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davidstrom
Writer
Owner at David Strom Inc.
Dec 19 2017

What do you think of Cisco ASA NGFW?

Cisco ASA has better application granularity, a more flexible means of policy creation, and easier to use controls and more powerful reports than its predecessors. We tested the ASA-5525-X in January 2013 and found a much improved user interface and lots of content-aware features.
Real User
Senior Consultant at Unify Square
Dec 11 2017

What is most valuable?

ASA is stable and with a low level of work required on the maintenance side. It is a dedicated firewall, so you do not have to manage additional topics like spam, web… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco ASA have been the main security device for many years, slowly replaced with Check Point on the main datacentre.

What needs improvement?

You have to know the ASA command line very well because not all operations are available in the graphical interface (or let's say that sometimes it is better to operate… more»

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

Cisco devices are for sure costly and budget could be an important constrain on selecting them as our security solution.

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

The previous solution was based on software firewalls that where not able to perform as the Cisco ASA

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When the choice was made, some comparison was made with other market leaders but integration with the existing Cisco network was a really important positive side in the… more»
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davidstrom
Writer
Owner at David Strom Inc.
Aug 20 2017

What do you think of Cisco ASA NGFW?

What is most valuable?

The user interface of the Prime Security Manager is, well, prime and one of the best pieces of software I have seen from them, and the features are on par if not better than what their competitors offer.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco has done a nice job of integrating global IP reputation management into the firewall with its Security Intelligence and Operations module for insights and malware collection.

What needs improvement?

Prime manager is just for the CX line for now. CX features also add about a 30% overhead on throughput.
Marcelo Zamorano
Real User
Middle-Tier Admin Integrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 22 2016

What do you think of Cisco ASA NGFW?

What is most valuable?

Robustness

How has it helped my organization?

Reliability

What needs improvement?

No idea -- I learn a lot from them

For how long have I used the solution?

From 2000 until 2014

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Learning at the beginning

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nope -- If well planed you should be alright

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Price maybe...

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Excellent Technical Support: Excellent

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

Not reliable for long term -- seem inferior quality

How was the initial setup?

Depends on the product and the knowledge. Cisco firewalls can be…
Rizwan Siddiqi
Reseller
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 23 2015

What is most valuable?

It blocks all outside to inside traffic and only permits the specific internet traffic from the outside. VPN functionality is very useful, we can create remote access and tunnel VPN in the simplest… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It blocked all kinds of internet attacks from outside like DOS or DDOS and avoided any down time. We created a remote tunnel from head office to data center network for easy access of servers that… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be great if they would add web filtering functionality to this product.

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

It is one time cost of about $10,000 and there is no day to day cost.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco ASA is a reliable product and it benefits you a lot in your network.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I evaluated Fortigate, SonicWall and Juniper but found Cisco ASA to be the best solution for us above all of the others.

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
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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