Cisco Secure IPS vs. Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Secure IPS
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Cisco Secure IPS (formerly Firepower Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System, or NGIPS) is an intrusion detection response system that produces security data and enhances the analysis by InsightOps. The technology replaces the former Sourcefire 3D IPS. Cisco acquired Sourcefire in 2013.N/A
Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i from HelpSystems allows users to reduce the risk of unauthorized and unaudited server access with system access monitoring, tracking and control software for IBM i.N/A
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Free/Freemium Version
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User Ratings
Cisco Secure IPSPowertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Secure IPSPowertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
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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Fortra
As specified earlier, the product is very helpful to monitor the FTP, ODBC, JDBC, SQL and remote commands. What queries are coming to the system and who is issuing the commands so that we can analyze the and restrict their access if its not required. It helped us catch [a lot of] unauthorized users.
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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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Fortra
  • Restricted FTP users
  • ODBC/JDBC connection restrictions
  • Exit Point Security Performance, Flexibility
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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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Fortra
  • Adding a user to the exit point manger and then specifying the same user to restrict for particular service is bit complex i feel, instead of that making only one entry to restriction would be good.
  • All Features are good
  • Can maintain all systems from central system.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We are in the middle of outsourcing and may not be able to keep this product.
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Fortra
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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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Fortra
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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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Fortra
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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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Fortra
Helpsystems was one of the best leading third-party service provider in the Market for IBM i. Since we are already customer for the Helpsystems and their support is awesome. We need the best products in market and Helpsystems has all the good tools that suits to my environment. All we need is the best support when its required which Helpsystems support team doing at its best.

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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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Fortra
  • Controlling of unauthorized access
  • Monitoring the exit point manger logs to restrict data access only to authorized people.
  • Monitor of FTP, ODBC, SQL, Remote Commands and block attacks on IBM i DB2
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