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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 generates the particular Syslog. Compared to other products, that is the... 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 and controls, like the features which other IPS solutions have. It... more»
Real User
Manager of Engineering with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 12 2016

What is most valuable?

Cisco ASA has a well-written command-line interface. Cisco’s AnyConnect SSL VPN is by far the best client VPN technology I’ve ever had to deploy and manage. Upgrades are a breeze. Failovers between units are flawless. FirePower add-ons deepen... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco is a huge name in the networking world. Having a solution that includes their firewall technology adds value from an operability and support perspective. Cisco, although sometimes considered to be "behind the times" with firewall... more»

What needs improvement?

When running multiple firewalls in your network, you need someone to manage them from a central point. Cisco’s answer is Cisco Security Manager (CSM). Unfortunately, this is a suite of applications that is in much need of an overhaul. It is... more»
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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 firewall can improve our business: It can’t. It is securing our business IT network. But if you want to know what the ASA5520... more»

What needs improvement?

Firewalls, in general, were not really designed for normal IT personnel, but for firewall and network experts. Therefore, they missed a lot of options and did not provide any good reporting or improvement options. For example, to update or... more»
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... 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... 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 Firepower Management Center. The ASA and Firepower module seem... more»
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 were used to, such as virtual routers

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, although Cisco recommended this platform. Cisco ASA also brought our network down several times due to a memory leakage bug, which... more»

What needs improvement?

* VPN creation with Cisco is quite difficult: Some DH groups are not supported (compared to Juniper). * Expected to see the enablement of virtual routing, which is key in a Telco environment. We need to provide this in LAN to LAN services... 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
Cisco ASA customers

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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