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We performed a comparison between KerioControl and Sophos Cyberoam UTM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Firewalls solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed KerioControl vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The whole firewall functionality, including firewall policies and IPS policies, is valuable. It has all kinds of functionalities. It has IPS, VPN, and other features. They are doing quite a lot of stuff with their devices.""I have access to the web version of Cisco Talos to see the reputation of IP addresses. I find this very helpful. It provides important information for my company to obtain the reputation of IP addresses. The information in Talos is quite complete.""The remote access, VPN, and ACL features are valuable. We are using role-based access for individuals.""This solution helped us to identify the key areas where we need to focus to block traffic that is malicious to our organization.""The Packet Tracer is a really good tool. If someone calls because they're having problems, you can easily create fake traffic without having to do an extended packet capture. You can see, straight away, if there's a firewall rule allowing that traffic in the direction you're trying to troubleshoot.""I have not contacted technical support. There is a lot of information on the internet for troubleshooting. All you need to do is use a search engine and you will find the information you are looking for easily.""Netting is one of the best features. We can modify it in different ways. Site-to-site VPN is also an awesome feature of Cisco ASA. The biggest advantage of Cisco products is technical support. They provide the best technical support.""The solution offers very easy configurations."

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"The reporting needs to be improved. It is hard to get a domain.""The most valuable features of Kerio Control are the IPS and traffic rules. The traffic rules are very user-friendly and the IPS is working well. Additionally, the anti-virus is effective with quick options, such as filtering.""The solution is easy to manage. Kerio Control is unique compared to other firewalls because it has been around since 2000 when we switched and the name it started with was WinRoute, and then later became Kerio Control. It evolved over time and it is more of a proprietary firewall on its own and has been developed through open source.""The solution’s firewall and intrusion detection features are quite good because you can see exactly who is attacking you and who is getting blocked.""The installation is straightforward.""I like intrusion detection and prevention and bandwidth management. The routing part is also awesome. It is a good firewall. We never had a major breach from outside. We've never been impacted by ransomware, and our systems have never been infiltrated.""The firewall and the content filtering options are valuable.""The stability of Kerio Control is good."

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"There are plenty of features available, such as Full Guard and WAN.""The VPN is excellent on the solution.""The solution has good load balancers.""The most valuable feature is the solution is easy to configure for users.""We consider the user level and control features of Sophos Cyberoam UTM to be the best.""The solution is easy to use.""There are plenty of features that are valuable in the Sophos Cyberoam UTM. We use all the features, such as email Security, firewall rules, web server security, web devices, web protection.""The main features I have found best are the load balancer and ease of use."

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Cons
"An area for improvement is the graphical user interface. That is something that is coming up now. They could make the product more user-friendly. A better GUI is something that would make life much easier.""The initial setup was a bit complex. It wasn't a major challenge, but due to our requirements and network, it was not very straightforward but still easy enough.""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.""FirePOWER does a good job when it comes to providing us with visibility into threats, but I would like to see a more proactive stance to it.""It's mainly the UI and the management parts that need improvement. The most impactful feature when you're using it is the user interface and the user experience.""The one thing that the ASAs don't have is a central management point. We have a lot of our environments on FTD right now. So, we are using a Firewall Management Center (FMC) to manage all those. The ASAs don't really have that, but they are easy to use if you physically go into them and manage them.""The stability is not the best.""The main problem we have is that things work okay until we upgrade the firmware, at which point, everything changes, and the net stops working."

