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FaisalAl Jabri
Real User
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2019

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, anyone in the organization would see any data point in the wall. They could just go and connect their machine with that data point and could access the network. But now, even if someone came and tried that, they will not be given access. Because Cisco IOS will ask for the identity. So… more»

What needs improvement?

I think it's a complicated product. It is very complicated, especially in the design. If in some way you mess up the logic and design, you can really mess up and you will hate your life. The dashboard is actually very complicated. There's a lot of options. They don't need to do this. They need to… more»

What other advice do I have?

Even now, we are not fully utilizing the features because it'll add complicated things. I would rate this solution 7 out of 10 because of both support and interface. After this experience, next time in any project we are going to go more secure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options. I was thinking maybe Aruba might be a good option, but I did not switch over to it actually because Cisco's a big company and known in the market.
CHIMEZIE EMECHEBE
Real User
Solution Architect at Bilicha Technology
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

We interpret the additional protection to be very important now. Cisco IOS Security is used with client mobile devices on the firewall.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco IOS Security has not improved my organization. We use it for our clients. It helps their workers to be more secure in operations.

What needs improvement?

We don't love everything about the product. For now, it's what we're using. It's okay. It is difficult to set up. The training is okay. The pricing is standard. It will be great if they can make it more easy to use the features. The… more»

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

Our licensing costs for the solution are on an annual basis. It should be every five years.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco IOS Security at 9/10.
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FadilKadrat
Real User
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The GRE kernels and IPSEC security are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm able to securely transfer data over the internet network. With the GRE I'm able to transfer data within one site to another sites in a public way, like the internet. The communication is encrypted… more»

What needs improvement?

There's a technology called SD-WAN that we would like to see. We are unable to handle multiple connections or to automatically load balance. I would like to have a feature that enables us to… more»

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

The solution is a one-off fee once, it's just a matter of whether we are using IOS security you want to use the IT functionality, you need to have the security licenses.

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

I have previously used FortiGate and I didn't switch solution, I switched companies. Cisco is stable once it is up and running. You can forget about it, it's going to work unless the hardware fails… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product you just have to have someone that really knows how to configure it otherwise it's going to be a nightmare. I would rate it a seven out of ten.
Fadil Kadrat
Real User
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The VPN is the most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

With Cisco IOS, especially the routers, don't have like long-term tendency features, or high availability features available for the IOS. Also, it could use a better user interface.

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

The pricing is very expensive. Normally I do a yearly contract; I don't know the exact pricing, but it's around $75,000 USD per year. That's the standard licensing.

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

I have used FortiGate and Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is one of the greatest. The Cisco stack is the best. If you don't know it, don't go for the solution because it gets very complex. If you are new to the security, don't go for Cisco. But if you are experienced and you know how to do… more»
Ralph Howard
Real User
Director Network Engineer at Therap Services
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is that the solution doesn't really change from year to year. The basics are there and I have so much experience with it that it's easy to use. I also like the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco IOS Security gives us a level of trust at the edge as far as being the first line of defense for anything that's trying to get into our network.

What needs improvement?

External threats are changing every day, so there are new features coming in. We're more into the command line interface rather.

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

We have to renew our license every three years.

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

We've always been using this solution and we haven't seen a need to change from it so we haven't looked at other vendors in quite a while because we are totally satisfied with what we have.

What other advice do I have?

My rating for this solution is a ten out of ten because it does everything I need and it is easy enough to use. My advice to others is to definitely have it on their list of vendors to take a look at… more»
Real User
Operational Risk Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the scalability. The nice thing with the bigger vendors is that they're very good at scale.

How has it helped my organization?

In certain spots it has improved our security program's maturity, for example around virtualization and network segmentation.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see much more embedded security that works and that isn't a bolt-on.

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

Different products come and go but we've been using Cisco for 20 years.

What other advice do I have?

Look at this solution and figure out what you're trying to accomplish. You should probably augment it with some other vendors as well. I'm not a big single-vendor type of person. I don't think anyone does it perfectly well. With Cisco, you… more»
Salim Almusalhi
Real User
Network Engineer at PART
Aug 01 2019

What is most valuable?

I've found their network routing to be very good. It is also stable, has good scalability and is easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

I didn't think that they would put servers in the DMZ. It also protects us from hackers; we haven't had any issues with them.

What needs improvement?

I wish it would be more like the next generation firewall technology. There should be more selection between the application and filtering. I would appreciate updates to reporting, in terms of data entry.

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

The licensing is on a subscription basis, and it is fairly costly. I would prefer a one-time payment.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to take this firewall. It is really good. I would rate Cisco IOS as eight out of ten. The next-generation firewalls, like UTM, have paper-thin single boxes. They should follow the same projects, like the next-generation… more»
Omar Moran
Real User
Presales Engineer at IKUSI
Aug 01 2019

What is most valuable?

We can access control lists and VPN tunneling. It gives us better efficiency.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco IOS allows us to keep the same security features as our principal offices.

What needs improvement?

I think setup could be one area for improvement. I would also like to see them add integration with cloud solutions like Umbrella, as well as some monitoring improvements. This would let us connect a new platform and cloud solution for a… more»

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

I think we used Firepower. We work specifically with Cisco.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that this is a very secure option for platforms and gateways using the Cisco IOS security feature. I would rate Cisco IOS as ten out of ten.
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Cisco IOS Software delivers a sophisticated set of security capabilities for a comprehensive, layered security approach throughout your network infrastructure. Cisco IOS security technologies help to defend critical business processes against attack and disruption, protect privacy, and support policy and regulatory compliance controls.
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