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We performed a comparison between Cisco Sourcefire SNORT and Fortinet FortiGate IPS 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 Sourcefire SNORT vs. Fortinet FortiGate IPS Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"It is quite an intelligent product.""Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is easy to configure and the reporting is great. It's also very user-friendly.""The solution is stable."

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"We use it to avoid unwanted traffic.""I like its ability to prevent external intrusion into our database. It's so fun.""The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate IPS are the dashboard and reporting which give us very good visibility.""I prefer FortiGate because it has a lot of other solutions embedded within it and is the easiest for our technicians to operate.""It's simple to operate and use.""I love the interface.""The most useful feature of FortiGate IPS for me is Application Control.""This solution has a unique range of features that are not available with any other product."

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Cons
"The cloud can be improved.""The implementation could be a bit easier.""I did not experience any pain points that required improvement. Maybe a couple of false-positives, but that's about it."

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"I have used technical support and they could improve.""The solution could maybe use more integration with artificial intelligence to be more proactive.""The most important feature to have is zero trust, which is lacking in Fortinet FortiGate IPS.""The IPS monitoring can be improved.""It would be helpful to have a better tool for migrating all policy rules using an automatic script.""Security level could be increased.""We would like to see an improvement in the consistency of the product's performance levels.""The web filtering categories could improve in Fortinet FortiGate IPS. There are too many websites under the category of Unknown and the other categories are not featuring all the necessary sites."

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  • "It is not expensive as compared to Cisco."
  • "The price is okay, so far so good."
  • "The solution could be better priced."
  • "The licensing costs are very competitive."
  • "There is an annual license to use this solution. The prices have been increasing over the years."
  • "We pay for the license of Fortinet FortiGate IPS annually. There are not any extra costs."
  • "It's a year based license."
  • "If you compare the price of Fortinet FortiGate IPS to other firewalls, Check Point is priced very high followed by Palo Alto and Sophos. Fortinet FortiGate IPS price is more reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is easy to configure and the reporting is great. It's also very user-friendly.
    Top Answer:We bought the appliance, which comes with a license as well. While I don't know the exact pricing, most of these products are through subscription. In our case, we bought the complete appliance with… more »
    Top Answer:I did not experience any pain points that required improvement. Maybe a couple of false-positives, but that's about it.
    Top Answer:I like its ability to prevent external intrusion into our database. It's so fun.
    Top Answer:It would be better if they had a dashboard where we could see what attacks were happening. It would be good to see who's trying to get into our network.
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    Also Known As
    Sourcefire SNORT
    FortiGate IPS
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    Overview

    Snort is an open-source, rule-based, intrusion detection and prevention system. It combines the benefits of signature-, protocol-, and anomaly-based inspection methods to deliver flexible protection from malware attacks. Snort gained notoriety for being able to accurately detect threats at high speeds.

    An intrusion prevention system (IPS) is a critical component of every network’s core security capabilities. It protects against known threats and zero-day attacks including malware and underlying vulnerabilities. Deployed inline as a bump in the wire, many IPS solutions perform deep packet inspection of traffic at wire speed, requiring high throughput and low latency.

    Fortinet delivers IPS technology via the industry-validated and recognized FortiGate platform. FortiGate security processors provide unparalleled high performance, while FortiGuard Labs informs industry-leading threat intelligence, creating an IPS with proven success in protecting from known and zero-day threats. As a key component of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiGate IPS secures the entire end-to-end infrastructure without compromising performance.

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    Sample Customers
    CareCore, City of Biel, Dimension Data, LightEdge, Lone Star College System, National Rugby League, Port Aventura, Smart City Networks, Telecom Italia, The Department of Education in Western Australia
    Riverside Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Dell SecureWorks, Credit Bank Zagreb
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Import And Exporter4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Fortinet FortiGate IPS
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Fortinet FortiGate IPS and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,757 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 16th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 3 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate IPS is ranked 3rd in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 36 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiGate IPS is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Sourcefire SNORT writes "Intelligent with good threat detection capabilities but could be easier to implement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate IPS writes "Provides good data on client usage patterns with great VPN capabilities". Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Check Point IPS, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco NGIPS, Darktrace and Cisco Secure Network Analytics, whereas Fortinet FortiGate IPS is most compared with Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Check Point IPS, Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System and Trend Micro Deep Discovery. See our Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Fortinet FortiGate IPS report.

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