Most Helpful Review
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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 feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.
I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.
The technical team is always available when we have problems.
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.
We find all of the features valuable because together they fit the needs of our customers.
It allows me to easily connect with more than forty-five remote sites and more than fifty remote users between IPsec and SSL VPN, applying the web filter and application filter to ensure a secure connection.
Configuration troubleshooting is eased by the use of the color-coded, live firewall log.
The features that I've known to be most valuable are both the web security features as well as the web firewall capabilities. As a partner of Sophos firewall, we have some clients and they are using Sophos firewall UTM and we are using it as well.
Sophos UTM has improved the porting section. It has improved security by seeing the gaps. For example, when you discover that an entry has been using a certain application, with Sophos UTM acting as a Layer 7 firewall, you can block the application, not the port.
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.
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.
I have found that Cisco reporting capabilities are not as rich as other products, so the reporting could be improved.
The Sandbox and the Web Censoring in this solution need to be improved.
It will be nice if they had what you traditionally would use a web application scanner for. If the solution could take a deeper look into HTTP and HTTPS traffic, that would be nice.
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.
We would like to have unique viewable IDs for rules and in the packet filter logfile, for easier debugging of old log files.
I would like to see the SD-WAN feature improved.
Support for IKEv2 is needed in this solution.
The only time we face a problem or issues is when we place a ticket. We have found that response is very slow.
With Sophos UTM, there is a general rule in the firewall when the country blocking can block some countries from accessing your data. In the current version, you still need to add it by putting in the IP range. This feature would be helpful for administrators and it gives them the advantage to block stuff in less time.
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.
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.
We are in the process of renewing our three-year license, which costs approximately $24,000 USD for the thirty-six months.
The pricing for Cisco products is higher than others, but Cisco is a very good, strong, and stable technology.
The program is very expensive.
The cost of this solution is high.
Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment.
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.
This solution is less expensive than FortiGate.
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.
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Also Known As
|Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls||Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance||Astaro|
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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