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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"I like the way Firepower presents the data. It gives you two classifications for the evidence, something based on the priority of the evidence and another classification based on the impact of the evidence in your environment. This makes it very easy to spot the evidence that is most impactful to my environment. Instead of having to go through all the evidence based on that priority, I can focus on the evidence that has the most impact on my environment.""The most valuable feature of the Firepower solution is FireSIGHT, which can be easily managed and is user-friendly.""Once you add Firepower onto to it and you start enabling some of its features, you get some IDS/IPS involved with it and you can even do web filtering.""The most valuable features of Cisco firewalls are the IPS and IDS items. We find them very helpful. Those are the biggest things because we have some odd, custom-made products in our environment. What we've found through their IPS and IDS is that their vulnerability engines have caught things that are near-Zero-day items, inside of our network.""The IPS, as well as the malware features, are the two things that we use the most and they're very valuable.""The protection and security features, like URL filtering, the inspection, and the IPS feature, are also very valuable for us. We don't have IT staff at most of the sites so for us it's important to have a robust firewall at those sites""We can easily track unauthorized users and see where traffic is going.""With the FMC and the FirePOWERs, the ability to quickly replace a piece of hardware without having to have a network outage is useful. Also, the ability to replace a piece of equipment and deploy the config that the previous piece of equipment had is pretty useful."

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"Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.""The firewall power that comes with Cisco ASAv is the most valuable asset. They are are very easy to manage.""The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not another vendor.""The features I found most valuable in this solution, are the overall security features.""The basic setup is fine. We're just one person. It's only when you want to do some more sophisticated setup like channeling and stuff like that that it's more complicated.""We are using the Cisco AnyConnect for our end-user VPN with the ASA.""The most important feature is its categorization because on the site and social media you are unified in the way they are there.""The feature I find most valuable is the Cisco VPN Interconnection."

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"This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried.""This solution has solid UTM features combined with a nice GUI.""It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us.""The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere.""The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus.""FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge transformation in a unified offering.""SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.""Virtual Domains (VDOMs) are a feature that we found valuable."

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"Also, they have a Firepower source file that I can work on the ASA device and on Firepower devices. A problem here lies in the way that you manage these devices. Some devices do not support the FMC, and some devices have to be managed through ASDM, and others have to be managed through FMC.""I would like to see the inclusion of more advanced antivirus features in the next release of this solution.""In Firepower, there is an ability to search and dig into a search, which is nice. However, I'm not a super fan of the way it scrolls. If you want to look at something live, it's a lot different. You're almost waiting. With the ASDM, where it just flows, you can really see it. The second someone clicks something or does something, you'll see it. The refresh rate on the events in Firepower is not as smooth.""The worst part of the entire solution, and this is kind of trivial at times, is that management of the solution is difficult. You manage FireSIGHT through an internet browser. I've had Cisco tell me to manage it through Firefox because that's how they develop it. The problem is, depending on the page you're on, they don't function in the same way. The pages can be very buggy, or you can't resize columns in this one, or you can't do certain things in that one. It causes a headache in managing it.""For the new line of FTDs, the performance could be improved. We sometimes have issues with the 41 series, depending what we activate. If we activate too many intrusion policies, it affects the CPU.""The user interface for the Firepower management console is a little bit different from traditional Cisco management tools. If you look at products we already use, like Cisco Prime or other products that are cloud-based, they have a more modern user interface for managing the products. For Firepower, the user interface is not very user-friendly. It's a little bit confusing sometimes.""We would like to see improvement in recovery. If there is an issue that forces us to do recovery, we have to restart or reboot. In addition, sometimes we have downtime during the maintenance windows. If Cisco could enhance this, so that upgrades would not necessarily require downtime, that would be helpful.""We had an event recently where we had inbound traffic for SIP and we experienced an attack against our SIP endpoint, such that they were able to successfully make calls out... Both CTR, which is gathering data from multiple solutions that the vendor provides, as well as the FMC events connection, did not show any of those connections because there was not a NAT inbound which said either allow it or deny it."

