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Executive Summary
Updated on Apr 3, 2022

We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos UTM based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, Fortinet FortiGate reviewers and Sophos UTM reviewers agreed that deployment of both solutions was quick and easy.
  • Features: Fortinet FortiGate users felt there were excellent features, including great stability and an excellent firewall and VPN solution. However, there were quite a few mixed reviews when it came to the interface, with many feeling it was overly complex, and there were many complaints on the reporting feature.

    Sophos UTM reviewers felt the solution had excellent ransomware protection and was an overall great security solution, but it didn’t do a great job at covering mobile devices.
  • Pricing: Whereas users of Fortinet FortiGate felt that the software was costly, especially since each feature needed a separate license, users of Sophos UTM felt the software was relatively reasonably priced.
  • Service and Support: Fortinet FortiGate users mentioned that the software needed better and quicker support. Sophos UTM users said the support team is knowledgeable, but the response time was very slow.
  • ROI: Both Fortinet FortiGate reviewers and Sophos UTM reviewers mentioned seeing an ROI.

Comparison Results: Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos UTM had a similar user rating regarding ease of deployment, service and support, and ROI. If pricing is a factor, Sophos UTM is a more cost-effective solution based on user reviews. In terms of features, Fortinet FortiGate users felt the interface was complex, and the reporting feature needed improvements. In contrast, Sophos UTM users felt the solution needed to do a better job at covering mobile devices.

To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos UTM Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What are the biggest technical differences between Sophos UTM and Fortinet FortiGate?
Answer: In my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great firewalls with excellent performance and a useful integration witch Active directory and LDAP - Fortinet is easier to manage and have a nice way to configure routes but some times have throughput troubles as an example: in 2 years we need to make around 4 reboots in a 3 firewall deploy - Sophos has a lot of nice firewall features (i mean without a license), some features like routes and VPN use to be a little difficult to configure but we never need to reboot any FW.
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"Cisco's technical support is the best and that's why everybody implements their products.""Cisco ASA Firewall is a well known product. They're always updating it, and you know what they're doing and that it works.""Another benefit has been user integration. We try to integrate our policies so that we can create policies based on active users. We can create policies based on who is accessing a resource instead of just IP addresses and ports.""The user interface is very easy to manage and find rules. You can do object searches, which are very easy. Also, the logging is very simple to use. So, it is a lot easier to troubleshoot and find items inside the firewall.""I like the ASDM for the firewall because it is visual. With the command line, it is harder to visualize what is going on. A picture is worth a thousand words.""Its Snort 3 IPS has better flexibility as far as being able to write rules. This gives me better granularity.""I like that Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is reliable. Support is also good.""If you compare the ASA and the FirePOWER, the best feature with FirePOWER is easy to use GUI. It has most of the same functionality in the Next-Generation FirePOWER, such as IPS, IPS policies, security intelligence, and integration and identification of all the devices or hardware you have in your network. Additionally, this solution is user-friendly."

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"The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiGate are the APIs. They are the most widely known.""The SD-WAN is the most valuable feature.""The interface is very good.""User-friendly and affordable security solution that's recommended for SMB customers. This solution has good technical support.""The multi-tenancy feature is most valuable. It integrates very well with FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer.""Fortinet FortiGate is a stable solution.""Good performance, stability, and virtual domain ability.""The scalability is good in Fortinet FortiGate."

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"The solution's sandboxing, application center, and database engine are good.""The solution is scalable.""The packet filtering's great. You get out what you put into it. It works great as long as you know your security and configure everything adequately. If you just pop one in and it's not configured, then it's basically wide open. It kind of depends on the admin skill, but it's an excellent product.""The stability, overall, is excellent. I haven't had a problem in the last two years.""Has great security features and does a good job of protecting the network.""Sophos UTM's most valuable features are profiling and its simple configuration.""What I like about the solution is the ease of use.""With Sophos, we have not had any incidents this year. The security provided has been good. It has proven to be okay for our needs."

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Cons
"It is hard to control the bandwidth of end-users with a Cisco Firewall. That is the main issue I've faced. I used Mikrotik for many years for this very reason. Mikrotik has the option to set a bandwidth restriction for a single IP or complete segments. Cisco should add this option to their firewall.""The maturity needs to be better.""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 visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs.""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.""I would like to see them add more next-generation features so that you don't need a lot of appliances to do just one task. It should be a single solution.""I think they need to review their whole UI because it feels like it was created by a whole bunch of different teams of developers who didn't fully talk to each other. The net policy screen is just a mess. It should look like the firewall policy screen, and they should both act the same, but they don't. I feel like it's two different buildings or programming, who don't talk to each other, and that really annoys me.""The configuration in Firepower Management Center is very slow. Deployment takes two to three minutes. You spend a lot of time on modifications. Whereas, in FortiGate, you press a button, and it takes one second."

