Sophos UTM vs Stormshield Network Security comparison

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We performed a comparison between Sophos UTM and Stormshield Network Security based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Sophos UTM vs. Stormshield Network Security Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"Sophos UTM is very user-friendly and has good integration with other solutions.""Sophos SG UTM had all the basic functionality that you needed. It is user-friendly and easy to manage for any integrator.""Brings greater visibility into the network traffic coming inside and passing away from the company.""Sophos integrates seamlessly, and we don't even feel it is running in the background.""The most valuable feature is the price. I've been requesting prices all over these years between different solutions like Fortinet, Palo Alto, and Check Point and Sophos has been the cheapest and the best of all of them that I have tried. I have been working with Fortinet, it's a fact that the price is surprisingly better.""It has allowed us to design a bespoke cloud space for our clients, while still having an excellent level of protection.""The three most important features for us are web protection, web server protection, and network protection.""Sophos has a single pane of glass which allows me to manage all my VPCs from a single instance, managing all my firewall from one place."

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"Easily manageable in a variety of environments.""The solution has improved my organization because I can see what traffic is happening and I can use it to block and prevent attacks.""I can see what traffic is going on. I can easily block any programs from attacks.""A very robust product.""This solution is quick and easy to configure.""It's an easy, straightforward management platform to use.""Our organization's main concern is stability, and this is a stable solution.""The most valuable features are the IPS, the firewall function, and the price."

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"Sophos UTM could improve if there was no limitation on users.""The interface configuration could be improved.""Sophos UTM sometimes falls short in high-availability environments. They used to launch firmware that didn't work very well in a high-availability environment.""Needs to improve the certificate management (ex. Let's Encrypt support).""There can be a delay when it comes to reaching out to technical support.""Sophos UTM could improve the way the configuration has to be done. I have to do the configuration through the command line interface but if it could be done through the graphical user interface it would be much better.""The virus updates will always depend on new viruses that are discovered. Maybe they can send a notification or a reminder for update time.""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."

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"The product must improve its pricing.""It could be better if it were more user-friendly. It's too complicated for us to use it. The price could be better as well.""The SD card could be more secure.""Not all the fields are activated yet and we were informed that it will take at least one month.""This is not a next-generation firewall.""This solution has a big problem with web filtering and it needs to be improved.""The filtering configuration could be better. We have some difficulties with the filtering configuration and the filter extension. It's not that easy. It's not that straightforward. In the next release, I would like to see a reporting system. Stormshield doesn't have any tutorials on how to do the configuration and things like that. They just have documentation on the website. If you want to configure, for example, Cisco or Fortinet, you can find tutorials on YouTube. They show you how to configure the features, and so on. In Stormshield, there is nothing on social media or the internet on how to configure different things. The lack of documentation or the lack of material makes it difficult for others to adopt this solution.""Stormshield Network Security is quite expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model is very straightforward, it's a bit pricey, but for what you get, it's well worth it."
  • "If you can afford it, go for a small Check Point, as it is easier to manage."
  • "Unless you are in the United States, or you have to use Sophos, you can't contact Sophos directly. You have to use a third-party ​company, and they all have different ways of how they explain their licensing."
  • "Go to a vendor and let them assess your needs so you can get a right-sized device."
  • "Sophos offers free training when selling their products from within the partner portal.​"
  • "I would recommend to follow Sophos’ sizing guidelines for choosing which license and model to use. Sophos has their own way of going about this and supplies partners with all the information required. If you follow their documentation and guidelines, there should be zero questions about licensing and sizing."
  • "For under 50 users, MSP licensing is profitable."
  • "​In the case of a software/virtual appliance subscription, you pay by protecting user/IP addresses. You can do this to as much hardware resources as you like.​​"
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  • "For mid-sized companies, they sell their appliances for good prices."
  • "The SN200 series costs between $500 USD and $600 USD per year, whereas the SN700 series costs approximately $1,000 annually."
  • "The pricing could be better."
  • "The price of this solution and the price of support are ok."
  • "We bought a three-year license, and we renew it whenever it expires. The price could be better. It's always very expensive."
  • "I think the price is good."
  • "We chose Stormshield for its price, as the Azure firewall was too expensive."
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    Comparison Review
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    I have used both Sophos and Fortinet products in production and I have found the Sophos UTM appliances (hardware and virtual) to be a better fit most of the time -- with a few caveats which I will touch on below. In both instances, the transition from TMG will be mostly straightforward. The main hang-ups will be with the VIP/load balancing and SSL. For some reason that completely escapes me, both of these vendors make getting valid certificates onto their boxes unnecessarily difficult -- the Fortinet appliances more so than the Sophos UTM appliances. At one point a Fortinet engineer had to write an entire manual on how to get an SSL certificate uploaded successfully on the 4.x firmware Sophos: The one feature that is missing (and this makes some amount of sense) from the Sophos appliance is BITS caching for updates. Other than that, Sophos offers a full replacement for TMG on UTM9. The XG platform also offers a replacement for the TMG; however, some of the rumblings about upcoming releases suggests that Sophos is going to give XG the Apple iOS treatment and "streamline" the interface...potentially cutting out/hiding some functionality. On the effectiveness of the NGFW, Sophos is mostly good but has a few issues blocking all pieces of an application. For instance, we had to build custom blocking rules for OpenVPN (the vpn was being used to bypass the content filter) because the default Application Control wasn't effectively blocking the application. Fortinet: If it… Read more →
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:As a solution, Sophos UTM offers a lot of functionality, it scales well, and the stability and performance are quite good. The most valuable features for me are their web and email filtering. I would… more »
    Top Answer:The Sophos UTM is a UTM and Sophos XG is the NGFW. First, you must know about the difference between a UTM and NGFW. They can not be compared with each other because the price, license, firewall… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Sophos UTM is the endpoint protection feature.
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    NETASQ Firewalls
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    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.”

    NETASQ's integrated intrusion prevention engine uses protocol conformity analysis, application filtering and antivirus analysis to inspect authorized traffic flows and strengthen application security. NETASQ enables you to establish and configure user-based security policies, giving you greater control over which network resources each user is authorized to access.
    Sample Customers
    One Housing Group
    ACESUR group, Ministry of Education Oman, Anios Laboratories, Zain, DLM Location
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Real Estate/Law Firm13%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise21%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Sophos UTM vs. Stormshield Network Security
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Sophos UTM vs. Stormshield Network Security and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Sophos UTM is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 110 reviews while Stormshield Network Security is ranked 9th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 16 reviews. Sophos UTM is rated 8.4, while Stormshield Network Security is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "It's a highly stable platform with very few hardware issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Stormshield Network Security writes "Handles monitoring, collection, analysis, and reporting of data in our HQ and branches". Sophos UTM is most compared with Netgate pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG, OPNsense and Barracuda CloudGen Firewall, whereas Stormshield Network Security is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Netgate pfSense, OPNsense, Sophos XG and Check Point NGFW. See our Sophos UTM vs. Stormshield Network Security report.

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