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We performed a comparison between Cisco IOS Security and Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco IOS Security vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"In Pakistan, we only use Cisco because they have good local support infrastructure. Huawei and Fortinet don't offer direct support in Pakistan.""One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.""Cisco Technical Assistance Center works on a follow-the-sun concept and gives real 24x7 customer support, which is a great advantage when you have a service contract with them.""The VPN was valuable for us because more people are working from home. It has a lot of reporting and easy-to-use management tools.""One of the valuable features of the solution is its flexibility and it performs great.""The solution is very user-friendly and easy to deal with.""The most valuable features of Cisco IOS Security are the plenty of functionality it provides, many people are IT certified the usage, and the user interface is good.""The technical is excellent."

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"Everything has been okay with the solution. We are using all of the features.""You can scale the product.""I like the solution's interface.""It's very easy to use and configure. What is nice about Palo Alto is that even if you don't understand how to use it, you can just click on upload and upload everything that needs to be blocked.""The stability of Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is good."

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Cons
"While Cisco IOS Security is stable and scalable, I would like to see it improved to be even better.""The graphical user interface or the GUI could be better. Beginners can use some devices with the GUI, but some security devices are configured using CLI. It would also be better if it had its own Intrusion Protection Service and Intrusion Detection Service on the server.""Cisco IOS Security could improve by having more compatibility with other Cisco solutions.""It takes too much time to deploy a policy to FMC. It takes around eight minutes. You can't afford any downtime when you're changing policies.""It would be ideal if the solution had more capacity.""There could be a bit more functions on offer that could make it easier to use.""I think they should bring back remote VPN for users.""Sometimes I find it difficult to manage. Some configurations are difficult for new engineers, for example."

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"The initial setup is complex.""The cost involves the price of the hardware, which is expensive. However, most of the Palo Alto solutions are expensive.""The technology firewall anomaly network could stand improvement.""In terms of what needs improvement, the only thing I don't like is the support."

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  • "It is necessary to pay for a license in order to use the solution. It is on a yearly basis and the price is high."
  • "Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico."
  • "The price of the solution should be cheaper, and the license is purchase annually."
  • "They have smart licenses that can be provided for one year, two years, three years, five years, and seven years. Alternatively, they have perpetual licenses available."
  • "Cisco IOS Security price could be reduced, it is more expensive than many of the other solutions, such as Sophos and Fortinet FortiGate."
  • "Cisco IOS Security is not very expensive, and pricing depends on where you live. It's affordable for both individuals and institutions. On a scale from one to five, I would give Cisco's pricing a four."
  • "The cost may be around $5,000 to $10,000 a year. If you want support you have to pay at least this price."
  • "The pricing for Cisco IOS Security is reasonable compared to other Cisco products."
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  • "The pricing could be lower."
  • "Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention could improve by having consistent pricing at system levels."
  • "The cost involves the price of the hardware, which is expensive. However, most of the Palo Alto solutions are expensive."
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    Top Answer:One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.
    Top Answer:Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico. I have been working with the next-generation firewalls by Palo Alto and the… more »
    Top Answer:I think they should bring back remote VPN for users. However, I understand the attempt is to have these functions inside the firewalls and not the routers or the IOS devices.
    Top Answer:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
    Top Answer:We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. You simply need to pay the licensing fee and there are no extra costs.
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    IOS Security
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    Overview
    Cisco IOS Software delivers a sophisticated set of security capabilities for a comprehensive, layered security approach throughout your network infrastructure. Cisco IOS security technologies help to defend critical business processes against attack and disruption, protect privacy, and support policy and regulatory compliance controls.

    Threats do not discriminate between application delivery vectors, requiring an approach that has full visibility into all application traffic, including SSL encrypted content, with full user context. Threat Prevention leverages the visibility of our next-generation firewall to inspect all traffic, automatically preventing known threats, regardless of port, protocol or SSL encryption.

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    Sample Customers
    Arup Group, Brunel University London, City of Biel, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, K&L Gates , New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Offshore Northern Seas, Transplace
    University of Arkansas, JBG SMITH, SkiStar AB, TRI-AD, Temple University, Telkom Indonesia
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Security Firm11%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Financial Services Firm36%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
    Healthcare Company9%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco IOS Security vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco IOS Security vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cisco IOS Security is ranked 6th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 14 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is ranked 10th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 5 reviews. Cisco IOS Security is rated 7.8, while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS Security writes "Great security and automation with helpful technical assistance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention writes "Reliable with good IPS and helpful support". Cisco IOS Security is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Secure Firewall, Meraki MX and Cato Networks, whereas Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is most compared with Check Point IPS, Darktrace, Cisco Secure Network Analytics, Fortinet FortiGate IPS and Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall. See our Cisco IOS Security vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention report.

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