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Comparison Buyer's Guide
Executive Summary
Updated on March 21, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco ASA Firewall and Fortinet Fortigate based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of Cisco ASA Firewall say if you are familiar with Cisco products, the deployment is easy. However, if you do not have experience using their products, it can be complex. In contrast, Fortinet Fortigate users overwhelmingly agree that deployment is easy and the initial setup is straightforward.
  • Features: Reviewers of both solutions praise their stability. Valuable features of Cisco ASA Firewall include intrusion detection and prevention, application control, URL filtering, command-line interface, good reports, great visibility, remote VPN, ACL, and role-based access. Some of the features that users mention are lacking include better encryption, a less overwhelming user interface, stronger policy-based routing, and better configuration.

    Valuable features of Fortinet Fortigate include UTM shared bundle, SD-WAN network monitoring and features, Industrial Databases, Internet of Things, Detection, VPN, intuitive administration panel, a good user interface, great templates, Advanced routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PBR), web filtering, application control, intrusion protection, link load balancing, reliability, user-friendliness, two-factor authentication, content filtering switches, and unified threat management capabilities. Users mention there are areas where the solution could be improved, including better monitoring and reporting, more improvements on the WiFi controller and the SSL-VPN, better performance and speed, and more flexibility for some of the cloud-based features.
  • Pricing: Users of Cisco ASA Firewall say the pricing is expensive. Fortinet Fortigate users share mixed opinions, with some users expressing they think the pricing is affordable and fair and some users mentioning they think it is on the more expensive side.
  • Service and Support: Users of Cisco ASA Firewall feel that service and support is excellent, noting that you have access to it 24/7. Users of Fortinet Fortigate are satisfied with the service and support they receive, reporting that they have had positive experiences and fast turnaround times.
  • ROI: Cisco ASA Firewall users confirm that they have seen an ROI by avoiding attacks and protecting their network. Fortinet Fortigate users also say they have definitely seen an ROI.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Fortinet Fortigate comes out on top. Its ease of deployment combined with its solid set of features and excellent service and support ratings make it a more desirable solution than Cisco ASA Firewall.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report (Updated: August 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Would you recommend replacing Cisco ASA Firewall with Fortinet FortiGate FG 100F due to cost reasons?
Answer: I recommend Cisco Firepower NGFW
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Quotes From Members
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Pros
"The implementation is pretty straightforward.""We get the Security Intelligence Feeds refreshed every hour from Talos, which from my understanding is that they're the largest intelligence Security Intelligence Group outside of the government.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""The integration of network and workload micro-segmentation helps a lot to provide unified segmentation policies across east-west and north-south traffic. One concrete example is with Cisco ACI for the data center. Not only are we doing what is called a service graph on the ACI to make sure that we can filter traffic east-west between two endpoints in the same network, but when we go north-south or east-west, we can then leverage what we have on the network with SGTs on Cisco ISE. Once you build your matrix, it is very easy to filter in and out on east-west or north-south traffic.""With Cisco, there are a lot of features such as the network map. Cisco builds the whole network map of the machines you have behind your firewall and gives you insight into the vulnerabilities and attributes that the host has. Checkpoint and Fortinet don't have that functionality directly on the firewall.""The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy.""Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity."

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"I have not contacted technical support. There is a lot of information on the internet for troubleshooting. All you need to do is use a search engine and you will find the information you are looking for easily.""The clusters in data centers are great.""We find all of its features very useful. Its main features are policies and access lists. We use both of them, and we also use routing.""The whole firewall functionality, including firewall policies and IPS policies, is valuable. It has all kinds of functionalities. It has IPS, VPN, and other features. They are doing quite a lot of stuff with their devices.""The VPN feature is the most valuable to us because it accomplishes the task well. We're able to do everything we need to do.""Cisco ASA Firewall is a well known product. They're always updating it, and you know what they're doing and that it works.""The remote access, VPN, and ACL features are valuable. We are using role-based access for individuals.""The management aspect of the product is very straightforward."

