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Top 10 Microsegmentation Tools in 2024 Based on 1.8K Reviews

Updated on May 23
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Cem Dilmegani
Cem Dilmegani
Cem Dilmegani

Cem is the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per Similarweb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.

Cem's work focuses on how enterprises can leverage new technologies in AI, automation, cybersecurity(including network security, application security), data collection including web data collection and process intelligence.

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Mert Palazoğlu
Mert Palazoğlu
Mert Palazoğlu
Mert Palazoglu is an industry analyst at AIMultiple focused on customer service and network security with a few years of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in management.
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The average cost of a data breach climbed to a new high of ~$4 million in 2023.1 Soaring costs and more remote employment have made cybersecurity risk management a top issue.

Companies can leverage microsegmentation tools to divide their networks into discrete controlled parts. This makes it impractical for outsiders to breach the entire network.

This article covers the top 10 microsegmentation tools to provide an overview of each product including its key features, user reviews, and pricing.

Top 10 microsegmentation tools

Table 1: Feature comparison of top 10 microsegmention tools

VendorsNetwork change automationConfiguration monitoringNetwork topology mappingDSPMCDEMAdditional features
Tufin✅*-Firewall orchestration
AlgoSec-Hybrid cloud management
Cisco Identity Services Engine-Medical network access control
Check Point CloudGuard Network Security-Hybrid cloud management
VMware NSX-Day 2 Network

-Hybrid cloud management
Prisma Cloud (Cloud Workload Protection)Add-onAdd-on-Runtime protection for cloud workloads
Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)Not specified
Illumio Zero Trust-Hybrid cloud management
Cisco Secure Workload (Tetration)-Hybrid cloud management
Flow Virtual Networking-Multi-tenancy solution

*Only available for Tufin SecureCloud integration.

Disclaimer: AIMultiple team couldn’t identify public evidence about the features marked with .

For more, see explanation of features.

Table 2: Market presence of top 10 microsegmentation tools

VendorsReviews*Average rating*Pricing driver
Tufin 286
4.1Usage-based pricing
4.5Not specified
Cisco Identity Services Engine258
4.2Number & type of endpoints
Check Point CloudGuard Network Security1944.3Usage-based pricing
VMware NSX1904.3Rate-based pricing
Prisma Cloud (Cloud Workload Protection)1344.1Usage-based pricing
Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)1064.4Deployment size, options, and modules
Illumio Zero Trust34
4.4Number of workload units
Cisco Secure Workload (Tetration)224.2Deployment size and options
Flow Virtual Networking114.4Deployment size, chosen features, and support options

*Based on the total number of reviews and average ratings on Capterra, G2, PeerSpot, and TrustRadius software review platforms as of 5 March 2024. The average rating is on a 5-point scale.

Sorting: Vendors are sorted by the total number of reviews in descending order.

Vendor selection criteria: Considering there are numerous microsegmentation software, the list (above) is narrowed down based on the vendor criteria below.

  • Number of reviews: 10+ total reviews on Gartner, G2, PeerSpot, and TrustRadius.
  • Average rating: Above 4.0/5 on Gartner, G2, PeerSpot, and TrustRadius.
  • All software providers offer common features and therefore can support typical microsegmentation use cases

1- Tufin

Tufin is one of the players in the microsegmentation software industry, supporting more than half of the Forbes Global 2000.2

Tufin can help companies in the design and execution of microsegmentation on a multi-vendor network. Customers can manage segmentation and microsegmentation by employing pre-defined templates or creating their policy in a zone-by-zone matrix.

Case study: Tufin claims that its product has helped SIX Group, a global financial services company, to minimize the attack surface and provide increased visibility into application communication over hybrid-cloud networks.3

Key features of Tufin for network segmentation include: 

  • Microsegmentation: Segment-regulated zones to keep AI audit preparation activities in check and to guarantee regulatory compliance with industry and regulatory templates.
  • Firewall orchestration: Manage network segmentation across legacy firewalls, next-generation firewalls, SDN, SASE, and Edge devices.
  • Automated policy management: Create pre-defined rules and templates for IT managers and security professionals to oversee network segmentation properly. 

