Cisco ASA NGFW Pros and Cons

Cisco ASA NGFW Pros

MohammadRauf
Security Officer at a government
For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
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JoelStech
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
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NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.
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Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.
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Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.
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Mustafa Ahmed
Network Security Engineer at qicard
A powerful enterprise security solution that is dependible.
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Jijish Gopi
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
One thing I like about the product is the logging features, the way it logs, the way it forwards the logs in Syslog.
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SherifNour
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.
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Ahmed Nagm
CEO at PCS
The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.
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Heritier Daya
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.
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Cisco ASA NGFW Cons

MohammadRauf
Security Officer at a government
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
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JoelStech
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
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NSA0898776
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
The installation and integration of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER can be improved. The management with Fortigate is easier than Cisco ASA on FirePOWER. The management side of Cisco ASA can be improved so it can be more easily configured and used.
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Beka Gurushidze
System Administrator at ISET
There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.
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Amit Gumber
Senior Manager at HCL Technologies
Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.
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Mustafa Ahmed
Network Security Engineer at qicard
The GUI interface could be improved when compared to other solutions.
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Jijish Gopi
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It doesn't have a proper GUI to do troubleshooting, so most people have to rely on the command line.
It should have packets, deep level inspections and controls, like the features which other IPS solutions used to have.
Other firewalls, upgrading is a very easy task; from the graphical user interface, you just need to import the firmware versions into it and install it. In this firewall, you need to have a third-party solution in both. It's a process. It's a procedure, a hard procedure, actually, so there is no straightforward procedure for upgrading.
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SherifNour
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.
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Ahmed Nagm
CEO at PCS
One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.
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Heritier Daya
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.
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