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Cisco ASA Firewall Pros

Paul Nduati - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Ict Manager at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
I love the ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager) which is the management suite. It's a GUI and you're able to see everything at a glance without using the command line. There are those who love the CLI, but with ASDM it is easier to see where everything is going and where the problems are.
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Shashidhara B N - PeerSpot reviewer
Director & CIO of IT services at Connectivity IT Services Private Limited
ASA integrates with FirePOWER, IPS functionality, malware filtering, etc. This functionality wasn't there in the past. With its cloud architecture, Cisco can filter traffic at the engine layer. Evasive encryptions can be entered into the application, like BitTorrent or Skype. This wasn't possible to control through a traditional firewall.
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Tushar Gaba - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Solutions Architect at NIL Data Communications
The return on investment is not going to be restricted to just the box... Now, these genres have been expanded to cyber, to third-party integrations, having integrated logging, having integrated micro and macro segmentations. The scope has been widened, so the ROI, eventually, has multiplied.
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Buyer's Guide
Cisco ASA Firewall
September 2022
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SM
Team Leader Network and Mail Team at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco ASA works very nicely from an administration perspective. The management of the device is very nice. The ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager) is the software that we use and it is very easy to configure using the GUI.
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Isaiah Etuk - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Digital & Technical Officer at Capital Express Assurance Limited
Its security and filtering are most valuable. Every layer of data that comes into the organization goes through it. After setting up the criteria, it automatically filters the traffic. We don't have to check it often.
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BL
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like the ASDM for the firewall because it is visual. With the command line, it is harder to visualize what is going on. A picture is worth a thousand words.
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EricHart - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at NPI Technology Management
Everything is all documented in the file or in the command line script that gets uploaded to the device. It gives us great visibility.
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Vipin Garg - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder at Multitechservers
Cisco ASA provides us with very good application visibility and control.
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Simon Watkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Architect at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
One of the most valuable features is the GUI front end, which is very easy to use. But I'm also a command-line guy, and being able to access the device via command-line for advanced troubleshooting is quite important.
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Rauf Mahmudlu - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The configuration was kind of straightforward from the command line and also from the ASDM. It was very easy to manage by using their software in Java.
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Cisco ASA Firewall Cons

Paul Nduati - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Ict Manager at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
A feature that would allow me to load balance among multiple ISPs, especially since we have deployed it as a perimeter firewall, would be a great addition.
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Shashidhara B N - PeerSpot reviewer
Director & CIO of IT services at Connectivity IT Services Private Limited
There are some limitations with SSL. Regarding the security assessment for the ISO 27000 standard, there are certain features that Cisco needs to scale up. Not all products support it, so you need to be slightly careful, especially on the site track.
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Tushar Gaba - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Solutions Architect at NIL Data Communications
The only improvement that we could make is maybe [regarding] the roadmap, to have better visibility as to what we are targeting ahead in the next few quarters.
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Buyer's Guide
Cisco ASA Firewall
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ASA Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
SM
Team Leader Network and Mail Team at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The operation of the ASA is good but the problem is that whenever you require an upgrade, there are multiple pieces of software that you have to upgrade. Extensive planning is required, because if you upgrade one piece of the software it has to be compatible with the others as well. You always need to check the compatibility metrics.
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Isaiah Etuk - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Digital & Technical Officer at Capital Express Assurance Limited
Its user interface is good, but it could be better. Currently, you have to know what to do before you can manage a device. If you don't know what to do, you can mess things up. There are some devices that are easier, such as FortiGate. The user interface of FortiGate is more intuitive. It is very easy to log in and configure things.
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BL
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sometimes, it is not easy to troubleshoot. You need to know where to go. It took me quite awhile. It's like, "Okay, if it doesn't go smoothly here, then go find the documentation." Once you do it, it is not so bad. However, it is sometimes a steep learning curve on the troubleshooting part of it.
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EricHart - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at NPI Technology Management
I would say that in inexperienced hands, the interface can be kind of overwhelming. There are just a lot of options. Too much, if you don't know what you are looking for or trying to do.
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Vipin Garg - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder at Multitechservers
If they want to add better features to the current Cisco ASA, they can start by increasing the encryption. That is the only thing they need to improve.
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Simon Watkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Architect at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
One area that could be improved is its logging functionality. Your logs are usually displayed on the screen, but if you want to go back one or two days, then you need another solution in place because those logs are overwritten within minutes.
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Rauf Mahmudlu - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
One thing that we really would have loved to have was policy-based routing. We had a lot of connections, and sometimes, we would have liked to change the routing depending on the policies, but it was lacking this capability. We also wanted application filtering and DNS filtering.
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Buyer's Guide
Cisco ASA Firewall
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ASA Firewall. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.