Cisco ASA vs. Sophos UTM

As of February 2019, Cisco ASA is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 80 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 34 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASA writes "Syslog generation and forwarding are good but it lacks many UTM features". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Cisco ASA is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX Firewalls and Juniper SRX. Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos XG. See our Cisco ASA vs. Sophos UTM 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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The most valuable feature is the IPS. It also protects us from malware.UTM 9 brings along IPSec as well as iPhone and iPad support. This seems small but it’s useful.The isolation of infected machines is a big feature. Also, the ability to detect external sources that change files on a file server is really big.It improved bandwidth utilization and provided link load balancing features for internet and intranet lease lines.Advanced protection (Sophos Sandstorm) - Protects against crypto viruses in real-time.It has helped by identifying threats within the company. If there are computers or servers that are compromised, then we are able to identify them right away in the system.The implementation with the AWS environment was good.It meets our compliance needs in an elastic computer environment.

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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 solution could be improved by adding cloud soundboxing.We didn’t find any issues but I know there have been some in the last few years.It does have built-in policies, which enable you to disable USB devices, etc. It would be nice if they had more policies because there are not that many of them.Initially, there were issues with the wireless network as wireless access points were disappearing from the dashboard after some time.There is still room for improvement in wireless protection. I don't mean their WiFi device is bad, but there are still things to improve on, such as WiFi roaming.The technical support only communicates via email. I would prefer to communicate directly with someone.They could reduce the price.It is a little too CPU resource intensive, so we would like to see improvements there.

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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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The biggest issue with Sophos is the pricing. It's definitely more expensive. As I said, we looked at Webroot, which is a big alternative, and Sophos was almost three times the price of Webroot. That's a pretty big difference.We purchased the appliance with five years onsite support and licenses.Pricing for the upgrade was very competitive as Sophos wanted to retain existing customers.Sometimes more is less, meaning if you want more than three features, take the FullGuard licence.The pricing and licensing are both good and better than Sophos's competitors. This is why we went with the product.The AWS Marketplace product should be a better fit, but it is a little pricier.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is pretty straightforward. Because were entirely on AWS and don't have anything anywhere else. It made the most sense for us as a one stop shop.The pricing is pretty reasonable. I don't think that it is overly expensive.

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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
3rd
out of 48 in Firewalls
Views
106,702
Comparisons
54,092
Reviews
30
Followers
2,975
Avg. Rating
8.4
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Adaptive Security Appliance, ASAAstaro
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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.

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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.One Housing Group
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider12%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company12%
Financial Services Firm12%
Software R&D Company6%
Construction Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Construction Company14%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise32%
REVIEWERS
Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise28%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco ASA vs. Sophos UTM and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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