Palo Alto Networks K2-Series vs Sophos XG comparison

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We performed a comparison between Palo Alto Networks K2-Series and Sophos XG 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.
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"The scalability of the product is quite high.""As long as the solution is kept updated, it's pretty stable.""I have found the threat profile feature valuable.""I have found that Palo Alto Networks K2-Series has the best security. They are more user-friendly, older firewalls used to have to be configured using the command-line interface, but in this solution, it can be done in the GUI.""Palo Alto's App-ID is what differentiates it from other competitors.""Palo Alto firewalls are scalable enough. We have about 110 employees in our company, and we are about to expand to 130.""The most valuable features are the intuitive user interface, ease of use, and reporting.""We've found the solution offers us good stability."

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"The most valuable features of Sophos XG are user-friendliness and it is highly secure.""Content filtering and intrusion prevention are most valuable. Our customers are fully satisfied with the performance of Sophos. It has all the features that they require in a firewall.""I like it for its simplicity. It is very simple to configure and implement. It is a very good product for medium-sized organizations.""It is simple to use.""I have found the solution easy to use and fully integrated.""The performance is good.""The stability of Sophos XG is very good. However, there have been some issues with other weaker models because they are limited in hardware in resources.""The performance of Sophos XG is generally good and it is stable."

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"In the past, we've had trouble with Palo Alto's application filtering not getting it right. I would not be recommending layer 7 application filtering yet.""It would be really helpful to have dashboards that provide information on IOC blockings such as where and how many. It will also be good to know how many hashing files have been reported. It would also be nice to have easy access to this information. Otherwise, it's a painful, manual task.""Palo Alto releases a lot of bug fixes for their firewalls, which means it's necessary to do frequent upgrades. They should work on decreasing their bugs so that upgrades aren't needed so often.""The product should get frequent updates allowing us to add new signatures.""It is recommended that the Palo Alto Networks K2-Series be implemented step by step for the Panorama. Sometimes we can't overwrite the configurations because it fails.""They could improve by providing more features in the solution.""If we have issues, they take anywhere from two days to a week to respond. I even wrote to their CEO because there was no response. When it comes to support, this is the worst company.""Palo Alto has many other products. It would be nice for these products to be centralized under one tool"

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"The support service level agreement in regard to the amount of time needed to upgrade things is too low. It should be higher.""Over the last six months, we have noticed that the hardware is slow, especially the VPN connections.""While it is possible to configure between two of the solution's devices in the same model, the high available usually fails.""When it comes to improvements that the vendor can make, we see that the cloud integration for managing all the firewalls is essentially a replacement of the on-prem version we had and is not sufficiently mature.""I'm just a sole proprietor for IT support, and from my perspective, there could be better ways to educate a proprietor, such as myself, on how to set it up, and program it, and manage it. They do tend to have support, but a lot of times, it is for larger networks. I need something that is simpler and more rudimentary as to how to go about setting up and configuring the firewall, setting up the rules, and that type of thing. So, if there is a missing component there, that would be it.""Could have a more simplified functionality for users.""I would like to have a more efficient login process.""They need to do more quality checks before they release firmware upgrades. Currently, a few Cyberoam firewall customers are facing some issues while upgrading the Cyberoam firmware to Sophos. After the new firmware is installed, they are seeing some performance issues, which require some bug fixes. The performance is fine after getting the required support. Customers who are already using Sophos hardware are quite satisfied with this solution. Their support should also be improved. We are facing difficulties getting support on time through email or phone."

