Cisco ASA vs. pfSense

As of February 2019, Cisco ASA is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 80 reviews vs pfSense which is ranked 4th in Firewalls with 24 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA writes "Syslog generation and forwarding are good but it lacks many UTM features". The top reviewer of pfSense writes "It allows for both v1 and v2 IPSec configurations to secure your connections". Cisco ASA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Juniper SRX. pfSense is most compared with Sophos UTM, OPNsense and Fortinet FortiGate. See our Cisco ASA vs. pfSense 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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Super easy to manage. Anyone who has been working with firewalls can handle it.There is good documentation with a fantastic community and enterprise support.The ability to perform packet captures on the command line and via the GUI is useful for diagnosing problems.It is easy to manage. I don't have to have highly trained engineers. A mid-level employee who is conversant with firewalls can take care of managing it.The IPsec and VPN services, as well as the interoperability with other solutions such as Cisco, Juniper, and Palo Alto have been invaluable.Stability has been excellent. We have experienced no issues; it never fails.Its features rival many of the high cost solutions out there.The initial setup was straightforward, therefore I wanted to continue using the product.

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Cons
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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It needs better parsing of logs. At the moment, you have to use an external server for this if you want a deeper analysis.I would like to see multiple DNS servers running on individual interfaces.They need to take care of a few issues with the GUI. Occasionally, they don't update the configurations properly. I would also like them to firm up the VPN aspect of the software a bit and provide better monitoring software.When a carrier that supports a VPN or IPsec tunnel bounces, the recovery time can take a few minutes. Reducing that time would be greatly appreciated in future releases.It is not centrally managed, where you log into the website and can see all your services there. We would like to be able to see is all the configurations from a central interface on all our pfSenses.The GUI could use improvements, though it is manageable.A malware blocker should be included. I do not know if it is included yet. However, until now, we have not experienced a large malware invasion.It requires more attention to provide a better alternative for open source to small government or educational institutions with reduced budgets in terms of technology.

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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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All costs are low compared to other solutions. The hardware is stable and cheap.There is no licensing fee except for the enterprise support, if you want it.This solution was about $150,000 cheaper than the closest competitor over a three year period.In comparison to a lot of other solutions, it's very inexpensive.It is a great solution that is economical. It scales so the cost per protected MB is almost free.It is a free solution.It is economical (i.e., free).From Sonic Wall, their price is much higher, because for every feature that you want to add, you have to pay. I can do the same things with pfSense, but everything is included in one price.

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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
4th
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
93,045
Comparisons
53,510
Reviews
24
Followers
2,629
Avg. Rating
8.8
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA
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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.

Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.
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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.Nerds On Site Inc., RKC Development Inc., Expertech, Fisher's Technology, Ncisive, Consulting, CPURX, Vaughn's Computer House Calls, Imeretech LLC, Digital Crisis, Carolina Digital Phone, Technigogo Technology Services, The Simple Solution, SwiftecITInc, Rocky Mountain Tech Team, Free Range Geeks, Alaska Computer Geeks, Lark Information Technology, Renaissance Systems Inc., Cutting Edge Computers, Caretech LLC, GoVanguard, Network Touch Ltd, P.C. Solutions.Net, Vision Voice and Data Systems LLC, Montgomery Technologies, Techforce, Concero Networks, ASONInc, CPS Electronics and Consulting, Darkwire.net LLC, IT Specialists, MBS-Net Inc., VOICE1 LLC, Advantage Networking Inc., Powerhouse Systems, Doxa Multimedia Inc., Pro Computer Service, Virtual IT Services, A&J Computers Inc., Envision IT LLC, CommunicaONE Inc., Bone Computer Inc., Amax Engineering Corporation, QPG Ltd. Co., IT 101 Inc., Perfect Cloud Solutions, Applied Technology Group Inc., The Digital Sun Group LLC, Firespring
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
Retailer6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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University19%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Construction Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Individual & Family Service9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise32%
REVIEWERS
Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise15%
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