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MohammadRauf
Real User
Security Officer at a government
Nov 11 2019

What is most valuable?

For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out and gives us the heads-up if there is a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our response time has improved considerably. Rather than getting an alert from an antivirus which could be instantaneous or missed, we can take a look at the console of the Sourcefire Defense Center… more»

What needs improvement?

We've seen, for a while, that the upcoming revisions are not supported on some of 5506 firewalls, which had some impact on our environment as some of our remote sites, with a handful of users, have… more»

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

Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us. The only… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using multiple products in the past. Now, we have it all centralized on one product. We can do our content filtering and our firewall functions in the same place. The ASAs replaced two of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned so far from using the next-gen firewall is that it has visibility up to Layer 7. Traditionally, it was IP or port, TCP or any protocol we were looking for. But now we… more»
JoelStech
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The majority of what I use is the policy ruleset. We have another company that deals with the IPS and the IDS. That's helpful, but I can't necessarily speak to that because that's not the majority of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The information coming from Talos does a good job. It marks that information and bumps it up to us. We have rules where we are getting alerts and it does a good job as far as giving us alerts goes… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that we got out of the Check Point, which we're finally getting out of the ASA, is being able to analyze the hit count, to see whether a rule is actually used or not. That is going… more»

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

We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs. They both do what it is we need them to do. At Orvis, what we need to do is very basic. But the price tag for… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned from using the ASAs is the fact that they can do a lot. It's just figuring out how to do it. We don't do a lot, although once in a while we will do something a little… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My understanding is that Check Point and Fortinet that were evaluated, at the end. I wasn't around when we did the actual bake-off. I came in when a solution was picked. I was told why the solution… more»
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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Mustafa Ahmed
Real User
Network Security Engineer at qicard
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is for IT security management. It is extremely valuable to protection so that is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The main product in our company is dependent on Cisco as a security solution. Cisco has a great reputation in the market. We are using Cisco as our main firewall in the company because it provides the… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not really sure that much has to be improved. Compared to other firewall solutions probably the thing that could be improved is the interface — the GUI. Other than that I don't think there is… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I don't know the exact product they were using before but I think it was just proxy. When I came to the company, the Cisco solution had already been installed, so I don't know the exact product from… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten with one being worst and ten being best, I would rate Cisco SourceFire Firewall as a nine. It could easily be a ten if it had a better GUI interface. As far as making… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't know if the company evaluated other solutions before choosing Cisco. When I came to the company, it was already there. Cisco is a very popular enterprise solution so they may have just chosen… more»
SherifNour
Real User
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The Cisco security rules are very strict and very strong. I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.

What needs improvement?

When comparing this solution to other products, the Fortinet UTM bundle has some better features in their most receive product. For example, there are better configuration features, the Sandbox is better, and so is the web censoring. These… more»

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

The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology. If we compare Huawei or FortiGate or others then the prices are lower, but the higher Cisco price is acceptable because of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the number one firewall product that I recommend. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This is my first recommendation for firewalls, and my second recommendation is Fortinet FortiGate.
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.
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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 Sourcefire Firewalls
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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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