Cisco ASA NGFW Other Advice

Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Cisco ASA is a good solution. I never had a problem with. I will say that I mostly recommend Fortinet because of their ease of management and Palo Alto Networks because of their reputation for business efficiency. I would rate Cisco ASA with an 8 out of 10 points. View full review »
Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
In Georgia, there is no problem using the Cisco firewall, because it's accessible. You cannot use other products, because they are not accessible. That's the whole problem. I would rate Cisco ASA NGFW an 8 out of 10. View full review »
Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
For any organization looking for a secure solution that can be deployed in their domain or infrastructure, my advice is to go with Cisco Next-Generation Firewalls because they have a complete bundle of security features. There is a single pane of glass with complete management capabilities and analytic features to understand and gather information about the traffic. The lessons that most of our clients have learned is that in deployment it is easy to configure and it is easy to manage. It's quite stable and they do not get into difficulties in terms of day-to-day operations. We haven't faced any problems with this product. Compared to other OEMs, such as Juniper and Fortinet, Cisco's product is excellent. There are no bugs and I don't see any lack in terms of backend and technical support. In my opinion, at the moment, there is no room for product enhancement. Most of the users are system administrators working on their own domains. The minimum number of users among our clients is a team of 15 to 20 we have clients with up to 700 users at the largest site. The product is quite extensively used in each department, to protect assets and data centers. We are using the attack prevention engine and URL filtering is also used at most of our sites. We are also using it for data center connectivity and for offloading transactions. I would rate Cisco at ten out of ten for the functionality and the features they provide. View full review »
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Jijish Gopi
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
If I were to advise others who are looking into implementing this product I would say I don't think they will like it. They would be able to meet business requirements better with other products, other vendors' firewalls. That's what I think, that's what I know from my own experience, from dealing with customers. If those features, which I mentioned above in the first few questions, if they can add those features into the firewall as a standalone box, it can definitely become a player on the stage. They already have a good platform, even if it's a legacy product, it has that bit of maturity. So if, on top of that very good platform, they can add those features - security, threat intelligence features - they can get back into the market. View full review »
Ahmed Nagm
I am satisfied with the current facility and the management environment of the Cisco ASA, it's great for me. I think that the cost would be the main factor when evaluating solutions since some of the companies or some of our clients ask about costs upfront. Once the client has made their initial request and inquired about any subsequent subsystem connectivity integration ideas, they always want to know how much everything will cost. The deciding factor is mainly based on the price point of the total user solution. Overall, the criteria that we consider when constructing an integration decision depends largely on the client company we are working with. We evaluate clients based according to their size, industry function, and the total budget that would be recommended for an effective solution. I would give this product a rating of 9 out of 10! View full review »
Nadika Perera
CEO at Synergy IT
I would advise someone considering this solution to just go for it. It's expensive but it's a robust solution. The only thing is that you have to convince your finance guy to go for it. I would rate it a nine out of ten. View full review »
Information Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Talk to your peers in the industry, find out what they use and why, and then look at exactly what you're using it for. We changed a great deal of our infrastructure, adding a lot of extra tunnels, so that made a complicated product even harder to manage. Look at what you're comfortable in managing with their interface. We start looking at upgrade cost, our constant licensing cost. I look at other products that rank very high in industry ratings. Now I'm looking at similar products that are a little bit easier to manage. That is another fault of the ASA. They're very complicated to manage, but that’s because they have so many features. It's a very feature-rich product. When selecting a vendor the most important factors are * Security - obviously that is number one because we are a financial institution * stability of the vendor * how the product is ranked in the market. In terms of security, right now is a really tough time for us because, even as a smaller community bank, we’re targeted. We have huge targets on us right now from hackers. I have to have a product that is stable, that will hold up, from a reputable company. I'm looking at companies that are top-tier. I would rate the ASA equipment itself a nine out of 10. The software and manageability would rate a seven and the reason for that is the complexity of it. It is extremely complicated, even for our Cisco-certified person who manages it for us. View full review »
Imad Awwad
Group IT Manager at Malia Group
Think before you buy, as this solution can be your success or failure. Always work with professionals and not promoters. View full review »
Hassan Javaid
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
I would recommend the product, but cost is a big factor. Some companies cannot afford expensive products, like Cisco and Palo Alto. View full review »
Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is definitely not for Telco. View full review »
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Watch out for the marketing hype vs objective reality. Do the advertised features actually work correctly/effectively? We chose a different solution after performing in-house testing. View full review »
Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
For the Cisco ASA NGFW, it is a bit more expensive than other products, but their method is a lot more stable in my experience. It has all the features that you would need in a next-generation firewall. They are always developing new features and introducing them. I don't have anything that I'm currently missing with Cisco. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate the product at eight. View full review »
Seang Haing
Team Leader Network Egnieer at deam
I always encourage our existing customers to move to the Cisco ASA Firepower version, i.e. the next generation Firepower like 2100, 4000, or 9300. I would rate Cisco ASA an eight out of ten. An eight and not a ten because some of the features are limited and some are awful. We had to install other solutions for security and had to spend a lot on other hardware. Other vendors like Fortinet or Palo Alto Networks focus more on offering complete solutions. View full review »
Fabrizio Volpe
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
ASA is one of the the state-of-the-art firewall devices for security. It is affordable and not too complicated to use if you are doing standard operations (modifying ACLs, natting and so on) on an existing deployment. View full review »
Nelda Hojas
Chief Information Officer at Finance Corporation Limited
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. Not a ten because I'm reserving the one point for whatever new surprises they are going to provide. View full review »
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is a very straightforward firewall. There is a management platform with its own operating system. Just make sure that everything is set up properly for your uplink switches because that is an issue that we ran into. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. View full review »
Johnsey Kivoto
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Yes, it's a good provider when it comes to firewall solution, but maybe limiting when you are looking at the wall UTM management. It's delayed behind some of the competitors. View full review »
Alvaro Picado
Systems Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Today, Cisco has other more current solutions in terms of benefits. From the Cisco ASA 55xx-X with Firepower Services and, obviously, higher products. But for an organization like ours, similar products like Cisco ASA 55xx-X, FortiGate 100e or d model, etc., are enough. View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 11-50 employees
Do your research, know what you want to achieve. Cisco ASA needs to be more reliable. Because of the nature of the product, it has to be rock solid and, unfortunately, it's not. View full review »
Account Manager
We are using ASA5585-X with Firepower SSP-20 (ASA version 9.6(1)3, Firepower version When looking at different solutions, take a deep look at the features. View full review »
Mahmoud Ashoub
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
I would rate it a seven out of ten. I would recommend this solution to a colleague. No product will give you 100% of what you're looking for but this solution is close. View full review »
I.T Security Consultant
Go for it. I really like how, once you get the ASA set up properly, it can run for a whole year without any major issues, apart from the normal daily administration. View full review »
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We like that Cisco has a lot of experience on the market trends. View full review »
Technical Administrator at a tech services company
I rate it an eight out of 10. I am only handling or supporting the ASA 5520 model in our company. View full review »
ICT Manager with 1-10 employees
We need to upgrade our security requirements due to the new security requirement applicable in Europe (from GDPR) and the cyber security guidelines for our vessel (we are a US shipping company). Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: familiarity, reliability, and price. View full review »
Aaron Solis
ESS Security with 201-500 employees
Best value will always be delivered by adding FMC (Firepower Management Console); at least their virtual edition. View full review »
Center for Creative Leadership at a professional training and coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
This solution has good security and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. View full review »
Deanna Acre
Information Systems Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Look through what your needs are. View full review »
Regional Manager - Pre Sales at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is a good datacenter firewall, as they have now overcome integration issues with latest versions. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Good product, give it a chance. View full review »
Network and Securirty Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Configuration on Firepower is currently madness as you have to redeploy it again with all its configurations if you use it as a module. View full review »
Heath Freel
President and CTO with 51-200 employees
Overall, this is a legacy product. View full review »
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