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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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Frank Theilen
Real User
IT Adviser/Manager with 51-200 employees
Jul 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The Cisco ASDM management tool was helpful.

How has it helped my organization?

The ASA 55-x range is a solid and reliable firewall. It secures the traffic for normal purposes. If you ask how a... more»

What needs improvement?

Firewalls, in general, were not really designed for normal IT personnel, but for firewall and network experts.... more»

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

If you look for user internet access, many new products can help with filtering and rules or procedures, like Meraki.... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I usually have to take what is there. If I had a choice, I would now take something newer.

What other advice do I have?

Get someone to help you plan and set up the firewall concept, as well as the initial setup and testing. Waiting for... more»
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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... more»

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... more»

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... more»

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... 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... 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... more»

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... 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.
Anonymous User
Real User
Security Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 22 2018

What is most valuable?

All features provided by the platform are quite the same for all other platforms. We rather missed some features we... more»

How has it helped my organization?

So far, we are not satisfied by the move. The precedent solution is much more adapted to the Telco environment,... more»

What needs improvement?

* VPN creation with Cisco is quite difficult: Some DH groups are not supported (compared to Juniper). * Expected to see... more»

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

Nothing to highlight at this level.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using Juniper SRX5600. The switch was more a strategic decision than a technical one. We are also using a 5520... more»

What other advice do I have?

It is definitely not for Telco.
Christina Phillips, MBA
Real User
Principal Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 21 2017

What is most valuable?

I find the overall capability of the higher end firewall products to handle most network tasks without any issues. In addition, it is easy to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it very easy to have delineated roles and responsibilities between network engineering and network security.

What needs improvement?

People tend to think of firewalls as firewalls and routers as routers. Going by the book, I had to create a number of static routes in the... more»

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

Always plan ahead for three years. In other words, do not buy a firewall on what your needs are today, but try to predict where you will be... more»

What other advice do I have?

I utilize different brands of firewalls depending on the needs of a client, i.e., in-house IT versus outsourced. I am vendor agnostic as much as... more»
Fabrizio Volpe
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... 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... 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 solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Network Engineer with 201-500 employees
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

IPSec Tunnel and AnyConnect (of course), the context awareness was a good feature, but clumsy at the beginning. I think it's better now. The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The context aware module gave us good visibility and control over the ingress and egress communications. Allowing us to filter unnecessary... more»

What needs improvement?

ASDM can be improved. Also, a rollback option to a previous config in time will be a great option. Logging can be improved to a vast extent, I... more»

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

Everything with Cisco is expensive. My advice is that there are a lot better options out in the market now. Palo Alto is pretty decent for... more»

What other advice do I have?

Do look at Palo Alto for comparison, SonicWall is also on the market. But before anything, you need to know your infrastructure really well. For... more»
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What is Cisco ASA?

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.

Also known as
Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA
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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, and City of Tomorrow.

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