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We performed a comparison between Cisco NGIPS and KerioControl 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 NGIPS vs. KerioControl Report (Updated: November 2022).
657,849 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"It is salable and technically sound.""The technical support is impressive.""Its ease of use and its ability to block and allow ports in and out of our organization are the most valuable features. It works very well. It gives us all the information that we need.""The most valuable features of Cisco NGIPS are protection and reporting.""The Malware Detection, threat defense, sandboxing, VPN and mail security have all been valuable features of Cisco NGIPS.""Cisco NGIPS is working well overall with our current needs.""The security intelligence in the product is the best feature and give us all the information that we need in our network.""It has helped to improve our cybersecurity and our network security posture."

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"It is very comprehensive and simple. It has all the active protections. It's updated. We love that you can set how often it is updated so you can work what is right for you. A large company with a lot of bandwidth can update the virus definitions and security definitions hourly, if they want. A smaller site that's remote, where maybe updating the definitions will eat into the bandwidth, we can schedule those more to go later at night. It's very flexible and works for us in all types of situations. This is great because then we don't have to learn seven different products to be able to work with seven different scenarios.""I have found the most valuable features of Kerio Control to be the IPS and firewall.""The stability of Kerio Control is good.""I like intrusion detection and prevention and bandwidth management. The routing part is also awesome. It is a good firewall. We never had a major breach from outside. We've never been impacted by ransomware, and our systems have never been infiltrated.""Kerio Control can be scaled easily.""The most valuable features of Kerio Control are the IPS and traffic rules. The traffic rules are very user-friendly and the IPS is working well. Additionally, the anti-virus is effective with quick options, such as filtering.""The firewall and the content filtering options are valuable.""The solution is easy to manage. Kerio Control is unique compared to other firewalls because it has been around since 2000 when we switched and the name it started with was WinRoute, and then later became Kerio Control. It evolved over time and it is more of a proprietary firewall on its own and has been developed through open source."

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Cons
"I would recommend this solution to others for medium, large, and enterprise businesses only.""We don't like its licensing model. It has separate licensing for all the features. For instance, to get URL filtering, you need to buy another license. Every feature set seems to require another license. Unless you purchase them all upfront, you find some surprises and realize that you can't do that because you need another license. Its logging isn't quite as good as it used to be in our previous solution. We used to have Cisco ASA, and we could view the logs a lot easier than NGIPS (also known as Firepower). We saw real-time logging, but we don't see that as much in Firepower.""What I don't like about Cisco recently is they keep changing the names, which makes it hard for customers and sometimes even us as engineers to know what is the solution they are speaking about. For example, with AMP, now they call it Secure Endpoint and I don't know if in the next couple of years they're going to change it to something else. They should keep the names the same.""Cisco NGIPS could improve its ability to do SSL inspections. Sometimes the ability to do SSL inspection is not scalable and you might not be able to get the installment required if you don't size the right hardware.""The stability of the user console and some features could be easier to access.""The GUI user interface could be improved and the login is not very user friendly.""The integration can be more secure.""The price could be improved."

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"The Kerio hardware devices look cheap and could be improved. Some of our clients are switching to Sophos because their hardware has a more sleek design.""Kerio Control could improve by having higher availability and adding a mobile VPN channel. These additions are needed. The VPN is working fine on the Kerio Control but there needs to be a VPN client on the mobile phones, both for iOS and Android. This would be very good for us.""There isn't a lot to be improved. It works well as it is, but they can maybe improve the reporting side.""They don't provide content filtering when it comes to search engine results. We had an incident on the network where a blocked site was showing up in search results. We are in a school environment, so we have blocked a site with some of the explicit content so that kids wouldn't see it. When one of them did a search, the results came on the search engine part. When you try to drill down to the website, it blocks, but when you search by image, it brings up all the images. That's one of the reasons why we are looking at Juniper.""Kerio Control could improve content filtering.""My experience with the solutions technical support is fine but they could be faster in responding.""The filtering on the unlicensed version of Kerio Control is inefficient - you have to add each website manually, which isn't feasible.""I would like to see a little improvement in their technical support when you have a problem. I may be a little jaded because I came from Kerio when we could call and get a person on the phone who worked on the product. Every tech had their own demo setup. They had instant messaging capability with the developers. If we found a problem, then we could get a result for it quickly. Now, the product seems to be 24 hours. They have also gone to the model that if you need quicker support, then they now charge you additional for the exact same level of support that they used to give. I am assuming it's the exact same level of support that they say it is. I'm not paying extra for it. That's the biggest flaw with the product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There are licensing fees depending on the features that you are using."
  • "Cisco products are not cheap and this solution is no different."
  • "It is expensive. It has separate licensing for all the features, and every feature set seems to require another license. Licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs besides the standard licensing fee."
  • "The licensing can be billed annually or in multi-year contracts such as three, four, or five years."
  • "The pricing could be improved. Our customers have a yearly license."
  • "It could be less expensive."
  • "The solution is pricey, but worth it."
  • "We pay for the IPS license to use this solution."
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  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. For additional costs, you can add on more features such as antivirus."
  • "The price is fine."
  • "The price of Kerio Control could be better, it is a bit overpriced compared to other solutions."
  • "I am living in Iran and we cannot buy the product from Kerio because of sanctions."
  • "Its price is fair. There are no additional costs."
  • "I pay approximately $50 for the solution on an annual basis."
  • "Its licensing is yearly. You renew every year. Its price is all-inclusive."
  • "It is priced low enough for entry-level, but it has the power to grow with a company without them having to replace it."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IPS is a valuable function, because they update the signatures all the time and it's very granular.
    Top Answer:I'm not sure of the licensing costs, I know we have a three-year subscription.
    Top Answer:I think the GUI user interface could be improved and the login is not very user friendly. They could maybe improve on that.
    Top Answer:The reporting needs to be improved. It is hard to get a domain.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is reasonable. For additional costs, you can add on more features such as antivirus.
    Top Answer:1. More detailed reporting. 2. Sometimes you get a few challenges joining to a domain. 3. Improved and simplified User Interface.
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    Also Known As
    Sourcefire NGIPS, Firepower NGIPS
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    Overview

