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AWS Firewall Manager is #7 ranked solution in top Firewall Security Management tools. PeerSpot users give AWS Firewall Manager an average rating of 8 out of 10. AWS Firewall Manager is most commonly compared to Palo Alto Networks Panorama: AWS Firewall Manager vs Palo Alto Networks Panorama. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 19% of all views.
What is AWS Firewall Manager?

AWS Firewall Manager is a security management service which allows you to centrally configure and manage firewall rules across your accounts and applications in AWS Organization. As new applications are created, Firewall Manager makes it easy to bring new applications and resources into compliance by enforcing a common set of security rules. Now you have a single service to build firewall rules, create security policies, and enforce them in a consistent, hierarchical manner across your entire infrastructure.

Using AWS Firewall Manager, you can easily roll out AWS WAF rules for your Application Load Balancers, API Gateways, and Amazon CloudFront distributions. Similarly, you can create AWS Shield Advanced protections for your Application Load Balancers, ELB Classic Load Balancers, Elastic IP Addresses and CloudFront distributions. Finally, with AWS Firewall Manager, you can enable security groups for your Amazon EC2 and ENI resource types in Amazon VPCs.

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Principal Security Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Has good centrally managed rules and good central orchestration
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the centrally managed rule. I also like the central orchestration."
  • "Enabling and configuring the logging is not that straightforward."

What is our primary use case?

We use the publication firewalls to manage all these rules and the group view. It's for all the GDPR rules for the publication firewalls rules. In every department each day we discuss the GDPR calls, or we'll have acquired rules. Some of the rules can be copies of the all the existing rules plus a few nuances that each has. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the centrally managed rule. I also like the central orchestration.

What needs improvement?

The logging needs improvement. The Firewall Manager logs are fine but when it comes to the actual logs for the firewall, that's where there is a problem. Enabling and configuring the logging is not that straightforward.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using AWS Firewall Manager for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We never had any issues that we needed to contact technical support. We never had to open any tickets for Firewall Manager. For other solutions that we have used Fortinet support for they do their bit, then they give us documentation, and they'll give us the support we require.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The time it takes to deploy depends. I do all the manual deployments. The rules for the group vary. Most things are manual, we do not use any templates or anything. Simple rules require two to three weeks. I think that's pretty normal with any new solution. After the rules and groups are set, then it's easy to replicate.

What other advice do I have?

I would say if you have three or four deployments in your environment, then use Firewall Manager. If you have one and want your deployments to grow further in numbers I would always advise to go for Firewall Manager. When we do a neck to neck comparison it's all different.

My recommendation to go with Firewall Manager depends. I feel that when it comes to firewall protection, I would always prefer AWS. If you're looking for full-fledged network firewall capabilities, obviously go for AWS Firewall.

I would rate it an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Presales at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Intuitive, easy to set up and use
Pros and Cons
  • "The interface is intuitive and it is easy for the users."
  • "The system should be more customizable."

What is our primary use case?

We are currently developing a UI and a set of tools for users to be able to easily configure their AWS firewall. The AWS Firewall Manager is one of the solutions that were are working with for this.

For industries such as banking and finance, there are regulatory requirements and compliance policies that companies have to pass. For example, if it is an application that requires the transfer of money then specific compliance would be in place. The AWS Firewall Manager makes it easy to configure and select the type of security required for the industry.

What is most valuable?

The interface is intuitive and it is easy for the users.

What needs improvement?

In AWS, there are so many features that many users get confused about what to use and what not to use. For example, AWS Firewall Manager has perhaps 100 features but only a maximum of 15 to 20 would be generally used. I would say that 80% of the features confuse the users, which makes the system more complicated than it needs to be.

The price of this solution could be reduced.

The system should be more customizable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The AWS Cloud automatically takes care of scalability. It is a managed service and it is not hard to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

Although we have been in contact with technical support, I have not personally been involved in the interaction.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In AWS, I have used multiple firewalls and they are all quite easy to use.

How was the initial setup?

As a service from AWS, it is easy to set up and use.

What about the implementation team?

Being an AWS Cloud partner, we have a good number of consultants in our company who are familiar with implementation, deployment, and maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The AWS Firewall Manager is a little on the costly side.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

All of the cloud providers are coming up with their own service but the main challenge for these types of products is open-source solutions. These are installed on one particular cloud, only. For example, if we're talking about AWS then the main challenge would not be from Azure, but rather, from open-source firewalls that people install.

While this solution is easy to use, it is a little bit on the costly side. This means that people will look to open-source solutions in the future.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to do a cost-benefit analysis of using AWS Firewalls versus using an open-source solution.

That said, I do recommend that people use this product. Obviously, it depends on the requirements so I can not simply recommend it to somebody without knowing a little bit more about their environment, but in some cases, I would recommend it immediately.

From a technical perspective, it is a good product. From a customizability perspective, there is room for improvement.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner