Cisco ASA Firewall Pros and Cons

Cisco ASA Firewall Pros

MR
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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JF
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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JS
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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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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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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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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Co-Founder at Multitechservers
Cisco ASA provides us with very good application visibility and control.
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AS
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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Network Engineer at LIAQUAT NATIONAL HOSPITAL & MEDIACAL COLLEGE
Even in very big environments, Cisco comes in handy with configuration and offers reliability when it comes to managing multiple items on one platform.
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RW
Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is extremely stable I would say — at least after you deploy it.
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Cisco ASA Firewall Cons

MR
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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JF
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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JS
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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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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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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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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Co-Founder at Multitechservers
If they want to add better features to the current Cisco ASA, they can start by increasing the encryption. That is the only thing they need to improve.
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AS
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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Network Engineer at LIAQUAT NATIONAL HOSPITAL & MEDIACAL COLLEGE
We have more than one Cisco firewall and it is difficult for me to integrate both on the single UI.
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RW
Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
They need to do an overhaul of the management console.
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco ASA Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: July 2021.
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