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"The Kerio hardware devices look cheap and could be improved. Some of our clients are switching to Sophos because their hardware has a more sleek design.""The solution should offer more dashboards.""I would like to see a little improvement in their technical support when you have a problem. I may be a little jaded because I came from Kerio when we could call and get a person on the phone who worked on the product. Every tech had their own demo setup. They had instant messaging capability with the developers. If we found a problem, then we could get a result for it quickly. Now, the product seems to be 24 hours. They have also gone to the model that if you need quicker support, then they now charge you additional for the exact same level of support that they used to give. I am assuming it's the exact same level of support that they say it is. I'm not paying extra for it. That's the biggest flaw with the product.""Kerio Control could improve content filtering.""I would like the customer statistics to be more user-friendly. It should explain more what users have been doing throughout the day. Sometimes, it'll just say they downloaded a big file. Meanwhile, they were connected through a VPN.""There isn't a lot to be improved. It works well as it is, but they can maybe improve the reporting side.""They don't provide content filtering when it comes to search engine results. We had an incident on the network where a blocked site was showing up in search results. We are in a school environment, so we have blocked a site with some of the explicit content so that kids wouldn't see it. When one of them did a search, the results came on the search engine part. When you try to drill down to the website, it blocks, but when you search by image, it brings up all the images. That's one of the reasons why we are looking at Juniper.""The reporting needs to be improved. It is hard to get a domain."

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"It isn't missing anything.""There needs to be more documentation that users can access to help them understand the solution or troubleshoot as necessary.""The solution is at its end of life and some of the appliances are finishing.""While the security features are excellent, they could be improved.""Sophos Cyberoam UTM could improve by adding VPN site-to-site capabilities. The correct version does not work with Microsoft Azure Cloud.""The product is at its end-of-life. There is nothing to improve as it will be discontinued.""The policy is a bit too vague.""The configuration requires an expert to be set up, so it could be made simpler."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If we compare it with FortiGate and the co-existing ASA, FortiGate is better in price."
  • "They seem to be at the top end in terms of pricing, but they are worth the price. They are probably a little bit lower than Palo Alto. If the customers are relying on Cisco products and they are thinking more in terms of scaling to another layer in a year, it is pretty much in a good price range."
  • "We're using the smart license for this firewall. The models that we have require licensing for remote access."
  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "I just bought it off the shelf, and I'm using it with my previous one, so I have not spent that much."
  • "The price is fair. It's not the cheapest, but it's not bad."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The product is very expensive."
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  • "Our clients see ROI with Kerio Control, as they are saving bandwidth costs."
  • "Licensing is easier with Kerio Control. With FortiGate, we realized the licensing is really hectic, because if you skip one year, you have to back pay that year. If you skip two years, you have to back pay two years. With Kerio Control, if a license expires, one year later you can just reactivate and go on."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. For additional costs, you can add on more features such as antivirus."
  • "The price is fine."
  • "The price of Kerio Control could be better, it is a bit overpriced compared to other solutions."
  • "I am living in Iran and we cannot buy the product from Kerio because of sanctions."
  • "Its price is fair. There are no additional costs."
  • "I pay approximately $50 for the solution on an annual basis."
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  • "I had an issue when I was trying to stop a user from using too much bandwidth while I was using Azure, I was not able to stop them."
  • "We pay for licensing the solution. It's my understanding that it is not overly expensive. It may be somewhere around $2,000 for a license."
  • "It is a cheap firewall. We are not paying for any license."
  • "There is a license for this solution and it is priced competitively. We paid approximately $2,000 for the license."
  • "The licensing is on an annual basis and is very reasonably priced."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and we are on a three-year contract. I am satisfied with the price."
  • "The solution comes with a yearly licensing fee."
  • "The pricing for this product is good. Its pricing is very low, enticing small businesses to purchase it over its competitors."
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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
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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.

      Kerio Control is a popular security product for small and medium-sized businesses. It is a next-generation firewall that provides unified threat management without complexity. Kerio Control provides advanced anti-virus protection and industry-leading web and content application filtering, and has a secure VPN.

      With Kerio Control you can:

      • Preserve the integrity of your network.
      • Manage bandwidth to streamline traffic flows.
      • Improve productivity with filtering capabilities.

      Kerio Control Features

      Some of Kerio Control’s most valuable features include:

      High availability, deployment flexibility, deep packet inspection, advanced routing, usage reporting, quick administering, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN, web and content application filtering, and centralized administration with MyKerio.

      Kerio Control Benefits

      • Eliminate downtime risks: Because Kerio Control offers high availability and failover protection, you can eliminate the risk and cost of connectivity or threat protection downtime.

