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NSA0898776
Real User
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Apr 08 2019

What is most valuable?

I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little of the Palo Alto Networks equipment. There… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with Firepower can be improved. I used Fortigate as well and I can say that Fortigate's features are more usable. The… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing for Cisco ASA is on a yearly basis. We have to renew the Firepower module license. We are in the process of renewing this one. I just made the demand. They… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I didn't use a different solution in my bank, but on some other enterprise jobs, I used some unique firewall solutions. Since I have been at the bank, only Cisco ASA has… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are just a branch bank. The decision is not made here and the branches just have to follow the central policy.
Beka Gurushidze
Real User
System Administrator at ISET
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

For organization security, Cisco ASA NGFW has robust cyber-security features. We are planning to increase the number of firewalls installed, especially for wireless… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

We installed a Cisco path a month ago. There was a new update for the Cisco firewall and there were security issues. We like Cisco filtering as a firewall, but in the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement. The Cisco… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had the old version of the Kerio firewall, but because in our country, there is no official dealer for Kerio, we moved to the Cisco ASA NGFW. This is the main reason… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other option we considered was Kerio. I tried to contact their office in Russia, but it is in the UK. I wanted to communicate with them because we cannot buy things… more»
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Amit Gumber
Consultant
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
Sep 16 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features in the current version is the dashboard where we have a complete analytical view of the traffic behavior. We can immediately find anomalies. The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by… more»

What needs improvement?

Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Since I have worked in this organization, Cisco has been the primary product that has been deployed.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Jijish Gopi
Real User
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

If you compare it with other products, other firewall products in the market, at this moment, it doesn't have that many features, no impressive feature in it, in fact. The one thing I like about the product is the logging features, the way it logs, the way it forwards the logs in Syslog. It… more»

What needs improvement?

It doesn't have a proper GUI to do troubleshooting, so most people have to rely on the command line. Its a sort of legacy product nowadays. The firewalls which are the next generation have loads of features added to them, and they are all in one box. It should have packets, deep level inspections… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I was actually using ASA and I switched to another one.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Ahmed Nagm
Real User
CEO at PCS
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature that I found the most valuable is the overall stability of the product.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

The two areas that need improvement are the URL filtering and content filtering features. These features are both very crucial to the end user environment. One of my main concerns and an area that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

My advice, since I have to pay for licensing each feature that I need to enable, like URL filtering, is to look at a pfSense. That is what we are doing because you have to pay for greater protection… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

During our initial decision-making process, we evaluated other options but the distinctions between all the options were quite minimal.
Nadika Perera
Real User
CEO at Synergy IT
Mar 31 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy and straightforward. On the left side pane, you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

If I need to download AnyConnect in a rush, it will prompt me for my Cisco login account. Nobody wants to download a client to a firewall that they don't own. I would definitely love to have a much… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions. Especially in other regions because people are very careful when it comes to spending on IT infrastructure. My suggestion is, first test it, once… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using Sophos firewall but it had a lot of issues.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
In432TchMn89
Real User
Information Technology Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 21 2018

What is most valuable?

I've always looked at as Cisco products as being the industry standard. They're wonderful at being able to lockdown and manage that.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

The only con that I have really seen with it is the reporting structure. FirePOWER is good. It has been a great help because, before that, it was not good at all.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of keeping the licensing up on the ASA is very expensive. It has a lot of positives, but the cost of going with it is really starting to be a major negative right now.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Neil McFadyen
User
Supervisor of Computer Operations at a university
May 31 2018

What is most valuable?

* Most of same old ASA 5520 config could be used for the new 5516-X model. The ASDM interface is improved and can also be configured to the Firepower settings. * I am used to the ASA syntax, therefore it is quite easy to make up new rules. I have found that DNS doctoring rules are useful, and I am… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

* It is confusing to have two management interfaces, e.g., ASDM and Firepower Management Center. It would be nice to have a Windows program instead of a virtual appliance for the Firepower Management Center. The ASA and Firepower module seem redundant, not sure which one to set the rules in, but… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

ASA pricing seems high compared to other firewalls, such as the Sophos XG models. The licensing features are getting more complicated. These should be simplified.
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What is Cisco ASA NGFW?

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

Also known as
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA
Cisco ASA NGFW customers

There are more than one million Adaptive Security Appliances deployed globally. Top customers include First American Financial Corp., Genzyme, Frankfurt Airport, Hansgrohe SE, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.

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