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40 Ratings
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Top Rated
374 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

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40 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100

WatchGuard Network Security

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374 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • WatchGuard Network Security ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.7

Cisco Secure Firewall

87%
8.9

WatchGuard Network Security

89%
WatchGuard Network Security ranks higher in 6/11 features

Identification Technologies

8.0
80%
18 Ratings
9.0
90%
206 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.8
78%
18 Ratings
8.0
80%
212 Ratings

Content Inspection

9.4
94%
20 Ratings
8.9
89%
224 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

9.0
90%
20 Ratings
9.4
94%
231 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

7.7
77%
18 Ratings
8.9
89%
196 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.8
88%
20 Ratings
9.0
90%
228 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.5
85%
20 Ratings
8.1
81%
225 Ratings

VPN

9.5
95%
17 Ratings
9.2
92%
221 Ratings

High Availability

9.9
99%
19 Ratings
9.1
91%
202 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

9.2
92%
20 Ratings
9.1
91%
209 Ratings

Proxy Server

7.3
73%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
152 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Secure Firewall

94%
20 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
245 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7

WatchGuard Network Security

97%
19 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating
9.4

WatchGuard Network Security

94%
107 Ratings

Availability

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Performance

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

WatchGuard Network Security

82%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 Ratings
9.5

WatchGuard Network Security

95%
21 Ratings

In-Person Training

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

WatchGuard Network Security

96%
3 Ratings

Online Training

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3

WatchGuard Network Security

93%
309 Ratings

Product Scalability

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

WatchGuard Network Security

91%
1 Rating

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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard is very well suited for a set-it-and-forget-it scenario. For probably the first year or two of having our Firebox, we didn't change a single setting after the first initial setup. It ran fine, operating to full capacity without any interactions or tweaks. Great to just set up and leave it alone.
Mike Carruthers | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Control of web access of devices within the network.
  • Automatic address blocking after successive external attack attempts.
  • VPN feature between WatchGuard devices very transparent and stable.
  • Simple and very functional Policy Manager management console.
  • Simple and reliable spamBlocker feature, really holding back suspicious emails.
GILIAN HASS | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • It would be nice to have a fully functional web interface [for the] server manager. The server manager is often very slow over remote connections.
  • Better support for OpenVPN server, or at least an easier way of creating tunnels using OpenVPN.
  • user VPN user management is a little confusing until you understand that all users need to be created under SSL users, regardless of VPN type.
  • Would be nice to have traffic statistics on traffic management objects.
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

WatchGuard Network Security

General

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

Starting Price

$0 Contact sales team

WatchGuard Network Security Editions & Modules

Edition
SupportContact sales team1
Basic SecurityContact sales team1
Total SecurityContact sales team1
  1. Contact sales team
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.7
Based on 19 answers
Ever since 2007, WatchGuard Fireboxes and WatchGuard network layer security solutions have been the most security effective with the lowest TCO of any solution on the market when properly implemented and properly maintained. As with any network layer security solution, the underlying network must first be architected correctly in order to facilitate network layer security, but then an extremely highly skilled network security architect must device, implement, and maintain a network layer security solution in order to achieve efficacy. This is true of any network layer security solution. Few people worldwide have that skill. However, WatchGuard technologies when implemented and supported by a qualified partner are able to deliver that solution very cost-effectively to the SMB space. No other solution can achieve that.
Felicia King | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.4
Based on 107 answers
The WatchGuard Network Security provide a web interface or a client interface, no matter what you approach is but you have two full powerful instrument to manage the firewall with easy interface (web) or with strong security (client). We prefer the usage with client but in fast change can be done in the web interface in a zip

Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Applications errors should always be expected in any kind of technology. What matters most is the way you find to resolve it.
Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Compared to another platform (not NGFW native), WatchGuard's performance runs fine and do not slow down user browsing experience
Rodrigo Henrique | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.5
Based on 21 answers
I give this rating as a result of almost 20 years of interfacing with WatchGuard technical support. Of all my vendors that I have to deal with WatchGuard is one of the best I have ever dealt with bar none. I have seldom finished a call to them without a solution. If they by chance don't have the solution, they will figure it out and get back to you ASAP as well as update the casefile online. Technical support is available via phone and web portal. It takes a few minutes to create a case online, assign a priority and submit. They get back to you depending on the critical nature of the issue, but you can expect urgent attention for critical and catastrophic issues.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.6
Based on 3 answers
We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.3
Based on 309 answers
The training videos are so helpful. They cover all of the aspects of the devices. The cloud is very nice in providing easy-to-access information regarding the health of the devices. I use the cloud for quick access and the PC application for more hands-on access and updates.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall

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.
John Buis | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

We appreciate the WatchGuard Network Security approach to multilevel security with a layered stack. We believe that using multiple vendors' products does not lock WatchGuard into a single mindset when providing security. Over the years WatchGuard has changed some of its constituent vendors to provide better protection at the time. WatchGuard supplies a full stack security offering that is speedy in operation at any pricepoint compared to its competitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Secure Firewall

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The entire organization didn't face any trouble to integrate the technology into our workforce.
Rodrigo Henrique | 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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Once deployed the firewall just works
  • We had one that failed, and because it was covered, we got a replacement the following day.
  • The firmware update process takes less time, and it doesn't impact the business at all. We always update our out-of-hours, and we have never had issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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