One of the most important decisions a company can make is when selecting the best firewall software to protect its network.
Firewalls are an integral part of network security for any enterprise organization. These software and hardware tools protect endpoints and monitor network traffic, blocking bad actors from breaching sensitive data and damaging networked assets.
Fortinet, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is a leader in cybersecurity services, offering a long list of tools like physical and software firewalls, antivirus software, and a variety of other endpoint security products. FortiGate is Fortinet’s primary firewall product offering.
- Container firewalls
- Virtual firewalls
- Hardware firewall appliances
- Highly scalable
- Well-equipped to handle work-from-anywhere staffing structures
- Part of the centralized, coordinated FortiOS security package
- Deep data analytics
- AI-powered enhancements
A Fortigate reviewer on Gartner’s Peer Insights page says, “Fortigate provides our company with a network security framework that is designed to provide threat prevention and performance while being simple to use. Its approach is efficient and has great capabilities. We implemented a unique security program that not only reduced our security posture but also provided that all of our actual, online, and cloud-based technology was appropriately protected, allowing our employees to concentrate on growing profits rather than worrying about protection.”
Fortinet was designated as a leader in the 2021 Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for network firewalls ranking.
For pricing, go to Fortinet’s quote request page.
2. Palo Alto Networks
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Palo Alto Networks is a leading cybersecurity brand focused primarily on high-tech firewalls, including cloud-based options. Palo Alto’s next-generation firewall is a core firewall offering by the company.
- Classifies traffic by application, application function, user, and content
- Designate specific users who have the authority to use specific applications
- Deep AI learning capabilities
- ML-powered visibility across Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices
- Zero-delay signatures provide updates in seconds
“It is one the best network security tool which provides all round protection to your network and endpoints,” says a reviewer at G2. “This is easy to deploy and manage, providing software and hardware together, which are all developed by PA. Having different planes for control and management is very helpful.”
Palo Alto Networks is a 10-time leader in the Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for network firewalls.
Fill out the contact form on the Palo Alto Networks Get Started page for information on pricing.
Sophos, headquartered in Abington, U.K., is a prominent software and hardware company with a global clientele. The company provides a range of products developed for communication endpoint security, network security — including Sophos Xstream Firewall — email security, mobile security, and unified threat management.
- Available in three formats: cloud, virtual, and hardware appliance
- Protects networks from up-to-date threats
- Accelerates application traffic driven by SaaS, SD-WAN, and the cloud
- TLS 1.3 decryption
- Deep packet inspection
- Application acceleration
A reviewer at Capterra says, “1) It protects organization network from malware attacks. 2) It helps to restrict web and application uses. 3) it helps to optimise bandwidth uses. 4) It’s load balancing feature helps to use both primary and secondary links simultaneously. 5) It has option to automatically switch to backup link after primary links gets down.”
Sophos Firewall was ranked as a Gartner Peer Reviews Customers’ Choice for network firewalls, 2022 and as a strong performer in the Forrester “Wave” for enterprise firewalls, Q4.
4. Check Point
Check Point, with its U.S. headquarters in San Carlos, California, provides a range of IT security hardware and software products, from cloud, mobile, and data security, including their Quantum Next Generation Firewall Security Gateway as part of a unified security management platform.
- Scalable product
- Remote access virtual private network (VPN)
- Enhanced IoT security
“The solution is scalable and very easy to manage. Lower operation costs is a big plus compared to other vendors. Smart center is the best management platform. Problem analysis is very easy. It works well on local and cloud. We’ve been using it for more than 20 years. It’s like a journey with new solutions coming and deployed. It’s all the features of TP and plus. Different deployment modules can be used. Support is good and solid. You can take different levels of support based on pricing,” says a reviewer at Gartner Peer Insights.
Check Point was designated as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for network firewalls.
- Unified security approach
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Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cisco has long been a leader in the network security space. The company offers many enterprise and consumer-grade products related to networking, including Cisco Secure Firewall, which is available as a stand-alone product or as part of the Cisco Umbrella unified security package.
- Network traffic planning
- Network traffic prioritization
- Close network gaps
- Superior visibility into traffic and application environments
- Highly scalable
- Key component of Cisco’s unified security package
A reviewer at Gartner Peer Insights says, “We have been using the Cisco Secure Firewall in our company for quite a long time now. It is a proactive threat defense tool that tops all attacks even before they spread through our network. This tool has solved many of our business problems such as it provides VPN remote access allowing employees to work at the home office and be able to even access the intranet. It would not be wrong to say that the customer support of Cisco Secure Firewall is just spectacular and absolutely top-notch. We are highly satisfied with the quality of support it provides us as their team is filled with a pool of gems who are always there to tackle our problems in the calmest and smoothest manner.”
Cisco was designated as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner “Magic Quadrant” for network firewalls.
The sheer volume of options available for enterprise firewall security can feel overwhelming, but taking a methodical approach can help. To start, narrow your choices by eliminating options that are out of budget or require more time than you’d like to spend on training and onboarding. The best firewall software for you may not be the most well-known — it may be helpful to reach out to your network to learn about which firewall products are being used by peer companies.