Most Helpful Review
Researched Fortinet FortiOS but chose Cisco ASA Firewall: Good stability, excellent technical support, and powerful intrusion detection
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is a comprehensive suite and complete package."
"The integration and configuration were pretty straightforward."
"The transparency of the single UI to ensure security. A product has to be simple so that an administrator can use it."
"It provides security for our company and users."
"Among the top features are integrated threat defence and the fact that each virtual appliance is separate so you get great granular control."
"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."
"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."
"We have expanded the wireless access point and switches using Fortinet FortiOS."
"The fact that is it has a UTM, a Unified Threat Management feature is the most valuable aspect for us. It's an all in one product. It's like our one-stop-shop to the internet."
"The most valuable features are the intrusion prevention system and the anti-virus."
"For my organization, it has become much easier to scan the firewalls because the solution is more user-friendly than competitors."
"The interface is easy to understand, so when there are threats you get alerts. It's quite intuitive, but if you are ever confused they have instructional videos. For example, if you don't understand a graph there's a link to a video that explains what the graph means. It makes it very user-friendly."
"I like its configuration and the various functions it offers."
"All of the features in this solution are effective and efficient."
"The technical support is very good and the assistance they gave was very good."
"It's not possible to do penetration testing without being very proficient in Metasploit."
"The option to generate phishing emails has proven to be very valuable in understanding the behavior of users."
"It contains almost all the available exploits and payloads."
"The most valuable feature for us is the support for testing Linux-based web server components."
"The reporting on the solution is good."
"All of the features are great."
"Cisco ASA should be easier to use. It is a bit tough to navigate and see what is going on."
"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."
"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."
"The initial setup was complex."
"There are always vulnerabilities that come up and there was one in early 2018 but this was patched with software updates."
"In terms of next-generation capabilities, Cisco is a little behind, and it is way behind the market leaders."
"The phishing emails could be improved."
"There may have been one or two incidences of malicious threats."
"The additional features I would like to see included in the next release is better troubleshooting and reporting."
"The complexity of the VPNs should be improved."
"I would like to see smaller and more frequent updates."
"The signature discs, compared to Palo Alto, aren't as good. It takes more time to get the signature updates."
"The solution is good, but they have poor marketing in Nigeria. They need to market their product better."
"For me, it is important to be able to block VPN applications, like Facebook, so I would like to see that included in the next release. With this version, if you want to block or allow a site, you now have to drag all the domains related to this site."
"The GUI could be improved to make it more usable, easier to administer, and easier to configure."
"In the future I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards and a drop in the price."
"The initial setup was a bit "tweaky" for the open-source version."
"Metasploit cannot be installed on a machine with an antivirus."
"It is necessary to add some training materials and a tutorial for beginners."
"Better automation capabilities would be an improvement."
"The solution should improve the responsiveness of its live technical support."
"At the time I was using it, the graphical user interface needed some improvements."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"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."
"We are partners with Cisco. They are always one call away, which is good. They know how to keep their customers happy."
"Pricing is high, but it is essentially a corporate decision."
"Licensing is expensive compared to other solutions."
"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."
"The program is expensive."
"We pay an annual license fee. It is rather expensive so I would like to perhaps see a drop in price in the future."
"Be sure to choose a licensing plan that leaves a little headroom so performance is not an issue."
"We pay $100,000. That covers the cost of the hardware that we run the VN's on. That also includes any SGNA costs for the internal support tech."
"Pricing depends on implementation and licensing choices and is usually not a practical budget choice for small businesses."
"The support contracts are usually about $100 - $200 a device."
"The software costs roughly half what the hardware costs. Overall, the product is expensive."
"I use the open-source version of this product. Pricing is not relevant."
"It is expensive. Our license expired, and our company is not thinking to renew because of our budget."
"The great advantage with Rapid7 Metasploit, of course, is that it's free."
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cisco FW for peace of mind
Top Answer: They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home… more »
Top Answer: In terms of costs, other solutions are more expensive than Cisco. Palo Alto is more expensive than Cisco.
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|Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv||Metasploit|
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
Control all the security and networking capabilities in all your FortiGates across your entire network with one intuitive operating system. Improve your protection and visibility while reducing operating expenses and saving time with a truly consolidated next generation enterprise firewall platform.
Attackers are always developing new exploits and attack methods—Metasploit penetration testing software helps you use their own weapons against them. Utilizing an ever-growing database of exploits, you can safely simulate real-world attacks on your network to train your security team to spot and stop the real thing.
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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.||Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data||City of Corpus Christi, Diebold, Lumenate, Nebraska Public Power District, Prairie North Regional Health, Apptio, Automation Direct, Bob's Stores, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, Carnegie Mellon University|
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