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2017-12-29T03:35:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Cisco ASA NGFW?

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What do you like most about Cisco ASA NGFW?

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KUMAR SAIN - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Administration at Rackspace Technology
Real User
2020-05-14T10:16:00Z
14 May 20

They provide DDoS protection and multi-factor authentication. That is a good option as it enables work-from-home functionality.

RO
CEO at a security firm with 1-10 employees
Reseller
2020-05-07T05:03:00Z
07 May 20

The most valuable feature is that the encryption is solid.

MR
Security Officer at a government
Real User
2019-11-04T06:15:00Z
04 November 19

For us, the most valuable features are the IPX and the Sourcefire Defense Center module. That gives us visibility into the traffic coming in and going out, and gives us the heads-up if there is a potential outbreak or potential malicious user who is trying to access the site. It also helps us see traffic generated by an end device trying to reach out to the world.

JS
Senior Network Engineer at Orvis Company, Inc
Real User
2019-10-07T11:43:00Z
07 October 19

The information coming from Talos does a good job... I like the fact that Cisco is working with them and getting the information from them and updating the firewall.

TJ
Senior Network Engineer at Johnson & Wales University
Real User
2019-10-02T19:58:00Z
02 October 19

The firepower sensors have been great; they do a good job of dropping unwanted traffic.

Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-09-20T12:56:00Z
20 September 19

Unfortunately in Cisco, only the hardware was good.

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Amit Gumber - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at HCL Technologies
Real User
2019-09-12T09:06:00Z
12 September 19

The most important point is the detection engine which is now part of the next-generation firewalls and which is supported by Cisco Talos.

Heritier Daya - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2019-08-28T09:52:00Z
28 August 19

The most valuable feature of this solution is AMP (Advanced Malware Protection), as this is really needed to protect against cyber threats.

SN
IT Manager, Infrastructure, Solution Architecture at ADCI Group
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
26 August 19

I like the Cisco ASDM (Adaptive Security Device Manager), which is the configuration interface for the Cisco firewall.

MG
Senior Network Administrator at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
25 August 19

The stability of the solution is very good. We can see that it gets even better with every release.

PC
Network Security/Network Management at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
25 August 19

The technical team is always available when we have problems.

Ahmad Alkoragaty - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at MOD
Consultant
2019-08-22T05:49:00Z
22 August 19

The most valuable feature is that it has the ability to divide the network into three parts; internal, external, and DMZ.

Mustafa Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Engineer at qicard
Real User
2019-08-12T05:55:00Z
12 August 19

A powerful enterprise security solution that is dependible.

it_user1073460 - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-04T07:00:00Z
04 July 19

The most important feature is its categorization because on the site and social media you are unified in the way they are there.

FL
Integration / Wireless Engineer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
02 July 19

The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to integrate vertically.

DS
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
02 July 19

The most valuable features are the flexibility and level of security that this solution provides.

BD
Solutions Architect at Siemens Industry
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
02 July 19

This solution is easy to use if you know how to set it up.

DC
Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
02 July 19

An efficient, easy to deploy and dependable firewall solution.

Michael Collin - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
MSP
2019-06-23T09:40:00Z
23 June 19

The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not another vendor.

CS
Information Security Officer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-09T16:21:00Z
09 May 19

Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable.

it_user1070472 - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Manager at Tactical Air Support
Real User
2019-04-20T18:25:00Z
20 April 19

We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically.

Mbaunguraije Tjikuzu - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Administrator at Bank of Namibia
Real User
2019-04-18T09:59:00Z
18 April 19

Cisco ASA NGFW significantly improves our bank. It protects any high-value products that we use from hackers, viruses, malware, and script-bots. It gives us metrics on network traffic as well as what kind of attacks we are getting from the outside.

Beka  Gurushidze - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at ISET
Real User
2019-04-10T10:52:00Z
10 April 19

Right now, Cisco ASA NGFW has given us a lot of improvement. We are planning to move to a new facility and will be a much larger organization.

