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Highlights

Fortinet FortiGate and WatchGuard Network Security are firewall and web security solutions designed to keep businesses safe from unauthorized access, viruses, zero-day exploits, and other network-based dangers. Both products aim to provide their customers with protection that evolves as the network security landscape changes. FortiGate is available as an on-site integrated product in a physical box or a VM and sees more use by mid-sized companies. WatchGuard Network Security is available in both on-premise and cloud-based form factors, and is used more heavily by small businesses, likely due to its cloud-based option. 

Features

Both FortiGate and WatchGuard Network Security help keep business networks and users safe, but they each have their own benefits.

If you’d prefer more control over your security system infrastructure, FortiGate’s on-site deployment might be appealing compared to a cloud-based product. Its licensing options are granular, offering buyers plenty of control over their software and hardware features. FortiGate’s logging is detailed, and administrators generally find the product’s management options helpful. For users who might be new to network security, its graphical user interface (GUI) is easy to navigate and can help them find their footing.

WatchGuard Network Security has a wealth of configuration options and protection features available to administrators. The platform’s tools for botnet detection, spam blocking, and geolocation-based permissions are especially appreciated by its users. Administrators report that the Dimension management console is robust and responsive, making it fast to use. The reporting and logging systems are detailed, and administrators report overall satisfaction with the platform’s ability to prevent intrusion and malware.

Limitations

However, neither product is one-size-fits-all. You should evaluate the pros and cons of both WatchGuard Network Security and FortiGate before purchasing.

FortiGate can also be difficult for new users, who feel that there’s not enough available documentation to help them get started. Configuring a new VPN can be cumbersome, requiring manual setup of policies. Some administrators wish for additional features, such as better load-balancing or a live traffic-monitoring tool. Finally, FortiGate’s deployment style means that scaling up can be a bit pricey, requiring you to purchase additional machines from the vendor if your capacity needs grow.

WatchGuard Network Security’s many configuration options can be a problem for some users. The large array of possibilities can be hard to navigate, making the platform complicated to set up initially and difficult to modify. The reports and logs, while detailed, lack sufficient searching and filtering capabilities for some users, making it hard for them to track down problems and visualize traffic patterns. WatchGuard Network Security VPNs can suffer from occasional stuttering and failure, requiring system reboots that can frustrate end users. Finally, the licensing options aren’t granular enough for some customers, requiring them to pay for features they don’t need.

Pricing

WatchGuard Network Security and FortiGate both offer hardware and software customization options that can drastically alter the price of each platform, with potential costs ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. Price quotes are available from each vendor or their respective partners and resellers.

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate

Fortinet's Fortigate is a Firewall which can be suited to all the types of organizations starting from Small/ mid size to Large enterprises. Due to its cost effectiveness even a Small organizations can afford it. In the return Fortigate will give you the industry best technology to secure your organization infra.
Binita Kharbanda | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

Well suited to all Small businesses through to Medium-sized Enterprises, and Education Facilities. For small businesses, it is a flexible unit, that includes all the tools needed in 1 hardware and subscription package. Through to larger organizations with a leading throughput when all security services are running. It is great if you have a need to connect to any business partner sites via customized VPN connections, its configuration flexibility allowing it to connect to any other brand of the corporate firewall. An example is where a client had a need to do security and web filtering for both securities and for the category of websites allowed, while also needing to connect to several different business services suppliers. We were able to easily set up 2 units in Hardware Failover VPN for remote users to connect from laptops and desktops including Windows and Mac operating systems Connect to a Cisco VPN, Amazon VPN, Juniper Firewall 10 Gb Interfaces MFA for Remote User VPN Access to Youtube Education channels while restricting Students and Teachers, and having [fewer] restrictions for Administrative Staff.
Raymond Banfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

FortiGate
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8
Identification Technologies
FortiGate
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1
Visualization Tools
FortiGate
9.0
WatchGuard Network Security
7.9
Content Inspection
FortiGate
8.9
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8
Policy-based Controls
FortiGate
9.2
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1
Active Directory and LDAP
FortiGate
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security
8.7
Firewall Management Console
FortiGate
9.6
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1
Reporting and Logging
FortiGate
8.9
WatchGuard Network Security
7.8
VPN
FortiGate
9.6
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9
High Availability
FortiGate
9.3
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1
Stateful Inspection
FortiGate
9.4
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8
Proxy Server
FortiGate
8.5
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9