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"The VPN is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable features are that it is very simple to configure and to manage.""The simplicity of the product is great. It's very easy to use, which is a compliment we get all the time in terms of feedback.""Fortinet FortiGate is stable. It's used across all the countries, this is the way most multinationals run their system.""The performance is good.""The solution is extremely reliable.""We've found the solution to be pretty stable.""We use a lot of function on the IPS and it works well for us."

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Cons
"The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""The only drawback of the user interface is when it comes to policies. When you open it and click on the policies, you have to move manually left and right if you want to see the whole field within the cell. Checkpoint has a very detailed user interface.""Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""The application detection feature of this solution could be improved as well as its integration with other solutions.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""My team tells me that other solutions such as Fortinet and Palo Alto are easier to implement.""Most of the features don't work well, and some features are missing as well.""Maybe the dashboard could be a bit better."

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"Nowadays, nobody is in the office, so I need to figure out how to put the firewall outside. If I could have a centralized firewall that also receives information from external locations, like peoples' home offices, that would help us consolidate everything into one appliance.""I would like to see them update the GUI so that it doesn't look like it was made in 1995.""I would like to see them add more next-generation features so that you don't need a lot of appliances to do just one task. It should be a single solution.""The cost is very high. Most organizations cannot afford it.""Cisco should work on ASDM. One of the biggest drawbacks of Cisco ASA is ASDM GUI. Cisco should improve the ASDM GUI. The configuration through ASDM is really difficult as compared to CLI. Sometimes when you are doing the configuration in ASDM, it suddenly crashes. It also crashes while pushing a policy. Cisco should really work on this.""The virtual firewalls don't work very well with Cisco AnyConnect.""Its user interface is good, but it could be better. Currently, you have to know what to do before you can manage a device. If you don't know what to do, you can mess things up. There are some devices that are easier, such as FortiGate. The user interface of FortiGate is more intuitive. It is very easy to log in and configure things.""It is hard to control the bandwidth of end-users with a Cisco Firewall. That is the main issue I've faced. I used Mikrotik for many years for this very reason. Mikrotik has the option to set a bandwidth restriction for a single IP or complete segments. Cisco should add this option to their firewall."

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"One of the features that I would like to have is to do with endpoint production, it should be integrated. For example, the firewall gets notified of any kind of forensic event that needs to be done, such as if there is a ransomware attack and how it originated, all those records have to be available from the firewall, which is not.""Bandwidth usage in reporting could be improved for Fortinet FortiGate.""It should be more stable. There should be full integration within Fortinet products themselves as well as with other third-party products. Especially when you're not dealing with SIEM and the correlation of the security box, we want Fortinet to be able to share that information with as many other products as it can.""I don't like that anything more than very basic reporting is not included.""I would like reporting to be improved and should offer a lot more tools to monitor the products.""Its price could be better.""The cloud management and automation capability could be improved.""The platform's interface could improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
  • "The price is comparable."
  • "It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market."
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  • "I'd say it's probably well-priced."
  • "The product cost is a little high. It is a little bit on the high side, and it should be a little bit cost-friendly."
  • "We pay about €2,000 ($2,400 USD) per year for licensing."
  • "If we compare it with FortiGate and the co-existing ASA, FortiGate is better in price."
  • "They seem to be at the top end in terms of pricing, but they are worth the price. They are probably a little bit lower than Palo Alto. If the customers are relying on Cisco products and they are thinking more in terms of scaling to another layer in a year, it is pretty much in a good price range."
  • "We're using the smart license for this firewall. The models that we have require licensing for remote access."
  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "I just bought it off the shelf, and I'm using it with my previous one, so I have not spent that much."
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  • "It's very affordable."
  • "Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
  • "The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
  • "I think that the pricing is fair."
  • "For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "If you purchase a one-year subscription with the hardware and then you want to renew for the second year, it is very costly."
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    Answers from the Community
    Isaiah Dominic
    DanielValente - PeerSpot reviewerDanielValente
    User

    Hi, 


    You are comparing a piece of old equipment with a true next-gen firewall. 


