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Find out what your peers are saying about OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Pros
"It has a good security level. It is a next-generation firewall. It can protect from different types of attacks. We have enabled IPS and IDS.""A good intrusion prevention system and filtering.""The Adversity Malware Protection (AMP) feature is the most valuable. It is also very easy to use. Every technical user can operate this solution without any difficulty. The dashboard of Cisco Firepower has every tool that a security operator needs. You can find every resource that you need to operate through this dashboard.""It's got the capabilities of amassing a lot of throughput with remote access and VPNs.""The dashboard is the most important thing. It provides good visibility and makes management easy. Firepower also provides us with good application visibility and control.""Firepower NGFW has improved my organization in several ways. Before, we were trying to stamp out security threats and issues, it was a one-off type of way to attack it. I spent a lot of manpower trying to track down the individual issues or flare-ups that we would see. With Cisco's Firepower Management, we're able to have that push up to basically one monitor and one UI and be able to track that and stop threats immediately. It also gives us a little more granularity on what those threats might be.""One of the most valuable features of Firepower 7.0 is the "live log" type feature called Unified Event Viewer. That view has been really good in helping me get to data faster, decreasing the amount of time it takes to find information, and allowing me to fix problems faster. I've found that to be incredibly valuable because it's a lot easier to get to some points of data now.""I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)."

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"We have found pretty much all the features of the solution to be valuable.""OPNsense is easy to scale when running on the hardware.""The interface and the dashboard are the most valuable features of this solution.""The system in general is quite flexible.""The VPN server feature is the most valuable. It is integrated with Radius and AAA for doing accounting and authentication. Insight view is also an important feature for me at this time. It allows me to assess our network traffic. I also like the firewall feature. The BSD kernel has a packet filter. It is one of the most solid frameworks for firewalls. Its user interface is one of the best interfaces I have used.""The initial implementation process is simple.""The graphic user interface is very good and it is user-friendly which makes the product easy-to-use.""The solution is good for a basic firewall for a small business or for home use."

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"Technical support is very responsive.""We've found the technical support to be helpful.""What I like about the solution is the ease of use.""Sophos is a unified solution. We have anti-virus protection, firewall rules, knotting, and DACC all in one box.""The three most important features for us are web protection, web server protection, and network protection.""Good basic firewall functions with advanced firewall scanning.""Efficient and effective - it's easy to separate rules.""This is a very stable product."

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Cons
"Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""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.""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.""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.""One feature I would like to see, that Firepower doesn't have, is email security. Perhaps in the future, Cisco will integrate Cisco Umbrella with Firepower. I don't see why we should have to pay for two separate products when both could be integrated in one box.""The Firepower FTD code is missing some old ASA firewalls codes. It's a small thing. But Firepower software isn't missing things that are essential, anymore.""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""The price and SD-WAN capabilities are the areas that need improvement."

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"The only thing that I would like to see improved is the Insight or the NetFlow analysis part. It would be good to have the possibility to dig down on the Insight platform. Right now, we can easily do only a few analyses. If this page becomes more powerful, it surely will be a well-adopted platform.""The logging could improve in OPNsense.""The interface isn't so friendly user. But we have some technicians here who are quite confident with this tool. OPNSense could maybe add sets of rules so it's simpler to manage different groups with particular needs.""The ability to set the VPN IP address would be a welcome addition.""The solution would not be suitable for anything large-scale.""There are issues with stability and reliability.""While they do have paid options that actually gives better features, for most of the clients, if they tend to take a paid option will instead opt for Fortinet.""There should be more technical documentation."

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"The ease of use could be a bit better.""The five-factor authentication needs improvement.""The solution needs to do better at covering mobile devices, although they may have an integrated solution for that purpose.""Monitoring and reporting are areas that need improvement.""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.""It's stable, but the reaction time of the GUI is terrible.""We'd like to see them offer their services on mobile devices like tablets. I'm not sure if that's an option or not.""The initial setup may be difficult for those not familiar with the product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
  • "There are additional implementation and validation costs."
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
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  • "OPNsense is open source software so at this time it is free for us to use."
  • "OPNsense is a well known open-source tool."
  • "It is not an expensive product. Basically, I deployed it because it was the fastest solution to satisfy our needs in open source."
  • "OPNsense is an open-source solution and it is free to use."
  • "The solution is not expensive."
  • "As an appliance, it's in the medium price range."
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  • "It is the cheapest product available. It's good if you have a low budget."
  • "We pay for the service on a yearly basis. The last time we paid was in June, for a year. At the time, it was about $20,000."
  • "Our licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis."
  • "It's reasonably priced."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The initial implementation process is simple.
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    We're a customer and an end-user. We are using the telemetry-free version of the solution. Overall, the solution is… more »
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    As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite… more »
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    Sophos UTM is no longer being developed, according to our reseller. All the development effort is going into XG. So XG… more »
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    So far, the solution has been problem-free.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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    OPNsense
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    Overview

    Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
    small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
    range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
    defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
    Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
    features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
    volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
    for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
    Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
    deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
    the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
    can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
    Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
    environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
    delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
    SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
    greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
    Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

    OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

    The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware - viruses, rootkits and spyware.
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    Sample Customers
    Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
    CompuNet Systems GmbH,
    One Housing Group
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Non Profit8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider46%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government7%
    Media Company4%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government10%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Media Company4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business69%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise15%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise16%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise42%
    Large Enterprise19%
    Find out what your peers are saying about OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
    564,997 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    OPNsense is ranked 13th in Firewalls with 11 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 2nd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 24 reviews. OPNsense is rated 8.0, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of OPNsense writes "A solution that detects and blocks malicious content with good reporting and visibility, but the reliability needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". OPNsense is most compared with pfSense, Untangle NG Firewall, Sophos XG, Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA Firewall, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Sophos XG, Untangle NG Firewall and Kerio Control. See our OPNsense vs. Sophos UTM report.

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