Tufin’s device support for firewall and cloud network platforms across business and cloud ecosystems is shown in the figure.

Figure: Tufin’s device and vendor support spectrum


Microsegmentation: Customers note that when a hacker breaches traditional firewalls and attempts to move laterally, Tufin plays a critical role by segmenting the whole network to guarantee there is no damage to the sensitive data.4

Firewall management: User comments reflect that Tufin is one of the most effective firewall management programs, allowing users to have an in-depth analysis of rulesets, routing tables, and an accurate network map to support multiple architectures.5

Security auditing: Users credit Tufin’s security auditing feature, stating that they can efficiently verify the company’s rules across several secure web gateways, and configure firewalls based on internal auditing guidelines.6

Automated policy management: Reviewers say that the product is an efficient instrument for automated policy analysis and optimization across several firewalls, allowing them to understand the impact of policy changes in advance, facilitating deployment, risk management, and audits/compliance.7


Integrations: Layer 2 device integration can be improved since it requires manual scripting.8

Ease-of-use: Some users say that firewall management is complex for beginners.9

Customization: Users note that customization, such as custom dashboarding, should be more straightforward.10

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 3.8/5 with 8 reviews
  • G2: 4.4/5 with 95 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 180 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 7.1/10 with 10 reviews

2- Cisco Identity Services Engine

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is a policy enforcement approach that enables software-defined security and automated microsegmentation.

The product delivers several network access control (NAC) features ranging from host access to security control. ISE is designed for applications with guest and employee devices or end-points, 

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) also provides distinct and specialized NAC solutions for equipment, particularly with network microsegmentation controllers, which automate the maintenance of switches, routers, wireless, and firewall rules.


Installation and cost: ISE’s ease of deployment and low cost (especially in long-term plans) are valued positively by some users.11

Authentication (dot1x): Users say that Cisco ISE with the dot1x feature is an effective solution since it successfully provides an authentication framework that requires a username, password, or digital certificate before allowing access.12

Policy sets: Users compliment the policy sets, stating that they are powerful and dynamic.13


Integrations: Some users point out that the level of integration with other solutions is occasionally insufficient – errors and bugs are frequently encountered during third-party integrations.14

Upgrades: One major concern that users articulate is that the upgrade process is vulnerable and frequently fails.15

Migration: Some users who backed up with the new version, which needed licensing argue that migration could be improved since choosing a product is challenging and the system requires them to meet numerous requirements for each feature.16

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.2/5 with 6 reviews
  • G2: 4.2/5 with 10 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 401 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 9/10 with 89 reviews

3- AlgoSec

AlgoSec is a microsegmentation platform that can deploy network security controls that enable application connection throughout the entire business network (on-premises, cloud, or hybrid). It completes the security visibility by monitoring the network, connecting firewall rules with business apps, and detecting compliance anomalies using its IP engine.


Firewall analyzer: Users highlight that with the AlgoSec analyzer, they can examine all of the network’s devices, and the connection between two distinct location devices (source and destination) by just entering the IP information.17

Intelligent automation: Reviewers express that AlgoSec’s automation capability can effectively simplify difficult processes, such as firewall policy management, and detect obsolete rules.18

Integrations: Some users indicate that integration with numerous vendors is simple. Firewalls, network devices, data center switches, and web proxies can be seamlessly integrated into the product.19


Usability: Some reviews show that navigating the features might be difficult for users who are unfamiliar with a network security solution or a firewall control system.20

Integrations: While some users compliment AlgoSec’s integration capabilities, a few state that its integration with other security systems is difficult.21

Log management: Log management and processing is challenging for some users.22

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.3/5 with 64 reviews
  • G2: 4.5/5 with 146 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 172 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 9/10 with 10 reviews

Read more: See AlgoSec alternatives.

4- Prisma Cloud (Cloud Workload Protection)

Prisma Cloud (Cloud Workload Protection) offers cloud-native security to build cloud-native applications for hosts, containers, and serverless activities. 

