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We performed a comparison between Cisco Secure Firewall and Fortinet FortiGate-VM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Firewalls solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"There are no issues that we are aware of. It does its job silently in the background.""I have access to the web version of Cisco Talos to see the reputation of IP addresses. I find this very helpful. It provides important information for my company to obtain the reputation of IP addresses. The information in Talos is quite complete.""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 clusters in data centers are great.""Cisco offers a great educational series to train users on their devices.""The configuration capabilities and the integration with other tools are the most valuable features. I really like this product. Cisco is one of my favorite brands, and I always think Cisco solutions are very reliable, easy to configure, and very secure.""The most valuable feature is that it's secure.""Cisco has the best documentation. You can easily find multiple documents by searching the web. Even a child can go online and find the required information."

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"It's a relatively simple product that is easy to use. It's not overly complex.""The most valuable features we have found to be the VPN, ease of use, and overall simplicity.""The most valuable features are network security, VLAN, network protection, and encryption are very valuable to us.""I did like the ability to back up the configuration into the cloud, as opposed to having to store the configurations or just downloading them, the backups, to local devices.""The most valuable feature is the WAN optimization.""Its performance is adequate. We are quite satisfied with its performance. The fact that it is a complete ecosystem with all kinds of integrations is valuable. It did take us a couple of months to get a grip on the new software, but all in all, it replaced our on-premise and single-point solution environment.""The dashboards are a good feature.""The support is good. We don't have any issues with the technical support."

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Cons
"Licensing is complex, and I'd like it to be simplified. This is an area for improvement.""When you make any changes, irrespective of whether they are big or small, Firepower takes too much time. It is very time-consuming. Even for small changes, you have to wait for 60 seconds or maybe more, which is not good. Similarly, when you have many IPS rules and policies, it slows down, and there is an impact on its performance.""We only have an issue with time sync with Cisco ASA and NTP. If the time is out of sync, it will be a disaster for the failover.""On the VPN side, Firepower could be better. It needs more monitoring on VPNs. Right now, it's not that good. You can set up a VPN in Firepower, but you can't monitor it.""The solution could offer better control that would allow the ability to restrictions certain features from a website.""One of my colleagues is using the firewall as an IPS, but he is worried about Firepower's performance... With the 10 Gb devices, when it gets to 5 Gbps, the CPU usage goes up a lot and he cannot manage the IPS.""When we first got it, we were doing individual configuring. Now, there is a way to manage from one location.""It would be good if Cisco made sure that the solution supports all routing protocols. Sometimes it doesn't."

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"In the next releases, it would be nice to see central cloud management.""There should be a bit more automation.""It needs an Application Inspection.""There are certain GUI features that should be present but are not.""We have had some stability issues.""It should have the SD-WAN feature. This would increase the number of features that are available in the box.""Areas for improvement would be application control and web filtering.""The costs could be lowered."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price is fair. It's not the cheapest, but it's not bad."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The product is very expensive."
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  • "There is no additional cost. Once you get the licensing fee, you're good."
  • "There should be a reduction in the setup price and licensing costs."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "There is a support fee that can be bought on a yearly or two-yearly basis. I don't think they do five years. The best benefit is that the same pricing is guaranteed for that duration. If you can afford it, I would recommend using the longest possible time span."
  • "We are on an annual license for this solution and it could be cheaper."
  • "At present, the SD-WAN licenses are on an annual basis."
  • "The customer must buy his own license."
  • "Licensing is pretty standard. It's approximately 15% of the total cost per year as a subscription cost."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Also Known As
    Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall
    FortiGate Virtual Appliance, FortiGate-VM
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    Overview

    The Cisco Secure Firewall portfolio delivers greater protections for your network against an increasingly evolving and complex set of threats. With Cisco, you’re investing in a foundation for security that is both agile and integrated- leading to the strongest security posture available today and tomorrow.

      From your data center, branch offices, cloud environments, and everywhere in between, you can leverage the power of Cisco to turn your existing network infrastructure into an extension of your firewall solution, resulting in world class security controls everywhere you need them.

      Investing in a Secure Firewall appliance today gives you robust protections against even the most sophisticated threats without compromising performance when inspecting encrypted traffic. Further, integrations with other Cisco and 3rd party solutions provides you with a broad and deep portfolio of security products, all working together to correlate previously disconnected events, eliminate noise, and stop threats faster.

      FortiGate Virtual Appliances allow you to mitigate blind spots by implementing critical security controls within your virtual infrastructure. They also allow you to rapidly provision security infrastructure whenever and wherever it is needed. FortiGate virtual appliances feature all of the security and networking services common to traditional hardware-based FortiGate appliances. With the addition of virtual appliances from Fortinet, you can deploy a mix of hardware and virtual appliances, operating together and managed from a common centralized management platform.

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      Sample Customers
      There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.
      Security7 Networks, COOPENAE
      Top Industries
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
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      Comms Service Provider20%
      Computer Software Company19%
      Government7%
      Educational Organization5%
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      Comms Service Provider16%
      Manufacturing Company11%
      Financial Services Firm11%
      Government5%
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      Computer Software Company26%
      Comms Service Provider17%
      Government7%
      Financial Services Firm5%
      Company Size
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      Small Business36%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise40%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business49%
      Midsize Enterprise27%
      Large Enterprise24%
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      Small Business31%
      Midsize Enterprise18%
      Large Enterprise51%
      Buyer's Guide
      Cisco Secure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Secure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
      655,774 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Cisco Secure Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 123 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 50 reviews. Cisco Secure Firewall is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiGate-VM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Secure 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 Fortinet FortiGate-VM writes "Flexible with good cloud management and a straightforward user interface". Cisco Secure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Juniper SRX, whereas Fortinet FortiGate-VM is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, pfSense and OPNsense. See our Cisco Secure Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate-VM report.

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