If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco IOS Security, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
My advice is to take this firewall. It is really good. I would rate Cisco IOS as eight out of ten. The next-generation firewalls, like UTM, have paper-thin single boxes. They should follow the same projects, like the next-generation firewall. They have everything like 40GBs in a single box, along with filtering applications, like VPN and SSN. They also have reporting features.
My advice is that this is a very secure option for platforms and gateways using the Cisco IOS security feature. I would rate Cisco IOS as ten out of ten.
This is a good solution, and one that I recommend, but sometimes we have bugs. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
My rating for this solution is a ten out of ten because it does everything I need and it is easy enough to use. My advice to others is to definitely have it on their list of vendors to take a look at. I really recommend this solution.
In terms of advice, I would suggest others should use it. It is quite a good product, it is one of the market leaders. I believe it could be as good as other solutions. There are two things you require: one is support and the other one is credibility. Both are there with this product. I would rate this solution eight out of ten.
Cisco is one of the greatest. The Cisco stack is the best. If you don't know it, don't go for the solution because it gets very complex. If you are new to the security, don't go for Cisco. But if you are experienced and you know how to do it, it's one of the greatest solutions. I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. The solution is always stable, but there are many security features that Cisco is behind on today.
On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco IOS Security at 9/10.
Even now, we are not fully utilizing the features because it'll add complicated things. I would rate this solution 7 out of 10 because of both support and interface. After this experience, next time in any project we are going to go more secure.
It's a good product you just have to have someone that really knows how to configure it otherwise it's going to be a nightmare. I would rate it a seven out of ten.
Look at this solution and figure out what you're trying to accomplish. You should probably augment it with some other vendors as well. I'm not a big single-vendor type of person. I don't think anyone does it perfectly well. With Cisco, you bring them in for their core competencies which are routing, switching, and virtual networking. Then you augment it with some security vendors that have been doing security the entire time. I would rate it at eight out of ten. It's not a ten because of the criticisms around security.