The product’s goal is to protect the entire application architecture without the requirement of using different security products. Its security and compliance capabilities aim to protect infrastructure, applications, information, and licenses throughout the clouds (public, private, and hybrid) and also on-premises.


Detailed compliance alerts: Users say that the product displays data compliance (SoX, LGPD, GDPR, and CIS) and network security alerts in detail.23

Granularity: Customers say that the granularities that the container defender feature extracts from the container layers are efficient.24

Visibility: Some users conclude that visibility and a dashboard for multi-cloud security status using custom compliance are extremely beneficial to their organization.25


Customization: Some reviewers comment that investigations and security policies are difficult to customize.26

Analytics engine: The analytics engine might be improved in terms of creating customized queries for data extraction.27

Setup and learning curve: Some users argue that the product has a complex setup and a steep learning curve for beginners.28

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.5/5 with 225 reviews
  • G2: 3.9/5 with 25 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 75 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 8/10 with 26 reviews

5- Check Point CloudGuard Network Security

Check Point CloudGuard Network Security offers microsegmentation, threat mitigation, and automated cloud network protection via a virtual security terminal across multi-cloud and on-premises environments.


Deployment: Users appreciate how simple it is to deploy the product in a large-scale environment without any difficulties and in a short time.29

Logging: Users express that the solution provides the most efficient logging experience in the industry.30

Centralized console: Some users say that the centralized management console is convenient for administering and monitoring security rules and events, making the security team’s work smoother.31


Costs: Some users state that the cost needs improvement as it is quite expensive for them.32

Threat scanning system: Some comments argue that the threat scanning system should categorize threats to improve data interpretation.33

Technical operating requirements: Some user reviews say that the operations require a skilled workforce with extended experience working with networking systems to achieve successful results.34

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.5/5 with 90 reviews
  • G2: 4.4/5 with 94 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.2 with 73 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 7/10 with 8 reviews

6- VMware NSX

VMware NSX enables microsegmentation for applications in both private and public cloud settings.

With VMware’s service-defined firewall, users can lock down necessary apps, construct logical DMZs in software, and decrease the attack surface of a virtual desktop environment. 


Microsegmentation: Users state that the VMware NSX environment (vSphere) provides the simplest and most comprehensive solution for adding microsegmentation rules (from L2 to L7) such as logical switching, dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), firewall, and load balancing, using a zero trust architecture.35

Flexible microsegmentation configurations: Users say that VMWare NSX provides flexible microsegmentation configurations. Implementing the technology across four sites, each with its own VMware NSX installation is convenient.36

Scaling: IT specialists argue that VMware NSX  facilitates large-scale configurations.37


Technical requirements: Network engineers express that technical knowledge is required to properly operate VMware NSX.38

Deployment: Some analysts convey that more deployment modules can be added (e.g. customized web-based deployment models).39

Documentation: Some reviews show that documentation is still lacking in terms of implementation manuals for various scenarios.40

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.3/5  with 25 reviews
  • G2: 4.5/5 with 29 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 93 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 8.3/10 with 43 reviews

7- Illumio Zero Trust

Illumio Zero Trust is a microsegmentation technology that assists enterprises in protecting their data centers and apps from cyber threats, by segmenting cloud workloads into virtual machines (VM) or containers. This security strategy provides much higher granularity and control than traditional network segmentation approaches.


Implementation: Users express how easy it is to implement and configure Illumio Zero Trust.41

Traffic visualization: Reviewers note that Illumio Zero Trust effortlessly visualizes application network traffic across complicated and ever-changing networks.42

Learning curve: Some users express that the platform can be used with minimal knowledge of firewall rules.43


Application-level security support: Some users state that Illumio is incompatible with network-based security solutions, application-level security support can be improved in a way that works with other host-based security solutions.44

Granularity: Some users say that there is a lack of granularity for the shared services of Illumio Zero Trust.45

Integrations: Some reviews remark that Integration is more difficult in large and complex IT settings, particularly when integrating with current infrastructure.46

User Ratings

  • Gartner: 4.5/5 with 94 reviews
  • G2: 4.5/5 with 11 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 8 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 8.2/10 with 3 reviews

8- Zscaler Private Access (ZPA)