    Nevertheless, there is a specific use case where I did this exact exercise and went with Cisco ASA, if the main objective is to terminate IPsec tunnels, in this field (more close to routing) ASA is excellent. 


    But if you are looking for URL filtering application visibility, and easiness of management go with FortiGate, for sure.

    Luis Apodaca - PeerSpot reviewerLuis Apodaca
    User

    Chalk and cheese! 


    I'd never said they were exactly the same. I just said they are good enough to do the job. Of course, the newer device is better in quantity of functions and options (no matter the brand) but again if the first device is working, why change it. What is the real need to make such a big change without a real need to do it? It's not affordable for most organizations.


    What is your goal,@Isaiah Dominic? Please tell us what functions you need from FortiGate which are not there, in Cisco ASA?


    Again, how are you gonna reduce the cost of buyying somethig to replace some gear you already have doing the job, @Isaiah Dominic? What are your use cases? I'm not supporting the Cisco brand (trust me I dont like it, ) but maybe ii's because my English isn't that good but I dont get it.


    Good luck!

    Luis Apodaca - PeerSpot reviewerLuis Apodaca
    User

    Hi @Isaiah Dominic,



    I have a few questions:
    Does replace mean that you already have a Cisco device? What's the reason for replacing it if is working? So, I assume it's not working. In that case, I have the second question:

    I suppose you should have a configuration backup for using it, in case your device crashes. How much do you value all that job? Is the cost of the new different device worth it? 


    If you make the change you gonna need to config the whole thing from scratch!! Is it worth it?

    Both devices are good enough.

    I expect this could help you, 


    Good luck!

    Mohamed El-Sherbini - PeerSpot reviewerMohamed El-Sherbini
    Real User

    Highly recommended 


    You'll find extreme differences between both, especially in cost and support. 


    For any inquiries don't hesitate to send me a DM.

    reviewer1128744 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1128744 (Manager Network & Communication Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User

    The ASA model is very important here.


    Does the ASA has the NGFW features or it's the old legacy FW?


    Did you do the proper sizing for the FG, to decide this is the suitable model?


    What I expect, you have an old legacy FW (Cisco ASA) and you want to replace it with NGFW. If so, I recommend this step, but my concern is to take care of the sizing calculation, since the performance in a Cisco firewall is slightly better.

    Richard Benfatto - PeerSpot reviewerRichard Benfatto
    User

    Confusing, costs? Cost is an elastic term that with time will determine choices. 


    Fortinet is KING!. 


    Cisco ASA could not come anywhere near. Not sure reasons for going to ASA, in the first place. 


    The Forti OS system and the hardware appliances on most models have custom chips that provide an incredible throughput with lots of protection enabled policies otherwise, like ASA, the CPU would choke very quickly.


    All that I can say is that you cannot go wrong with a FortiGate appliance. Simple as that.

    Bijo Abraham - PeerSpot reviewerBijo Abraham
    User

    Hi @Isaiah Dominic,


    I would think you are upgrading your current ASA which is there for a long time with a NextGen firewall. 


    I don’t understand the point of reducing the cost, since ASA is an old product, you wouldn’t be able to compare the prices. In terms of the cyber security and next-generation firewall capabilities, I would suggest looking at products from Palo Alto Networks and compare with FortiGate which price-wise would be better. 


    A next-generation firewall is recommended if it is a small, medium or large environment as the cyber-attacks are exponentially high now. I would highly recommend having a look around Palo Alto vs FortiGate comparison and the pros and cons. 


    I will leave it up to you and I hope this helps.

