Cisco ASA Firewall Review

It provides the transparency of a single UI to ensure security

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is security.

How has it helped my organization?

From a security perspective, we are getting assurance with the respect to the the infrastructure which is getting built or the threats which are emanating from the Internet. With these, we can obtain the visibility that we need to know where we need to improve.

What is most valuable?

The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.

What needs improvement?

The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is alright.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is not an issue.

How is customer service and technical support?

Its technical support is the main reason why we selected the product.

How was the initial setup?

The integration and configuration are transparent and easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware Virtual Networking and Check Point.

We chose Cisco because of the support and their roadmap for the changing technology landscape is good. Therefore, it is always better to be partnered with them.

What other advice do I have?

When you are going to select a product, don't look at the cost, but at the functionality. Also, look at the stability. These days, the startups will show a new function or functionality, but when looking for a partner, make sure the company is sustainability for the new four years? Do they have the funding?

We have a large ecosystem system: Symantec, McAfee, Splunk, Check Point firewalls, Cisco firewalls and IPS IDS from Cisco. They integrate and work well together. Cisco has been security leader for the last 20 years, so the products are quite stable working in sync.

We are using every version of the product: On-premise, Azure, and AWS, which is a new offering.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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