Pros

FortiGate

  • 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
Amin Mirzakhani | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • edge antivirus check and act as good barrier against malware
  • Is possible do avoid unwanted traffic thanks to powerful web filter
  • With Dimension our work as MSP is easiest. One single point to check
  • The SSL VPN is really easy to setup an to manage and based on OpenVPN
Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FortiGate

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Watchguard policy creation can really get complicated. When you create a policy you can create a proxy action which ties to a proxy action, per the protocol which ties to a proxy action for that protocol, which ties to the web blocker policy that can be adjusted per its own web blocker action. Each of these steps can be confusing especially if you don't have a consistent naming convention to tie back to the original policy. It does work though you just have to be consistent.
  • I can't manage 3rd party certificates from the system manager because the function is not there. If you go to the help WatchGuard website it directs you to Firebox System Manager - View - Certificates and you can import certificates. Those instructions are outdated as the "view" option in not even available anymore. You can go to file - certificates, but that only brings up a window that say the system manager will retrieve the new certificates as needed. You can manage and import a 3rd party certificate from the web interface by going to system - certificates, but I prefer one pane of glass.
  • In the Aliases section, Watchguard should include "in brackets" after each alias if it's in use or not. Within the Watchguard Policy Manager, if you go to setup - actions - proxies .. . WatchGuard already lists out which proxy actions are not in use by putting in brackets after the action (not used). Such a simple thing, but if you add this to aliases it would make cleanup of old aliases much easier instead of having to hunt thru every policy. Maybe make a report function that would list all the policies that an alias is in.
Isaac Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.9
Based on 4 answers
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.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.5
Based on 10 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

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Jeff Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.8
Based on 102 answers
I first started using WatchGuard firewalls about 20 years ago and found them easy to pick up and learn. Since then I have had experience with many other types--Sonicwalls, Palo Altos, and Cisco Meraki, just to name a few--and I still find the that WatchGuard is the easiest to deploy and work with. I still use the management software (vs. the newer web interface) and it's just very easy to find what I need and to make changes.
James Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.9
Based on 33 answers
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.
Tayfun Toka | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.8
Based on 11 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

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

FortiGate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.0
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

FortiGate

FortiGate 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
Steve Jenovai | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 160 answers
To effectively deploy WatchGuard, I recommend a four-part approach. - Preparing for firewall system deployment - Configuring your firewall system to reflect your security policy - Testing your firewall system to ensure it performs according to your specifications - Deploying the correctly configured firewall system appliance.
Asdrubal Jasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

FortiGate

Fortinet was well placed on the Gartner report which lead to my initial investigation into the company. I quickly narrowed my selections down to Palo Alto and Fortinet, due to feature set, reputation and ease of use. Fortinet won out simply because Palo Alto did not offer a small branch style firewall at the time I was looking. I'm very glad they did. I have enjoyed working with their products from the moment they were first racked.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

Overall, the two products are very comparable to one another. In the end, it came down to throughput vs cost. WatchGuard [Network Security] came in at around half the cost for the device that provided the amount of throughput that we needed. All of the other features were neck and neck.
Nik Brunn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.8
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
Adrian Cumberbatch | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

FortiGate

  • 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.
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Fantastic price point for one of the most important parts of network security
  • Bandwidth management and reporting allows us to make good decisions on bandwidth requirements from ISP
  • URL filtering and application control, as well as policy schedules, allow us to manage the workforce's access to time-wasting websites
Alec Chin Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

FortiGate

General

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

FortiGate Editions & Modules

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

WatchGuard Network Security

General

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

WatchGuard Network Security Editions & Modules

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiGate
9.2
WatchGuard Network Security
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

FortiGate
9.9
WatchGuard Network Security
9.5

Usability

FortiGate
10.0
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8

Reliability and Availability

FortiGate
10.0
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2

Performance

FortiGate
10.0
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2

Support Rating

FortiGate
8.9
WatchGuard Network Security
8.8

In-Person Training

FortiGate
10.0
WatchGuard Network Security
9.6

Online Training

FortiGate
WatchGuard Network Security
9.0

Implementation Rating

FortiGate
8.0
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Scalability

FortiGate
9.8
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

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