Cisco ASA NGFW Initial Setup

NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I will say Cisco ASA has a complex setup just based on the security policy we have to enforce (asked by the chief, the CIO). For me, it's not complex. Cisco ASA is not difficult because I am in it for a year so it's easy for me to understand. I have no problem on the technical side. I always manage to do what I'm asked to do on security-side enforcement. I have no problem with that. It's normal for me. It was 2 years ago that we were trying to deploy our facility equipment. We took advantage to deploy the Cisco ASA firewall (model 5515X). For now, it's the only one. Since then, we're using it in an upcoming project. I will have to deploy some Fortigate and Cisco ISL as well. View full review »
Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
We announced the tender and bought this product with the installation plus setup included in the price. I was not involved in the installation or in the setup. The company just asked a consultant to do it. The whole process, after we announced the tender, took about one to two weeks. The consultant company installed the software. They also helped us to optimize other parts of the network such as the routers and switches. The setup of the Cisco ASA NGFW was complex, not only for us as a firewall. We have now submitted another tender for a device router with two-node switchless support. We updated almost everything on the Cisco ASA NGFW with the core and distribution level software upgrades. View full review »
Jijish Gopi
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I actually have lots of experience working on multiple firewalls and technical solutions, so for me I don't have any problem doing things by the command line. But for others, for a person who has two years of experience or one year of experience in general, they will definitely face issues working in the command line. You have to remember all of the commands, to search for the commands. If you're in a graphical user interface, you can go search somewhere and find some options. So I would say in that way it is complex. View full review »
Frank Theilen
IT Adviser/Manager with 51-200 employees
You can start very easy and set up the network cards, but it also has many traps to find out the right setting for your environment. For example, you need fixed network settings on your switch to connect with full duplex 100Mb/s. There is no autonegotiation nor other settings. This is the same problem with the WAN connection. You need to know exactly what to configure to match the WAN, or it will not work. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
CEO at PCS
The initial setup was straightforward, though I find as we proceed we need an extra feature or two to enable all the functionalities and protection of the tool. It's an ongoing process. We have to be quick and agile to provide client support. View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
The initial setup is a little difficult compared to other firewalls but once you get it right, especially the assistant control list, it's fine. It's a little difficult compared to other firewalls. The deployment took us about three days because we did some testing and we also did certain attacks and checked some hackers which is why it took some time. We wanted to make sure that it was at least 99.99% protected. View full review »
In432TchMn89
Information Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The third-party did all of the setup. I told him what I wanted and he set everything up and got the tunnels for us as well. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
The initial setup was completely straightforward. However, we have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly. Deployment takes two or three days. We are continuously deploying the solution to our plants over time. View full review »
ipmplspr538920
Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very complex. Migration from Juniper (with wide usage of VR) to Cisco is complex and you should make sure to master all the flows on the node. Also, Juniper is more permissive on asymmetric traffic, which Cisco will deny by default. View full review »
reviewer818484
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We found the initial setup much more difficult to do even simple things, like setting up VPN tunnels. View full review »
Christina Phillips, MBA
Principal Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup at many clients' sites was straightforward. Very complicated networks take a lot of planning. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
The initial setup of the Cisco ASA NGFW is not easy, but at the same time also it is not complex. It's somewhere in the middle. It took about 4 weeks, then it was activated. View full review »
Seang Haing
User at deam
The initial setup is straightforward. View full review »
Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Setup of a firewall, on a medium / large deployment is always a complex work. Cisco ASA (more than other vendors' solutions) require a lot of know-how and real world expertise to be configured properly. View full review »
NetworkE721d
Network Engineer with 201-500 employees
Quite straightforward for the most part, since I had TAC on call while setting it up. View full review »
Pete Nixon
Senior Network Security Engineer at a university
I would say it's only complex if you're not familiar with either the CLI or ASDM. So for me, it was easy, for those without Cisco CLI (or ASDM) experience, deployment can be a little daunting. That being said, there are plenty of configuration documents available on the Cisco website that will "hold your hand" through any deployment. View full review »
Alin Prodea
Network Security Administrator at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup configurations differ from customer to customer, from very simple to highly complex solutions. Depends on the customer’s needs. View full review »
Danut Agache
Computer Networking Consultant and Contractor
Initial setup was very straightforward because the training and certification provided by the vendor helped us to solve rapidly any configuration issues. View full review »
Alexander Kostov