MD
Network & Security Administrator at Diamond Bank Plc
Real User
2019-04-02T07:02:00Z
02 April 19

I would say the Firepower module is most valuable. I'm trying more to transition to this kind firewall. I had to study a little on Palo Alto Networks equipment. There is a lot I have to learn about the difference.

Seang Haing - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader Network Egnieer at deam
Real User
2019-03-26T08:09:00Z
26 March 19

The stability of Cisco ASA is excellent compared to other products on the market. Because of our customer experience as an integrator company, our clients never report any performance problems. We have a good performance reputation with Cisco ASA.

NP
CEO at Synergy IT
Real User
2019-03-12T07:26:00Z
12 March 19

I like the user interface because the navigation is very easy, straightforward on your left side pane you have all the sites that you need to browse. Unlike any other firewalls, it's pretty straightforward.

HJ
Senior Executive Technical Support at AITSL
Real User
2019-02-11T08:11:00Z
11 February 19

We have multiple secure internal networks linked with our plants. We are from a oil company, so we have multiple plant areas which need to have restricted network access. Therefore, we are using it for restricting access to the plant area.

Ahmed Nagm - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Solution Consultant at PCS
Reseller
2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
10 February 19

The feature that I found most valuable is the overall stability of the
product.

NH
Chief Information Officer at Finance Corporation Limited
Real User
2019-02-03T08:25:00Z
03 February 19

The greatest benefit for the organization is the confidence that we are secured.

Mahmoud Ashoub - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader, Information Risk Engineer at National Bank of Egypt
Real User
2019-02-03T06:24:00Z
03 February 19

Its ability to discover attacks is a valuable feature. All of the other features that have to do with security are good.

GS
Center for Creative Leadership at a training & coaching company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-01-22T10:45:00Z
22 January 19

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.

Fadil Kadrat - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at Banque des Mascareignes
Real User
2018-12-19T10:26:00Z
19 December 18

Its VPN and ASN features are very stable.

MM
Coordinator Network Support at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-22T10:29:00Z
22 November 18

It provides security for our company and users.

KS
Technical Services Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-28T09:33:00Z
28 October 18

It protects our network.

it_user588258 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
2018-10-10T08:56:00Z
10 October 18

Cisco ASA is very strong.

JM
Manager at BSB Cadmin Ltd
User
2018-10-09T13:36:00Z
09 October 18

Cisco ASA works out-of-the-box. With the setup wizard, it was easy to get it deployed quickly, even by novice IT users.

BS
Information Security Officer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-08T17:34:00Z
08 October 18

It is scalable and stable.

Johnsey Kivoto - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-10-08T17:34:00Z
08 October 18

It is a secure product.

AA
Network Operations Center Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-04T17:27:00Z
04 October 18

At this point, we find that this product has high productivity and high availability and there is no need for improvement.

PeerSpot user
Network Engineer at a media company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-10-04T17:27:00Z
04 October 18

The IPS (In-plane switching) is the most valuable feature.

it_user916539 - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at CompuCom
Consultant
2018-08-15T02:11:00Z
15 August 18

It allowed us to consolidating multiple security devices into a single appliance.

PP
User at IDF technology
User
2018-07-16T08:24:00Z
16 July 18

Valuable features include AnyConnect, double translations, and an independent IPS module.

MM
student at MC
User
2018-06-27T10:44:00Z
27 June 18

ASA 5505 and ASA 5506 are very powerful tools to use in a business environment, and provide a lot of security.

PeerSpot user
Information Technologies Consultant at a tech services company
Consultant
2018-06-14T15:24:00Z
14 June 18

It joins all branches and permits employees to work outside their offices, but everything is based on high securities standards (PCI compliance).

NM
Supervisor of Computer Operations at Neil McFadyen
User
2018-05-23T01:27:00Z
23 May 18

I am used to the ASA syntax, therefore it is quite easy to make up new rules. I have found that DNS doctoring rules are useful.

