Cisco ASA NGFW vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW

As of April 2019, Cisco ASA NGFW is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 87 reviews vs Cisco Firepower NGFW which is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 16 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA NGFW writes "Enables us to to track traffic in inbound and outbound patterns so we can set expectations for network traffic". The top reviewer of Cisco Firepower NGFW writes "Enables us to monitor and confirm all of the traffic coming in or going out of our network". Cisco ASA NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Cisco Firepower NGFW. Cisco Firepower NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA NGFW and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Cisco ASA NGFW vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW report.
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We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.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.The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the product.The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.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.We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area.The initial setup was completely straightforward.

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Cisco Firepower NGFW is really easy to use right now to determine when my file requires a shift from primary to secondary status, and it can be done with automation. Earlier we used to do this with patching.An eight because it's a good security solution. It's more mature than its competitors.Because of the deeper inspection it provides we have better security and sections that allow users broader access.We chose Cisco because it had the full package that we were looking for.Stability is perfect. I haven't had any problems.The architecture of FTD is great because it has an in-depth coverage and because it uses the AVC, (Application, Visibility, and Control) and also rate limits. Also, the architecture of fast paths is great.The most valuable features are the IPsec VPN and web filtering.We can shift traffic, block certain content, or redirect policies.

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The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century.Cisco should improve its user interface design. There is a deep learning curve to the product if you are a newcomer.There is no support here in Georgia. If something goes wrong, support is not always very helpful with the other firewalls or other products.One of my main concerns, an area that could use improvement is in adjusting the need to buy a license to enable features.Usually, the customers are satisfied, but I am going to recommend that all clients upgrade to FirePOWER management. I want Cisco to improve the feature called anti-spam. We use a Cisco only email solution, that's why we need the anti-spam on email facility.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.Most of the time, when I try to run Java, it is not compatible with ASA's current operating systems.We have to rely on Cisco ASDM to access the firewall interface. This needs improvement. Because we have a web-based interface, and it is a lot more user-friendly.

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One feature lacking is superior anti-virus protection, which must be added.The security features in the URL category need more improvement.Cisco should redo their website so it's actually usable in a faster way.The stability and the product features have to really be worked on.I would like for them to develop better integration with other security platforms.The license system is also good but it's not very impressive. It's a very regular licensing system. They call it a smart license which means that your device will connect to the internet. This is a little bit of a headache for some customers. It doesn't make the customer happy because most of the customers prefer not to connect their firewall or system to the internet.It seems very clunky and slow. I would like to be able to tune it to be a more efficient product.I would like the ability to pick and choose different features of it to run in a packaged infrastructure or modules, therefore I would like to have more customizability over it.

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We paid about $7,000 for the Cisco firewall, plus another small Cisco router and the lead switch. It was under the combined license. It's a final agreement.The cost is a big factor for us. This is why we are using it only in our restricted area. They are very much higher than their competitors in the market.Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions.Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision.The cost is a bit high compared to other solutions in the market.Cisco recently has become very expensive.The cost is a bit higher than other competitive solutions on the market.It is considered on the "high end" of the spectrum.

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The Cisco licensing agreement in Bangladesh is different than the one in India and in Dubai. It is not a problem, but if you want to subscribe to the yearly subscription, the original cost is really high. Also, if you go for an anti-virus, you pay for an additional yearly subscription.It's more expensive than Fortinet and Juniper. The price is high compared to other vendors. In general, for the license, it's not that expensive.Based on the services that you will get, especially the AMP license, the price is very reasonable.We pay a lot of money for it.It is a great solution for medium or big enterprises, not so much for small businesses, mainly due to the financial costs.Cisco Firepower is a great solution, but it is expensive compared to others that can provide similar benefits for much less.In terms of scalability, it is really expensive. It is scalable, but when it comes to pricing, the upgrading is a bit high.All our requirements which we need performed by the firewall (e.g. VPN, URL white-listing, or IP based white-listing, etc.) have separate licenses and costs.

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Ranking
2nd
out of 50 in Firewalls
Views
115,832
Comparisons
52,471
Reviews
79
Average Words per Review
268
Avg. Rating
7.9
10th
out of 50 in Firewalls
Views
17,170
Comparisons
14,318
Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
375
Avg. Rating
7.9
Top Comparisons
Compared 34% of the time.
Also Known As
Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASACisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER
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Overview

Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco's end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades, standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.

Adaptive Security Appliance is also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security solution.

Block more threats and quickly mitigate those that do breach your defenses with the industry’s first threat-focused NGFW.

The Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) prevents breaches, and can quickly detect and mitigate stealthy attacks using deep visibility and the most advanced security capabilities of any firewall available today - all while maintaining optimal network performance and uptime. With Cisco NGFW you can automate operations to save time, reduce complexity, and work smarter.

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Sample Customers
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.Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company10%
Transportation Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company14%
Healthcare Company11%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise35%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise31%
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise27%
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