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    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
    Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) is a firewall that provides capabilities beyond those of a standard firewall and delivers comprehensive, unified policy management of firewall functions, application control, threat prevention, and advanced malware protection from the network to the endpoint.

    Cisco NGFW Firewalls include advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small offices to high-performance data centers and service providers, and are deployed in leading private and public clouds. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.

    Key Features of Cisco NGFW Firewalls

    • Breach prevention and advanced security: Prevent attacks before they get inside. Cisco provides its firewalls with the latest intelligence to stop emerging threats and employs filtering to enforce policies on hundreds of millions of URLs. Cisco NGFW offers built-in sandboxing and advanced malware protection that continuously analyzes file behavior to quickly detect and eliminate threats.

    • Comprehensive network visibility: Constantly monitor your network so you can rapidly spot and stop bad behavior. Cisco NGFW provides a holistic view of all activity and provides a clear picture of threat activity across users, hosts, networks, and devices, as well as information on threats and website, application, and VM activities.

    • Flexible management and deployment options: Centrally deploy, customize, and manage all your appliances.

    • Fast detection: Detect threats in seconds and detect the presence of a successful breach within hours or minutes. Cisco NGFW allows you to deploy consistent policy that's easy to maintain, with automatic enforcement across all the different parts of your organization.

    • Automation and product integrations: Seamlessly integrate with Cisco tools and automatically share threat information, event data, policy, and contextual information with email, web, endpoint, and network security tools. Cisco NGFW automates security tasks like impact assessment, policy management and tuning, and user identification.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco NGFW stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its extensive discovery abilities that enable you to constantly see what is happening on your network and take action when necessary, and the high level of protection it provides.

    Mike B., a director of IT security at a wellness & fitness company, writes, "It is one of the fastest solutions, if not the fastest, in the security technology space. This gives us peace of mind knowing that as soon as a new attack comes online that we will be protected in short order. From that perspective, no one really comes close now to Firepower, which is hugely valuable to us from an upcoming new attack prevention perspective."

    Zhulien K., the lead network security engineer at TechnoCore LTD, notes, " The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy. Again, with that being said, I cannot shy away from giving kudos to all of the other features such as AVC (Application Visibility and Control), SSL Decryption, Identity policy, Correlation policy, REST API, and more. All of the features that are incorporated in the Cisco Firepower NGFW are awesome and easy to configure if you know what you are doing. Things almost always work, unless you hit a bug, which is fixed with a simple software update. "

    Cisco ASA Firewall is a security device that combines firewall, intrusion prevention, virtual private network (VPN), and antivirus capabilities. Its main purpose is to provide proactive threat defense to stop attacks before they spread through the network.

    Cisco ASA Firewall Features

    Cisco ASA Firewall has many valuable key features, including:

    • Intrusion prevention system (IPS): Cisco ASA Firewall’s IPS provides contextual awareness.
    • Advanced threat protection: Gain protection against zero day threats (based on using global threat intelligence) .
    • Rapid threat containment: With Cisco ASA Firewall, you can proactively mitigate risks. If a threat is detected, additional security policies are applied to other network devices for increased protection.
    • High availability: Cisco ASA Firewall offers high availability for high resiliency applications
    • Integrated IPS, VPN, and unified communications capabilities
    • Multi-node clustering
    • Multi-site
    • High performance

    Cisco ASA Firewall Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Cisco ASA Firewall include:

    • Superior protection from threats through CSC, IPS, and the like.
    • Better pricing means that TCO is reduced. 
    • High performance levels that can be scaled to achieve 10+ Gbps.
    • You can deploy new applications easily over secured layers.
    • Identity-based access helps you access business resources.
    • Identity-based access can be integrated with other services, such as LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory.
    • By implementing Cisco ASA Firewall, IT resources are freed up.
    • Because Cisco ASA Firewall offers effective prevention, your spyware cleanup costs decrease.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Cisco ASA Firewall users.

