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"This solution enables you to centralize the rules and the configuration of all the equipment.""Central management system for Fortinet devices that's simple, scalable, and stable, with a straightforward setup.""There is something called zero-touch provisioning, where you can add a new device without any configuration. You just add it to FortiManager and then forget about it.""It is easy to manage a huge number of devices with FortiManager.""The solution is very stable.""It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The best feature of Fortinet FortiManager is its ease of use. It is easy to manage the firewall from Fortinet FortiManager. Additionally, the interface is very good."

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"The most valuable features of Skybox Security Suite are all the modules that are provided, such as vulnerability assessments and network, and firewall assessments.""We are currently working on rule review and compliance. The logging features are good.""Skybox deployment is simple, and it's very useful.""The most valuable feature is firewall management.""The most impressive feature is optimization and clean-up.""The solution offers very nice dashboards and they've recently added a very good Java-based web interface.""It has a good policy management feature and can provide customers with good quality outputs.""It shows me a client's or an organization's entire network. I can see everything."

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"Within the management of some features on FortiManager, specifically the management of user objects used for VPN service, FortiManager is quite weak.""We have experienced a series of minor bugs that necessitated contacted technical support on several occasions.""We have some visibility issues with the reporting.""The FortiManager is more complex and they can make it easier to use the VPN manager. All other features are okay. However, the VPN manager is more difficult and can cause some issues in the environment, if you do not have the experience to use it.""The GUI could be updated. It's not as good as it could be and is something the solution should improve in an upcoming release.""The CLI could be enhanced.""Setting up FortiManager can be complex because it involves changes from other devices and a lot of configuration.""This solution needs more experienced technical support staff. There's nothing special about it compared to other vendors."

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"The support could be improved.""Skybox Security Suite can improve the change management module. It is the one part of the tool that is used with the firewall devices and you have a change management module that is used to record changes of all firewalls in the company. It's not compatible with all brands, this is where they can improve the solution.""The price could be cheaper.""The price is costly, and I hope they can reduce the cost.""Skybox should improve their UX features by making them easier to use.""Change Manager can be improved. If they can improve Change Manager so that whatever we want to do on a firewall, we are able to do it through Change Manager, it will be helpful for us. Whenever we are doing a change, it only does them at an L3 and L4 level, but all the firewalls are at the application layer. So, whatever needs to be done on the firewall, we aren't able to get it done through Change Manager. Currently, this functionality is not there because of which we are sometimes losing customers. I can create a role on Layer 3, Layer 4, but when it comes to the application layer, such as configuring and defining URLs or other things at the application level, it can't be done through Change Manager. Customers demand that they should be able to do everything through Change Manager. They don't want to do it through some other mechanism to accomplish their complete change management policy. They don't want to use a firewall manager because sometimes, they don't have any manager. They ask if they can use our solution so that a manager is not required. If Change Manager can do all the management automatically without involving any other manager, it will be great. They can also provide better integration with other managers so that everything can be done through a central point.""The initial setup with Skybox Security is hard. You need one or two strong security engineers on your team.""The Network Assurance, which helps to create the network model, is not so rich."

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  • "Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers."
  • "The license model they use depends on the size and is not limited to the users."
  • "This is an affordable solution, and its licensing model is based on the number of devices."
  • "For us, it is a little bit expensive."
  • "For the licensing fee, we paid around 10,000 to 15,000 euros."
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  • "Currently, the licensing costs me about $300 USD for the year. This is a huge amount for my environment."
  • "It's expensive."
  • "When compared with other companies, the license is more costly."
  • "I think the price is fair."
  • "Licensing is normally on a yearly basis. There may also be a perpetual license. Normally, the customers ask for a lower price. If you want to sell more, you have to think about it."
  • "Skybox comes with extra licenses and has a change management license. The licenses are expensive, but they come with extra value."
  • "The price of the Skybox Security Suite can be expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has multiple features in one box, which helps to avoid needing a lot of equipment. This is something that makes them unique.
    Top Answer:Fortinet is a high-end product and the cost is high. They should consider reducing the price, especially for existing customers. If you want to add something or if you want to resubscribe, there… more »
    Top Answer:We have some visibility issues with the reporting. As the reporting is not properly available, we have to use many tools to get a meaningful outcome of the reports. There should be training available… more »
    Top Answer:Skybox deployment is simple, and it's very useful.
    Top Answer:The cloud site could be better. They should provide some use cases to help users.
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    Networks are constantly evolving due to threats, organizational growth, or new regulatory/business requirements. Traditional management products focus on mitigating company-wide threats through firewall policies, firmware updates, and keeping content security current. FortiManager offers the features to contain threats as well as providing flexibility to evolve along with your ever-changing network.

    The Skybox Security Suite platform combines firewall and network device data with vulnerability and threat intelligence, prioritizing security issues in the context of your unique environment. Powerful attack vector analytics reduce response times and risks, bringing firewall, vulnerability and threat management processes for complex networks under control.

    Firewall Assurance brings all firewalls into one normalized view, continuously monitoring policy compliance, optimizing firewall rulesets and finding attack vectors that others miss. Skybox covers the most comprehensive list of firewall vendors, complex rulesets, even virtual and cloud-based firewalls. With proven scalability in 1,500+ firewall deployments, Firewall Assurance keeps rules optimized and ensures changes don’t introduce new risk. 

    Gain total visibility of the vulnerabilities in your attack surface without waiting for a scan. Leverage Skybox Research Lab's vulnerability and threat intelligence, and automatically correlate it to your unique environment. With network modeling and advanced simulations, pinpoint exposed vulnerabilities and other attack vectors. And use context to prioritize vulnerabilities in terms of actual risk and respond to threats with accuracy and efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    ADP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, BT, USAID, Delta Dental, EDF Energy, EMC, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Wellness & Fitness Company13%
    Transportation Company13%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Insurance Company17%
    Non Profit8%
    Outsourcing Company8%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Company Size
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise26%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Network Management Applications
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet, Broadcom, Cisco and others in Network Management Applications. Updated: June 2022.
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    Fortinet FortiManager is ranked 1st in Network Management Applications with 10 reviews while Skybox Security Suite is ranked 6th in Vulnerability Management with 11 reviews. Fortinet FortiManager is rated 8.6, while Skybox Security Suite is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiManager writes "Good centralized management that's stable and easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skybox Security Suite writes "Rich vulnerability management that is controlled from a single pane of glass, but the network modeling capability needs improvement". Fortinet FortiManager is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, Cisco DNA Center, Fortinet FortiOS, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and Micro Focus Network Node Manager, whereas Skybox Security Suite is most compared with AlgoSec, Tufin, FireMon, Tenable Nessus and Darktrace.

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