Cisco ASA Firewall Pros and Cons

Cisco ASA Firewall Pros

MohammadRauf
Security Officer at a government
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 potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
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reviewer1357989
Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 same for all. After that, you just have to do the fine tuning.
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JoelStech
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
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Othniel Atseh
Network Security Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
If we look at the Cisco ASA without Firepower, then one of the most valuable features is the URL filtering.
It's easy to integrate ASA with other Cisco security products. When you understand the technology, it's not a big deal. It's very simple.
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NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
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 on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.
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Jonathan Muwanga
Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society
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.
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EricHart
CEO at NPI Technology Management
Everything is all documented in the file or in the command line script that gets uploaded to the device. It gives us great visibility.
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Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
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.
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Ashraf-Sadek
CSD Manager at BTC
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 application level. The solution also provides application visibility and control.
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reviewer1084986
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
A stable and solid solution for protection from external threats and for VPN connections.
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Cisco ASA Firewall Cons

MohammadRauf
Security Officer at a government
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
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reviewer1357989
Cisco Security Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 is not old, it's very good. But the front-end configuration is very tough.
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JoelStech
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
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Othniel Atseh
Network Security Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
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.
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NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.
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Jonathan Muwanga
Head of Information Communication Technology at National Building Society
If I want to activate IPS features on it, I have to buy another license. If I want Cisco AnyConnect, I have to buy another license. That's where we have challenges.
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EricHart
CEO at NPI Technology Management
I would say that in inexperienced hands, the interface can be kind of overwhelming. There are just a lot of options. Too much, if you don't know what you are looking for or trying to do.
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Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.
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Ashraf-Sadek
CSD Manager at BTC
Security generally requires integration with many devices, and the management side of that process could be enhanced somewhat. It would help if there was a clear view of the integrations and what the easiest way to do them is.
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reviewer1084986
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is not the newest, cutting-edge technology
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco ASA Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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