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We performed a comparison between Sangfor NGAF and Sophos 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 Sangfor NGAF vs. Sophos UTM Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"We find all of its features very useful. Its main features are policies and access lists. We use both of them, and we also use routing.""I have integrated it for incidence response. If there is a security event, the Cisco firewall will automatically block the traffic, which is valuable.""This solution made our organization more secure and gave us better control.""The clusters in data centers are great.""With Cisco, there are a lot of features such as the network map. Cisco builds the whole network map of the machines you have behind your firewall and gives you insight into the vulnerabilities and attributes that the host has. Checkpoint and Fortinet don't have that functionality directly on the firewall.""Cisco's technical support is the best and that's why everybody implements their products.""The most important feature is the VPN connection.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."

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"The most valuable feature of Sangfor NGAF is its integration.""The absolute best part of Sangfor NGAF is their support. It's a 24/7 support channel, and the last time I requested their assistance I got a reply within three minutes. They helped solve the problem immediately.""Sangfor has the best capabilities for securing connections, securing web browsers, securing servers, and general threat protection.""We can utilize our own network rather than paying for a private one.""While the features are not dissimilar to other brands, configuration is much more simple, which works out great for Indonesian people.""Sangfor NGAF works accordingly with our customers. The solution has good performance, easy to use, and integrates well with the endpoints.""Particularly good in the DPI where we can inspect inbound and outbound traffic.""The most valuable features are the WAN optimization, the internet access gateway (IAG), and the central console, which allows us to implement on their firewall."

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"The packet filtering's great. You get out what you put into it. It works great as long as you know your security and configure everything adequately. If you just pop one in and it's not configured, then it's basically wide open. It kind of depends on the admin skill, but it's an excellent product.""Sophos UTM is the simplest of these products to setup.""The stability of Sophos UTM is very good. The solution has been stable since Sophos took over Cyberoam which was the original company providing this solution.""An easy solution to learn because the graphics are very intuitive.""With Sophos, we have not had any incidents this year. The security provided has been good. It has proven to be okay for our needs.""The stability, overall, is excellent. I haven't had a problem in the last two years.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""It's a stable solution."

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Cons
"It can probably provide a holistic view of different appliances because many customers do not have only one brand, besides the traditional SNMP protocols, to cover all their devices. There are some specific requirements in terms of configurations or actions that sometimes have to be done in a very manual way because of the different versions or brands in a customer's infrastructure. It could also have some additional analytics capabilities. It has some very interesting ways to monitor the traffic and identify false positives from the architecture and the environment. It would be good if there is a way to patch with some other industry-specific solutions and synchronize some of the information, such as what other customers experience in their operations and probably share some additional information that could be leveraged or shared among the industry. Such information would be something interesting to see. It could have AI capabilities related to how the appliances could benefit from learning the current environment and different exposures.""We're getting support but there's a big delay until we get a response from their technical team. They're in the USA and we're in Africa, so that's the difficulty. When they're in the office, they respond.""Comparing Cisco solution to others, it is expensive, it would be better for it to be cheaper.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""The maturity needs to be better.""An area of improvement for this solution is the console visualization.""It would be good if Cisco made sure that the solution supports all routing protocols. Sometimes it doesn't.""Other products are becoming easier to access and configure. They are providing UI interfaces to configure, take backup, synchronize redundant machines, and so on. It is very easy to take backup and upgrade the images in those products. Cisco ASA should have such features. If one redundant machine is getting upgraded, the technology and support should be there to upgrade other redundant machines. In a single window, we should be able to do more in terms of backups, restores, and upgrades."

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"Sangfor NGAF could improve the policies and default criteria. They could be much better.""They need to increase the number of ports in the firewall.""The GUI needs to be improved, lacks logic in some areas.""The solution has too many bugs and these slow down the implementation.""Lacks consistency in terms of filtering certain websites and applications.""I believe that IAM and NGFW need to merge into a single box, instead of there being two separate box solutions.""I would be happy if Sangfor developed a firewall designed specifically for home use, as well as for small businesses such as clinics and so on. A household version of the Sangfor firewall for your personal computer or laptop would be ideal, in my opinion.""An area for improvement would be the number of ports defined on the box. In the next release, I would like them to develop their provisioning stage of enrolling end devices."

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"Anti-phishing functionality should be improved.""Sophos customer support could use some improvement.""Sophos UTM could be simplified, and they can improve on the many other features, like SD-WAN and load balancing. Sophos UTM is missing a few features that their competitors have. For example, if you have multiple branches you would like to connect, the load balancing features aren't available on multilink. If we create a VPM for multiple LAN links, we cannot load balance the traffic.""I would like this solution to support ICAP. Also, they no longer support on-premises management, and are forcing clients to use centralized management via the cloud, which I don't agree with.""We need a better VPN client for the customers.""In Sophos UTM there is always a problem with the routing tables. If you want to see the routing table, you have to use the UI. You can't do it via a web browser. The routing table is better in Fortinet.""They could use more SSL VPN support.""The reporting system needs to allow for customizations because many reports do not include details that we expect."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "This is an expensive product, although when you buy this solution, you can do many things so it provides good value for the investment."
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  • "Sangfor is cheaper than competing vendors."
  • "The price is unmatcheable."
  • "When it comes to the price of firewall solutions, Sangfor NGAF takes the cake."
  • "Sangfor NGAF price is reasonable and there is an annual license. However, the maintenance cost can be a bit high."
  • "For four to five physical appliances for a licensed firewall, it costs approximately $4,000."
  • "The price could be more competitive."
  • "The license of Sangfor NGAF can be purchased at different interval lengths, such as annually or three years. They offer a range of packages to choose from, such as combo or hybrid packages. We are using the complete solution package which includes IM, NGF and SSL VPN, and WAF."
  • "For over 2000 users, the cost is around 5000 to 6000 USD. If you want a web application firewall, you have to purchase an additional license for it."
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  • "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."
  • "The prices can be better, they could make it a lot cheaper."
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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
    Sangfor NGAF Firewall Platform
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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.