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"With the addition of some features, it is possible that FortiGate can be used in all verticals.""Fortinet FortiGate is a stable solution. However, my issue is the performance only. When I use all the profiles, this affects the performance. From the beginning, I should have had a better sizing of the box.""There aren't really any negative aspects to discuss.""The support system could be improved.""Fortinet FortiGate can be integrated with different platforms. They have integrations in place, but I can't say they're 100%.""Fortinet FortiGate needs to improve the logging and reporting. Additionally, the next-generation application's policies should be improved. When they were released they had bugs.""Fortinet FortiGate could improve by having more capabilities for troubleshooting VPN connections. For example, I do get some feedback about the current status, but I could use some history and logging of important events. The information is logged in our Syslog server, but I could use that information from the device. If they could provide a GUI to have some more insight on what's going with my VPN would be useful.""This product needs to have an analysis feature, rather than having the analysis done through the integration of a different product."

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"I think that additional metrics features are needed to be able to monitor other areas or to monitor as much as you can, at a fine-grain resolution.""There were a lot of features and functionality in Sophos SG UTM but nothing was state of the art in terms of technology. You did not get the latest functions. It was very monolithic as it was based on an old Linux PuTTY system.""The management suite is easy and the agent is easy to develop.""Last year, Sophos had some major internal management changes that negatively impacted their support.""Sophos customer support could use some improvement.""The solution is not scalable.""Sophos UTM sometimes falls short in high-availability environments. They used to launch firmware that didn't work very well in a high-availability environment.""The ease of use could be a bit better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is comparable."
  • "We sell Cisco ASA Firewall as a bundle — the price is very cheap. If a customer were to go for renewal direct from Cisco, then the price would be quite high."
  • "It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market."
  • "The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case."
  • "I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs."
  • "It is affordable. The hardware is not that expensive anymore. It is a matter of licensing these days."
  • "Cisco is not for a small mom-and-pop shop because of the cost, but if you're in a regulated industry where a breach could cost you a million dollars, it's a bargain."
  • "I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way."
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  • "The pricing of the solution is very competitive."
  • "Pricing and licensing is a little bit complicated in FortiGate. They are always on the higher side. This is one issue that we always raise with the company that they should reduce the price according to Indian market requirements. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "The price of the license and warranty can be better because it is very expensive."
  • "It's expensive, but compared to the competition it's okay."
  • "In terms of the market, it's not a cheap product, but it's cost-effective."
  • "Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors."
  • "I had to pay for the license for the firewall, but it is guaranteed to have updates. I expect a good service for it. It was about €1000 for a year, and there was no additional cost."
  • "It is more expensive than Sophos. Fortinet is overall more expensive than Sophos. The small range of Fortinet, such as 60F and 80F, is more expensive than the small range of Sophos. Sophos is cheaper. In addition, if you jump from 80F Series to 100F Series, the price doubles."
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  • "This product is free for home users. The more expensive products have better performance."
  • "I think the pricing of Sophos is very fair."
  • "It is necessary to pay for a licence to use the solution, but it is not very expensive."
  • "The appliance should be purchased and there is a fee for the license."
  • "The prices can be better, they could make it a lot cheaper."
  • "The solution is very low cost compared to competitors. You have a good firewall, a lot of functions for less than the price of some omni firewall competitors."
  • "Although Sophos UTM is a good product, other products have more flexibility with their pricing. It is a very fine product, but when someone wants more relaxed pricing or more leverage in pricing, Sophos is more rigid."
  • "There is a license for the device and for the software. We pay annually for the solution and the cost is competitive."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Alessandro Turchi - PeerSpot reviewerAlessandro Turchi
    User

    I would have no doubt in recommending Fortinet. I do not know the Sophos UTM product specifically but in general, in companies, we have had unpleasant experiences with Sophos with customers. They typically declare performance values ​​that are overestimated in the field.

    Narendra Singh - PeerSpot reviewerNarendra Singh
    Real User

    We replaced Fortinet with Sophos as our public-facing UTM in 2017 & since then the ride has been extremely rough. I would not recommend Sophos for any mission-critical environment.

