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We performed a comparison between FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The machine learning on FortiWeb WAF is valuable.""The fact that I can log into the platform and see everybody, see logs, authentication failure, and see everything on one platform, is the most valuable feature.""It is good for web tracking applications.""The initial setup was easy since it was possible to get remote support for the product.""The tool's HTTP traffic, website fixing, and blocking are fantastic. It is user-friendly with easy configuration.""The machine learning feature reduces the false positives.""FortiWeb Web Application Firewall blocks attacks from application layers and provides protection.""We use it to secure VMs and applications. It protects against DDoS attacks. It's very user-friendly."

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"Prisma Cloud's most important feature is its auto-remediation.""Integration is very easy. And because it supports security that spans multi- and hybrid-cloud environments, it's very easy to use.""I like Palo Alto's threat protection and Wi-Fi coverage. It has advanced features like DNS security and sandboxing. The automation capabilities are excellent.""I find the CSPM area to be a more valuable and flexible feature.""I like Prisma's ability to integrate with other tools. We can integrate it with Jira so that when Prisma triggers an alert, it opens a ticket in Jira. That was a big selling point for the product. There's a feature called the guest custom template that allows you to trigger alerts in Jira based on the template. That can also be added as a feature on Jira.""The most valuable features are the alerts and auto-remediation because it allows us a lot of flexibility to customize and do things the Palo Alto team never intended. We faced some challenges with certificates because we also have next-gen firewalls. We would like to equip all the traffic because there have been many cases in which the developers have done things by mistake. Deploying certificates on virtual machines can be complex in a development environment, but we managed to do that with Prisma Cloud.""Palo Alto enables us to know what security threats are happening in the background.""We are provided with a single tool to protect all of our cloud resources and applications without having to manage and reconcile compliance reports."

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Cons
"FortiWeb Web Application Firewall needs to improve its performance.""FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) needs to update its attack prevention database.""The technical support team is bad.""There is room for improvement in pricing, and actually, the price is a bit higher because on the same terms I purchased, the support subscription is so high.""FortiWeb Web Application Firewall's signature database updates could be improved.""The product lacks features offered by enterprise-level firewall tools.""WAF needs more signatures on FortiWeb and updates the database continuously to protect against new attacks.""The documentation is poor."

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"Sometimes, when you assign subnets to regions, the IP address will jump from one location to another because it will automatically change substantially. Then, we need to add those IP subnets to our firewall for existing access. The need to update those subnets potentially causes maintenance or access issues. So far, we can only provide bigger customers with six subnets, and a small company may not be able to access those services.""I would like Prisma Cloud to improve its mapping feature to increase usability.""A couple of exporting functionalities should be more user-friendly because if I want to export something, I can get a lot of data visible to that particular CSV.""More documentation with real-world use cases would be helpful.""One major observation is that it is not possible to implement Prisma Cloud on-premises. This is the limitation. Prisma Cloud itself is on a cloud. It is sitting on AWS and Google Cloud. It is a SaaS solution, but some of my clients have a local regulatory requirement, and they want to install it locally on their premises. That capability is not there, but government entities and ministries want to have Prisma Cloud installed locally.""The automation must continue to become much smoother.""In terms of securing cloud-native development at build time, a lot of improvement is needed. Currently, it's more a runtime solution than a build-time solution. For runtime, I would rate it at seven out of 10, but for build-time there is a lot of work to be done.""The security automation capabilities are average."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "FortiWeb Web Application Firewall's pricing is suited for small or medium organizations."
  • "It is a cost-effective product. If you need an extra module in the product, there will be an extra cost in addition to the licensing fee."
  • "FortiWeb WAF is priced well for customers compared to other vendors' solutions."
  • "FortiWeb has a good presence because of its price."
  • "It is a cheap solution."
  • "FortiWeb Web Application Firewall is not expensive."
  • "I rate the product price a four on a scale of one to ten, where one is a high price, and ten is a low price."
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  • "The purchasing process was easy and quick. It is a very economical solution."
  • "Our licensing fees are $18,000 USD per year."
  • "One thing we're very pleased about is how the licensing model for Prisma is based on work resources. You buy a certain amount of work resources and then, as they enable new capabilities within Prisma, it just takes those work resource units and applies them to new features. This enables us to test and use the new features without having to go back and ask for and procure a whole new product, which could require going through weeks, and maybe months, of a procurement process."
  • "The pricing and the licensing are both very fair... The biggest advice I would give in terms of costs would be to try to understand what the growth is going to look like. That's really been our biggest struggle, that we don't have an idea of what our future growth is going to be on the platform. We go from X number of licenses to Y number of licenses without a plan on how we're going to get from A to B, and a lot of that comes as a bit of a surprise. It can make budgeting a real challenge for it."
  • "From my exposure so far, they have been really flexible on whatever your current state is, with a view to what the future state might be. There's no hard sell. They "get" the journey that you're on, and they're trying to help you embrace cloud security, governance, and compliance as you go."
  • "If a competitor came along and said, "We'll give you half the price," that doesn't necessarily mean that's the right answer, at all. We wouldn't necessarily entertain it that way. Does it do what we need it to do? Does it work with the things that we want it to work with? That is the important part for us. Pricing wasn't the big consideration it might be in some organizations. We spend millions on public cloud. In that context, it would not make sense to worry about the small price differences that you get between the products."
  • "The pricing and licensing are expensive compared to the other offerings that we considered."
  • "I don't know a better way to do it, but their licensing is a little confusing. That's due to the breadth of different types of technologies they are trying to cover. The way you license depends on where you're securing. When they were Twistlock it was a simple licensing scheme and you could tell what you were doing. Now that they've changed that scheme with Palo Alto, it is quite confusing. It's very difficult to predict what your costs are going to be as you try to expand coverage."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would rate the pricing a seven out of ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive.
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement in pricing, and actually, the price is a bit higher because on the same terms I purchased, the support subscription is so high.
    Top Answer:Prisma Cloud helps support DevSecOps methodologies, making those responsibilities easier to manage.
    Top Answer:We like Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, since it offers us incredible visibility into our entire cloud system. We are able to easily see where our container vulnerabilities lie and and where cloud… more »
    Top Answer:Aqua Security is easy to use and very manageable. Its main focus is on Kubernetes and Docker. Security is a very valuable feature and their speed of integration is very good. The initial setup was… more »
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    Also Known As
    Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud, Prisma Public Cloud, RedLock Cloud 360, RedLock, Twistlock, Aporeto
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    Overview

