Cisco ASAv vs. Sophos UTM

As of February 2019, Cisco ASAv is ranked 17th in Firewalls with 5 reviews vs Sophos UTM which is ranked 3rd in Firewalls with 34 reviews. The top reviewer of Cisco ASAv writes "We need the product to have HA pairs, so we can failover. It is relatively stable". The top reviewer of Sophos UTM writes "Initial configuration was super simple. Management and monitoring have never been easier". Cisco ASAv is most compared with Cisco ASA, Cisco Firepower NGFW and pfSense. Sophos UTM is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate and Sophos XG. See our Cisco ASAv vs. Sophos UTM report.
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Pros
Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control.The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it.The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward.It is a comprehensive suite and complete package.

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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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There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates.The artificial intelligence and machine learning (behavioral based threat detection), which I can this will be coming out in another year, these are what we need now.Even on a smaller scale, people are finding you need HA pairs, and there's no way that the ASA can do that, at least in the virtual version.Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on.

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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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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.Our individual release cycle has been quicker because the entire development and testing environment has been automated because of these virtual instances. It has aligned our development workflow. This is where we have seen the ROI increase.

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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
17th
out of 48 in Firewalls
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1,356
Comparisons
912
Reviews
5
Followers
85
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7.4
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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Overview


The Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance is a virtualized network security solution. It supports both traditional and next-generation software-defined networks (SDN), as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) environments. The ASAv provides policy enforcement and threat inspection across heterogeneous, multisite environments.

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Sample Customers
BluelockOne Housing Group
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REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company12%
Financial Services Firm12%
Media Company6%
Consumer Goods6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Construction Company14%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise28%
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