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Executive Summary
Updated on May 29, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall and Palo Alto Networks WildFire based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most Cisco Firepower reviewers say the initial setup is straightforward. In contrast, most WildFire reviewers say the initial setup is complex.
  • Features: Cisco Firepower reviewers say the solution is fast, stable, and easy to use. Several users note that the user interface could be enhanced. WildFire reviewers say the solution is secure and performs well but find it difficult to configure and would like more integration options.
  • Pricing: Most Cisco Firepower reviewers feel the price is fair. WildFire reviewers, on the other hand, write that the solution is expensive.

  • ROI: Cisco Firepower reviewers report being satisfied with the ROI. WildFire reviewers do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Most Cisco Firepower users report being satisfied with the level of support they receive. WildFire users are also generally happy with the support they receive, but several users mention a slow response time.

Comparison Results: Cisco Firepower is the winner in this comparison. It is relatively easy to deploy and is a fast and stable product with good customer support. In addition, compared to WildFire, it is reasonably priced.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall vs. Palo Alto Networks WildFire report (Updated: September 2022).
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Question: How does Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall compare with Palo Alto Networks Wildfire?
Answer: The Cisco Firepower NGFW are a very robust and efficient firewalls. The only weak I can say is their Firepower Management Center, is a tool a bit slow, to tell the true the new versions go faster but I think they need to improve this tool, is very powerful in features but it needs to go a bit faster. As to Palo Alto I don't work with any yet, so I can't tell anything.
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"The implementation is pretty straightforward.""I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable.""The most valuable features of this solution are the integrations and IPS throughput.""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.""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.""The main thing that I love the most is its policy and objects. Whenever I try to give access to a user, I can create an object via group creation in the object fields. This way, I am not able to enter a user in the policy repeatedly.""If configured, Firepower provides us with application visibility and control.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are sandbox capabilities.""I love the idea of Palo Alto Networks WildFire. It's more geared toward preventing malware. If someone's laptop or phone is malware-infected, the tool prevents it from uploading valuable corporate data outside the corporate network. That's what I love about Palo Alto Networks WildFire. It stops malware in its tracks.""We have found that Palo Alto Networks WildFire is scalable. We currently have six thousand users for the product.""It gives a more accurate assessment of a virus in terms of whether it's truly a virus, malware, or a false positive. We have some legacy software that could pop up as being something that is malware. WildFire goes through and inspects it, and then it comes back and lets us know if it's a false positive. Usually, when it finds out that it's not a virus, it lets us know that it's benign, and it can exclude it from that scan, which means I don't even have to worry about that one popping up anymore.""The scalability is acceptable.""The backup is the best feature.""Intuitive threat prevention and analysis solution, with a machine learning feature. Scalable, stable, and protects against zero-day threats.""The most valuable features are all of the security features in terms of protection and SSL and VPN."

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Cons
"The performance should be improved.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience.""I would like to see improvement when you create policies on Snort 3 IPS on Cisco Firepower. On Snort 2, it was more like a UI page where you had some multiple choices where you could tweak your config. On Snort 3, the idea is more to build some rules on the text file or JSON file, then push it. So, I would like to see a lot of improvements here.""Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website.""Most of the features don't work well, and some features are missing as well.""Cisco makes horrible UIs, so the interface is something that should be improved.""The application detection feature of this solution could be improved as well as its integration with other solutions."

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"The cost of the solution is excessively high.""Our main concern is that everything has to be synced with the WildFire Cloud and has to be checked through the subscription.""In the future, Palo Alto could reduce the time it takes to process the file.""The threat intelligence that we receiving in the reporting was not as expected. We were expecting more. Additionally, we should be able to whitelist a specific file based on a variety of attributes.""Management and web filtering can be improved. There should also be better reporting, particularly around web filtering.""The automation and responsiveness need improvement.""I don't think it needs to improve anything, except maybe the speed to deploy the changes.""The system performance degrades after the solution has been deployed for some time. The data that it gives us becomes a little bit slow. When you try to get some data for troubleshooting, it seems like it's working hard to extract that data."

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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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  • "The price is a bit higher than the other products such as TrendMicro, or FireEye."
  • "Pricing could be improved."
  • "We are on an annual subscription. When we purchased the firewall, we had activated this solutions license for a minimum of one year. The price of the solution is fair."
  • "It depends on the features. Additional features cost additional money as well."
  • "The solution is overpriced."
  • "The price of the Palo Alto Networks WildFire license is expensive. When it came time to renew the solution the price doubled."
  • "WildFire is a little bit pricey. Sometimes it's difficult to sell it to customers at the current price."
  • "The physical appliance is around €3,000 or €4,000, and then, you have the licensing for a year for around €3,000."
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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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. "

    WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.
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    Sample Customers
    Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
    Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk Corporation
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Government18%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Retailer9%
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is ranked 7th in Firewalls with 52 reviews while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 18 reviews. Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is rated 8.2, while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall writes "The ability to implement dynamic policies for dynamic environments is important, given the fluidity in the world of security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "Intuitive, stable, and scalable zero-day threat prevention solution with a machine learning feature". Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Meraki MX, Check Point NGFW and pfSense, whereas Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiGate, Juniper SRX and Zscaler Internet Access.

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