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We performed a comparison between Cisco IOS Security and Cisco Secure Firewall based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Firewalls solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco IOS Security vs. Cisco Secure Firewall Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The product is easy to use.""The VPN was valuable for us because more people are working from home. It has a lot of reporting and easy-to-use management tools.""The security is very good.""The solution is very user-friendly and easy to deal with.""One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.""One of the valuable features of the solution is its flexibility and it performs great.""It is less expensive than alternative firewalls.""The most valuable feature of Cisco IOS Security is posturing."

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"The deep packet inspection is useful, but the most useful feature is application awareness. You can filter on the app rather than on a static TCP port.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem.""The main thing that I love the most is its policy and objects. Whenever I try to give access to a user, I can create an object via group creation in the object fields. This way, I am not able to enter a user in the policy repeatedly.""The most valuable feature is the anti-malware protection. It protects the endpoints on my network.""It's a flexible solution.""The features I've found most valuable are the packet captures and packet traces because they help me debug connections. I like the logs because they help me see what's going on.""The user interface is very easy to manage and find rules. You can do object searches, which are very easy. Also, the logging is very simple to use. So, it is a lot easier to troubleshoot and find items inside the firewall.""Firepower has reduced our firewall operational costs by about 25 percent."

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Cons
"I think they should bring back remote VPN for users.""There are the usual bugs that are inherent to some software upgrades. Sometimes this provides some unexpected issues, however, it happens with all brands all the time.""An area for improvement in Cisco IOS Security is the performance because it's not as stable sometimes. There's also some latency in the solution, which could be improved. Cisco IOS Security integrates with other solutions, but you'll encounter many errors after integration, so this is another area for improvement. I'd like to see enhanced performance and a simplified setup in the next version of Cisco IOS Security.""Sometimes I find it difficult to manage. Some configurations are difficult for new engineers, for example.""There could be a bit more functions on offer that could make it easier to use.""Cisco IOS Security could improve its security features. There are competitors that have some additional security features, such as Fortinet FortiGate. Additionally, there should be better synchronization with Cisco IOS Security and other vendors, and improved AI features would be beneficial.""The configuration should be easier in the solution.""It would be ideal if the solution had more capacity."

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"I don't have to see all the object groups that have been created on that firewall. That's just something that I would really appreciate on the CLA, even though it already exists on the GUI.""It is hard to collaborate with our filtered environment.""It doesn't have Layer 7 security.""Cisco ASA Firewall could improve by adding more advanced features such as web filtering, which is available in the next-generation firewalls. However, the Cisco ASA Firewall I am using could be old and these features have been updated.""We have more than one Cisco firewall and it is difficult for me to integrate both on the single UI.""Cisco should work on ASDM. One of the biggest drawbacks of Cisco ASA is ASDM GUI. Cisco should improve the ASDM GUI. The configuration through ASDM is really difficult as compared to CLI. Sometimes when you are doing the configuration in ASDM, it suddenly crashes. It also crashes while pushing a policy. Cisco should really work on this.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say the UTM part should be more integrated for one price, because if you buy ASA from Cisco, you need to buy another contract service from Cisco as a filter for the dictionary of attacks. In Fortinet, you buy a firewall and you have it all.""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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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is necessary to pay for a license in order to use the solution. It is on a yearly basis and the price is high."
  • "Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico."
  • "The price of the solution should be cheaper, and the license is purchase annually."
  • "They have smart licenses that can be provided for one year, two years, three years, five years, and seven years. Alternatively, they have perpetual licenses available."
  • "Cisco IOS Security price could be reduced, it is more expensive than many of the other solutions, such as Sophos and Fortinet FortiGate."
  • "Cisco IOS Security is not very expensive, and pricing depends on where you live. It's affordable for both individuals and institutions. On a scale from one to five, I would give Cisco's pricing a four."
  • "The cost may be around $5,000 to $10,000 a year. If you want support you have to pay at least this price."
  • "The pricing for Cisco IOS Security is reasonable compared to other Cisco products."
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  • "They seem to be at the top end in terms of pricing, but they are worth the price. They are probably a little bit lower than Palo Alto. If the customers are relying on Cisco products and they are thinking more in terms of scaling to another layer in a year, it is pretty much in a good price range."
  • "We're using the smart license for this firewall. The models that we have require licensing for remote access."
  • "There are licensing costs."
  • "I just bought it off the shelf, and I'm using it with my previous one, so I have not spent that much."
  • "The price is fair. It's not the cheapest, but it's not bad."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The product is very expensive."
  • "This is an expensive product, although when you buy this solution, you can do many things so it provides good value for the investment."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.
    Top Answer:Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico. I have been working with the next-generation firewalls by Palo Alto and the… more »
    Top Answer:I think they should bring back remote VPN for users. However, I understand the attempt is to have these functions inside the firewalls and not the routers or the IOS devices.
    Top Answer: When you compare these firewalls you can identify them with different features, advantages, practices and usage at large. In my opinion, Fortinet would be the best option and l use… more »
    Top Answer:One of our favorite things about Fortinet Fortigate is that you can deploy on the cloud or on premises. Fortinet Fortigate is very stable, reliable, and consistent. We like that we can manage the… more »
    Top Answer:It is easy to integrate Cisco ASA with other Cisco products and also other NAC solutions. When you understand the Cisco ecosystem, it is very simple to handle. This solution has traffic inspection and… more »
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    7.8
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    out of 48 in Firewalls
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    Average Words per Review
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    Rating
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    Also Known As
    IOS Security
    Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall, Cisco ASA NGFW, Cisco ASA, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA, Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls, Cisco ASAv, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall
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    Overview
    Cisco IOS Software delivers a sophisticated set of security capabilities for a comprehensive, layered security approach throughout your network infrastructure. Cisco IOS security technologies help to defend critical business processes against attack and disruption, protect privacy, and support policy and regulatory compliance controls.

