Cisco ASA Firewall Primary Use Case

MohammadRauf
Security Officer at a government
We use them for perimeter defense and for VPN, and we also do web filtering. We're using ASAs at the moment. Going forward, we'll probably look at the FirePOWERs. We currently have anywhere from low end to the mid-range, starting with 5506s all the way up to 5555s. Everything is on-prem. We have a total of five different security tools in our organization. A couple of them complement each other so that's one of the reasons that we have so many, instead of just having one. For an organization like ours, it works out pretty well. We are a utility owned by a municipality, with a little over 200 employees in multiple locations. View full review »
reviewer1357989
Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The ASAs are a defense solution for companies. Many of them use the AnyConnect or the VPN licenses. They also use it to have a next-generation firewall and to be compliant with GDPR. The majority of our usage of the solution is on-prem or hybrid. The culture, here in Portugal — even knowing that the future is full cloud, in my opinion — is to only be on the way to full cloud. View full review »
JoelStech
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
We use them to block or allow traffic out to the internet and to control a handful of DMZs. Overall, they're for access control. We do IPS and IDS as well. We have the FMC (FirePOWER Management Center) which manages the 4110s and we have 5516s and the ASA5545-Xs. It's an ASA running the Next Generation Firewall code. We're using all of the FMC with 6.4.04, so they're all running the Next Generation Firewall code. We deploy the software on-prem. 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.
442,141 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Othniel Atseh
Network Security Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The first time I deployed Cisco ASA was for one of our clients. This client had a Palo Alto firewall and he wanted to migrate. He bought an ASA 2505, and he wanted us to come in and deploy it and, after that, to put in high-availability. We deployed it and the high-availability means that in case one fails, there is a second one to take over. I have deployed Cisco ISE and, in the same environment, we had a Cisco FTD. In that environment, we were using the ASA for VPN, and we were using the FTD like an edge device. The ASA was deployed as VPN facilitator and for the wireless part too, so that the wireless network was under the ASA firewall. View full review »
NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
I am a banker. I'm working in the bank and our equipment is mostly based on Cisco for the moment. We have some incoming projects to deploy from Fortigate to firewalls. Cisco ASA is that something I used when I was preparing for my CCNP exams. I've been using it on the incoming project that we want to do right now. It is easy to deploy Cisco ISP solution in the bank I'm working in, i.e. Cisco Identity Services Engine. We're already used Cisco ISSO. I have three Cisco ASA modules: * Security for perimeters * Security for data centers * Data center recovery I have been using Cisco ASA since I've been at the bank for more than two years now. The model is 5515X. I have two modules of 5515X and the third one is the old 55105. My primary use of Cisco ASA is to take advantage of all the features. I use it to enforce security policy and also to take advantage of the Firepower module. I have a firewall module on my two instances of 5515X. On the Firepower side, I use all features on Firepower modules that are included in the AMP. View full review »
Jonathan Muwanga
Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society
We use the Cisco firewall for a number of things. We've got VPN tunnels, IPsec tunnels. We also use it for basic network layer filtering for our internal service, because we have a number of services that we offer out to clients, so that is the first device that they come across when they get into the network. We have a network of six remote sites and we use proxy to go to the internet, and from the internet Cisco is the first line of defense. We have internet banking services that we offer to our clients, and that also makes use of the Cisco firewall as the first line of defense. And we've got a number of servers, a Hyper-V virtual environment, and we've got a disaster recovery site. We had VAPT (vulnerability assessment and pen testing) done by external people to see our level of security from inside and outside and they managed to find some deficiencies inside. That's when they recommended that we should put in network access control. By integrating the ASA with Cisco ISE, that is what we are trying to achieve. The whole idea is to make sure that any machines that are not on our domain should not be able to connect to the network. They should be blocked. We also have Cisco switches deployed in our environment. All our active switches are Cisco. The ASA is integrated with them. This integration was done by a combination of our Cisco partner and in-house, because we did this at the time of setting up the infrastructure in 2016. View full review »
EricHart
CEO at NPI Technology Management
We primarily use it for our clients. We have one or more at each client site - or multiple locations if they have multiple locations. Typically our clients are up to about 500 users. Most of them are smaller than that, but they go as large as 500. They're using the solution for the full next-gen firewall stacks - intrusion protection, URL filtering, advanced malware protection, or so-called AMP. Those are the three subscription services that Cisco sells. All of our clients have those subscription services enabled at their main location. Typically, they're just protecting users that are behind the firewall. We also use it for site-to-site VPN, and we use it for client-to-site VPN. View full review »
Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
I have been using the Cisco ASA NGFW for about four months. Everything works fine right now. We have only been using this device for a very short period of time. * We have about 500 registered users and about 400-600 static users. * For 400 to 600 users with wireless devices, we use Cisco ASA NGFW to control device traffic. We're using the new web filters. * We use Cisco ASA NGFW as the bit application. Thus far, we are using it as a web filter to filter the data against incoming traffic. We are an educational organization, so there is no gambling allowed. We don't want to allow students access to gambling sites or adult sites, etc. We use lots of web filters. That's the primary reason I installed the Cisco firewall. We are also happy with the Cisco ASA NGFW router firewall. It protects your small server infrastructure, but it's not complete. We purchased the Cisco ASA NGFW for the web filter. That's why we moved to the firewall. View full review »
Ashraf-Sadek
CSD Manager at BTC
