Cisco ASA NGFW Review

It allows us to filter incoming traffic to our network and provide a secure access to office network from outside through remote access VPN.


What is most valuable?

Cisco ASA is a stateful firewall which means they are the fastest and more secure, because they maintain state tables. Cisco ASA is very efficient not only in Firewalling but in VPNs, IPS and content filtering. It also has option of failover and redundancy.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to filter incoming traffic to our network and provide a secure access to office network from outside through remote access VPN. We also connected our branch office through IPSEC site-to-site VPN tunnel which is very secure and reliable.

What needs improvement?

Some improvements required on GUI interface called ASDM. It should include health check parameters like temperature, memory used.

For how long have I used the solution?

I am using it more than five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues, very easy to deploy.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Migration to new version is very easy, therefore no issue.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

9/10.

Technical Support:

9/10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Cisco ASA firewall is most reliable to protect the network, therefore I switched.

How was the initial setup?

Yes, straightforward and simple.

What about the implementation team?

I am also vendor.

What was our ROI?

100%.

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

Price is bit high as compared to other vendors, but Cisco ASA has reputation and most reliable product. Always go with minimum security plus license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Fortinet and Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

No.

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