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We performed a comparison between Cisco Sourcefire SNORT and Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention 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. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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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."

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"The stability of Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is good.""You can scale the product.""Everything has been okay with the solution. We are using all of the features.""I like the solution's interface.""It's very easy to use and configure. What is nice about Palo Alto is that even if you don't understand how to use it, you can just click on upload and upload everything that needs to be blocked.""Edge protection is a valuable feature."

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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.""The implementation could be a bit easier."

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"The technology firewall anomaly network could stand improvement.""The pricing has improved with the newer generation of their Firewalls, but the price could always be lower. In comparison with other solutions, I believe they're quite competitive.""The cost involves the price of the hardware, which is expensive. However, most of the Palo Alto solutions are expensive.""The initial setup is complex.""In terms of what needs improvement, the only thing I don't like is the support."

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  • "The pricing has improved with the newer generation of their Firewalls, but the price could always be lower."
  • "The pricing could be lower."
  • "Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention could improve by having consistent pricing at system levels."
  • "The cost involves the price of the hardware, which is expensive. However, most of the Palo Alto solutions are expensive."
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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:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
    Top Answer:We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. You simply need to pay the licensing fee and there are no extra costs.
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    Also Known As
    Sourcefire SNORT
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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.

    Threats do not discriminate between application delivery vectors, requiring an approach that has full visibility into all application traffic, including SSL encrypted content, with full user context. Threat Prevention leverages the visibility of our next-generation firewall to inspect all traffic, automatically preventing known threats, regardless of port, protocol or SSL encryption.

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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
    University of Arkansas, JBG SMITH, SkiStar AB, TRI-AD, Temple University, Telkom Indonesia
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise33%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is ranked 15th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 2 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is ranked 8th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 6 reviews. Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is rated 7.6, while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is rated 9.0. 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 Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention writes "Reliable with good IPS and helpful support". Cisco Sourcefire SNORT is most compared with Check Point IPS, Fortinet FortiGate IPS, Cisco NGIPS, Darktrace and Cisco Secure Network Analytics, whereas Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is most compared with Check Point IPS, Darktrace, Cisco Secure Network Analytics, Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall and Cisco NGIPS. See our Cisco Sourcefire SNORT vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention report.

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