    Mohsinoddin Mohammed - PeerSpot reviewerMohsinoddin Mohammed
    Real User

    Fortinet is easy to manage and it include secure SDWAN as well including many features with easy to configure.

    Manjil Bhetwal - PeerSpot reviewerManjil Bhetwal
    Real User

    Both firewalls are easy to deploy. But the issue you will encounter when performing troubleshooting. You will not get flexibility in troubleshooting through Cli in Sophos whereas, in FortiGate, we have much more control. Besides if you are deploying a firewall on a large scale where visibility, control, performance as well as the flexibility is important it is better to go with Fortinet rather than Sophos.

    Richard Benfatto - PeerSpot reviewerRichard Benfatto
    User

    I would also like to elaborate on the reporting part in FortiCloud. There is no need to pay any extras. Every box connects to ForticCoud service, and if you want reports to be greater than 7 days (meaning to be kept longer than that in their memory system) then you have to pay. In the meantime, by default Forticloud will send daily emails with reports and once a week you will get 4 to 5 reports, with lots of granular information. These reports are all in PDF with color graphics. In reality, I would be happy to send you some of the reports as in words typed herein would be more than a book. The FortiGate appliance also comes with 10 endpoint security (Forticlient) licences. So you can put this endpoint protection software to servers or clients. It also has a two-factor authentication license included. With these boxes, you can also create VDOM (Virtual Domains, totally separate).

    They can afford that as the hardware, as I mentioned before (ASIC) has the power to do that. In 3 years I have had 1 spam message entering my mail server, is that telling you something??? In my first reply, I did tell you that where I work now they purchase Sophos. Well, when the antivirus is set the CPU gets up to 90%. My Fortigate CPU is 0% and peaks during attacks. And I have had quite a few. They were attempting to break into the mail server. More than 2 million attempts in less than 2 hours. Have a look at NSS Labs site. FortiGate is a Rolls Royce, you cannot compare.

    Here in Australia, where I work now, the decision was to go with Sophos, ONLY ON PRICE. Yes, great brains. Now they regret that big time. FortiGate is a much more powerful device, especially when it comes to being able to handle the traffic. Most of the models handle throughput via ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) which is nothing more and less than a customer semiconductor. So, this is handled via hardware. It may be initially more difficult to implement. Now, what does "difficult" mean? To me when there is an unknown, difficult comes up till you learn. So if you make a decision on price and because "it is the easiest" to install.

    I would not touch Sophos. Simple as that.

    it_user1136043 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user1136043 (IT Manager at alfascan)
    Real User

    Sophos UTM is better by far. but it is more expensive

    Nawaaz Toonah - PeerSpot reviewerNawaaz Toonah
    Reseller

    Done many installations of both Sophos and FortiGate, Sophos is the easiest to install and best in terms of features.
    Reporting is free in Sophos while we need an extra subscription for FortiGate. Deep packet inspection, intrusion prevention advanced threat protection, web filtering, app control and email protection are key features of Sophos. Browsing is made safe with phishing protection and new functionality of ransomware protection. Sophos support is brilliant and community website from Sophos answers to all your questions and ease deployment.

    Ronald Rosenbaum - PeerSpot reviewerRonald Rosenbaum
    Real User

    I can’t really comment on FortiGate. We’ve been working with Sophos for years and like it’s integration with their endpoint.

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    Top Answer:We use all features of Sophos UTM, for example, application control and URL filtering.
    Top Answer:Sophos UTM's best feature is synchronized security.
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    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 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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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.

      Fortinet FortiGate is an innovative line of firewalls that aim to protect organizations from all types of web-based network threats. They come in a wide variety of product types. Fortinet FortiGate’s solutions are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

      Fortinet FortiGate provides users with next-generation firewall solutions that provide proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments to data centers to cloud environments. You can protect every part of your network without exception. Additionally, your protections can be managed from a single central location. This ensures that the task of protecting your network is infinitely easier to accomplish.