    A Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company says, “All the features are very valuable. Among them is the integration for remote users, with AnyConnect, to the infrastructure. All the security through that is wonderful and it's very easy. You connect and you are inside your company network via VPN. Everything is encrypted and it's a very good solution.” He goes on to add, “The intrusion prevention system, the intrusion detection, is perfect. But you can also integrate Cisco with an IPS solution from another vendor, and just use the ASA with AnyConnect and as a firewall. Cisco ASA also provides application control. You can block or prevent people from going to certain applications or certain content.”

    Jonathan M., Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society, comments, "The benefits we see from the ASA are connected to teleworking as well as, of course, having the basic functionality of a firewall in place and the prevention of attacks. The standard reports allow us to constantly monitor our environment and take corrective steps.

    Eric H., CEO at NPI Technology Management, explains, “The command-line interface is really useful for us. We script basic installations and modifications through the command-line, which is considered sort of old school, and yet it allows us to fully document the changes that we're making due to the fact that we can save the exact script that was applied and say, "Here are the changes that we made."

    Fortinet FortiGate is an innovative line of firewalls that aim to protect organizations from all types of web-based network threats. They come in a wide variety of product types. Fortinet FortiGate’s solutions are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

    Fortinet FortiGate provides users with next-generation firewall solutions that provide proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments to data centers to cloud environments. You can protect every part of your network without exception. Additionally, your protections can be managed from a single central location. This ensures that the task of protecting your network is infinitely easier to accomplish.

    Benefits of Fortinet FortiGate

    Some of the benefits of using Fortinet FortiGate include:

    • The ability to manage your firewalls from a centralized automated control console. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiManager enables administrators to exercise control of their firewalls in a streamlined manner. Administrators have full visibility and control over their system from a single location. It utilizes automation that collects information in real time, which greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of running various types of workflows. Administrators can free up resources by automating the most basic tasks.
    • The ability to produce uniform, appropriate, and coordinated responses to threats across networks. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiGuard feature generates system protections in near real time. This allows administrators to address threats to the system with custom-made solutions that can be uniformly enforced.
    • The ability to scale up your security to fit your changing security needs. Fortinet FortiGate’s design allows users to accelerate the transfer of data between users and escalate the number of users that are covered without compromising security of performance. This means that users can grow their networks and continue to collaborate without worrying about the system slowing down or coming under attack.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall solutions are cutting edge. They stand out from competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the robustness and power of their firewalls. Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with the solution. These firewalls enable users to use a single piece of software to accomplish tasks that often require the use of multiple pieces of software.

    PeerSpot user Eric S., a Solutions Engineer and Consultant at a tech-services company, notes the robustness of this solution when he writes, "One of the nice things about FortiGate is that it can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises. You can actually do both. That's the biggest reason why I stick with this solution as opposed to something like Cisco Meraki. Another nice thing is that I can log directly into a FortiGate or get to it through their FortiCloud access products. They're pretty reliable and consistent. One of the reasons why I started using the product was their single pane of management. I can deploy their line of firewalls in conjunction with their switching and access points, and I can manage the entire network from one interface.”

    PeerSpot user Jim M., a network admin at Penobscot Valley Hospital, notes the power of Fortinet FortiGate’s security software when he writes, "It does a lot for you for intrusion protection and as an antivirus. The threat management bundle is worth the money. You don't need another company to monitor your web traffic for you. You can do everything yourself on the firewall. You restrict your own black list for people on the firewall.”

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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Large Enterprise29%
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    Large Enterprise50%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco ASA Firewall is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 87 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 169 reviews. Cisco ASA Firewall is rated 8.4, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA Firewall writes "Includes multiple tools that help manage and troubleshoot, but needs SD-WAN for load balancing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Cisco ASA Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Meraki MX, pfSense, Juniper SRX and Sophos XG, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with pfSense, Sophos XG, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and WatchGuard Firebox. See our Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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