Zscaler founded in 2007 with 7,500+ customers, including 30% of the Forbes Global 2000, offers Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) product, an automated microsegmentation solution, that can reduce harmful application-to-application accessibility in your network.47


VPN solutions: Users say that with Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) they were able to consolidate several different VPN solutions and improve end-point security effectively.48

Visibility and log features: The visibility and log availability provided are highly valued by customers.49

Performance: Users say that Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) has robust performance, shifting between networks seamlessly and rapidly.50


Web server security: Some users claim that the reliability of their UAE servers is unstable, prompting the use of the Paris server instead.51

Learning curve: Some reviews reflect that the learning curve for Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) is steep, beginner administrators should expect to spend a significant amount of time learning the platform.52

Crashes: Some users claim that the system was vulnerable to malfunctioning frequently.53

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: No information is available.
  • G2: 4.6/5 with 25 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 15 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 8.6/10 with 8 reviews

9- Cisco Secure Workload (Tetration)

Cisco Secure Workload (previously Tetration) is a zero-trust microsegmentation technology that secures workloads in virtually any setting from a single interface. It can protect attack surfaces by avoiding lateral network movement, spotting workload activity discrepancies, assisting in mitigating risks, and constantly tracking compliance with complete visibility.

Secure Workload assists companies in securing their application environment by establishing a software-defined micro-perimeter at the load level throughout the whole infrastructure on virtual machines, bare metal servers, and containers. It also allows companies to comply with standards such as PCI DSS and HIPAA by providing insight into and managing sensitive data access.


Data encryption: Some users state that Cisco Secure Workload effectively assisted them in managing large-scale data and automating many of our company’s operational operations.54

Zero trust network: Users appreciate the customized zero-trust paradigm which shows microsegmentation of different workloads.55

Vulnerability scanning: Users say that it is convenient to monitor the security posture of apps across environments, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) vulnerabilities can be accurately identified.56


Ease-of-use: Some users claim that Secure Workload is difficult to use, and the dashboard is not simple, it requires some time to get used to it.57

Learning curve: Some users emphasize that Tetration is a complex tool that requires a specialized skill set to learn how to operate the product.58

Latency: Sometimes users encounter latency issues between applications.59

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: 4.3/5 with 19 reviews
  • G2: 4.5/5 with 3 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 4.0/5 with 12 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 8.0/10 with 6 reviews

10- Flow Virtual Networking

As an optional add-on to the Nutanix Acropolis platform, Nutanix sells Flow software. Microsegmentation is one of Flow’s major functionalities, allowing for granular management and control of all traffic within and outside of a VM or set of virtual machines. When using the platform’s microsegmentation capability, only allowed connections are permitted across app layers.

With Flow Virtual Networking administrators may combine policies to construct custom protection systems. Flow also has a unique test function for ensuring that policies are appropriately established before implementing them in microsegments.


Microsegmentation: Some users claim that Nutanix Flow improves at microsegmentation by separating particular databases from apps.60

Ease-of-use: Users highlight that Nutanix Flow has an easy-to-use interface.61

Network visibility: Some users believe that the platform makes it simple to monitor network traffic flowing between multiple systems.62


Data transfer: Some user reviews indicate that not every port receives a data transfer through Flow Virtual Networking.63

UI: Some users expect to have a visual upgrade for the user interface.64

Cloud connection: Users express that connecting to the cloud with Flow Virtual Networking can be challenging.65

User Ratings 

  • Gartner: No information is available. 
  • G2: 4.0/5 with 3 reviews
  • PeerSpot: 5.0/5 with 6 reviews
  • TrustRadius: 9/10 with 1 review

How can microsegmentation tools reduce the effect of cyberattacks?

Microsegmentation reduces the effect of a cybersecurity attack by theoretically dividing the network into several zones. By segmenting the network into discrete controlled parts, microsegmentation software can help avoid a single point of malfunction and make it impractical for outsiders to breach the entire network.

These approaches create firewalls in the network, enabling users to be verified before accessing another part of the network. This implies that if an attacker compromises one part of the network, safeguards are implemented to prevent the attacker from spreading the assault progressively and penetrating more of the network.