We are a Cisco partner and we implement solutions for our customers who are generally in the banking sector and other private sectors. They are using it as a data center firewall and to secure their internet connections. Our customers usually integrate the firewall with ISE, with a Firepower module for IPS, and there are some NAC solutions. View full review »
reviewer1084986
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use of Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliances) for us it to protect from external threats to our network as a firewall and VPN solution. View full review »
Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
The primary use case is to protect our departments. We have sub-departments or sites categorized by the number of users and types of applications. We categorize the latter in terms of small, medium, or large. Based on that, we select a firewall in terms of throughput and the number of concurrent sessions it can handle. We then deploy the firewall with a predefined set of rules which we require for inbound and outbound traffic. We are in operations delivery and we need to support multiple clients. We have different departments where our primary responsibility is to protect our organization's assets and data and to store them in a centralized data center. Apart from that, we have responsibility to support our clients in terms of infrastructure. All the devices are on-premise. Nothing is on the cloud or is virtualized. View full review »
Ryan Partington
Systems Administrator at Universal Audio
It's our firewall for our AWS VPC on the internal side that connects our VPC to headquarters. I have been using the product for two years, but it has been installed in my company for four years. View full review »
reviewer1010625
Tier 2 Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are an ISP, so it's primarily for customer firewalls that we help customers setup and maintain. While we do use Cisco ASA in our company, we mostly configure it for customers. Our customers use it as a company firewall and AnyConnect VPN solution. View full review »
Vikram Arsid
Cyber Security Software Engineer at FireEye
For the AWS version, Cisco is our primary use. We have our own appliances and products, which are indicated as Cisco ASA. So, we test these product against Cisco ASA using different types of rules for new cases. During the test process, we make sure the integration works. We have been using the solution for two years. View full review »
Mustafa Ahmed
Network Security Engineer at qicard
Our primary use for the solution is as a firewall. We implemented it as an IT tech solution for our accesses through Sourcefire. It provides security. View full review »
KUMAR SAIN
Sr. Network and Security Engineer at Eli Research
Our business requirements are URL filtering and threat protection. We're using the Cisco 5525 and 5510 series. We have eight to 10 firewalls. Our company is looking for vendors who can protect from the current, advanced technologies. We are looking for any technology that protects from the most threats, and that covers things like DDoS protection, spyware, and SSL. View full review »
Lwazi Xashimba
Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Some are being used as edge firewalls and others are for our server-farm/data center. So some are being used as transparent firewalls and others are used as a break between the LAN and WAN. In addition to the firewalls, we have Mimecast for email security as we're using Office 365. We're also using IBM's QRadar for SIEM. For antivirus we're just using Microsoft Windows Defender. We also have an internet proxy for content and for that we're using NetScaler. View full review »
Engineinfo677
Senior Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We use it as a network firewall. View full review »
SherifNour
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
This solution is running behind the infrastructure and behind the hypervisor itself. We have two firewalls and two nodes in the cluster environment. This solution is suitable for both cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments. I have implemented a cloud project, and one hybrid as well. The hybrid was between a public and a local cloud. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
IT Solution Consultant at PCS
The primary use case for this solution is on the client side. PCS stands for Perfect Computer Systems. We are an integration company, we specialize in solution integration, bringing together component subsystems into a whole and ensuring that those subsystems function together. View full review »
Heritier Daya
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case for this solution is to protect data from unauthorized access. View full review »
Seniorntwrk56
Senior Network Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We primarily use the solution for internet access firewalls. View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
We use remote desktop services from our data center. We can clean the client and the remote desktop server and from there we can establish a VPN channel. View full review »
Imad Awwad
Group IT Manager For ME Region at Malia Group
The primary use case is to have full visibility over our Web & Application behavior on the local network and over the internet. On the other hand, reporting is one of the main needs so that we can monitor and evaluate our consumption and according to that, build up our policies and security. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
Primarily, we are just using it as a firewall, mostly to protect our internal SQL network (our primary network). At the moment, we are not using Cisco Firepower for our services. We just use it as a firewall. View full review »
Solution7499
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We use this solution to join our private network to the customer's network. In our business, we don't have to be on the customer's network, so a lot of people will install cheap equipment. We're trying to push it to where we can standardize the equipment, although the cost of Cisco products would have to come down a little bit in order for us to be more competitive. View full review »
DonCheney
Senior Network Administrator at Washington Trust Bank
Our primary use for the solution is for checking on and verifying the security of our customer data. View full review »
reviewer818484
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We performed an in-house evaluation of Cisco ASA NGFW for use as an Internet Gateway Firewall and internal East-West traffic firewall between security zones. We are historically a Cisco shop and were planning on it being the top contender for our NGFW solution. View full review »
Farhad Foladi
Cloud Services Operation Engineer at Informatic Services Company (ISC)