    The Cisco Secure Firewall portfolio delivers greater protections for your network against an increasingly evolving and complex set of threats. With Cisco, you’re investing in a foundation for security that is both agile and integrated- leading to the strongest security posture available today and tomorrow.

      From your data center, branch offices, cloud environments, and everywhere in between, you can leverage the power of Cisco to turn your existing network infrastructure into an extension of your firewall solution, resulting in world class security controls everywhere you need them.

      Investing in a Secure Firewall appliance today gives you robust protections against even the most sophisticated threats without compromising performance when inspecting encrypted traffic. Further, integrations with other Cisco and 3rd party solutions provides you with a broad and deep portfolio of security products, all working together to correlate previously disconnected events, eliminate noise, and stop threats faster.

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      Sample Customers
      Arup Group, Brunel University London, City of Biel, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, K&L Gates , New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Offshore Northern Seas, Transplace
      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.
      Top Industries
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      Financial Services Firm17%
      Computer Software Company17%
      Comms Service Provider17%
      Security Firm11%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Computer Software Company24%
      Comms Service Provider15%
      Government6%
      Financial Services Firm5%
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Comms Service Provider20%
      Computer Software Company19%
      Government7%
      Educational Organization5%
      Company Size
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      Small Business38%
      Midsize Enterprise31%
      Large Enterprise31%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business23%
      Midsize Enterprise18%
      Large Enterprise59%
      REVIEWERS
      Small Business35%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise41%
      VISITORS READING REVIEWS
      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
      Buyer's Guide
      Cisco IOS Security vs. Cisco Secure Firewall
      November 2022
      Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco IOS Security vs. Cisco Secure Firewall and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
      657,397 professionals have used our research since 2012.

      Cisco IOS Security is ranked 20th in Firewalls with 14 reviews while Cisco Secure Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 122 reviews. Cisco IOS Security is rated 7.8, while Cisco Secure Firewall is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS Security writes "Great security and automation with helpful technical assistance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Secure Firewall writes "The ability to implement dynamic policies for dynamic environments is important, given the fluidity in the world of security". Cisco IOS Security is most compared with pfSense, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Zyxel Unified Security Gateway and Fortinet FortiManager, whereas Cisco Secure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Juniper SRX. See our Cisco IOS Security vs. Cisco Secure Firewall report.

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