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Nicolas Frichot | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is being used at all of our company's offices. It connects all of our IT applications [and] provides us with intrusion & malware protection.
  • Enables network view
  • Real time malware & threat management
  • Security analytics & log
  • Remote deployment
  • Ability to manage from a central dashboard
  • More video tutorials
  • More support documentations
  • Less boring video presentations
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is the most suitable if you are looking for a central firewall that will connect and manage your whole network. This will be very useful, especially if protection against intrusion and malware attacks. Ideal for businesses in the financial sector, relying on IT. I believe on the contrary, that it will be less suitable for small businesses who do not have the funds, the technical expertise, or even the need for such advanced firewall tools.
Vipin Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is the admin center of all the Cisco security products which are configured and running on different platforms. You can configure and manage all security through this center. We [have been] using this for the last 2 years and we have connected all our security products with Cisco Secure Firewall Management [Center]. Managing through this provides visibility [as well as] intrusion and malware protection.
  • Unified management
  • Easy dashboards
  • Reporting
  • URL Filtering
  • Easy to configure
  • Easy to manage
  • Sends attack alerts
  • Monitoring
  • Price is little bit high
The Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is well suited for all the organizations that are using the Cisco Security products and want to manage centrally. It provides you all the features and options so you can [easily] configure and manage all the security products of your organization. It also provides advanced malware protection.
Score 7 out of 10
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Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center [(formerly Firepower Management Center)] is being used by the Network Administrators and Engineers to protect the company and its remote locations at the edge (i.e. the Internet) as well as providing the remote access VPN via Cisco AnyConnect. It's managing one pair of Cisco FTD firewalls running 6.6.0+. These were deployed when replacing a managed service provider that caused challenges when managing the internet connection, bandwidth, security, and remote-access VPN. This is not currently being used for site-to-site VPN, as it wasn't capable of route and policy-based VPN at the time of purchase.
  • Firewall rule management
  • Graphical representation of data
  • Remote access VPN management
  • Stability when managing firewalls, we're having issues with Firewall 01 and Firewall 02 remaining in sync
  • Reporting when it comes to access control policy rules - there is no way to export a report of the rules easily. Using a custom Python script on the Cisco forums is the only way to easily export a CSV.
  • Support for policy and route-based site-to-site VPN was not available until 6.6.0 and later. This forced us to purchase ASAs to bridge that gap.
  • Dashboard reporting - when clicking a link for more information, nothing displays. Currently working with Cisco on the support case, which has been escalated.
[Cisco Secure Firepower Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)] is a good replacement to have next-generation firewalls to replace Cisco ASAs if the business wants to stick with Cisco gear. There are issues with pairs of firewalls remaining in sync, site-to-site VPN support on versions pre-6.6.0, being able to dial down into dashboard graphs, as clicking a link takes you to a page with no results, and deploys are slow when comparing to typing commands into an ASA CLI, as it can take multiple minutes for one configuration change.
July 20, 2021

Cisco FMC

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Cisco Secure Firewall Management [Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)] to protect our entire organization and its IT assets. We also have firewalls managed by [Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center] that protect our IOT/OT infrastructure both ways. This is our enterprise solution to protect against ransomware attacks (partially), protect from external attacks, lock down internal systems and services, and ensure the best network security for our global network operations. Once getting used to the interface its pretty straight forward to use and navigate. Cisco has a decent (although google searches quite often is as good or better) knowledgebase on how-to's and best practices. We chose FMC as our first line of defense due to Cisco' s brand, its strong networking and security background, and its extensive product line to meet any business need.
  • Ease of administration
  • Latest security updates with easy ability to implement with little to no user impact
  • Cutting edge functionality to meet any business need and its ability to add features and functions after its already on the market
  • Licensing is difficult to navigate on purchase
  • Renewal licensing and support isn't all that easy to do and has its issues
  • The lowest end firewalls on the market seem to be EOL sooner than documented and requires earlier upgrading to ensure FMC itself can be kept current for security reasons. if you buy anything but the cheapest model firewalls this is not a problem
  • Implementing some functionality is more complex than it should be and believe Cisco could do better in this regard to the software
Business which have ore than 25 staff and want excellent security should look at [Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)] as a solution to implement. Obviously, larger organizations should short list [Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center] as a top 3 candidate. Cisco security is arguably one of the best there is. And, with its R&D it continues this trend to this day. Also, cases where you need complex network/security configurations; this product is well suited for. Including situations where failover and fault tolerance is required.

