Data Quadrant Awards 2020

Next Generation Firewall


SoftwareReviews names Cisco Firewall Series, Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall, Palo Alto Networks NGFW, and Sophos XG Firewall as Next Generation Firewall Data Quadrant Award Winners.


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Next Generation Firewall

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Next Generation Firewall Data Quadrant

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Software Experience

When distilled down, the software experience is shaped by both the experience with the software and the relationship with the vendor. Evaluating enterprise software along these two dimensions provides a comprehensive understanding of the product and helps identify vendors that can deliver on both.

Product Features and Satisfaction

The satisfaction is captured in the overall satisfaction score, which is driven by the likelihood of users to recommend the software, combined with user satisfaction across top product features.

Vendor Experience and Capabilities

The vendor relationship is calculated in a weighted average of the satisfaction scores tied to vendor capabilities (e.g. software implementation, training, customer support, product roadmap) as well as emotional response ratings toward the vendor (e.g. trustworthy, respectful, fair).

Gold Medalists


Cisco Systems

Cisco Firewall Series

To protect your assets, you must see the users, applications, devices, and threats on your network and what they are doing. Our ASA 5500-X firewalls deliver the network visibility, superior protection, and greater automation you need to defend against today’s threats. The Cisco Firepower® NGFW (next-generation firewall) is the industry’s first fully integrated, threat-focused next-gen firewall with unified management. It uniquely provides advanced threat protection before, during, & after attacks.

8.2

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+85

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

87%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

Badge Winner
149Reviews

Forcepoint

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall

Forcepoint NGFW provides consistent security, performance and operations across physical, virtual and cloud systems. It's designed from the ground up for high availability and scalability, as well as centralized management with full 360° visibility.

8.2

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+86

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

81%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

Badge Winner
18Reviews

Sophos

Sophos XG Firewall

Sophos XG Firewall provides comprehensive next-generation firewall protection powered by deep learning and Synchronized Security. Offering unmatched insights, XG Firewall exposes hidden user, application, and threat risks on the network and is unique in its ability to respond automatically to security incidents by isolating compromised systems with Security Heartbeat.

7.9

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+75

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

82%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

Badge Winner
41Reviews

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks NGFW

We offer a full line of next-generation security appliances that range from the PA-200, designed for enterprise remote offices, to the PA-7050, which is a modular chassis designed for high-speed data centers. Our platform architecture is based on our single pass software engine and uses function-specific processing for networking, security, threat prevention, and management to deliver predictable performance.

7.9

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+77

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

83%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

Badge Winner
40Reviews

Vendor Capability Awards


Availability and Quality of Training

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Breadth of Features

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Business Value Created

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Ease of Customization

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall

Badge Winner

Ease of Data Integration

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Ease of IT Administration

Sophos XG Firewall

Badge Winner

Ease of Implementation

Sophos XG Firewall

Badge Winner

Product Strategy and Rate of Improvement

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall

Badge Winner

Quality of Features

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Usability and Intuitiveness

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall

Badge Winner

Vendor Support

Cisco Firewall Series

Badge Winner

Vendor Capability Awards


Availability and Quality of Training

Cisco Firewall Series


Breadth of Features

Cisco Firewall Series


Business Value Created

Cisco Firewall Series


Ease of Customization

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall


Ease of Data Integration

Cisco Firewall Series


Ease of IT Administration

Sophos XG Firewall


Ease of Implementation

Sophos XG Firewall


Product Strategy and Rate of Improvement

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall


Quality of Features

Cisco Firewall Series


Usability and Intuitiveness

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall


Vendor Support

Cisco Firewall Series


Other Evaluated Vendors


WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Firewalls

WatchGuard offers the most comprehensive portfolio of security services, from traditional intrusion prevention, gateway antivirus, application control, spam prevention, and URL filtering, to more advanced services for protecting against evolving malware, ransomware, and data breaches. Each security service is delivered as an integrated solution within an easy-to-manage and cost-effective Firebox appliance.

7.8

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+77

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

82%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

40Reviews

Barracuda Networks

Barracuda NextGen / CloudGen Firewalls

Barracuda’s NextGen / CloudGen Firewalls are purpose-built to optimize network traffic flows in hybrid environments – adding intelligence that improves your network while securing it. Unlike traditional port-based firewalls, our firewalls are application-aware, enabling you to regulate application usage and prioritize network traffic.

7.7

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+79

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

77%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

42Reviews

Fortinet

Fortinet Firewall Platform

FortiGate enterprise firewalls reduce complexity and improve overall security posture by providing full visibility into users, devices, applications and threats on the network, with the ability to apply advanced threat protection anywhere in the network.

7.7

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+73

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

83%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

23Reviews

SonicWall

SonicWall Firewalls

SonicWall firewalls are your first line of defense against Internet security threats. Give ransomware the boot with the powerful sandbox technology of Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Dive deep into your packets without sacrificing speed thanks to SonicWall's patented Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI). The TZ Series represents some of the best small business firewalls of 2018, while the NSA Series is the perfect fit for enterprises, distributed environments, & data-heavy offices.

7.6

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+74

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

78%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

46Reviews

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Next Generation Firewall

Check Point provides customers of all sizes with the latest data and network security protection in an integrated next generation firewall platform, reducing complexity and lowering the total cost of ownership.Your network is under constant threat. To secure it, you need the most advanced firewall protection. Check Point Next Generation Firewall identifies and controls applications by user and scans content to stop threats before they happen.

7.0

Composite
Score

Composite
Score

+67

Emotional
Footprint

Emotional
Footprint

69%

Likeliness to
Recommend

Likeliness
to Recommend

34Reviews

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