      • Detailed reports: Kerio Control makes it easy to view individual users’ internet activity through detailed reports.

      • Traffic monitoring: Traffic monitoring allows you to manage bandwidth and makes it possible for you to control access to streaming video and peer-to-peer networks.

      • Server protection: Using Kerio Control’s advanced networking routing and deep packet inspection, you can protect servers.

      • Easily create policies: With Kerio Control, you can create both inbound and outbound traffic policies, and can also restrict communication by specific URLs, applications, traffic type, content category, or even time of day.

      • Snort-based analysis: Kerio Control gives you the ability to add a transparent layer of intrusion prevention with snort-based analysis along with a database of rule and blacklisted IP addresses that is regularly refreshed.

      • Optionally integrated anti-virus: WIth this feature, you can prevent viruses, Trojans, or spyware from entering your networks.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Here is some feedback from some of our users who are currently using the solution:

      PeerSpot user Brian C., Senior Technology Specialist, VP at Unified Technology Solutions, writes "It is very comprehensive and simple. It has all the active protections. It's updated. We love that you can set how often it is updated so you can work on what is right for you. A large company with a lot of bandwidth can update the virus definitions and security definitions hourly, if they want. A smaller site that's remote, where maybe updating the definitions will eat into the bandwidth, we can schedule those more to go later at night. It's very flexible and works for us in all types of situations. This is great because then we don't have to learn seven different products to be able to work with seven different scenarios."

      Andy D., IT Manager at Flare Technologies, praises how easy it is to use and says, "One thing we use quite a lot, as well, is the DHCP Server, because we do a lot of work where all our devices need to have static IP addresses. Rather than going around and configuring every box, we do it all through DHCP reservations. It's easier. We've got a record of it. We can manipulate it if we need to change something or change some hardware. It's all easy. Even guys who are not used to using it can pick it up quite quickly."



      Cyberoam Unified Threat Management hardware appliances offer comprehensive security to organizations, ranging from large enterprises to small and branch offices. Multiple security features integrated over a single, Layer 8 Identity-based platform make security simple, yet highly effective.
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      Sample Customers
      There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.
      Triton Technical, McDonald's
      Gulf Corporation for Technology, Maridive & Oil Services, Fidelity Bank, Petra University, Capital FM Kenya, Safari Park Hotel and Casino, Mayfair Casino, Pacific International Lines, Mozambique Ministry of Education, University of Namibia, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, University of Hawai, New Delhi Municipal Council
      Top Industries
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Comms Service Provider21%
      Computer Software Company19%
      Government7%
      Educational Organization5%
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      Computer Software Company21%
      Financial Services Firm11%
      Comms Service Provider11%
      Transportation Company11%
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      Comms Service Provider29%
      Computer Software Company20%
      Educational Organization6%
      Government5%
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      Manufacturing Company15%
      Non Profit12%
      Financial Services Firm6%
      Construction Company6%
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      Comms Service Provider26%
      Computer Software Company20%
      Energy/Utilities Company8%
      Government7%
      Company Size
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      Small Business36%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise40%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business83%
      Midsize Enterprise15%
      Large Enterprise2%
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      Small Business33%
      Midsize Enterprise23%
      Large Enterprise44%
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      Small Business48%
      Midsize Enterprise35%
      Large Enterprise17%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business30%
      Midsize Enterprise23%
      Large Enterprise48%
      Buyer's Guide
      KerioControl vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about KerioControl vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
      654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      KerioControl is ranked 24th in Firewalls with 12 reviews while Sophos Cyberoam UTM is ranked 5th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews. KerioControl is rated 7.8, while Sophos Cyberoam UTM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of KerioControl writes "Through the ease of how quickly we could roll out the VPN to everybody, we had whole companies remotely working overnight". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Cyberoam UTM writes "Reliable, easy to set up, and excellent for remote access with the VPN". KerioControl is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, OPNsense, Sophos UTM and Untangle NG Firewall, whereas Sophos Cyberoam UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos UTM, Sophos XG and SonicWall TZ. See our KerioControl vs. Sophos Cyberoam UTM report.

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