From 1-10, FMC is an 8.
March 09, 2023

From 1-10, FMC is an 8.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is used to manage cisco firewalls running FTD Image or Cisco IPS/IDS Firepower Modules on top of Cisco ASA. Access, Intrusion, URL, and Malware Policies are controlled from one place for all managed devices. The network object can be reused between access policies. FMC provides great visibility and context for events, threads, and traffic generated from users, applications, and operating systems used in the infrastructure.
  • Manage firewall access policies
  • Manage IPS policies
  • Wizards for VPN configuration
  • NAT configuration
  • Faster depolyments
  • Simultaneous access policy configuration by multiple users
  • More VPN Troubleshooting options on GUI
  • Managing access policies from one place
  • In case FMC is not available, all firewall changes are blocked
  • VPN Configuration Wizards
Palo Alto Panorama is more user-friendly and provided faster policy deployment compared to Cisco FMC. Panorama is more stable compared to Cisco FMC. Cisco FMC is better when compared to CheckPoint Smart Console. Configuration and troubleshooting in CheckPoint Smart Console are more complicated and are not as user-friendly as it is in Cisco FMC.

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FMC is feature-rich and user-friendly. Cisco firewalls can run on standalone mode (FDM) but fewer features are supported on FDM. FMC is a must when working with Cisco Firewall. Migration from Cisco ASA to Cisco FTD is easy. There is a tool (FMT) that converts and imports the cisco IOS configuration file to FMC. FMC runs in VM or can be purchased as a physical appliance. The downside is that FMC is not quite fast and has bugs, especially when running in the older version 5x. and 6x.

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center Feature Ratings

Policy planning and rule management
Automated Policy Orchestration
Not Rated
Device Discovery
Policy Compliance Auditing
Not Rated
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Not Rated
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Vulnerability Scans
Not Rated
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Not Rated