      Sangfor Next Generation Firewall (also known as NGAF) is a converged security solution providing protection against advanced threat, malware, viruses, ransomware and web-based attacks using integrated security features like firewall, IPS, anti-virus, anti-malware, APT, URL filtering, Cloud Sandbox, and WAF. As the world's first AI-enabled and fully integrated Next Generation Firewall & Web Application Firewall (WAF), NGAF offering the security visibility, real-time detection and response, simplified operation and maintenance and high-performance application layer security needed to operate an enterprise network in total security. Tested and proven to provide cutting-edge network security by ICSA Labs and endorsed by Gartner Inc., NGAF harnesses the power of Sangfor’s Neural-X threat intelligence and analytics platform and Engine Zero’s innovative malware detection to provide next-generation protection for today’s enterprise.

      Sophos UTM is a unified threat management platform designed to protect your businesses from known and emerging malware including viruses, rootkits and spyware. The solution provides a complete network security package with everything your organization needs in a single modular appliance.

      Sophos UTM Features

      Sophos UTM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

      • Web and Email Filtering
      • General Management
      • Network Protection
      • Network Routing and Services
      • Advanced Threat Protection
      • Authentication
      • Email Encryption and DLP
      • Web Policy
      • End-User Portal
      • VPN IPsec Client, VPN SSL Client, and Clientless VPN
      • Web Application Firewall Protection
      • UTM Endpoint Protection and Management
      • SEC Endpoint Integration
      • Logging and Reporting

      Sophos UTM Benefits

      There are many benefits to implementing Sophos UTM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

      • Simplifies your IT security without the complexity of multiple point solutions
      • Intuitive interface to help you quickly create policies to control security risks
      • Provides clear, detailed reports to give you the insight you need to improve your network performance and protection
      • Complete control to block, allow, shape and prioritize applications
      • Two-factor authentication with one-time password (OTP)
      • Integrated wireless controller
      • Allows you to connect remote offices with easy VPN and Wi-Fi

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Sophos UTM solution.

      PeerSpot user Dana B., Network Administrator at a manufacturing company, says “The web and email filtering are the two biggest and most valuable aspects of the solution for us. The solution overall has just been a good, cost-effective solution for us. The solution offers a lot of functionality. The solution scales well. We've found the technical support to be helpful. The stability and performance are quite good.”

      A Technical Director at a security firm mentions, "Sophos SG UTM had all the basic functionality that you needed. It is user-friendly and easy to manage for any integrator."

      Marek M., Senior Network Engineer at a computer software company, comments, “Sophos UTM is the simplest of these products to set up. If you follow the instructions using the wizard, which is just a few steps, then you will have a firewall to protect you and your customer.”

      A Software Sales Manager at a tech services company explains, “The overall visibility of the console is what I find most valuable, plus it's very user-friendly. It can be integrated with other solutions such as SOAR, SIEM, etc., even when you have an existing firewall. I really like that the console can be integrated. You'll see everything on the same window, and the single window feature of the machine is so good. These are the features I really like.”

      James D., IT Manager at Manual Workers Union, states, “The fact that it's on the cloud means we don't have to administer it on our network or deal with a physical machine, which saves us money. The solution has many great features. From the console, we can start different scannings on different machines. We enjoy the centralized reporting part of it. The initial setup is simple. We enjoy its general stability. The solution can scale. So far, the solution has been problem-free.”

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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.
      The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Indonesia), Lawson, Inc. (Philippines), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (Indonesia), TEK Automotive (Italy), etc.
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
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      Computer Software Company19%
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      Small Business35%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise41%
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      Midsize Enterprise19%
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      Small Business30%
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      Large Enterprise49%
      Buyer's Guide
      Sangfor NGAF vs. Sophos UTM
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about Sangfor NGAF vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
      657,849 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Sangfor NGAF is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 13 reviews while Sophos UTM is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 38 reviews. Sangfor NGAF is rated 8.2, while Sophos UTM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Sangfor NGAF writes "A scalable and comprehensive solution that specializes in ransomware detection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Great web and email filtering with reasonable pricing". Sangfor NGAF is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, Fortinet FortiOS, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls and pfSense, whereas Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, OPNsense and Untangle NG Firewall. See our Sangfor NGAF vs. Sophos UTM report.

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