Cisco ASA NGFW Review

Valuable features are Cisco IPSec VPn , VPN Client, Port Restrictions .​


What is most valuable?

  • Cisco IPSec VPn
  • VPN Client
  • Port Restrictions

How has it helped my organization?

We could connect data securely from outside the company.

What needs improvement?

I need application user-IP blocking, Intrusion Prevention, QoS; I can't do these with Cisco and have to change it.

For how long have I used the solution?

Five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have never needed support from Cisco.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I couldn’t meet all my needs with the Cisco 5505 so I changed it with a next-generation firewall.

How was the initial setup?

Actually it was simple, making port based policies more simple than PA.

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

Cisco price-performance is very successful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Sophos UTM, Checkpoint, Cisco and PA. PA is the best fit for my company because Sophos acquired Cyberoam and their software wasn’t successful for domain user restrictions. Checkpoint was very slow for me and too many licences and it was complicated. Cisco acquired Sourcefire and they need to improve next-gen features. So I chose PA.

What other advice do I have?

I know that Cisco acquired Sourcefire and they re-introduced next-generation firewall features and I think they’ll improve NX features.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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