Very small businesses and home offices should select something else as this type of software and hardware is more complex and difficult to administer than other well suited products on the market.
Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) provides complete and unified management of firewalls--currently on a portion of our company and only selected departments are using it. Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) provides extensive intelligence about the users' applications and devices. It then provides tailored recommendations on what security policies to put in place and what security events you should investigate.
  • It integrates with advanced malware protection
  • It provides tools to track malware infections on the network
  • It provides complete and unified management of intrusion detections
  • The Web console is somehow complicated
  • Some settings are hard to locate
  • Some policies are not applied once saved
Security services help you get the most from your technology investments. Organizations that use services for security get access to consultants and technical experts to support their staff with the latest knowledge and capabilities. They also help improve time to threat detection and response. And, by reducing complexity, you’ll improve your ability to adapt to changing business priorities.
Bart Verbaandert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco FMC as our central management system to manage several hundreds of Internet-facing FirePower firewalls globally, across all regions. Our main focus on the FMC is to keep configuration consistent across these hundreds of devices, we have only a few shared central policies that are used by most of the devices.
  • Maintain centralized repository of security policies
  • Configure network access and advanced security policies in a single tool
  • Manage large number of devices
  • Stability of software and bug fixes
  • Performance and speed of the tool
Cisco Firepower Management Center is very well suited if you are in an enterprise or service provider environment where a large number of devices need to be managed and you want to keep a single repository with all network access and security policies.
For smaller environments, where there are only a few firewalls then the onboard FirePower device manager might be a better choice.
Initially, we had a lot of issues with bugs and performance issues, however, Cisco did help us to remediate these over time. A negative point was that the roadmap for Cisco's FMC was subject to many changes--improvements, new features, and even add-on products that were promised in the early stages eventually never made it to the current version.
Michael nabil | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Is it being used across the whole organization. It was implemented on the data center to manage both FTD and Firepower module on the ASA as centralized management for our whole Cisco Firewalls setup. It is really good as a central management tool. It has very efficient analytics tools for traffic and events that happen on the boxes, and also has a powerful reporting tools to get a full view of what's happening on our network.
  • Easy Management
  • Can manage all firewall boxes through a single GUI
  • Centralized analysis tool and centralized reporting tool
  • Familiar GUI
  • Deployment of policies takes too much time and switching between tabs can take some time.
  • During deployment, we can faced some packets losses.
  • Overall GUI was very good even for the first time users.
FMC is well suited on the boxes management and reports collection. Otherwise, the main issue we had was with the policies deployment: it took around 5 mins.
I think that we got good support from Cisco teams in Egypt and from Cisco TAC. So far we are satisfied.
  • SIngle GUI.
  • Stable product.
  • Easy to enhance and edit the predefined objects.
March 19, 2021

FMC: user friendly

Alex Castillo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We have used FMC for several years and the complete solution with the FTD works quite well, however we have had problems in the deployment of the configurations and slowness in presenting the information.
  • User-friendly.
  • More information than other tools.
  • Get full detail of a transaction.
  • Online traffic.
  • Information of blocks.
  • VPN information for troubleshooting.
It is well suited for daily information, block and allowed rules and health monitors, but if you need to do troubleshooting you have to access by CLI especially for VPNs.
We have good support for the tool from the provider and from Cisco, so we are quite fine about it.
The use of this equipment is quite simple and instructive so our administrators have not had major problems with its use and management.
February 05, 2021

No headaches

Juan Francisco Chicaiza Meza | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I work in a bank in the Technology department, We use Fire Power Management Center to administer the firewalls, it has been a great help for the centralized management of devices. It has facilitated the management of resolution of events, the implementation of VPN site to sites, and remote access in an easier way. With the URL module, we have facilitated access to devices that do not use a proxy with which it has been possible to control internet browsing and the security with AMP module.
  • Malicious ips detecion.
  • URL Filtering.
  • ACL by Applications
  • Remote Access VPNs
  • Deployment to apply changes is very slow.
In the scenario of managing several devices it is excellent, but in the case that it is required to replicate rules to an alternative data center, NATs are not replicated.
Carlos Mendoza Barberán | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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At the moment, the Cisco Firepower Management Center team is like our perimeter Firewall. It has given us greater knowledge in terms of applications used and accessed by users, which previously was not possible for us to view. This has allowed us to have greater control over our internet access and also greater vigilance in published accesses.
  • Viewing applications in use by users
  • VPN administration and management
  • Event viewer
  • Obtaining event reports
  • Deploy rules: deployment time should be improved
  • Filters to improve event display
The visualization of established sessions and the detail of the applications that make use of the opened ports are very helpful in defining security rules. The saved settings need to be improved.
The change has been a bit hard, but the support and backing we have had from the manufacturer and the channels has been great, improving our level of equipment operation every day.
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) to manage our IPS/IDS in the environment. We have multiple offices, each with their own IPS/IDS that connects back to Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances). We only use Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) for Firepower on ASA and not FTD in our environment. We also use Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) to prioritize traffic based on application. And we monitor applications that are passing through firewalls.
  • Easy configuration for device managment
  • Clean dashboard
  • Good data for application use
  • Logs are a bit cluttered; should be an easier search function
  • GUI is a bit outdated
  • QoS not available for Firepower
If there are multiple IPS/IDS modules in the ASA that need to be managed, Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) is a great addition for a single plane of management. There are QoS policies, inspection policies that can be added. Application-specific rules can be added and the database for the applications is large. And administration is easy and clean.
October 09, 2020

