Cisco ASA NGFW Review

Provides software updates for known bugs and vulnerabilities.


What is most valuable?

  • Hardware reliability
  • Software stability
  • Quick software updates for known bugs/vulnerabilities

These are very important in an enterprise environment.

How has it helped my organization?

It is small. Nobody knows where it is or what it is. It works silently. As there ar no issues, it is good for businesses and organizations.

What needs improvement?

  • License politics
  • License price
  • Precise vendor roadmap for this product

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Cisco ASA for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had stability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would give them a high rating.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using TippingPoint as an IPS and ZyXEL ZyWALL as a VPN server.
Cisco has good documentation and it is easy for Cisco certified engineers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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

Our experience last year showed us that there is no full security, so why should we pay more? Any security vendor with a user-friendly interface, with good support, on-time updates for known vulnerabilities, and reliable hardware, is acceptable for an organization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

The Cisco ASA product line will be replaced by Cisco FTD. Cisco FTD software is not ready for production, due to a lack of many basic NGFW features. Maybe only the high-performance Firepower 41xx/21xx/90xx Series is good as an IPS, because it is using a stable Sourcefire engine.

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