Senior IT Networking and Security Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward and there was a lot of documentation that can help out with specific cases. View full review »
Rizal Meijer
Networking Specialist at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup was easy with lots of documentation and configuration examples provided. View full review »
BogdanV
Presales Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Initial setup is pretty straightforward. View full review »
Sergei Chernooki
IT SecOps Manager at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup should not be left to the customer. The best way to do this is to make a basic setup and integration along with cabling and power-up, then verifying requirements and adjusting the configuration. View full review »
ramesh1923
Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees
Straightforward -- console or via the interface. View full review »
Timothy Ames
Member of the Board of Directors at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Initial setup is straightforward. You can get as granular and complex as you want, but out of the box, ASAs provide a secure FW solution. View full review »
Kiarash Barzoodeh
Security Engineer at ODI
It is easy to initialize. For advanced configurations, it is sometimes complicated. View full review »
Syed Razvi
Network and System Engineer at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
As I enjoy working on CLI, I would say that the initial setup was not complex. View full review »
Johnsey Kivoto
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
It was a bit complex to setup this solution. When we used the command line, it was not easy to implement. We needed Cisco technical knowledge to be able to manage the implementation. View full review »
Alvaro Picado
Systems Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Not too complex, but it requires knowledge of the product and the use of CLI. View full review »
Rizwan Siddiqi
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Yes, straightforward and simple. View full review »
ITmgr302604
IT Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
I was involved in the initial setup. It was complex. View full review »
AccountMe9ae
Account Manager
It was straightforward, even though we migrated from a third-party to Cisco. View full review »
Azar Mammadli
IT Operation Manager
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Meei Ling Tan
Senior Network Specialist
The setup was straightforward with two layers of firewall. View full review »
it_user477366
Security Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was reasonably straightforward. View full review »
Mahmoud Ashoub
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
The initial setup is easy. If we have an issue we contact their support. View full review »
Tulga352
Network Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup is not simple and straightforward, because it is Cisco and you need to configure it by CLI. View full review »
Sedef Koker
IT Manager at a manufacturing company
Actually it was simple, making port based policies more simple than PA. View full review »
it_user456837
Project Manager with 11-50 employees
The setup is a little more complex than other solutions. View full review »
it_user346116
I.T Security Consultant
Straightforward. View full review »
Joseph Kingori
IT Support Engineer
The initial setup was quite complex. View full review »
Tahir Javed
Manager Network Security at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Pretty straightforward. View full review »
Ed Dallal
Founder, CEO, & President at Krystal Sekurity
There were no issues with setup. View full review »
Aaron Solis
ESS Security with 201-500 employees
New version comes with initial setup tutorial, with very nice security policies baseline, set up by default. View full review »
Fabian de Wit
Corporate Information Security Officer
I can't really remember the setup. It was too long ago. View full review »
reviewer994896
Center for Creative Leadership at a professional training and coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. Implementation took two days. We needed two people for the deployment. View full review »
Dorin Berbescu
Executive Manager with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was complex because of its outdoor position. We had to solve this problem with outdoor protection. View full review »
it_user614874
Gerente de Telecomunicaciones at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Setup was complex because we had not taken a course previously. View full review »
Fadil Kadrat
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick. View full review »
Mohamed Shehada
Senior Network & Data Communication Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Yes, but you need to read and understand how the device functions before deployment. View full review »
NetworkO9ae4
Network Operations Center Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It was very straightforward. It was not complex at all. View full review »
Deanna Acre
Information Systems Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Initial setup was fairly complex. Just having to know the command prompt rather than having a better user interface. View full review »
Arshad Mohammad Khan
Security Consultant at Accenture
It is easy to set up and implement. View full review »
Shaikh Muhammad Adeel
Sr Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
If you know how to use Cisco IOS, it's easy. Otherwise, you will find no way of configuring it with ease. View full review »
it_user413292
Regional Manager - Pre Sales at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is complex. We have to set up ASA, SFR module, and FMC separately, which sometimes requires extensive troubleshooting, even for smaller issues. View full review »
JuanMartinez1
Network Consulting Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Setting it up is not as intuitive as other more modern NGFWs. View full review »
AhmadManzoor
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Straightforward. View full review »
it_user470943
ICT Manager - Network Operations at a healthcare company
A bit complex compared to Watchguard Firewall. View full review »

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