Cisco ASA NGFW Review

Since deployment, we have not encountered the attacks we had before


What is our primary use case?

We have been using this model for three years, to place a firewall between ISPs and our corporate network. As of now, we have configured some SSL VPNs on our end for our convenience.

How has it helped my organization?

Three years ago we encountered malicious attacks from the internet, most of which were Chinese attackers, so we deployed Cisco ASA to strengthen our network. Since the deployment, we haven't seen the risk we encountered before.

What is most valuable?

Manageability of Cisco ASA. It has a GUI interface, unlike the most of Cisco IOS. For beginners they can "sneak in" and apply the command and see the actual commands that the GUI launches. In addition, Cisco has the reputation regarding security.

What needs improvement?

There are more powerful firewalls, other than the Cisco NGFW, like Fortinet, Palo Alto and so on. I can't say Cisco is the leading firewall brand as of now, as the technology innovates. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues yet.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues yet.

How is customer service and technical support?

Awesome.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it an eight out of 10. 

I am only handling or supporting the ASA 5520 model in our company.

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