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Feature Set Ratings

  • Sophos XG Firewall ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.1

Forcepoint NGFW

81%
8.5

Sophos XG Firewall

85%
Sophos XG Firewall ranks higher in 8/11 features

Identification Technologies

5.0
50%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
7 Ratings

Visualization Tools

5.0
50%
1 Rating
7.5
75%
7 Ratings

Content Inspection

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
7 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
7 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
6 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
7 Ratings

VPN

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
7 Ratings

High Availability

9.0
90%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
7 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
7 Ratings

Proxy Server

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
6 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Forcepoint NGFW is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • Sophos XG Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Forcepoint NGFW

90%
1 Rating
8.9

Sophos XG Firewall

89%
7 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Forcepoint NGFW

100%
1 Rating
9.0

Sophos XG Firewall

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

6.0

Forcepoint NGFW

60%
2 Ratings
9.1

Sophos XG Firewall

91%
2 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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Sophos

This is the best product for small-size organizations with a low budget that want advanced and deep-level security features. Sandboxing and advanced malware protection are the most valuable features available on Sophos devices. Other features like applications and web content make your organization more secure, and you can put more restrictions on users.
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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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Sophos

  • You can scan every packet deeply through sandboxing.
  • Control the user traffic through content filtering.
  • Put the restrictions on user web traffic through web filtering.
  • Control any type of malware through anti virus.
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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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Sophos

  • If using Endpoint security and the Firewall it would be nice to have an easier back and forth between the portals rather than have two separate tabs open. Especially if using more than one in multiple locations.
  • If dealing with different revisions options are moved around and sometimes in places that doesn't normally seem like they should be there.
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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

    Sophos XG Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sophos XG Firewall 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

      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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      Sophos

      It is a good and pleasant experience to use Sophos XG firewall and it offers more then what we expect and the price is ok in the current market level
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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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      Sophos

      Honestly we didn't get the premium support from them, but our partner has been supportive. Online forums are also a good place to learn things from.
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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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      Sophos

      We have been a Sophos customer for the most part but i have seen some other offerings from SonicWall, Barracuda, and Cisco. While they all offer nice products, we've always been content with our Sophos XG firewalls, especially as they release more and more features/etc.
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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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      Sophos

      • Easy to integrate with Active Directory & LDAP
      • We don't need to purchase any additional 2FA & VPN Tools so the cost is saved for us
      • High Availability
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