Cisco ASA NGFW Benefits

Security Officer at a government
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 and identify the device. We can peek into it and see the reason it was tagged, what kind of event it encountered. We can then determine if it was something legit — a false positive — or a positive. It has improved the time it takes to do mediation on end-user devices. Instead of it being anywhere from ten to 15 to 30 minutes, we can potentially do it within about five minutes or under, at this point. In some cases, it can even be under a minute from when the event happens. By the time end-user gets a message popping up on their screen, a warning about a virus or something similar from one of the anti-malware solutions that we have, within under a minute or so they are isolated from the network and no longer able to access any resources. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
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. Talos is pretty well-respected. I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall. We get the vulnerability database stuff updated, and the location stuff gets sent out. I like all that. In terms of how the ASAs have affected our security posture as an organization, it's done well. We're growing with ASA, with the FirePOWER. When we first started there were a lot of bugs and a lot of issues. But now they're coming forward and acting on requests, things that we want. View full review »
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
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 improved. For AMP features, we use Cisco ASA to track traffic in inbound and outbound patterns, so we can set expectations for network traffic. I also used the exception for encrypted traffic. One problem: Before installing encrypted traffic, I had to decrypt it first. Before setting it back, I encrypt it again. That's just the way Cisco ASA functions. View full review »
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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. We have an opportunity to grow now. The Cisco ASA NGFW firewall can be upgraded to another version, so it's better for us long term. It is much better because we can control the traffic that students are accessing and downloading. There are still a lot of improvements that can be done. View full review »
Mustafa Ahmed
Network Security Engineer at qicard
The main product in our company is dependent on Cisco as a security solution. Cisco has a great reputation in the market. We are using Cisco as our main firewall in the company because it provides the best security. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
Cisco ASA NGFW has improved our organization by providing more internet protection. Also, for the end user, it provides easy access from outside for users accessing the site. View full review »
Senior Network Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution allows you to be more agile and react faster. View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
We can create a profile and we can give them access depending on the access level they need to be on. All the way from level one to level 16. I just create the user and from the dropdown, I select what access level they need to be on and that's it. I don't need to go individually to each and every account and do the configuration. View full review »
Information Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The ASAs are very stable firewalls, and they've been very good at protecting our assets here at the bank. They have done exactly what they were purchased for. They have done a great job. View full review »
Neil McFadyen
Supervisor of Computer Operations at Neil McFadyen
It works better through specs than our old ASA 5520. It seems to perform the same functionality unless you buy the additional threat protection licenses, so this is a disappointment. I found a bug where the ASDM could not be used with Windows 2016, but it did work with Windows 10. View full review »
Imad Awwad
Group IT Manager at Malia Group
Cisco NGFW had the needs that were required by us but unfortunately, was very primitive. There was no added value and every feature requires license thus extra HIDDEN cost despite a large number of renewals. Paying that much compared to what other vendors can give is out of the negotiation. For this reason we dropped it. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area, where they cannot directly connect onto the Internet. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Firewalls are difficult, and this solution gives us outside access to connect with the customer's network and service them better. It makes us more efficient. View full review »
Senior Network Administrator at Washington Trust Bank
Our organization has been improved by the solution because we can be assured that the firewall is secure. It gives us more flexibility to monitor other things. Because we have safe firewalls, we don't have to worry about that and can direct resources elsewhere. If our internet goes down in one location we can bring it back up pretty easily. View full review »
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Cisco ASA NGFW running in "Firepower" mode - aka the actual NGFW mode was not "fully baked", so it didn't meet all our requirements to fit our network architecture. It requires a completely different language than ASA and we found it to be difficult compared to other top firewall vendor offerings. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside. View full review »
Seang Haing
Team Leader Network Egnieer at deam