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"With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.""We found it difficult to publish an antennae sidewalk with the ASDM. I think Cisco should improve this by creating a simpler interface for the firewall.""The service could use a little more web filtering. If I compare it to Cyberoam, Cyberoam has more the web filtering, so if you want to block a website, it's easier in other solutions than in Cisco.""It could also use a reporting dashboard.""The user interface is old fashioned.""I would like to see them release a patch for ASAv with cross-platform FirePower integration.""I see room for improvement when it comes to integrating all the devices into a central management system. Cisco doesn't provide this, but there are some good products in the market that can provide it.""They should allow customers to talk to them directly instead of having to go through the reseller."

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"FortiOS is not simple.""The Web-filter in this solution is not very good.""I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees.""Technical support for this solution can be improved.""Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas.""There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN.""The user interface could be improved to make it less confusing and easier to set up.""To the best of my knowledge, Fortinet does not have a CASB solution and Fortinet does not have a Zero trust solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price of this solution is not good or bad.""The Firepower series of appliances is not cheap. I just got a quote recently for six firewalls that was in the range of over half-a-million dollars. That's what could push us to look to other vendors...""Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year.""Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.""The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high.""We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't thing there are any other hidden charges though.""Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount.""There are additional implementation and validation costs."

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"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.""I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.""With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect.""This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.""Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.""The cost of this solution is high.""It would be nice if pricing could do more to reflect the economy of the country where the product is being implemented.""The program is very expensive."

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"The pricing for this solution is good.""Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors.""Fortinet is the least expensive solution.""It's very affordable.""Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you.""The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing.""I think that the pricing is fair.""For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."

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Answers from the Community
Erik Flores
author avatarPhillip Peerman
Real User

If you have a client that knows what a Fortigate and an ASA are you have a good client.


There are a couple strategies I would recommend. First show them market share of each product. Then explain the origin story of Fortinet. Then I would explain the fact that the security of any device is greatly dependent on the skills of the team managing it and that Fortigate is your teams security stack leader for security appliances and they are most familiar with them and find them a better overall solution.


Of course at the end of the day the final decision is the clients but price margin is all your decision. I've managed both devices and while I agree that Fortigate is a better solution I would be fine deploying either if a client felt strong about it. Hope that helps.

author avatarTony Scandora
Real User

My clients are all very small, and pfSense works great for them. Other than past experience with ASA being difficult to configure without deep knowledge of the product, I don't know these products. Google Fortinet FortiGate and Cisco ASA came up with some interesting articles. The first on that list https://info.pivitglobal.com/r... makes FortiGate look pretty good.

author avatarJohn Johny Restrepo Hernández
User

Although it may seem simple to say, quality is price-related, but an expensive product is an expensive product and a quality product is a quality product.


Quality products are usually more expensive because they are related to the one who produces them, they are few people, more exclusive.


Expensive products are those for which a price is charged that does not meet the quality offered by some of the others for a lower price.


In short, there is no expensive or quality product, this is reflected in the needs they cover, if it is good product, because it covers my needs, it is an expensive product, even if its price is low.


You won't believe it, but this doesn't always happen, the cheap comes out expensive in the end.

author avatarJon Booth
User

Cisco makes great gear, but I hate Smartnet costs as a budget manager. Cisco is actively abandoning the ASA line of hardware. It was not their most successful product with an assortment of issues. 


We gave up on our 5510 and 12's long ago after bad updates and hardware failures forced us to change. 


We are now using Fortigate 200F's with no issues whatsoever. This was not a difficult choice for us.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Pricewise Cisco. But PA has better rating.
Top Answer: Ease of Use - GUI familiarities  and adoption level can differ from user to user. - Personally I found CISCO  ASA… more »
Top Answer:  When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and… more »
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
Top Answer: In my opinion and as a result of years of experience: - Both are great firewalls with excellent performance and a… more »
Top Answer: Some of the valuable features are the firewall, IPS, web filter, and gateway capabilities. Additionally, it is easy to… more »
Top Answer: definitely the FortiGate , I can assist you with configuration and support if needed .
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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv
FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense 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 NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
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.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

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.

Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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.
Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
501,499 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco ASA Firewall is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 77 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 99 reviews. Cisco ASA Firewall is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA Firewall writes "Gives us visibility into potential outbreaks as well as malicious users trying to access the site". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Cisco ASA Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Meraki MX, SonicWall TZ, Juniper SRX and pfSense, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with pfSense, Meraki MX, Sophos UTM, Sophos XG and SonicWall TZ. See our Cisco ASA Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.

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