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"It is easy to install and does not require any plugins for your browser.""The solution has improved our organization with its firewall.""The solution is very easy to set up."

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"For the cleanup of firewall rules, it performs really well for us. We utilize it in our regular rule cleanup tasks, several times a year. FireMon is our primary tool when doing that, either by going through its out-of-the-box compliance rules or using it to search for certain things in our rules that we want to prune from our firewalls.""FireMon is nice and provides 360-degree user views.""The SQL language is convenient to use. It allows us to process a bunch of criteria very quickly and narrows things down if there is an issue with the firewall. It's easy to do that with SQL queries.""The most valuable features are the security assessments and the ability to identify unused rules or objects.""The firewall assessment feature is great.""The most valuable feature is that everything is recorded in the historical logs, including the firewall rules, headcounts, object-level usage, and the rule documentation. The rule certification details are also there, which means that someone can be held accountable for a specific firewall rule.""It is a good product. Previously, we were using only spreadsheets to compare the usage, but now with FireMon, we are able to clean up or review the policies to some extent. It is still a work in progress, but we are at a good stage now.""Compared to other applications, it is user-friendly. The appearance of the menus and titles is clear and they are easy to follow. Of course, it requires some experience through using it, to go through everything, but it is not very difficult. It is an easy application to use."

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"We could do only one-way NAT-ing, where the traffic comes from outside to internal, to Azure, which is fine. However, when we actually do NAT-ed traffic to hit the firewall, that way is not working.""There should be a simple one-click deployment for a firewall, rather than a set of setup instructions that include steps such as the DNS configuration, et cetera.""The price is okay. This said, the solution is certainly expensive in comparison with other cloud services."

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"When it comes to real-time compliance management, something that is missing is alerting on certain, predefined controls. It would be good to have a predefined set of controls which, if not complied with in a newly set up rule, would create an alert for us. That is something that is missing, out-of-the-box.""We have not used the Policy Planner but even so, we have identified areas of improvement with it during our testing. For example, it could be better when it comes to ease of integration or ease of policy automation. Another problem is that there is a console where it has too many options and is not very straightforward. Essentially, controlling it could be made more seamless.""I don't like that it comes with bugs, constant issues, and limited functionality.""Our firewalls have multiple paths through them and FireMon falls short a little bit because it's not Palo Alto-centric. I don't think FireMon has kept up with where Palo Alto is at. They started out being Check Point-centric for years and they've never really fully embraced the nuances others, like Palo Alto or Fortinet, have. They don't handle a lot of the capabilities and attributes that Palo Alto does yet. They're working on it. They're getting there.""The cost of the solution is pretty expensive. It would be ideal if they could work on their pricing.""It comes as a Linux appliance on a server and we're not a Linux shop, we're more of a Windows shop. It would be great if they could automate or integrate the backups into it and other things through their GUI interface, just to make the management of Linux a little more transparent.""While I like the reporting, I think that has the biggest room for improvement. Right now, as a user of FireMon, if I create a report, I am the only one who can see it inside FireMon. If someone on my team creates a report, they are the only person who can see that report on FireMon. It doesn't matter if you're admin in FireMon or not. The way we have to do it now is that we have created a service account user and that service account user runs all the reports. This way, all the reports, which are running, are just run under a single user so we can always access them. This definitely needs to change so users can see other users' reports or we can share reports within FireMon.""Its reporting can be improved. I am the only one who works a lot with it, and I am having problems in terms of reporting. In the case of Palo Alto, I'm okay with it, but with some of the Cisco devices, such as routers, when I provide the reports to other teams for review, they always say that the hit count is incorrect. So, I was struggling for a long time to work with them. When working with other teams, they have a lot of questions about reporting, such as how it reports, and we are still struggling with that."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution is certainly expensive in comparison with other cloud services."
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  • "FireMon is cheaper than AlgoSec."
  • "Pricing is reasonable."
  • "FireMon is very expensive. I think that they charge a premium. In general, they are very pricey. Compared to their competitors, they cost a little more than the other solutions that we evaluated."
  • "This is an expensive solution. The cost of three modules for three years was approximately one million."
  • "The pricing was very good during our initial year, but they increased it this year a little bit. The price is okay. It is not cheap, but it is still average."
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    Questions from the Community
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    It is easy to install and does not require any plugins for your browser.
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    The Azure pricing is good, although there are a lot of minor details compared to AWS. Azure stack pricing, but only thing is it has too many nitty gritties and minor details, compared to AWS. AWS… more »
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    There should be a simple one-click deployment for a firewall, rather than a set of setup instructions that include steps such as the DNS configuration, et cetera. It should be a friendly one-click… more »
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    It is a good product. Previously, we were using only spreadsheets to compare the usage, but now with FireMon, we are able to clean up or review the policies to some extent. It is still a work in… more »
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    The pricing was very good during our initial year, but they increased it this year a little bit. The price is okay. It is not cheap, but it is still average.
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    Its reporting can be improved. I am the only one who works a lot with it, and I am having problems in terms of reporting. In the case of Palo Alto, I'm okay with it, but with some of the Cisco… more »
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    Overview

    Azure Firewall Manager is a security management service that provides central security policy and route management for cloud-based security perimeters.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    FireMon, the only agile network security policy management (NSPM) platform, brings visibility, control, and automation to enterprise cloud and hybrid network infrastructures.

    • To drive agility across hybrid networks, the headless orchestration API allows customers to integrate with any existing system or process including IT Service Management platforms like ServiceNow, Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) tools like Splunk Phantom and Palo Alto Cortex SOAR, and DevOps platforms like Red Hat Ansible and HashiCorp Terraform.
    • To drive security efficiency and eliminate misconfigurations caused by complexity and manual processes, the platform addresses inefficient rule creation and change processes, delivers risk assessment of change through pre-change simulation and provides policy change recommendation.
    • To meet scale and heterogeneity requirements, FireMon normalizes policy across thousands of firewalls, devices, and cloud security groups through a single interface.

    FireMon customers routinely experience up to 90% improvements in network security policy efficiency while eliminating common misconfigurations which lead to breaches and compliance violations.

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    Convey, MGM Resorts International, Southwest Airlines, Alkami, Costco, Aetna, IBM, Salesforce, Verizon, Wells Fargo
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Insurance Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Insurance Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government5%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Azure Firewall Manager is ranked 10th in Firewall Security Management with 3 reviews while FireMon is ranked 3rd in Firewall Security Management with 14 reviews. Azure Firewall Manager is rated 8.0, while FireMon is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall Manager writes "Responsive support, scales well, and it is easy to install". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FireMon writes "We have made massive improvements to firewall management and firewall hygiene". Azure Firewall Manager is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Panorama, AWS Firewall Manager, Skybox Security Suite, Tufin and Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, whereas FireMon is most compared with Tufin, AlgoSec, Skybox Security Suite, Palo Alto Networks Panorama and Fortinet FortiGate Cloud. See our Azure Firewall Manager vs. FireMon report.

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