from Adaptive Security Appliance to Cisco Secure Firewall did not look like the best choice. Solution was new, there were a lot of bugs and unsupported features and the actual execution in the form of configuration via Firepower Management Center was extremely slow. Compare configuring a feature via CLI on ASA in a manner of seconds (copy/paste) to deployment via FMC to Secure Firewall which took approx. 10 mins (no exaggeration). Today, situation is a bit different, overall solution looks much more stable and faster then it was but there's still room for improvement.
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Untangle
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Cisco
We've selected the Cisco Secure firewall as there is full Layer 7 functionality. You get more features out of the box so to speak with full application visibility and control, Intrusion Prevention, SI (Security Intelligence), Adavanced Malware Protection and a whole host of other feature. Although some of these are available in Meraki, the Cisco Secure Firewall goes into the next level.
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Untangle
NG Firewall was much more friendly in terms of layout and ease of use, the apps section is familiar to anyone and the config while in a sort of odd order is very clearly laid out. I also appreciate Untangle's endless educational videos and the support can't be beat. Overall it was more of a complete package
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Cisco Secure Firewall has provided a single management interface for all of our devices.
  • We have had issues implementing 1010 in HA where a site was using a dynamic IP previously.
  • Lack of DHCP options has slowed deployment to our smaller sites.
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Untangle
  • The positive is the savings in time the IT department has recouped by not having to continuously clean and maintain end point computers. Not to mention helping end user use their time more wisely by not wasting time on non-work related web activities.
  • The only negative is complaints from end users about the restrictions.
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