    Cisco Firepower NGIPS provides network visibility, threat intelligence, automation and industry leading threat effectiveness. Gartner has ranked Firepower NGIPS as a Magic Quadrant Leader for seven years running, and the independent NSS Labs testing organization consistently rates it as a “Recommended” IPS solution for eight years.

    Kerio Control is a popular security product for small and medium-sized businesses. It is a next-generation firewall that provides unified threat management without complexity. Kerio Control provides advanced anti-virus protection and industry-leading web and content application filtering, and has a secure VPN.

    With Kerio Control you can:

    • Preserve the integrity of your network.
    • Manage bandwidth to streamline traffic flows.
    • Improve productivity with filtering capabilities.

    Kerio Control Features

    Some of Kerio Control’s most valuable features include:

    High availability, deployment flexibility, deep packet inspection, advanced routing, usage reporting, quick administering, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN, web and content application filtering, and centralized administration with MyKerio.

    Kerio Control Benefits

    • Eliminate downtime risks: Because Kerio Control offers high availability and failover protection, you can eliminate the risk and cost of connectivity or threat protection downtime.

    • Detailed reports: Kerio Control makes it easy to view individual users’ internet activity through detailed reports.

    • Traffic monitoring: Traffic monitoring allows you to manage bandwidth and makes it possible for you to control access to streaming video and peer-to-peer networks.

    • Server protection: Using Kerio Control’s advanced networking routing and deep packet inspection, you can protect servers.

    • Easily create policies: With Kerio Control, you can create both inbound and outbound traffic policies, and can also restrict communication by specific URLs, applications, traffic type, content category, or even time of day.

    • Snort-based analysis: Kerio Control gives you the ability to add a transparent layer of intrusion prevention with snort-based analysis along with a database of rule and blacklisted IP addresses that is regularly refreshed.

    • Optionally integrated anti-virus: WIth this feature, you can prevent viruses, Trojans, or spyware from entering your networks.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Here is some feedback from some of our users who are currently using the solution:

    PeerSpot user Brian C., Senior Technology Specialist, VP at Unified Technology Solutions, writes "It is very comprehensive and simple. It has all the active protections. It's updated. We love that you can set how often it is updated so you can work on what is right for you. A large company with a lot of bandwidth can update the virus definitions and security definitions hourly, if they want. A smaller site that's remote, where maybe updating the definitions will eat into the bandwidth, we can schedule those more to go later at night. It's very flexible and works for us in all types of situations. This is great because then we don't have to learn seven different products to be able to work with seven different scenarios."

    Andy D., IT Manager at Flare Technologies, praises how easy it is to use and says, "One thing we use quite a lot, as well, is the DHCP Server, because we do a lot of work where all our devices need to have static IP addresses. Rather than going around and configuring every box, we do it all through DHCP reservations. It's easier. We've got a record of it. We can manipulate it if we need to change something or change some hardware. It's all easy. Even guys who are not used to using it can pick it up quite quickly."



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    Sample Customers
    American Electric Power, Huntington Bank, Keycorp, Nationwide, Transunion, Marriott, Inova Health, Ford, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, Equifax, Chevron, Walmart, Coca Cola
    Triton Technical, McDonald's
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Government12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Transportation Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization6%
    Government5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business83%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise2%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco NGIPS vs. KerioControl
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco NGIPS vs. KerioControl and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    657,849 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco NGIPS is ranked 4th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 29 reviews while KerioControl is ranked 7th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 10 reviews. Cisco NGIPS is rated 8.2, while KerioControl is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco NGIPS writes "Straightforward licensing with good support, but plagued by stability issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KerioControl writes "Through the ease of how quickly we could roll out the VPN to everybody, we had whole companies remotely working overnight". Cisco NGIPS is most compared with Check Point IPS, Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Fortinet FortiGate IPS, Cisco Sourcefire SNORT and Vectra AI, whereas KerioControl is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, OPNsense, Sophos UTM and Sophos XG. See our Cisco NGIPS vs. KerioControl report.

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