      Benefits of Fortinet FortiGate

      Some of the benefits of using Fortinet FortiGate include:

      • The ability to manage your firewalls from a centralized automated control console. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiManager enables administrators to exercise control of their firewalls in a streamlined manner. Administrators have full visibility and control over their system from a single location. It utilizes automation that collects information in real time, which greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of running various types of workflows. Administrators can free up resources by automating the most basic tasks.
      • The ability to produce uniform, appropriate, and coordinated responses to threats across networks. Fortinet FortiGate’s FortiGuard feature generates system protections in near real time. This allows administrators to address threats to the system with custom-made solutions that can be uniformly enforced.
      • The ability to scale up your security to fit your changing security needs. Fortinet FortiGate’s design allows users to accelerate the transfer of data between users and escalate the number of users that are covered without compromising security of performance. This means that users can grow their networks and continue to collaborate without worrying about the system slowing down or coming under attack.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall solutions are cutting edge. They stand out from competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the robustness and power of their firewalls. Fortinet FortiGate’s firewall provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with the solution. These firewalls enable users to use a single piece of software to accomplish tasks that often require the use of multiple pieces of software.

      PeerSpot user Eric S., a Solutions Engineer and Consultant at a tech-services company, notes the robustness of this solution when he writes, "One of the nice things about FortiGate is that it can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises. You can actually do both. That's the biggest reason why I stick with this solution as opposed to something like Cisco Meraki. Another nice thing is that I can log directly into a FortiGate or get to it through their FortiCloud access products. They're pretty reliable and consistent. One of the reasons why I started using the product was their single pane of management. I can deploy their line of firewalls in conjunction with their switching and access points, and I can manage the entire network from one interface.”

      PeerSpot user Jim M., a network admin at Penobscot Valley Hospital, notes the power of Fortinet FortiGate’s security software when he writes, "It does a lot for you for intrusion protection and as an antivirus. The threat management bundle is worth the money. You don't need another company to monitor your web traffic for you. You can do everything yourself on the firewall. You restrict your own black list for people on the firewall.”

      Sophos UTM is a unified threat management platform designed to protect your businesses from known and emerging malware including viruses, rootkits and spyware. The solution provides a complete network security package with everything your organization needs in a single modular appliance.

      Sophos UTM Features

      Sophos UTM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

      • Web and Email Filtering
      • General Management
      • Network Protection
      • Network Routing and Services
      • Advanced Threat Protection
      • Authentication
      • Email Encryption and DLP
      • Web Policy
      • End-User Portal
      • VPN IPsec Client, VPN SSL Client, and Clientless VPN
      • Web Application Firewall Protection
      • UTM Endpoint Protection and Management
      • SEC Endpoint Integration
      • Logging and Reporting

      Sophos UTM Benefits

      There are many benefits to implementing Sophos UTM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

      • Simplifies your IT security without the complexity of multiple point solutions
      • Intuitive interface to help you quickly create policies to control security risks
      • Provides clear, detailed reports to give you the insight you need to improve your network performance and protection
      • Complete control to block, allow, shape and prioritize applications
      • Two-factor authentication with one-time password (OTP)
      • Integrated wireless controller
      • Allows you to connect remote offices with easy VPN and Wi-Fi

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Sophos UTM solution.

      PeerSpot user Dana B., Network Administrator at a manufacturing company, says “The web and email filtering are the two biggest and most valuable aspects of the solution for us. The solution overall has just been a good, cost-effective solution for us. The solution offers a lot of functionality. The solution scales well. We've found the technical support to be helpful. The stability and performance are quite good.”

      A Technical Director at a security firm mentions, "Sophos SG UTM had all the basic functionality that you needed. It is user-friendly and easy to manage for any integrator."

      Marek M., Senior Network Engineer at a computer software company, comments, “Sophos UTM is the simplest of these products to set up. If you follow the instructions using the wizard, which is just a few steps, then you will have a firewall to protect you and your customer.”

      A Software Sales Manager at a tech services company explains, “The overall visibility of the console is what I find most valuable, plus it's very user-friendly. It can be integrated with other solutions such as SOAR, SIEM, etc., even when you have an existing firewall. I really like that the console can be integrated. You'll see everything on the same window, and the single window feature of the machine is so good. These are the features I really like.”

      James D., IT Manager at Manual Workers Union, states, “The fact that it's on the cloud means we don't have to administer it on our network or deal with a physical machine, which saves us money. The solution has many great features. From the console, we can start different scannings on different machines. We enjoy the centralized reporting part of it. The initial setup is simple. We enjoy its general stability. The solution can scale. So far, the solution has been problem-free.”

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      Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos UTM
      January 2023
      Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
      670,331 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 92 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 39 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "SSL proxy makes URL filtering easier because the encryption is done before the packet ever leaves ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with pfSense, Sophos XG, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and SonicWall NSa, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, OPNsense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and WatchGuard Firebox. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Sophos UTM report.

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