Cisco ASA vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW

As of February 2019, Cisco ASA is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 80 reviews vs Cisco Firepower NGFW which is ranked 9th in Firewalls with 13 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA writes "Syslog generation and forwarding are good but it lacks many UTM features". The top reviewer of Cisco Firepower NGFW writes "Supports application visibility and control, and it has great deep packet inspection". Cisco ASA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Juniper SRX. Cisco Firepower NGFW is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Cisco ASA vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW report.
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Pros
Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good.The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured.This solution has good security, and it's a good product. You can trust Cisco, and there's support as well, which is really good.Its VPN and ASN features are very stable.The setup was straightforward. I was happy with the configuration and deployment of the solution, as it was quick.It provides security for our company and users.It protects our network.The stability of the product is good.

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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.The GUI is among the most valuable features,Valuable features include DMZ segmentation, and IDS and IPS.It is easy to create interfaces and routing, which all can be done at the GUI level.

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Some of the features, like the stability, need to be improved.There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats.The phishing emails could be improved.In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders.The initial setup was complex.The pricing is a bit high.Migration with other appliances is not easy. It has to be done manually, and this takes a long time.It is not easy to configure.

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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.The use of it has really bogged down our response time for certain problems, given we have to go through AT&T for everything.We would like to see MS Word BPM as a feature.It could use a web-based portal for VPN. Earlier they had it in the ASA model, but currently they don't have it.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.The cost of keeping the licensing up on the ASA is very expensive. It has a lot of positives, but the cost of going with it is really starting to be a major negative right now.Commercial leasing is the best option.ASA pricing seems high compared to other firewalls, such as the Sophos XG models.

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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 48 in Firewalls
Views
108,930
Comparisons
52,716
Reviews
76
Followers
3,995
Avg. Rating
7.9
9th
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
14,398
Comparisons
12,049
Reviews
11
Followers
267
Avg. Rating
8.0
Top Comparisons
Compared 34% of the time.
Compared 9% of the time.
Compared 8% of the time.
Compared 20% of the time.
Also Known As
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 Firm16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
Healthcare Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company14%
Healthcare Company12%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise32%
REVIEWERS
Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise31%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA vs. Cisco Firepower NGFW and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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