FMC at its Finest

Mark Sena | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC Series Appliances) is being used in our organization for managing multiple sensors (Firepower). It addresses the ease of managing multiple device across different sites. It is easy to manage and deploy some changes in what site you like. The GUI makes it more manageable than others.
  • Security.
  • Management.
  • scalability.
  • Bugs.
  • User interface.
The Cisco Firepower Management Center is well suited for large network or multiple deployment of Firepower sensors. It makes it more manageable and easy to deploy any policies when using FMC or you want to manage it remotely. This is not applicable if the device can be managed locally.
I give it this rating because it is a work of marvel though it still needs some improvement and bug fixes but overall it is good. You can easily manage the device and you can integrate it to several devices like AD and ISE for more security purposes and I think it's awesome.
Overall usability is an eight for me because it is easy to manage the firewall policies and monitor the devices' health. The configurations are all done in the GUI which makes it more convenient and hassle free. You can also see the devices' health and the progress of the task thru its taskbar.
Score 9 out of 10
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Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) is our Firewall, IPS, and VPN. It is being used across our entire company. We use it to scrub the Internet Traffic to limit the amount of bad traffic that gets past our Firewall and IPS.
  • Easy of Use
  • Alerting
  • The email alerts could use some additional data within them.
  • The dashboards are typical of other tools nothing special.
The way we have Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) setup the IPS scrubs the data first and then the Firewall. That way, we have two separate passes to eliminate the noise.
Our network engineers never have a long wait when working with Cisco Support on the Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) when they need to open a ticket.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our infrastructure is based on Cisco technology, we started using Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) with the FirePower IPS solution, at the beginning it was complicated since it cost us to adapt to the change, but over time it became easier. We were forced to streamline the knowledge of the tool because then we had to migrate to Firewall FTD. Among the inconveniences that were presented to us were the costs of acquiring an additional tool to manage our equipment when it was not necessary before.
  • It is a great advantage to have a single tool for managing multiple devices.
  • The interface is amicable and easy to adapt.
  • There is no risk of immediately applying changes to the device and affecting production; one can decide at what time to perform the deployment.
  • Areas like Computer Security need a console to view events.
  • The different support areas would be greatly benefited if they managed to have consoles and alerts that told them where to mitigate the risks.
  • The scope of areas such as Monitoring and Dispatch have a broad vision with tools such as applying the necessary filters for your environment.
It is a tool of utmost importance for the area of Telecommunications because it allows you to centralize your device management, knowledge, and the ability to manage this tool is necessary. For safety, it is recommended that this tool does not fall into ill-intentioned hands since the equipment it can handle is critical.
We have the direct support of the manufacturer through its service channels, the attention is 24/7, and the response time is acceptable. The support for this tool is almost nil. It all depends on the level of implementation is carried out so that it can fail and request collaboration. Anyway, the manufacturer backs the entire Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC series appliances) solution.

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Firewall Security Management (8)
78%
7.8
Policy planning and rule management (14)
83%
8.3
Automated Policy Orchestration (13)
78%
7.8
Device Discovery (13)
80%
8.0
Policy Compliance Auditing (13)
77%
7.7
Attack Path Simulation Testing (10)
73%
7.3
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation (12)
78%
7.8
Vulnerability Scans (9)
81%
8.1
Firewall Rule Cleanup (12)
77%
7.7

What is Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center?

The Cisco Secure Firepower Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) is presented by the vendor as the administrative nerve center for managing critical Cisco network security solutions. It provides complete and unified management over firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. The vendor states that with it, users easily go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks.

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What is Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center?

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) are a firewall policy and intrusion detection appliance management system, providing an administrative nerve center for managing critical Cisco network security solutions. It provides complete and unified management over firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. Easily go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks.

What is Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center's best feature?

Reviewers rate Policy planning and rule management highest, with a score of 8.3.

Who uses Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center?

The most common users of Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center are from Enterprises and the Financial Services industry.