Cisco IOS Security Reviews

Cisco IOS Security is the #5 ranked solution of our top Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software tools. It's rated 4.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate - Cisco IOS Security vs Fortinet FortiGate

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Javed Hashmi
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The hardware is pretty stable. It's also a very good product performance-wise. Initially, it wasn't mature like a firewall and there were other leaders, but now they have included almost all the features of next-generation security… more »

What needs improvement?

I would love it if it has a link-by-link feature, integration with Unified Threat Management (UTM), and load balancers. They haven't got any link-by-link feature right now, which can be a very attractive option. This link-by-link feature… more »

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

Cisco IOS Security is for medium and large enterprises. When we talk about the price as well, it's more suitable for medium and large enterprises, but recently they included a few good SMB options. They have introduced a cheaper version of… more »

What other advice do I have?

We work with Cisco, and we top-rate Cisco firewalls to be sold and deployed. This is because they have good trading and expertise available. Cisco IOS Security is pretty reliable, and it also has really good documentation. It sometimes… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We prefer selling Cisco firewalls. We also sell Fortinet. Because Cisco's presence in our country is very good as compared to Fortinet and Palo Alto, the local customers seem comfortable with Cisco. When we talk about Cisco, definitely the… more »
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.
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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.
Real User
Managing Director at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Sep 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The product is quite mature. Cisco is well known within the industry. The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is extremely integrated. The product basically comes with the firewall features including IPS, URL filtering, malware, et… more »

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the solution can be improved. It's not cheap. It's quite expensive. The company needs to make its solution more affordable to make it more accessible to larger markets. Otherwise, it's seen as an enterprise-level solution… more »

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

The solution's costs are quite high. It's a turn-off in terms of actually using it. It's more of an enterprise-level solution. It's not ideal for smaller organizations as the cost to run it would be out of their budgeting capabilities.

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

I've used a variety of other solutions. I've used Check Point, Palo Alto, and Juniper as well. We primarily like Cisco due to the fact that their technical support is great. By far, it's the best I've ever seen.

What other advice do I have?

We use a few different Cisco solutions. We're a Cisco partner. We have a business relationship with the company. We're dealing with the latest version of this particular solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. The value for money… more »
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
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 »
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What is Cisco IOS Security?

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.
Also known as
IOS Security
Cisco IOS Security customers
Arup Group, Brunel University London, City of Biel, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, K&L Gates , New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Offshore Northern Seas, Transplace
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