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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco Secure IPS

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    FortiGate

    90%
    Fortinet FortiGate ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    35 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    35 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    36 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    37 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    36 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    37 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    37 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6
    96%
    37 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    32 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    35 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    27 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Secure IPS is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Fortinet FortiGate is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
    • Cisco Secure IPS and Fortinet FortiGate are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Cisco Secure IPS

    91%
    6 Ratings
    9.1

    FortiGate

    91%
    63 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Cisco Secure IPS

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.9

    FortiGate

    99%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    Cisco Secure IPS

    100%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    6 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Cisco Secure IPS

    90%
    4 Ratings
    8.7

    FortiGate

    87%
    49 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    FortiGate

    80%
    8 Ratings

    Configurability

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    FortiGate

    90%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    FortiGate

    70%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8

    FortiGate

    98%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    FortiGate

    100%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    Cisco Secure IPS

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    FortiGate

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    Cisco Secure IPS is required for every organization and it gives us all the advanced security features for more visibility and control on our incoming and outgoing network traffic. We can easy to configure and management is also very easy. You can deploy in the existing network very easily. The price is very low and performance is very high and it works very quickly on threats and takes the necessary action.
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    Fortinet

    For FortiGate Firewall, the basic functionality and requirement is met easily as Fortigate is among market leaders in NGFW. There are some extra points that inclined us to use Fortigate as our main Firewall. [Fortinet]Fortigate has a very well refined and functional SD-WAN solution when it comes to load balancing for normal Internet Traffic. SD-WAN - Load balancing of Internet traffic is a USP of Fortigate and makes it stand tall in the competition. Be it 3 or more Internet Links, multiple Subnets/segments of users to distribute and bandwidth load balancing for links and users. SLA based monitoring of Internet Links / MPLS links, makes it even better to choose the links on the basis of performance (Latency, packet loss, Jitter etc). SSL VPN configuration - The deep CLI-level debugging is also very helpful in troubleshooting. Type of tunnel can be easily configured - Full Tunnel or Split Tunnel for SSL. Though, I think Fortigate is one of the best options for small and mid-sized organizations, there are some areas for improvement. First, the CLI interface is very hard to adapt as the commands and directory hierarchy is very different for common syntax and standards.
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    Pros

    Cisco

    • The option to deploy it as a virtual machine in a UCS-E inside a Cisco Router is something to consider a lot. It simplifies a lot the deployment in places where you need to optimize resources and keep things simple. It also saves some money on unnecessary hardware.
    • Having the most complete license, we can have in the same box IPS, inspection for malware and URL filtering. As Cisco uses Talos Intelligence network to mitigate and evaluate risks, having this complete set of security features turns the box into a powerful resource to protect our remote locations. Considering the hyper-connected business we have today, it's almost impossible to think that we can run a business without this kind of protection.
    • The integration between Firepower NGIPS and other products, like Cisco ISE and Splunk, is also a key feature for this solution. In both cases, you can integrate the product to have the best of both. As a security appliance, it's very important for us to have all the logs centralized in Splunk and this is done simply connecting FMC (Firepower Management Console) to the Splunk collector.
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    Fortinet

    • It is the most reliable NGFW that we have ever been touch with it.
    • You can easily upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without user attention!!!
    • User IDentity based feature is fantastic and intrusion prevention just works with least false-positive possible.
    • Very reachfull and intuitive GUI, just love it
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    Cons

    Cisco

    • Wish additional modules were included such as FireAmp.
    • Wish it was easier to include customized signatures if needed. Required to know how to code with Snort in order to add real customization.
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    Fortinet

    • When we switched to Fortinet Fortigate, it took some time getting used to and become familiar with the new interface. Being used to strictly command-line interfaces, a full GUI-based firewall was something brand new. Careful planning had to be done when creating rules to ensure we didn't miss anything. However, once we got used to the new GUI interface, going from one Fortinet product to another was simple, as Fortinet used the same interface for all of its devices.
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco Secure IPS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure IPS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      FortiGate

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      FortiGate editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        FortiGate pricing starts at $250 for home office use, up to $300,000 for large enterprise appliances. Must contact sales team for pricing.

        Likelihood to Renew

        Cisco

        We are in the middle of outsourcing and may not be able to keep this product.
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        Fortinet

        Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
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        Usability

        Cisco

        Very easy to navigate GUI in the FMC and very effective at performing the intending duties.
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        Fortinet

        The user interface shared among many simultaneous users is very easy to get around. With shared favorites among users, most tasks are easily bookmarked and can quickly be found and edited. Their strategy for web filter integration is easy to understand and manage as well. With some general direction, setup and maintenance were easy to do and easy to teach others in the organization to do as well.
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        Reliability and Availability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Fortinet

        We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
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        Performance

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Fortinet

        Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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        Support Rating

        Cisco

        We didn't have any major issues that let us need support. Only, for this reason, I think Cisco Firepower deserves the rating. Even for small issues, the partner that helped us during the project could solve it quickly. There are also tons of documents and other online resources to help maintain, administer and support the product.
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        Fortinet

        We live in Turkey. Fortinet's Turkey office [dealt] constantly with us in our every problem or our experience. In addition, global support teams also supported every ticket we opened in every problem we encountered. They support innovative approaches and evaluate and offer solutions. In this context, they were very supportive of the problems we encountered in previous versions.
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        In-Person Training

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Fortinet

        I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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        Implementation Rating

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Fortinet

        Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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        Alternatives Considered

        Cisco

        Cisco Secure IPS is our first product. We were not using any other tools before. We are very happy with the Cisco Secure IPS features and customer support
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        Fortinet

        [Fortinet] FortiGate is not only cost effective but it gives the comprehensive security against the APT attacks and gives the complete traffic visibility and granular control. You can easily create the VDOMs (Virtual firewall) within a Fortigate firewall and customize the dashboard as per your requirement if you have multiple VDOMs within a single firewall.
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        Scalability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        Fortinet

        My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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        Return on Investment

        Cisco

        • Has made it much easier to determine when incidents have occurred
        • Has been effective in reducing false positives and making solution management more efficient and cost effective
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        Fortinet

        • Fortigates have an interesting bundle model for support and subscription services that make it an attractive option to deploy Firewall, IDS, Ant-virus, anti-SPAM in a single device. The cost of the bundle is pretty much what you pay for the device, not requiring huge expenditures on it's time to renew the hardware.
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