Cisco ASA NGFW Benefits

Network & Security Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 »
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 »
Frank Theilen
IT Adviser/Manager with 51-200 employees
The ASA 55-x range is a solid and reliable firewall. It secures the traffic for normal purposes. If you ask how a firewall can improve our business: It can’t. It is securing our business IT network. But if you want to know what the ASA5520 can do to secure our network: Not much more than any firewall. It is a solid port firewall, nothing more, nothing less. 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 »
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 a university
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 »
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 »
Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
So far, we are not satisfied by the move. The precedent solution is much more adapted to the Telco environment, although Cisco recommended this platform. Cisco ASA also brought our network down several times due to a memory leakage bug, which is still not resolved. 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 »
Christina Phillips, MBA
Principal Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It makes it very easy to have delineated roles and responsibilities between network engineering and network security. 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
User 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 »
Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Cisco ASA have been the main security device for many years, slowly replaced with Check Point on the main datacentre. View full review »
Network Engineer with 201-500 employees
The context aware module gave us good visibility and control over the ingress and egress communications. Allowing us to filter unnecessary communications like streaming video, allowing us to control bandwidth utilization. View full review »
Pete Nixon
Senior Network Security Engineer at a university
The AnyConnect remote access VPN gives us an easy way to deploy remote working for our users. View full review »
Alin Prodea
Network Security Administrator at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It helped us and our customers implement more granular and flexible connections to and from our/their environments, building a trust relation between all of us, having the confidence that our exchanged information is occurring in a highly secure manner. View full review »
Danut Agache
Computer Networking Consultant and Contractor
I have 15 years’ experience with Cisco products and I've had very, very little problems with them. Also, for resolving appeared issues Cisco was a good partner. Crescendo ( is an IT&C integrator and this product (based on Cisco Partnership) helped us to grow our business, and Cisco ASA was one of most sold product in our solutions portfolio. View full review »
Alexander Kostov
Senior IT Networking and Security Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It gave us a more secure environment and a lot of flexibility to the business. View full review »
Rizal Meijer
Networking Specialist at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is a very reliable border firewall which makes it easy for us to organize and secure our DMZs. View full review »
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Visibility in the network traffic. 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 »
Sergei Chernooki
IT SecOps Manager at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
With ASAs, we can keep operational expenses as low as possible. Disaster risks should be observed as usual, but this is definitely not the weak point. View full review »
Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees
The throughput and reliability of the product improve the network stability of our organization. View full review »
Timothy Ames
Member of the Board of Directors at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It gave us more organized DMZs and logical segments. View full review »
Kiarash Barzoodeh
Security Engineer at ODI
You can extend your visibility in network infrastructure for monitoring. You can absolutely give your users a better experience. When you use .1X for user authentication: * Users login just one time * You can control all user access to the internet, data center resources, and across the network. View full review »
Syed Razvi
Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
We are an educational institute, and we are required to block many websites that are not suitable for students and teachers. Most of the sites, like YouTube uses an https version, thus blocking with IP address was becoming problematic. Moreover, certificate domains for Gmail and YouTube are the same. But the IPS feature in this product helps us to overcome this limitation. View full review »
Alvaro Picado
Systems Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Control and integration with our DMVPN with Cisco routers. View full review »
Rizwan Siddiqi
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It allows us to filter incoming traffic to our network and provide a secure access to office network from outside through remote access VPN. We also connected our branch office through IPSEC site-to-site VPN tunnel which is very secure and reliable. 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 »
Account Manager
Malicious URLs are being blocked. View full review »
Azar Mammadli
IT Operation Manager
It is small. Nobody knows where it is or what it is. It works silently. As there ar no issues, it is good for businesses and organizations. View full review »
Meei Ling Tan
Senior Network Specialist
It has improved our access control. View full review »
Security Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It provides detection of zero day infections through FirePOWER AMP. 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 a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Historic events related to security incidents. My organization must have a unified strategy for event logging and correlation. View full review »
Network Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using Cisco Security Manager (CSM) to control and configure all of our Cisco products. ASA worked very well on the CSM. View full review »
Sedef Koker
IT Manager at a manufacturing company
We could connect data securely from outside the company. View full review »
Project Manager with 11-50 employees
Solutions using NAT, VPNs, internet and MPLS, are more customizable than other solutions. View full review »
Joseph Kingori
IT Support Engineer
The product has helped organizations secure their infrastructure and data. Most organizations are happy to adopt the technology. View full review »
Tahir Javed
Manager Network Security at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
These products provide much stability which, in return, any organization demands to run its functions properly and smoothly. View full review »
Technical Administrator at a tech services company
Three years ago we encountered malicious attacks from the internet, most of which were Chinese attackers, so we deployed Cisco ASA to strengthen our network. Since the deployment, we haven't seen the risk we encountered before. View full review »
Ed Dallal
Founder, CEO, & President at Krystal Sekurity
Simplified the complexity of our security architecture. 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 »
Fabian de Wit
Corporate Information Security Officer
It has secured our DMZ. View full review »
Gerente de Telecomunicaciones at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s hard to say because our equipment was EoS. View full review »
Alondra Tyler
Sales Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It has improved my client's trust. View full review »
Fadil Kadrat
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Cisco ASA is best suited for our external firewall protection. View full review »
Mohamed Shehada
Senior Network & Data Communication Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Gives flexibility and several deployment options. 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 »
Arshad Mohammad Khan
Security Consultant at Accenture
No improvement. My clients have been using this product and moving to other products. View full review »
Shaikh Muhammad Adeel
Sr Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Connectivity with client Telcos works perfectly way and administration is simple. View full review »
User 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 »
Regional Manager - Pre Sales at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It helps us to identify key, persistent threats so we can set policies accordingly. View full review »
Network Consulting Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Do not use it in cluster mode. It is not worth it. These firewalls can do 10G, so just design the rest of the network around this. Do not do cluster to add more bandwidth. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Secured our network from outside and inside intruders. View full review »
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Edge security and Sourcefire have been nice. Sourcefire was a major improvement over the legacy IDS that it previously had. View full review »
ICT Manager - Network Operations at a healthcare company
Remote Access and SSO Authentication. 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 »
Heath Freel
President and CTO with 51-200 employees
In the early days, before UTM and NGFW, this product was awesome. Cisco tried to add Firepower, but it requires a different management interface and is still too expensive. View full review »
User at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Easy and fast to deploy. * User-friendly GUI * REST API offering with rich capabilities which makes the product very robust. View full review »
Manager with 11-50 employees
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 »
Anthony Hassiotis
Senior Network Manager with 51-200 employees
* Deployed between users and servers transparently. * Easy to deploy in a working environment between servers and users. * Improved security and visibility. View full review »
Gareth Munday
‎Enterprise Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 with 51-200 employees
We moved from a Legacy firewall to the ASA with Firepower, increasing our internet Edge defense dramatically. View full review »
Luke Guild
Tehcnician with 201-500 employees
Ease of configuration: It has gotten a lot easier to configure compared to the original Cisco Pix. View full review »
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 »
Owner at David Strom Inc.
Cisco has done a nice job of integrating global IP reputation management into the firewall with its Security Intelligence and Operations module for insights and malware collection. View full review »
Information Technology with 201-500 employees
It is much better than most of the other firewalls that I have worked with. View full review »
Sikander Ali
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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 with 51-200 employees
The firewall and policy side are easy to use. View full review »

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