PeerSpot user
Sales Manager at Entiresoft Technologies Pvt Ltd
Real User
2018-05-21T09:46:00Z
21 May 18

VPN load balancing has been particularly essential for my connections to integrate via multiple time zones.

it_user874149 - PeerSpot reviewer
Tehcnician at Belize Telemedia Limited
User
2018-05-17T08:12:00Z
17 May 18

ASDM provides GUI for configurations. The ASDM has made configuring ASA easy. No need to memorize CLI commands.

PeerSpot user
Network Administrator at Modern Woodmen of America
Real User
2018-05-10T15:55:00Z
10 May 18

Sourcefire has been a great addition. The visibility and control have been nice.

BURAK YESILDERYA - PeerSpot reviewer
IT System Administrator at PFW HAVACILIK
Real User
2018-04-06T07:51:00Z
06 April 18

Beats sophisticated cyber attacks with a superior security appliance.

SS
IT Manager with 51-200 employees
User
2018-02-14T22:38:00Z
14 February 18

Once configured to suit your needs, these firewalls are rock solid appliances.

it_user806910 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at SAP
Real User
2018-01-23T17:17:00Z
23 January 18

Cisco ASA has an okay CLI with a nice GUI.

Sikander Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Atlas Group
Real User
2017-12-29T03:35:00Z
29 December 17

My confidence continues to build upon using Cisco firewalls.

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User at Zm3
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Hi community members, I'm considering replacing a Cisco ASA Firewall with Fortinet FortiGate FG 100F. This is in order to reduce the cost. Is this the right thing to do? What would be your advice? Please elaborate. Thank you for your help!
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Hi @Isaiah Dominic, ​I have a few questions:Does replace mean that you already have a Cisco device? What's the reason for replacing it if is working? So, I assume it's not working. In that case, I have the second question:I suppose you should have a configuration backup for using it, in case your device crashes. How much do you value all that job? Is the cost of the new different device worth it?  If you make the change you gonna need to config the whole thing from scratch!! Is it worth it?Both devices are good enough.I expect this could help you,  Good luck!
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Hi,  You are comparing a piece of old equipment with a true next-gen firewall.  Nevertheless, there is a specific use case where I did this exact exercise and went with Cisco ASA, if the main objective is to terminate IPsec tunnels, in this field (more close to routing) ASA is excellent.  But if you are looking for URL filtering application visibility, and easiness of management go with FortiGate, for sure.
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Nov 04, 2021
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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 the Firepower engine which provides good application visibility and control. Cisco ASA gives you full details, traffic monitoring, and threat monitoring. Cisco ASA has very solid encryption and multi-factor authentication. This solution is a great option to enable work-from-home options seamlessly. The front-end configuration with Cisco ASA can be tough, though - there are too many steps in this process. It would also be better if there was a clear view of the integrations and the easiest way to complete them. In inexperienced hands, the Cisco ASA interface can be pretty daunting. An improved GUI would make this product much more user-friendly and competitive with other products. This solution can also be very expensive. In the security technology space, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is one of the fastest, if not the fastest. This gives us confidence in knowing that the moment an attack comes online, we will be protected immediately. We also like the intrusion policy that Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall provides. We are able to see active users vs. inactive users, which has helped increase productivity through visibility. We get proactive notifications if there are issues with our throughput. If you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, things can be pretty simple to set up and manage. Deployment with Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall takes too long, though. Other products are much faster. Additionally, when you have too many IPS rules, it slows down and impacts overall performance. Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall does not have email security, and this is an important function we would like to see added with future upgrades. Conclusion These are both amazing products and in some situations, we have these two solutions working together. Overall, we found Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall to have better flexibility and more granular access control. Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall has some great micro-segmentations functionalities with regard to east-west and north-south traffic control, which is exactly what we wanted.
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