We are using both Cisco ASAv and FTD (Firepower Threat Defense). FTD has a better interface, but we have both of them running. We are using Cisco ASAv for the FirePower service. We use a custom interface for our firewall. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
We are using the Cisco ASA NGFW as a next-generation firewall. We are using the 5516-X version. Our primary use case of this is as an X firewall for external connections. View full review »
Seang Haing
Team Leader Network Egnieer at deam
We use Cisco ASA with Firepower. Currently, we have been implementing the solution for around four years. Our company has been around for a long time, more than ten years. We cover the solutions for Network Direct Turbo ATM at the moment, it's a lot of the security work. View full review »
Farooq Bashir
Sr Network Administrator at Orient Petroleum Inc
We are primarily using the solution to protect our network. View full review »
Ahmad Alkoragaty
IT Consultant at MOD
Our primary use case is to protect our network from external threats. We need to keep our portal safe. We use the public cloud model of this solution. View full review »
Michael Collin
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I primarily use it for my small company to protect 5-10 users. View full review »
Olivier Ntumba
Network & Systems Administrator at T-Systems
We primarily use the solution for configuring the firewall. View full review »
Donald Fitzai
LAN admin at Cluj County Council
We need a good and generic firewall which is why I bought Cisco ASAv. I also needed a secure VPN. The real reason I bought it though, was for the firewall. View full review »
Nasser Abd EL Rahman
IT Infrastructure Manager at Beltone financial
We have around 250 users and security is extremely important for us. View full review »
Munish Gupta
Partner - Consulting & Advisory at Wipro Technologies
Our primary use case is security. View full review »
Ray-Ost
CEO at Smart Secure Solutions N.V.
My primary use case is to have as VPN hardware. I have 2,000 providers. I am a reseller and as such, I am connected to telcos. I use ASA because our providers use Cisco in their core network as well. View full review »
Aimee White
Info Sec Consultant at Size 41 Digital
Whatever you have that’s potentially public-facing, you need to protect it. As our technology moves to the cloud, so our need for security transfers from physical appliances to virtual ones. This is the classic Cisco ASA device, virtualised. View full review »
Shrijendra Shakya
C.T.O at Sastra Network Solution
We are using Cisco ASAv in our company and have deployed it for many of our customers. They are in both government and the private sector. The deployment method varies depending on the customer's needs. For the government, it's through the government cloud while others are on-premises. View full review »
Nelda Hojas
Chief Information Officer at Finance Corporation Limited
We mainly use this solution for our firewall and it's one layer of our security. From the time that we've used it, the organization as a whole got a sense of security because Cisco is a known product. When we do need support locally or online, we get it instantaneously. We use this solution for a couple of things: for security, for their technical support, and in terms of the knowledge and skills of the team here that gave us a good grip and confidence in the use of the product. View full review »
Ntwrksec457
Network Security/Network Management at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Our primary use case of this program is network protection. View full review »
Cristian Serban
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use it on several layers of our network like in the border, internet edge, DMZ, some extranet parts of our network, and in the data center. View full review »
SystemsC677
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Our primary use case of this solution is for a firewall. View full review »
NGFW677
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use this solution as a firewall and for the segregation of our servers from the rest of the environment. View full review »
FranciscoLopez
Integration / Wireless Engineer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
We primarily use this solution for network security. View full review »
SecSolArch32291
Security Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I worked for a Telecom provider, and we gave this solution to our customers. View full review »
Johnsey Kivoto
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Our primary use case is to use it as a firewall. View full review »
it_user588258
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It is primarily used as a firewall. I think that all firewalls basically work the same, but some have different configurations of the switches. Cisco ASA is very strong. View full review »
reviewer1416024
Sr. Network Engineer at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
We use Cisco ASAv as a firewall. View full review »
Mahmoud Ashoub
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
Our primary use case is for security. We are a bank in India and the data is very important for us. We use ASA for our security and protection. View full review »
InfSec4893
Information Security Officer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
We primarily use this product for networking. We are a Cisco shop, as far as networking goes. View full review »
Tech432SrvcMn
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I have been using this product for over ten years. Most of the features fulfill my requirements. It protects our network. View full review »
Net823Eng2
Network Engineer at a media company with 51-200 employees
It helps the firewall in our network and the VPN (Virtual Private Network). It creates a secure tunnel for our network. View full review »
Fadil Kadrat
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
I have deployed Cisco ASA as a terminator firewall. Normally, I would have preferred to have a sandwich configuration for firewalls: One possible firewall that would make an internal firewall and another for an external firewall. View full review »
NetworkO9ae4
Network Operations Center Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Generally, it has highly productive platforms and it has good capabilities. View full review »
Moraima Matilda
Coordinator Network Support at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
It is our firewall solution. We connect to other locations, as well as use programs in-house. View full review »
Tracey Jackson
Senior Network Engineer at Johnson & Wales University
We had legacy Sourcefire Sensors and ASA state full firewalls. Cisco offered the FTD NGFW solution, but the implementation of the two systems was not successful. View full review »
Samuel May
Information Security Manager at Tactical Air Support
Our primary use case for this solution is to protect the Internet Edge, and our VPN (Virtual Private Network). 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.
442,141 professionals have used our research since 2012.