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  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "When comparing Palo Alto Networks K2-Series with other solutions it is on the higher end of the price scale."
  • "This product is designed for large companies. The price would not be suitable for a small or medium size company."
  • "Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is an expensive solution, the price could be reduced. They are more expensive than some of their competitors."
  • "The overall price of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series could be reduced."
  • "We are on an annual license to use Palo Alto Networks K2-Series."
  • "If you compare K2-Series' quality with its price, I think it is reasonable."
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  • "The price for the firewall is reasonable."
  • "Its licensing cost is around 700 bucks a year or something like that. It is 100 bucks a month at the most. It seems to be standard licensing with no additional costs."
  • "The price is fair."
  • "There is no license required to use this solution."
  • "The price can be a bit steep but for the number of features, it is worth it."
  • "We have our license for three years."
  • "The price is not reasonable."
  • "The price is good and licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most. PA is good at app control, web filtering… more »
    Top Answer:The scalability of the product is quite high.
    Top Answer:From my experience regarding both the Sophos and FortiGate firewalls, I personally would rather use FortiGate. I know the firewalls change every 5 to 7 years as stated but you really do need to… more »
    Top Answer:Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls have both great features and performance. I like that Palo Alto has regular threat signatures and updates. I also appreciate that I can just import addresses and URL… more »
    Top Answer:Hi Arvind P ,  The Sophos XG firewall has a number of models right from XG86 to XG135w under the 1U Desktop Form Factor. The Sophos XG appliance that offers a direct competition to the Fortigate 80F… more »
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    Designed to handle growing throughput needs due to increasing amounts of application-, user-, and device-generated data, the K2-Series offers amazing performance and threat prevention capabilities to stop advanced cyberattacks and secure mobile network infrastructure, subscribers, and services.

    Sophos XG Firewall is a complete firewall solution that provides all the real-time security and insights you need to protect your network from ransomware and advanced threats. Sophos XG Firewall provides visibility into suspicious users, unknown and unwanted apps, encrypted traffic, and other threats. With its advanced artificial intelligence capabilities, Sophos XG Firewall immediately identifies potential risks and intrusions on web servers and networks.

    Sophos XG Firewall Features

    Sophos XG Firewall offers a wide range of security features, including:

    • Application control: Prevent widespread infections with XG’s Security Heartbeat. XG Firewall automatically identifies the source of an infection on a network and automatically prevents it from accessing other network resources.

    • Synchronized user ID: Eliminate the need for client or server authentication agents by sharing user identification between the endpoint and the firewall through Security Heartbeat.

    • Centralized management: Easily manage all activities with Sophos Central. The XG cloud management platform allows users to easily set up, manage, and monitor XG firewalls along with other Sophos products. Some of Sophos Central’s features include alerting, backup management, one-click firmware updates, and rapid deployments of new firewalls.

    • Lateral movement protection: Automatically isolate compromised systems at every point in the network to stop attacks dead in their tracks.

    • Network protection: Protect networks from attacks and threats while providing secure network access.

    • Web protection: Gain clear visibility and control over all users’ web and application activity.

    • Web server protection: Solidify web servers and applications against hacking attacks while providing secure web access.

    • Email protection: Consolidate email protection with anti-spam, DLP, and encryption. XG’s Live Anti-Spam provides protection from the most recent spam campaigns, phishing attacks, and malicious attachments. Data Loss Prevention automatically triggers encryption on sensitive data in outgoing emails.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sophos XG Firewall stands out among its competitors, among other reasons, for its intrusion detection capabilities, its user-friendly management platform, and in general, for being a complete and robust firewall solution.

    Niranjan P., a network & system support engineer, writes, “Sophos is a comprehensive solution which allows me to configure all the attendant products, such as Sophos's firewall, endpoint, and encryption features. A nice feature of Sophos is that it offers in sync and heartbeat security. When my clients have a perimeter involving Sophos firewall and endpoints with Sophos Endpoint, they can communicate with each other.”

    Antonio D., sales manager at INFOSEC, notes, “The product has a console that is based in the cloud for all their products. In this console, they have email security, firewall security, endpoint security, et cetera. All of the products on offer in the console are very useful for us. The solution is stable. The solution works well for enterprises and large-scale organizations.”

    Antony M., ICT/HMIS supervisor at a healthcare company, writes, “The VPN feature is the most valuable. It has come in handy during this period when people are working from home. The filtering feature is also valuable because you can easily filter the sites that you don't want to visit. You can also set timely surfing quotas”

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    Sample Customers
    State of North Dakota, SEGA, Alameda County Office of Education, Temple University, VERGE, CAME
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Company Size
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Palo Alto Networks K2-Series vs. Sophos XG
    March 2023
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    Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 13 reviews while Sophos XG is ranked 6th in Firewalls with 97 reviews. Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is rated 8.2, while Sophos XG is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks K2-Series writes "Stable with great deep inspection functionality and good scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos XG writes "Secure, duel switch capabilities, and good support". Palo Alto Networks K2-Series is most compared with Juniper SRX Series Firewall, whereas Sophos XG is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, OPNsense, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and Cisco Secure Firewall. See our Palo Alto Networks K2-Series vs. Sophos XG report.

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