5 Ratings
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Score 9.9 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.1

Forcepoint NGFW

81%
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 9/11 features

Identification Technologies

5.0
50%
1 Rating
9.8
98%
21 Ratings

Visualization Tools

5.0
50%
1 Rating
9.2
92%
21 Ratings

Content Inspection

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

10.0
100%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
21 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.8
98%
20 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.9
99%
21 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.3
93%
21 Ratings

VPN

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.4
94%
21 Ratings

High Availability

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

7.0
70%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
20 Ratings

Proxy Server

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
10 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Forcepoint NGFW and Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Forcepoint NGFW

90%
1 Rating
9.7

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

97%
37 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Forcepoint NGFW

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
1 Rating

Usability

10.0

Forcepoint NGFW

100%
1 Rating
10.0

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

6.0

Forcepoint NGFW

60%
2 Ratings
8.4

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

84%
18 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Forcepoint

If you are looking for a smaller network/security team, the ease and low complexity create an easy to manage environment. One engineer can easily manage 100 nodes/locations. If you are just starting to get security conscious and predict regular adjustments to policy, routing, and access, this is a very good system for making easy to understand and low impact changes on a regular basis without operations interruption.
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Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
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Pros

Forcepoint

  • Easy to manage and make changes on - ACL's are done with ease.
  • Easy USB initial configuration - The easy initial setup of a new location and firewall saves massive time. Settings are automatically pushed to new nodes upon contact with the controller.
  • Low Complexity - This system does not have a lot of complexity requiring extra hours, training, or personnel to manage.
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Palo Alto Networks

  • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
  • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
  • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
  • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
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Cons

Forcepoint

  • Poor Reporting - It exists but even when calling in to support for assistance, they have no idea how to tackle customizing reports or searching for specific data.
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Palo Alto Networks

  • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
  • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
  • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
  • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
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Pricing Details

Forcepoint NGFW

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Forcepoint NGFW 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

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 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

      Likelihood to Renew

      Forcepoint

      No answers on this topic

      Palo Alto Networks

      The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
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      Usability

      Forcepoint

      The Graphical User Interface is very easy to read, understand and work with. The usability of this product is very high.
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      Palo Alto Networks

      In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
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      Support Rating

      Forcepoint

      Support has varied over the history of the company. Terro is a name that comes up often with the best of service from this company.
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      Palo Alto Networks

      We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Forcepoint

      There are similar hardware and license costs between the two products. The Forcepoint NGFW product is by far easier to use and manage.
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      Palo Alto Networks

      No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
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      Return on Investment

      Forcepoint

      • Efficiency/Productivity increase. The company moved from Cisco firewall and routing hardware to Forcepoint NGFW. It now takes fewer people and fewer hours to manage the new product. This has allowed the company to put the man-hours to use on other projects and tasks.
      • Long term viability. This has been a concern in the past when the company started as Stonegate, merged to become Stonesoft then got purchased by McAfee, then McAfee got purchased by Intel. However, with Forcepoint the product seems to have found a stable home.
      • Low complexity. The Web GUI based system for management has reduced the cost of personnel and training required. There is no longer a need for the company to have higher trained and higher salary cost employees to manage the system. Mid-level admins at lower salaries are capable of managing the GUI based system with ease.
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      Palo Alto Networks

      • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
      • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
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