Cisco ASA Firewall Pricing and License Cost

Security Officer at a government
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 additional cost is Smart NET. That also depends on whether you're doing gold or silver, 24/7 or 8/5, etc. View full review »
Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 at all times. They offer a lot of opportunities and customer services that others don't come close to offering. Cisco is expensive but it's a highly rated company. It's one of the top-three security companies worldwide. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
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 Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution. We pay Cisco for maintenance on a yearly basis. There are no additional fees that I'm aware of. View full review »
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Othniel Atseh
Network Security Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
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 guy called me and supported me. Cisco is very proactive. I had the same kind of issue when I was configuring a FortiGate, but those guys took two or three days to call me. I fixed the issue before they even called me. View full review »
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
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 have the management who is charge asking about the price and payment terms on different offers. View full review »
Jonathan Muwanga
Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society
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 is a pain point when it comes to services like the ones we have on FortiGate. That's where we really give Cisco firewalls the thumbs up. From the point of view of total cost of ownership, the perpetual licensing works well in countries like ours, where we are facing challenges with foreign exchange. Trying to set up foreign payments has been a challenge in Zimbabwe, so the fact that we don't have to be subscribed and pay licenses on an annual basis works well. If you look at FortiGate, it's a good product, but we are always under pressure when renewal time comes. Where Cisco falls a bit short is because of the fact that, if I want IPS, I have to buy another license. That's why I have my reservations with it. If I want Cisco AnyConnect, I have to buy another license. That's where we have challenges. That's unlike our next-gen FortiGate where everything comes out-of-the-box. View full review »
Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
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 license was not yearly. It was a yearly license for the firewall. For the router and switch, it was a lifetime license. View full review »
CSD Manager at BTC
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 Cisco, you can adjust the value and it becomes comparable, because you usually need very good support. So you gain value there with this device. View full review »
Ryan Partington
Systems Administrator at Universal Audio
We purchased the product through the AWS Marketplace. While I wasn't part of the buying process for Cisco ASA, I have used it to purchase AMIs. The AWS Marketplace been great, but it could be a bit more user-friendly from an aesthetic perspective. It is fully functional and easy to figure out once you are in it. However, the layout of the AMIs has a lot missing, e.g., you have to side click to find the area for community AMIs. It would be awesome if AWS Marketplace would put up a wider range of AMIs. With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy. The problem is that we already paid for the ASAs, and we grew quickly. Now, we have found ourselves in a situation where we have to wait for next year's budget and everyone is using it. We've gone from a sandbox model to full production. If Cisco was a bit more on the ball with this type of thing, such as pay a smaller lump sum, then scale as a pay by use or have an option to switch models. This would be good because then we could actually leverage this type of model. Right now, we want to go to the rocket stuff, and our people who make the decisions financially will just have a heart attack. They will choke on it. However, if we can roll it into our AWS bill, and slowly creep it in, it is usually more palatable. As crazy as that sounds, even if its more expensive to do it this way. View full review »
Tier 2 Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The licensing is a bit off because the physical firewall is cheaper than the virtual one. We only have the physical ones as they are cheaper than the virtual ones. We only use the physical firewalls because of the price difference. View full review »
Vikram Arsid
Cyber Security Software Engineer at FireEye
Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click. It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants. View full review »
Sr. Network and Security Engineer at Eli Research
In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco. View full review »
Ahmed El-Ghawabi
Technical Consultant at Zak Solutions for Computer Systems
The pricing is neither cheap nor expensive. It's somewhere in the middle. If you compare it to Fortinet or Palo Alto, Fortinet is low and Palo Alto is very high. Cisco falls in the middle between the two. As far as deployment options go, they often have more wiggle-room with discounts, especially for larger deployments. Therefore, in general, it ranges closer to Fortinet's pricing. View full review »
Lwazi Xashimba
Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The pricing is quite fair for what you get. If you're comparing with other products, Cisco is expensive, but you do get benefits for the price. View full review »
Senior Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
My company is moving away from the solution because it is quite expensive. View full review »
