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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Cisco ASA is very strong."
"It protects our network."
"The stability of the product is good."
"It is a comprehensive suite and complete package."
"The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward."
"The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it."
"It provides security for our company and users."
"Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control."
"The most valuable feature is the IPsec VPN."
"The Smart Dashboard and other user interfaces are very easy to use and can be handled without any significant IT skills."
"After introducing this NGFW, we have improved our security posture, and now, have peace of mind."
"It is easy to configure and it is a valuable antivirus protection. I especially like the IPS feature of this product."
"We never had an outage of the appliances or the consoles. Stability is very strong. I never had a problem related to stability."
"We use Check Point to complete the network compliance rules."
"The initial setup was very straightforward. You can customize it and change it as you need."
"The solution is easy to use. I like the monitoring the most."
"Technical support is good. They respond right away."
"Kerio has improved my organization's security."
"The statistic feature enables us to better use bandwidth management. We monitored the use by mobile, type of application, department, and by users. The bandwidth was solid. Our internet speed is optimized for our research."
"The flexibility of the system, the capacity to provide the right level of security, and the ability to be integrated into different kinds of infrastructures are the most valuable features."
"The most valuable feature is to provide users with the ability to log in to the portal page, keep track of their data usage and perform bandwidth management."
"All of the features of Kerio Control are equally good. Most valuable to us are the firewall rules, the intrusion detection system, and IP address features."
"What I like the most about Kerio is that I can use the software appliance as a solution, so if the hardware fails for any reason then I can quickly replace it with hardware that I have in stock."
"It prevents people from visiting undesirable sites and ensures that they use the internet for their designated jobs."
"Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time."
"The pricing is a bit high."
"Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on."
"Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version."
"The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now."
"The initial setup was complex."
"There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates."
"In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders."
"Check Point Smart Dashboard does not support my Apple MacBook Air. It only supports Windows versions."
"The presentation of the reports need to be more user-friendly."
"I would like for them to develop the ability to manage a cloud firewall with the same console. That would be very helpful."
"This product has room for improvement in technical support for Africa."
"Although they have it now, we don't have a license for it, and I think mobile device security should be a standard feature. I cannot control someone bringing their device to my network and what they do."
"All the advanced features of automation, especially the first installation of tunnels, need improvement."
"Reporting has to be improved."
"One of the biggest disappointments is the GUI."
"I would like to see them develop a bit more flexibility creating VLANs."
"They should add wireless features."
"I would like for them to add more security features."
"The improvement that we are looking for is for when decide to move some part of our application to the cloud."
"I would like to be able to inspect https packets for the purpose of virus scanning."
"Kerio Control has just improved on their biggest problem, which was to introduce better support for high-availability requirements in production."
"Their support is getting better but still needs improvement."
"Improvements are needed to the Next Generation Firewall Protection, specifically with user-level protection."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco recently has become very expensive."
"The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market."
"Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click."
"It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants."
"Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase."
"With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy."
"We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy."
"Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."
"The price is high in comparison to other solutions."
"We pay $5,000-$6,000 a year."
"Maybe the pricing is a bit high but you get the durability and the duration."
"Licensing issues may be confusing at times."
"It is quite an expensive product, although security is a top priority."
"This product is not cheap and there are additional costs that depend on what model or package that you buy."
"Palo Alto is somehow not as good as Check Point, budget-wise and performance-wise. Palo Alto is more costly than Check Point."
"Comparatively, Check Point pricing is a little high. However, if you have that budget, I would recommend anybody to go with Check Point."
"Pricing is good, but the licensing took a lot of time."
"The price is inexpensive."
"It's very affordable."
"The pricing is in-line with our expectations in terms of the quality that we get for it."
"There is a yearly upkeep fee."
"My advice is to use your own hardware, and do not use theirs."
"It is priced low enough for entry-level, but it has the power to grow with a company without them having to replace it."
"The biggest advice that I could probably give people is when you buy the solution be prepared to either buy the unlimited license or buy more licenses than you think. Each user license gives you one employee and each a user gives you five devices. In the world nowadays where everybody has a cellphone, tablet, desktop, and laptop, that's four devices. You still get one more device per person. That covers your servers and back-ends."
Questions from the Community
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Also Known As
|Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv||Check Point NG Firewall, Check Point Next Generation Firewall|
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Offered via the Check Point Infinity architecture, Check Point’s NGFW includes 23 Firewall models optimized for running all threat prevention technologies simultaneously, including full SSL traffic inspection, without compromising on security or performance. Learn More about Next Generation Firewall and What is Firewall?
Kerio Control brings together next-generation firewall capabilities -- including a network firewall and router, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN, and web content and application filtering. These comprehensive capabilities and unmatched deployment flexibility make Kerio Control the ideal choice for small and mid-sized businesses.
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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, Rio Olympics, The French Laundry, Rackspace, and City of Tomorrow.||Control Southern, Optimal Media||Triton Technical, McDonald's|
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