Cisco ASA NGFW Initial Setup

Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
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 »
Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
The initial setup is quite straightforward. It's quite simple, without any complexities. Whenever we find any issue during the primary phase, we reach out to the Cisco technical support team for assistance and within a short period of time we get support from them. The most recent deployment we did took about three weeks. In terms of deployment plan, we go with a pre-production consultation. We create a virtual model, taking into account all the rules, all the cabling, and how it should work in the environment. Once everything on the checklist and the prerequisites are in place, then we migrate the existing devices into production. View full review »
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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 »
Ahmed Nagm
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
Team Leader Network Egnieer 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 »
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of this solution is pretty straightforward. 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 »
IT Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
I was involved in the initial setup. It was complex. View full review »
Account Manager
It was straightforward, even though we migrated from a third-party to Cisco. 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 »
I.T Security Consultant
Straightforward. 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 »
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 »
Fadil Kadrat
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick. View full review »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Straightforward. View full review »
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