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MohammadRauf
Real User
Security Officer at a government
Nov 11 2019

What is most valuable?

For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out and gives us the heads-up if there is a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our response time has improved considerably. Rather than getting an alert from an antivirus which could be instantaneous or missed, we can take a look at the console of the Sourcefire Defense Center… more »

What needs improvement?

We've seen, for a while, that the upcoming revisions are not supported on some of 5506 firewalls, which had some impact on our environment as some of our remote sites, with a handful of users, have… more »

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

Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us. The only… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using multiple products in the past. Now, we have it all centralized on one product. We can do our content filtering and our firewall functions in the same place. The ASAs replaced two of the… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned so far from using the next-gen firewall is that it has visibility up to Layer 7. Traditionally, it was IP or port, TCP or any protocol we were looking for. But now we… more »
Real User
Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 08 2020

What is most valuable?

All the features are very valuable. Among them is the integration for remote users, with AnyConnect, to the infrastructure. All the security through that is wonderful and it's very easy. You connect and you are inside your company network… more »

What needs improvement?

My concern in the 21st century, with ASA, is the front-end. I think Cisco missed the mark with all the configuration steps. They are a pain and, when doing them, it looks as if we're using a very old technology — yet the technology itself… more »

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

When it comes to security, pricing should not be an issue, but we know, of course, that it is. Why is an Aston Martin or a Rolls Royce very expensive? It's expensive because the support is there at all times. Replacement parts are available… more »

What other advice do I have?

Cisco ASA is a very robust solution. It does its job and it has all the top features. If you have a solution that is creating a script and you need to deploy many implementations, you can create a script in the device and it will be the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I can see the differences between Cisco and Check Point. Cisco has a solution called Umbrella which was called OpenDNS before, and from my point of view, Umbrella can reduce 60 percent of the attack surface because it checks the validity of… more »
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JoelStech
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The majority of what I use is the policy ruleset. We have another company that deals with the IPS and the IDS. That's helpful, but I can't necessarily speak to that because that's not the majority of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The information coming from Talos does a good job. It marks that information and bumps it up to us. We have rules where we are getting alerts and it does a good job as far as giving us alerts goes… more »

What needs improvement?

One of the things that we got out of the Check Point, which we're finally getting out of the ASA, is being able to analyze the hit count, to see whether a rule is actually used or not. That is going… more »

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

We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs. They both do what it is we need them to do. At Orvis, what we need to do is very basic. But the price tag for… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned from using the ASAs is the fact that they can do a lot. It's just figuring out how to do it. We don't do a lot, although once in a while we will do something a little… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My understanding is that Check Point and Fortinet that were evaluated, at the end. I wasn't around when we did the actual bake-off. I came in when a solution was picked. I was told why the solution… more »
Othniel Atseh
Consultant
Network Security Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Jun 11 2020

What is most valuable?

If we look at the Cisco ASA without Firepower, then one of the most valuable features is the URL filtering. Also, it's easy to integrate ASA with other Cisco security products. When you understand the technology, it's not a big deal. It's… more »

What needs improvement?

One area where the ASA could be improved is that it doesn't have AMP. When you get an ASA with the Firepower model, ASA with FTD, then you have advanced malware protection. Right now, threats and attacks are becoming more and more intense… more »

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

When it comes to Cisco, the price of everything is higher. Cisco firewalls are expensive, but we get support from Cisco, and that support is very active. When I hit an issue when I was configuring an FTD, as soon as I raised a ticket the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Cisco firewalls are not for kids. They are for people who understand security. Now I know why people with Cisco training are very good, because they train you to be competent. They train you to have ability. And when you have ability, their… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used firewalls from Fortinet, Palo Alto, and Check Point. To configure an ASA for VPN, there are a lot of steps. When it comes to the FortiGate, it's just a few clicks. FortiGate also has built-in templates for configuring VPN. When… more »
NSA0898776
Real User
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Apr 08 2019

What is most valuable?

I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little of the Palo Alto Networks equipment. There… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest improvement has been in the internet features. We have been asked to prohibit internet access for all users except the bank services division and that is… more »

What needs improvement?

The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with Firepower can be improved. I used Fortigate as well and I can say that Fortigate's features are more usable. The… more »

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

The licensing for Cisco ASA is on a yearly basis. We have to renew the Firepower module license. We are in the process of renewing this one. I just made the demand. They… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn't use a different solution in my bank, but on some other enterprise jobs, I used some unique firewall solutions. Since I have been at the bank, only Cisco ASA has… more »

What other advice do I have?

Cisco ASA is a good solution. I never had a problem with. I will say that I mostly recommend Fortinet because of their ease of management and Palo Alto Networks because of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are just a branch bank. The decision is not made here and the branches just have to follow the central policy.
Jonathan Muwanga
Real User
Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society
Jun 11 2020

What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features are the reports which are generated according to the rules that we've put in place to either block traffic or report suspicious attempts to connect to our network… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits we see from the ASA are connected to teleworking as well as, of course, having the basic functionality of a firewall in place and the prevention of attacks. The VPN is also helpful.

What needs improvement?

We have the ASA integrated with Cisco ISE for network access control. The integration was done by our local Cisco partner. It took them about a month to really get the solution up and running. I would… more »

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

It's a brilliant firewall, and the fact that it comes with a perpetual license really does go far in terms of helping the organization in not having to deal with those costs on an annual basis. That… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We went with Cisco because it's a reputable brand and we also have CCNP engineers in our team as well. It's the brand of choice. We were also familiar with it from our past jobs.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is "go for it," 100 percent. If ever I was told to implement a network, ASA would definitely be part and parcel of the solution. The biggest lesson we've learned from using the product is… more »
Beka Gurushidze
Real User
System Administrator at ISET
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

For organization security, Cisco ASA NGFW has robust cyber-security features. We are planning to increase the number of firewalls installed, especially for wireless… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization. We have an opportunity to… more »

What needs improvement?

We installed a Cisco path a month ago. There was a new update for the Cisco firewall and there were security issues. We like Cisco filtering as a firewall, but in the… more »

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

We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement. The Cisco… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had the old version of the Kerio firewall, but because in our country, there is no official dealer for Kerio, we moved to the Cisco ASA NGFW. This is the main reason… more »

What other advice do I have?

In Georgia, there is no problem using the Cisco firewall, because it's accessible. You cannot use other products, because they are not accessible. That's the whole… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other option we considered was Kerio. I tried to contact their office in Russia, but it is in the UK. I wanted to communicate with them because we cannot buy things… more »
Ashraf-Sadek
Reseller
CSD Manager at BTC
Jun 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The traffic inspection and the Firepower engine are the most valuable features. It gives you full details, application details, traffic monitoring, and the threats. It gives you all the containers the user is using, especially at the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The solution enhances the performance of the network. It blocks most of the threats and it updates attack signatures so it protects customer data better. The loss of data would be a crisis for any customer. With the deep inspection and… more »

What needs improvement?

When I deal with other firewalls like Palo Alto or Fortinet, I think there is some room for performance tuning and enhancement of the ASA. I'm not saying there is a performance issue with the product, but when compared to others, it seems… more »

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

The value of the pricing needs to be enhanced from Cisco because there are a lot of competitors in the market. There is room for improvement in the pricing when compared to the market. Although, when you compare the benefits of support from… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to take care of and monitor your policies and be aware of the threats. You also have to be careful when changing policies. When you do, don't leave unused policies around, because that will affect performance. You should have… more »
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What is Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall?

Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.

Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.

Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.

Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Also known as
Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls
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There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.

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