Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.
The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.
The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.
Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.
The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.
The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.
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.
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.
The most valuable feature of this product is the threat protection.
It is a VPN that serves all your needs as an application firewall.
Web and content filtering are valuable in preventing people from abusing the network and pushing up the bandwidth price.
We have never had to restart a firewall. The firewalls have all worked perfectly fine.
The best feature is the flexibility the product offers, in terms of remote access. What we had before was a decentralized mechanism in our organization, but after having this product we were able to get the remote locations into the same LAN. We were able to control the bandwidth and were able to take virtual access of those machines and give them the support, as and when required.
Bandwidth Management and aggregation. It is valuable for combining two ISPs. Switching to a secondary/redundant ISP is thus seamless, in the event that the primary ISP goes down. The Bandwidth Management is also valuable for limiting heavy downloaders that may impact negatively on the experience of other users.
The product has helped control bandwidth utilization, as well as enhanced connectivity and security to remote locations.
User and network policies to be managed on a single screen with powerful filtering and search options.
We were also not too thrilled when Cisco announced that in the upcoming new-gen ASA, iOS was not going to be supported, or if you install them, they will not be able to be managed through the Sourcefire. However, it seems like Cisco is moving away from the ASA iOS to the Sourcefire FireSIGHT firmware for the ASA. We haven't had a chance to test it out.
Our latest experience with a code upgrade included a number of bugs and issues that we ran into. So more testing with their code, before it hits us, would help.
The software was very buggy, to the point it had to be removed.
In NGFW, Cisco should be aligned with the new technology and inspection intelligence because Cisco is far behind in this pipeline.
Most users do not have awareness of this product's functionality and features. Cisco should do something to make them aware of them. That would be quite excellent and useful to organizations that are still using legacy data-center-security products.
There was an error in the configuration, related to our uplink switches, that caused us to contact technical support, and it took a very long time to resolve the issue.
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.
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.
The reporting should be improved as well as the backup.
Its scalability is not that great.
Cyberoam configuration is done through the browser, which is one of the places that viruses spread.
Once in a while, an unwanted email will slip in. You have to set your parameters to avoid that happening, but once in a while, an email has slipped past firewall. Once you update the firmware, you notice that it doesn't happen. If an email slips in, I get a little bit worried. I do get the report, but you just don't want that situation happening in the first place.
I would like to see a better content management pack and also the website searching should be better.
I have problems with the email filtering. Emails pass through without any filtering affecting them. When I get back to them and tell them this is the issue, they check everything and say it is not in their database signature and they have to update it. But you know, by that time, my user has already opened it.
There is a lot or room for improvement, because it is still not a fourth or fifth generation firewall. It lacks security features.
Needs a mail alert/notification when the device loses any of its connections, during ISP redundancy implementation.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Pricing varies on the model and the features we are using. It could be anywhere from $600 to $1000 to up to $7,000 per year, depending on what model and what feature sets are available to us.
We used Check Point and the two are comparable. Cost was really what put us onto the ASAs... the price tag for Check Point was exorbitantly more than what it is for the ASA solution.
Always consider what you might need to reduce your wasted time and invest it in other solutions.
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.
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.
I have no comment about the pricing.
Prices are very high.
It is worth the value.
It’s value for the money. It’s functionally competitive with higher priced alternative brands.
The price is very competitive and the licensing is easy.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA||Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance|
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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