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the stability, trust, and reliability. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
IT Solution Consultant at PCS
My advice, since I have to pay for licensing each feature that I need to enable, like URL filtering, is to look at a pfSense. That is what we are doing because you have to pay for greater protection, a total solution can be very costly. We are looking at a pfSense, to bring down the total cost. The correct price point, in comparison to other platforms, is the main factor here. View full review »
Heritier Daya
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months. In terms of licensing, this product costs a lot, but this cost can save my assets that could be millions for my company. There is no choice. View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions. Especially in other regions because people are very careful when it comes to spending on IT infrastructure. My suggestion is, first test it, once you see how good it is you will definitely want to renew it. View full review »
Imad Awwad
Group IT Manager For ME Region at Malia Group
Always look for the history of the products and their evolution, as this will reflect their prices. As for the licenses, be smart and choose the ones you are going to use AS PER YOUR NEED. More features=More Licenses=More work time=Increase in Cost. Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions (i.e. "If it takes you three hours to do an analysis report and the solution you are getting has this feature to reduce your time to five minutes then you can consider this license. But, if there is a feature where you can have access to the machine from the cloud and you are always connected to the company by VPN, there is no need to buy this license"). View full review »
President at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
I would guess that the market value of Cisco is going to be towards the higher-end. I don't know that it's the highest, but feature for feature, I'd say it's probably well-priced. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market. I would rate the cost as a six or seven out of ten. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
With respect to the routers and switches, or the core stacks that we get, they seem to be pretty comparable so I don't have any issues with the licensing. Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment. View full review »
George Karani
IT Manager
This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run. View full review »
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs. We bought much beefier Palo Altos for a less expensive one-time and annual cost. View full review »
Farhad Foladi
Cloud Services Operation Engineer at Informatic Services Company (ISC)
The pricing for Cisco ASAv depends on your license. With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect. Our license is for one year only, renewable at variable pricing. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
Our licensing costs for this solution is on a yearly basis. Just for the firewall, it's about $1.5 million USD. View full review »
Farooq Bashir
Sr Network Administrator at Orient Petroleum Inc
There's an annual subscription. It's not cheap. It's quite pricey if you compare it to other competitors in Pakistan. There aren't any extra costs beyond the yearly licensing. We pay about $200 yearly and we have two firewalls. View full review »
Ahmad Alkoragaty
IT Consultant at MOD
There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
Olivier Ntumba
Network & Systems Administrator at T-Systems
I don't really handle the billing, so I'm unsure of the pricing. I work more on the technical side. View full review »
Donald Fitzai
LAN admin at Cluj County Council
I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable. View full review »
Munish Gupta
Partner - Consulting & Advisory at Wipro Technologies
We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy. View full review »
Nasser Abd EL Rahman
IT Infrastructure Manager at Beltone financial
We pay an annual fee. View full review »
CEO at Smart Secure Solutions N.V.
It is expensive. View full review »
Shrijendra Shakya
C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution
We work on a case-by-case basis and are have good offers by Cisco. It's very competitive with other products. View full review »
Network Security/Network Management at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
The licensing is very expensive. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The product was expensive. Also, a lot of features weren't there even though they can be implemented. There are so many additional subscriptions that are needed to get the full features. View full review »
Integration / Wireless Engineer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
The cost of this solution is high. View full review »
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Cisco has recently become very expensive. Other solutions on the market are cheaper than this solution. View full review »
Sr. Network Engineer at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco is considered to be an expensive solution. When comparing to other vendors, it's quite expensive. View full review »
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market. View full review »
Center for Creative Leadership at a professional training and coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
Pricing is high, but it is corporate's decision. View full review »
Moraima Matilda
Coordinator Network Support at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was complex. But, after that, to maintain and keep creating rules it was easy. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ASA Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
442,986 professionals have used our research since 2012.