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

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Pros
"The customer service/technical support is very good with this solution.""The management aspect of the product is very straightforward.""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.""I have found the most valuable feature to be the access control and IPsec VPN.""We find all of its features very useful. Its main features are policies and access lists. We use both of them, and we also use routing.""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.""Cisco has the best documentation. You can easily find multiple documents by searching the web. Even a child can go online and find the required information.""The high-availability and remote VPN features are most valuable."

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"The solution can scale well."

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Cons
"It can be improved when it comes to monitoring. Today, the logs from the firewalls could be improved a bit more without integrating with other devices.""The only drawback of the user interface is when it comes to policies. When you open it and click on the policies, you have to move manually left and right if you want to see the whole field within the cell. Checkpoint has a very detailed user interface.""The change-deployment time can always be improved. Even at 50 seconds, it's longer than some of its competitors. I would challenge Cisco to continue to improve in that area.""The initial setup could be simplified, as it can be complex for new users.""This solution could be more granular and user-friendly.""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.""The reporting and other features are nice, but there is an issue with applying the configuration. That part needs some improvement.""It would be great if some of the load times were faster."

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"Sometimes it reboots when you least expect it, and that's the main issue."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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    Also Known As
    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

    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.

      ZyWALL USG Series delivers high-access quality to help businesses satisfy the demand for always-online communications. For internal deployments, the ZyWALL USG Series provides active-passive High-Availability (HA) service to support device or connection failover.

      With Device HA Pro service, the ZyWALL USG Series also supports instant failover, so connections are always maintained when a failover event occurs. For external deployments, the ZyWALL USG Series features multi- WAN load balancing/failover and a comprehensive mobile broadband USB modem support list for WAN backup operations. The ZyWALL USG Series also supports IPSec load balancing and failover, providing additional resilience for mission-critical VPN failover with VTI Interface deployments.

      ZyWALL USG110/210/310 thoroughly protects networks with industry-leading firewall, Anti-Malware/ Virus, Anti-Spam, Content Filtering, IDP, and Application Patrol functionality. Regulate unauthorized use of Web applications over your network, such as Facebook, Google apps, and Netflix, among others. Zyxel security measures are enhanced with SSL Inspection, blocking threats hidden in SSL-encrypted connections while facilitating deeper policy enforcement. Furthermore, newly improved Content Filtering 2.0 enhances HTTPS Domain Filter, Browser SafeSearch, and Geo IP Blocking for an array of security enhancements to ensure clean Web connections.

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      Sample Customers
      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.
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      Top Industries
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      Financial Services Firm16%
      Comms Service Provider13%
      Computer Software Company9%
      Government8%
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      Comms Service Provider20%
      Computer Software Company19%
      Government7%
      Educational Organization5%
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      Comms Service Provider28%
      Computer Software Company17%
      Government8%
      Retailer4%
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      Small Business35%
      Midsize Enterprise24%
      Large Enterprise41%
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      Small Business28%
      Midsize Enterprise19%
      Large Enterprise53%
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      Small Business36%
      Midsize Enterprise20%
      Large Enterprise44%
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      Cisco Secure Firewall is ranked 2nd in Firewalls with 122 reviews while Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is ranked 9th in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 1 review. Cisco Secure Firewall is rated 8.2, while Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is rated 3.0. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zyxel Unified Security Gateway writes "Low cost but unresponsive technical support and very unstable performance". Cisco Secure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki MX, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense and Juniper SRX, whereas Zyxel Unified Security Gateway is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, pfSense, Meraki MX, Sophos XG and SonicWall NSa.

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