Cisco Secure Firewall vs Palo Alto Networks WildFire comparison

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Updated on Nov 23, 2022

We performed a comparison between Cisco Secure Firewall vs Palo Alto Network Wildfire based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Some Cisco Secure Firewall users say that the configuration is complex because it consists of too many steps for inexperienced users. For users with experience with Cisco, the initial setup is straightforward and takes between 20 to 25 minutes. Palo Alto users say installation and configuration is challenging.

  • Features: Some valuable features mentioned by Cisco Secure users include the URL filtering, its visibility, the traffic inspection, and the Firepower engine. Other valuable features include a VPN and ACL features. Users would like to see an increase in encryption and improvement of the management console.

    Palo Alto Wildfire users say the most valuable features are the VPN and the adaptability of the solution to new threats. Other valuable features include URL and DNS filtering, threat protection, antivirus, and the complete integration with other Palo Alto products. Users would like to see better scalability.
  • Pricing: Cisco users say that the solution is expensive since it has an annual cost and a support cost. Palo Alto users also consider the solution to be expensive, especially for smaller organizations.
  • Service and Support: Cisco users are generally happy with the level of support because it is offered 24/7. Reviews of Palo Alto Wildfire support are mixed: for some users the technical support is strong, but others have difficulty getting a timely response, depending on their region.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, with all other factors being more or less equal, Cisco Secure Firewall comes in a bit ahead of Palo Alto simply because of their stronger support.



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"A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""The user interface, the UI, is excellent on the solution.""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.""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.""You do not have to do everything through a command line which makes it a lot easier to apply rules.""With the pandemic, people began working from home. That was a pretty big move, having all our users working from a home. More capacity needed to be added to our remote VPN. ASA did this very well.""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.""Cisco ASA Firewall is a well known product. They're always updating it, and you know what they're doing and that it works."

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"The solution has plenty of features.""The most valuable features of this solution are sandbox capabilities.""We have found that Palo Alto Networks WildFire is scalable. We currently have six thousand users for the product.""The backup is the best feature.""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 most valuable feature of this solution is how it keeps up-to-date with viruses.""You have better control because you define apps. You just don't define ports. You define apps, and the apps are monitored in the traffic. It is more specific than the Cisco firewall when it comes to our needs.""The solution is easy to use and the Panorama feature is good. The software management or the malware blocking and some authentication management system are good."

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Cons
"It would be good if Cisco made sure that the solution supports all routing protocols. Sometimes it doesn't.""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.""The content filtering on an application level is not as good as other solutions such as Palo Alto.""The ability to better integrate with other tools would be an improvement.""The stability is not the best.""One thing that we really would have loved to have was policy-based routing. We had a lot of connections, and sometimes, we would have liked to change the routing depending on the policies, but it was lacking this capability. We also wanted application filtering and DNS filtering.""It would be great if some of the load times were faster.""I have used Fortinet, Palo Alto, and Check Point previously and I prefer the process of everything working together."

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"When comparing this solution to others it is not as good overall.""The global product feature needs improvement, the VPN, and we need some enhanced features.""The automation and responsiveness need improvement.""In the future, Palo Alto could reduce the time it takes to process the file.""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.""Palo Alto Networks WildFire could improve by adding support for manual submission of suspicious files and URLs. Additionally, it would be an advantage to add rule-based analysis. Currently, it uses only static and AI. We need to be able to analyze archive files.""Our main concern is that everything has to be synced with the WildFire Cloud and has to be checked through the subscription.""The configuration should be made a little bit easier. I understand why it is as it is, but there should be a way to make it easier from the user side."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "This is an expensive product, although when you buy this solution, you can do many things so it provides good value for the investment."
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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 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
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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.

      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
      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.
      Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk Corporation
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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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      Government17%
      Financial Services Firm13%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Retailer8%
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      Computer Software Company19%
      Comms Service Provider17%
      Government8%
      Financial Services Firm6%
      Company Size
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      Small Business35%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise41%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business47%
      Midsize Enterprise13%
      Large Enterprise40%
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      Small Business23%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise58%
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      Cisco Secure Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 122 reviews while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) with 19 reviews. Cisco Secure Firewall is rated 8.2, while Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated 8.2. 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 Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "Intuitive, stable, and scalable zero-day threat prevention solution with a machine learning feature". Cisco Secure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, pfSense, Juniper SRX and Check Point NGFW, whereas Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiGate, Juniper SRX, Zscaler Internet Access and Fortinet FortiSandbox.

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