    FortiWeb web application firewall (WAF) protects business-critical web applications from attacks that target known and unknown vulnerabilities. Advanced ML-powered features improve security and reduce administrative overhead. Capabilities include anomaly detection, API discovery and protection, bot mitigation, and advanced threat analytics to identify the most critical threats across all protected applications.

    Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is a cloud security solution used for cloud security posture management, cloud workload protection, container security, and code security. It provides visibility, monitoring, and alerting for security issues in multi-cloud environments. 

    The solution is user-friendly, easy to set up, and integrates with SIEM for generating alerts and reports. Its most valuable features include security features, monitoring capabilities, reporting, compliance monitoring, vulnerability dashboard, data security features, and multi-cloud capabilities. Prisma Cloud has helped organizations by providing comprehensive protection, automating workflows, simplifying troubleshooting, and improving collaboration between SecOps and DevOps.

    Prisma Cloud Features

    Prisma Cloud offers comprehensive security coverage in all areas of the cloud development lifecycle:

    • Code security: Protect configurations, scan code before it enters production, and integrate with other tools.

    • Security posture management: Monitor posture, identify and remove threats, and provide compliance across public clouds.

    • Workload protection: Secure hosts and containers across the application lifecycle.

    • Network security: Gain network visibility and enforce micro segmentation.

    • Identity security: Enforce permissions and secure identities across clouds.

    Benefits of Prisma Cloud

    • Unified management: All users use the same dashboards built via shared onboarding, allowing cloud security to be addressed from a single agent framework.

    • High-speed onboarding: Multiple cloud accounts and users are onboarded within seconds, rapidly activating integrated security capabilities.

    • Multiple integration options: Prisma Cloud can integrate with widely used IDE, SCM, and CI/CD workflows early in development, enabling users to identify and fix vulnerabilities and compliance issues before they enter production. Prisma Cloud supports all major workflows, automation frameworks, and third-party tools.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Prisma Cloud stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its integration capabilities, as well as its visibility, which makes it very easy for users to get a full picture of the cloud environment.

    Alex J., an information security manager at Cobalt.io, writes, “Prisma Cloud has enabled us to take a very strong preventive approach to cloud security. One of the hardest things with cloud is getting visibility into workloads. With Prisma Cloud, you can go in and get that visibility, then set up policies to alert on risky behavior, e.g., if there are security groups or firewall ports open up. So, it is very helpful in preventing configuration errors in the cloud by having visibility. If there are issues, then you can find them and fix them.”

    Luke L., a cloud security specialist for a financial services firm, writes, “You can also integrate with Amazon Managed Services. You can also get a snapshot in time, whether that's over a 24-hour period, seven days, or a month, to determine what the estate might look like at a certain point in time and generate reports from that for vulnerability management forums.”

    Sample Customers
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    Amgen, Genpact, Western Asset, Zipongo, Proofpoint, NerdWallet, Axfood, 21st Century Fox, Veeva Systems, Reinsurance Group of America
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Educational Organization13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise25%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) vs. Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks
    January 2024
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    FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) is ranked 15th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews while Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 58 reviews. FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) is rated 8.0, while Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) writes "A security solution for securing the Internet facing servers but lacks several security features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks writes "The dashboard is very user-friendly and can be used to generate custom RQL based on user requirements". FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) is most compared with , whereas Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is most compared with Wiz, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Aqua Cloud Security Platform, AWS Security Hub and AWS GuardDuty. See our FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) vs. Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks report.

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