Which is the better NGFW: Fortinet Fortigate or Cisco Firepower?

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Jan 19, 2021

When you compare these
firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages,
practices and usage at large.

my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use Fortinet too.

To give more perspective, l'd like to present some detailed information.

Fortinet's Fortigate
firewalls offer strong security at a good price point, making them
one of the most popular firewall vendors and a frequent. The Fortinet
firewall is the most practical and easily managed firewall I've ever
seen in my life. People complain that firewall operation is often

FortiGate firewalls are
purpose-built with security processors to enable the industry's best
threat protection and performance for SSL-encrypted traffic. By
providing granular visibility of applications, users, and IOT
devices, these appliances are designed to identify issues quickly and

By the way, Cisco has some
important benefits too:

  • Cisco
    ASA firewalls offer superior protection from threats through CSC,
    IPS and the like.

  • TCO
    is reduced because of better pricing.

  • The
    offered solutions deliver high performance levels, and can be scaled
    to achieve 10+ Gbps.

  • New applications can
    easily be deployed over secured layers.

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Sep 20, 2021

More than the products themselves and their capabilities, you must consider the support you get from their respective vendor

In our case, we're a Cisco shop and have several Firepowers. We scan them for vulnerabilities or have FIPS as a requirement. 

In some cases, the cipher settings for SSH or SSL are old and can't be updated to use ciphers that are a few years old. 

Putting them in the FIPS mode can also create problems that Cisco isn't interested in fixing. 

"Smart" licensing is also problematic as we don't technically allow the management plane of our infrastructure from accessing the public internet. 

I'd recommend staying away from Firepowers.

Mar 6, 2021

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