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We performed a comparison between Cisco Sourcefire SNORT and McAfee Network Security Platform 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. McAfee Network Security Platform Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is stable.""Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is easy to configure and the reporting is great. It's also very user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is the visibility that we have across the virtual environment.""It is quite an intelligent product."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""It has a lot of functions, such as firewall. We are administrators, and we create some rules to protect our network. We also monitor the traffic in and out and have disk encryption on-premises. When we detect malware, we scan for the virus on the PC. We can then delete or block the malware.""There's a good dashboard you can drill down into. It helps you easily locate intrusions and the source of attacks."

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Cons
"I did not experience any pain points that required improvement. Maybe a couple of false-positives, but that's about it.""I would like to have analytics included in the suite.""The cloud can be improved.""The implementation could be a bit easier."

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"We would like to have a simpler version. Some settings and functions on the McAfee console are complex and complicated. I want the management console to be simpler.""Some of the documentation is not as straightforward as it could be.""The solution could improve some aspects of detection."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost is per port and can be expensive but it does include training and support for three years."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:We use Cisco Sourcefire SNORT for intrusion prevention cases. Within our organization, there are roughly 1,000 people using this solution.
    Top Answer:The pricing of the solution is okay. Licensing is paid on a yearly basis.
    Top Answer:The system isn't fool-proof. Sometimes, based on the network or other reasons, McAfee cannot detect the actual attack. This rarely happens. It's only been the case maybe one or two times. The solution… more »
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    Also Known As
    Sourcefire SNORT
    McAfee NSP, IntruShield Network Intrusion Prevention System, IntruShield Network 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.

    McAfee Network Security Platform is a uniquely intelligent security solution that discovers and blocks sophisticated threats in the network. Using advanced detection and emulation techniques, it moves beyond mere pattern matching to defend against stealthy attacks with a high degree of accuracy. This next-generation hardware platform scales to speeds of more than 40 Gbps with a single device to meet the needs of demanding networks. Our Unified Defense Architecture approach to security management streamlines security operations by combining real-time McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds with rich contextual data about users, devices, and applications for fast, accurate response to network-borne attacks.

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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
    Desjardins Group, HollyFrontier, Nubia, Agbar, WNS Global Services, INAIL, Universidad de Las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Cook County, China Pacific Insurance, Bank Central Asia, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, City of Chicago, Macquarie Telecom, Sutherland Global Services, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, United Automotive Electronic Systems
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. McAfee Network Security Platform
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. McAfee Network Security Platform and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 17th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 4 reviews while McAfee Network Security Platform is ranked 14th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 3 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 8.0, while McAfee Network Security Platform is rated 8.6. 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 McAfee Network Security Platform writes "Effective, with an easy setup and a good dashboard". Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Check Point IPS, Fortinet FortiGate IPS, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco NGIPS and Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, whereas McAfee Network Security Platform is most compared with Check Point IPS, Trend Micro TippingPoint Threat Protection System, Fortinet FortiGate IPS, Cisco NGIPS and Vectra AI. See our Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. McAfee Network Security Platform report.

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