Cisco ASA is best at the technical part of the business, related to our selling and management services. We have to improve the technical functionality of the product as part of making an efficient service for the customer. We need to improve the customer's technical experience with Cisco ASA & Firepower. View full review »
Pre-sales engineer with 51-200 employees
As a reseller, because Cisco includes different companies like Sourcefire, Meraki, and Talos, I think Cisco has a good portfolio for the security business, with their own devices too. For example, we have our firewall, we have a Web security appliance, things like OpenDNS with Umbrella. I think Cisco can cover with all the platforms. View full review »
Nelda Hojas
Chief Information Officer at Finance Corporation Limited
It gives the organization a higher vote of confidence. When I joined the organization more than six years ago, we were using the old Cisco, and some of the products already reached their end of life. Some of the products were not in its latest state, in terms of security or license. We've learned a very good lesson there. Since then, when we upgraded we made sure that all the licenses and all the security facets are in place. It gives the organization a higher vote of confidence. There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats, but it did not really bring down the organization to a level that we would all be sorry for. The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured. View full review »
Network Security/Network Management at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Up until now we haven't been down due to issues with the internet connection or denial of service, so the program does what it claims to do. View full review »
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Instead of using multiple firewalls, we only need to rely on this solution. It has a small footprint. View full review »
Integration / Wireless Engineer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
This product has increased the visibility in our network. View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
I can't really say how it has improved our organization, but the benefits are that we have a necessary firewall with which we can create VPNs. View full review »
Mahmoud Ashoub
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
Data protection is a big benefit we see from this solution. It protects our customers, our customer's accounts, and money, as we are one of the biggest banks in Egypt and the Middle East. View full review »
IT System Administrator at PFW HAVACILIK
Historic events related to security incidents. My organization must have a unified strategy for event logging and correlation. View full review »
ICT Manager with 1-10 employees
It is reliable, and does the job that it is supposed to be doing. View full review »
Alondra Tyler
Sales Manager at Entiresoft Technologies Pvt Ltd
It has improved my client's trust. View full review »
Fadil Kadrat
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
Cisco ASA is best suited for our external firewall protection. View full review »
Network Operations Center Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It just works like an internal firewall. It's an ordinary role of this platform, nothing special. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Intrusion protection * We were able to determine when we are being attacked. * We determine that our inspections were causing latency. We needed a way to monitor threat protection and not cause latency. View full review »
Network Administrator at Modern Woodmen of America
Edge security and Sourcefire have been nice. Sourcefire was a major improvement over the legacy IDS that it previously had. View full review »
Network and Securirty Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It works like a firewall for security reasons. View full review »
Tracey Jackson
Senior Network Engineer at Johnson & Wales University
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic. View full review »
Manager at BSB Cadmin Ltd
Cisco ASA works out-of-the-box. With the setup wizard, it was easy to get it deployed quickly, even by novice IT users. View full review »
Gareth Munday
‎Enterprise Manager at One Advanced
We provide managed services based on the Cisco ASA product. The brand is reassuring to customers when procuring our services. View full review »
Samuel May
Information Security Manager at Tactical Air Support
We moved from a Legacy firewall to the ASA with Firepower, increasing our internet Edge defense dramatically. View full review »
Luke Guild
Tehcnician at Belize Telemedia Limited
Ease of configuration: It has gotten a lot easier to configure compared to the original Cisco Pix. View full review »
User at IDF technology
It allows you to fine-tune and create flexible circuits, as well as unites a large number of different types of connections. View full review »
Hector Carmenates
Information Technologies Consultant at a tech services company
It joins all branches and permits employees to work outside their offices, but everything is based on high securities standards (PCI compliance). View full review »
Information Technology at Giumarra
It is much better than most of the other firewalls that I have worked with. View full review »
Sikander Ali
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Atlas Group
My confidence continues to build upon using Cisco firewalls. I prefer to use Cisco firewalls to any others. View full review »
Tony Petcou
Business Development Executive at CBI
The firewall and policy side are easy to use. View full review »
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