Most Helpful Review
Has next gen features like application awareness and intrusion protection but the CLI needs to be simplified
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.
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.
For business purposes, it's a very detailed solution, which is it's greatest benefit, as you can get almost any piece of information you need from the solution. It allows for admins to be able to troubleshoot pretty easily.
A stable and solid solution for protection from external threats and for VPN connections.
The best solutions for our company are those we have yet to implement so it will be even better in the future for us than it already is.
The stability is good. Very simple. Upgrades are great.
The feature I find most valuable is the Cisco VPN Interconnection.
What I like about Cisco is the security zone. By default when you configure it, it gives you a security zone, which other firewalls don't have.
We are using the Cisco AnyConnect for our end-user VPN with the ASA.
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.
They wanted to leverage something which is equivalent that can give them the next gen features like application awareness and intrusion protection. So that is a major reason they were looking forward to this. The original ASA firewall did not have these features. This was the major reason the customer moved on to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD). Now they can go ahead and leverage those functionalities.
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.
With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good.
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.
I'm working on a slightly older version, but what it needs is a better alert management. It's pretty standard, but there's no real advanced features involved around it.
It is not the newest, cutting-edge technology
The user interface is too complex for people who are not trained to or certified to engage with the product. The interface should be easier to use.
They really need support for deployment.
They should allow customers to talk to them directly instead of having to go through the reseller.
I wish the Cisco interface was not so granular. Check Point was easier to create specific rules than with ASAv.
I would like to see them release a patch for ASAv with cross-platform FirePower integration.
The user interface is old fashioned.
I was just trying to learn how this product actually operates and one thing that I see from internal processing is it does fire-walling and then sends it to the IPS model and any other model that needs to be performed. For example, content checking or filtering will be done in a field processing manner. That is something that causes delays in the network, from a security perspective. That is something that can be improved upon. Palo Alto already has implemented this as a pilot passed processing. So they put the same stream of data across multiple modules at the same time and see if it is giving a positive result by using an XR function. So, something similar can be done in the Cisco Firepower. Instead of single processing or in a sequential manner, they can do something similar to pile processing. Internal function that is something that they can improve upon.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs.
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 would be nice if pricing could do more to reflect the economy of the country where the product is being implemented.
This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run.
With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect.
I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable.
We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy.
With the Cisco ASA, you do get what you pay for. What would really be awesome is to see Cisco blow out a real cheap version where you can use the sandbox, but leave it step-wise and go to another product relatively easily, like getting you hooked on candy.
Purchasing from the AWS Marketplace was easy. It was just point and click.
It is pay-as-you-go, so it much cheaper than buying in the plants.
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.
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.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance||Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER|
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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|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.||Bluelock||Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield|
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