Microsegmentation constantly validates traffic using user actions to guarantee that outsiders do not gain unauthorized access to your networks. If an end-user exhibits unusual behavior, the system blocks them from reaching other portions of the network and alerts an administrator so that the action may be investigated. This screening may occur at a granular level, since traffic flow across apps can be monitored, enabling you to develop micro-policies and safety automation to limit attack surface and mitigate breaches.

Explanation of features

Table at the top of the article shows the features offered by different microsegmentation software.

Differentiating features

These features are provided by a significant number of vendors but not all of them.

  • Network change automation helps discover and automate network device settings; detects, audits, and alerts on changes; and sends configuration updates to multivendor network devices.
  • Configuration monitoring helps to examine, monitor, and manage user and device configurations in real-time.
  • Network topology mapping graphs a communication topology, representing all network nodes and links.
  • Cloud discovery and exposure management (CDEM) provide built-in capabilities for discovering and mitigating security risks connecting with exposed digital assets.
  • Data security posture management (DSPM) helps secure an organization’s data—both locally and in the cloud—from illicit access, abuse, or theft by continually monitoring security measures.

Unique features

These are offered by one or a couple vendors:

  • Firewall orchestration helps to manage and optimize firewalls with centralized management and configuration capabilities. 
  • Day 2 network operations can authenticate the health of application-focused network traffic/routes, firewalls, and Access Control Lists (ACLs) for applications and Virtual Machines (VMs).
  • Hybrid cloud management can manage and regulate the segmentation of cloud and on-premises infrastructures into smaller security segments.
  • Medical network access control detects medical devices as they connect to an organization’s network to safeguard medical devices and patient records against security risks.
  • Runtime protection for cloud workloads offers instant security for cloud-based tasks, web applications, and APIs.
  • Multi-tenancy solution provides multi-tenant isolation, self-service provisioning, and IP address preservation using VPCs, enabling a secure setting in which multiple tenants can operate together without compromising the accessibility of their applications.

Transparency statement: AIMultiple works with numerous emerging tech vendors including Tufin.

Common features of vendors

Each included vendor provides the following common features:

  • Network visibility and discovery: Provides instant insight into security changes and breaches.
  • Automated policy enforcement: Automatically detects and rectifies policy violations or non-compliance issues.
  • Zero trust: Maintains access controls that do not trust anyone by default, including those already within the network perimeter.
  • Threat detection and response: Monitors data from different sources within an organization’s environment using technologies such as machine learning and behavioral analysis to identify security threats.
  • Compliance and regulatory support: Maintains policies and procedures that govern the integrity of IT systems.

For guidance on choosing the right tool or service for your project, check out our data-driven lists of software-defined perimeter (SDP) software and zero trust networking software.

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Cem is the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per Similarweb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.

Cem's work focuses on how enterprises can leverage new technologies in AI, automation, cybersecurity(including network security, application security), data collection including web data collection and process intelligence.

Cem's work has been cited by leading global publications including Business Insider, Forbes, Washington Post, global firms like Deloitte, HPE, NGOs like World Economic Forum and supranational organizations like European Commission. You can see more reputable companies and media that referenced AIMultiple.

Cem's hands-on enterprise software experience contributes to the insights that he generates. He oversees AIMultiple benchmarks in dynamic application security testing (DAST), data loss prevention (DLP), email marketing and web data collection. Other AIMultiple industry analysts and tech team support Cem in designing, running and evaluating benchmarks.

Throughout his career, Cem served as a tech consultant, tech buyer and tech entrepreneur. He advised enterprises on their technology decisions at McKinsey & Company and Altman Solon for more than a decade. He also published a McKinsey report on digitalization.

He led technology strategy and procurement of a telco while reporting to the CEO. He has also led commercial growth of deep tech company Hypatos that reached a 7 digit annual recurring revenue and a 9 digit valuation from 0 within 2 years. Cem's work in Hypatos was covered by leading technology publications like TechCrunch and Business Insider.

Cem regularly speaks at international technology conferences. He graduated from Bogazici University as a computer engineer and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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