2022-05-12T14:01:00Z
Steve Chiyenda - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Supervisor at Blantyre Netting Company Limited
  • 4
  • 126

Which firewall to choose for an SMB to prevent malware damage: Cisco Firepower or Sophos XG?

Hi peers,

A week ago I lost my data through the malware from which I failed to recover as the file got corrupted. 

Now, I want to work with a firewall and so am looking for suggestions on whether I should purchase Cisco Firepower or Sophos XG. Which one is a good match for an SMB? What would you recommend?

3
PeerSpot user
3 Answers
MP
Senior CyberSecurity Architect and Mentor at BlueTeamAssess LLC
Reseller
Top 5
2022-05-20T01:10:18Z
May 20, 2022

My preference is the Sophos XGS, particularly when you team it up with the Sophos Endpoint Protection client and configure it for synchronized security.  


Both can be managed through Sophos Central and are available at a decent price for the power they offer the SMB.

Product comparison that may be of interest to you
Carlos Roberto Da Silva - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-Sales Director at 4 IT Solution
User
2022-05-19T12:26:34Z
May 19, 2022

I recommend Sophos XGS firewall. It will offer the best solution for malware protection. 


Also, I recomend Sophos CIXA with XDR (Sophos Endpoint), so you can use Syncronized Security.

Bennett Gomonda - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-Sales Support Engineer at Skyband Corporation
User
2022-05-18T14:27:39Z
May 18, 2022

I prefer Sophos. I find it easy to use and it has better features on malware and threat management.

Bennett Gomonda - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-Sales Support Engineer at Skyband Corporation
User
May 19, 2022

@Evgeny Belenky Cisco is too expensive. 
Sophos is easy to learn and also has a very user-friendly interface, and is beautiful.

PeerSpot user
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Secure Firewall vs. Sophos XG and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
670,400 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Related Questions
Jitender Joshi - PeerSpot reviewer
AVP : Technology Solutions Group at Pramerica
Jan 20, 2023
Hi peers,  I am an AVP at a large insurance company. I am currently researching firewalls. What are the benefits of Fortinet FortiGate 400E versus Cisco ASA 5525? Which product do you prefer and why? Thank you for your help.
See 1 answer
NM
Technology Services Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 20, 2023
Purely from datasheet numbers, the Fortinet 400E unit has much higher performance in most dimensions than the 5525-X appliance, but you'd need to have some specific use cases and metrics in mind to know if that applies to you. If the key metric is a bang for the buck, Fortinet usually wins until vendors start applying extra discounts to level the playing field. Also, the 400E has been superseded by the 400F, using newer ASIC to effectively double most performance metrics, I suggest you have a look at the data sheets for that versus the current Cisco unit. As an engineer, I find the Fortinet units much more interoperable, whereas Cisco tends to encourage the adoption of their Cisco-proprietary solutions, as part of a single-vendor fabric. Also, for more junior admins, Cisco is a CLI-first solution and always has been, with ASDM feeling bolted on afterward, whereas Fortinet has a pretty good GUI in recent years, and only requires CLI for more esoteric features. The Cisco solution is always going to be a better fit if you want to know which solution your Cisco-trained engineers and admins need to best complement your Cisco routers, Cisco switches, Cisco WLC, and Cisco ISE. If you want throughput or port count for segregation, or a security-focused vendor with a more open feature set, Fortinet might be a better choice in my opinion.
MF
User at Sameh Electronics (SamehGroup)
Jun 6, 2022
Hi security and IT pros, Which firewall product would you choose for your company: FortiGate 200F or Sophos XG 310? Why this would be your choice? Thanks in advance. 
See 2 answers
MV
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 25, 2022
FortiGate. Fortinet is in Gartner Leader Magic Quadrant (MQ).  Sophos is in Niche Player Quadrant if I remember right.  You can never go wrong picking a vendor in the Gartner Leader MQ. Show the Gartner MQ to your leadership to get them on board too.
fdiazm - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at Entel Chile
Jun 6, 2022
Hi,  If I look at it only from the point of view of analytics and performance, I lean towards Fortinet, but if I look at it at the service level and with the possibility of being part of an even larger project, this is when I don't see competitors for Fortinet and I mean the component. of after-sales services, the local presence in my country has come from less to more, which makes the difference when choosing a partner to work with.
Product Comparisons
Download Free Report
Download our FREE report comparing Cisco Secure Firewall and Sophos XG based on reviews, features, and more! Updated: January 2023.
DOWNLOAD NOW
670,400 professionals have used our research since 2012.