2019-06-23T09:40:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your primary use case for Cisco IOS Security?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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19 Answers
Bilal  Mustafa - PeerSpot reviewer
Operations Specialist - MX Operations at Bank Alfalah Limited
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Top 20
2022-08-29T15:19:36Z
Aug 29, 2022

IOS Security is a firewall, and every connection goes through it. We have around 12,000 people in the company.

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TS
Director at Cros Elements LLC
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-03T15:48:08Z
Aug 3, 2022

We're using it for internet traffic security. It's for protection.

MS
Senior Presale Agent
Real User
2022-08-02T20:18:01Z
Aug 2, 2022

The main purpose of Cisco IOS Security is for our data center. It connects each node and user to the network.

MY
User at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-08-01T18:05:43Z
Aug 1, 2022

We use Cisco IOS Security for integration purposes. We have Cisco features and Cisco devices in our organization. We use it as an integration system for Cisco devices.

SameerBali - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Architect at Syriatel Mobile Telecom
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-02T17:31:04Z
Feb 2, 2022

We can use iOS security for a variety of security features. We can use it to run DPM. We run encrypted data and can use it for zone-based firewalls, to a zone-based firewall. I use VPN solutions such as site-to-site or user-site VPN, and some do not require a firewall.

AL
Sr. Security and Enterprise Architect at a security firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-03T15:39:00Z
Dec 3, 2021

The solution is used for enterprise and NAC connectivity. This kind of technology has the advantage of being very flexible to any size organization. It is a cornerstone as a part of the basic network infrastructure. It can be used as a simple switch to connect your network devices with security features embedded - such as port security, for example. This allows companies to limit to a fixed address per port, avoiding external or malicious assets for accessing the network. For example, if you have a retail business, and you have a lot of small stores spread nationwide, you just need to connect some cameras and sales points to the network. iOS security solutions allow you to have a secure LAN and you could add a secure WAN connection through your Internet provider with LTE links as backups. You can set up on-demand VPN connections from store to store for voice/video calls, or do inventory queries direct to the HQ database.

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Khalil AbdulrahmanAlasbahi - PeerSpot reviewer
Customer Service & Support Manager at Natco Information technology
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Top 5Leaderboard
2021-07-27T12:16:56Z
Jul 27, 2021

We are using Cisco IOS Security for endpoint security. For example, spyware, firewall, database and application protection.

MN
Owner at it logic
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-03-19T16:20:00Z
Mar 19, 2021

The primary use of the solution is used for testing the core banking customer function.

ME
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-12-23T10:57:32Z
Dec 23, 2020

We primarily use the solution as a VPN concentrator. It's the main VPN concentrator for all remote connections.

OM
Field Solutions Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
2020-09-29T05:58:00Z
Sep 29, 2020

We are a reseller and Cisco IOS Security is one of the network security products that we offer to our clients. The primary use case is securing connectivity between sites. Examples of this are between a site and a data center, or a site and a cloud provider.

Pete Fotopoulos - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President - Network and Infrastructure at NJA LLC
Real User
Top 20
2020-09-27T04:10:08Z
Sep 27, 2020

Our primary use is just as a firewall. That is pretty much it.

TonyMoore - PeerSpot reviewer
President at www.virtualtechsolutionsusa.com
Real User
Top 5
2020-09-21T06:33:12Z
Sep 21, 2020

Some of our uses for this product are on-premise-based and then some are cloud-based. Mostly, we are cloud-based right now because we are getting away from physical architecture moving forward into the cloud as is Cisco. It allows going from considering CapEx (Capital Expenditure) to OpEx (Operating Expense, Operating Expenditure). That is one of the important things that it allows us to do. It is easier to have solutions cloud-based when it makes sense. All the updates and maintenance get taken care of on their side which is a benefit. On the cloud, we have both public and private services. It depends on what we are doing. If we have a client that is a hospital, they have got to be HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant. We also recommend private cloud services for some huge retailers that have to be PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant. We use it mostly just for prevention. Basically to prevent unauthorized use of network resources. They use it for routing capabilities, threat mitigation, worms, and viruses. A lot of times, it is used for the network application layer threat.

Javed Hashmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at Future Point Technologies
Real User
2020-08-11T06:17:00Z
Aug 11, 2020

We basically use it for security. It can be used as the internet as well as the data center security firewall.

RH
Director Network Engineer at Therap Services
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
Jul 2, 2019

Our primary use case for this solution is internet security at the edge.

OM
Senior Pre Sales Engineer at IKUSI
MSP
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
Jul 2, 2019

We use this solution to connect branch offices and keep the security on each one.

Salim Almusalhi - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at PART
Real User
2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
Jul 2, 2019

We use Cisco IOS for security prevention. It enables us to check the network.

VR
Product Manager - Wireless / IT Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-06-30T10:29:00Z
Jun 30, 2019

Since we do system integration, we have a lot of clients we deploy. There is not really a single case to point to because we have multiple clients. It depends and can vary from customer to customer.

CE
Solution Architect at Bilicha Technology
Real User
2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
Jun 26, 2019

I use Cisco IOS Security. We install it for people. We have a very small network station. We don't use Cisco IOS Security very often, but we install it for clients. We use Cisco IOS Security mostly for routers to route off the firewall. It's a next-generation device. With firewalls, we can connect the solution for the mail cloud. We've deployed with Fortinet FortiGate. We don't use it much. We use Cisco IOS Security to manage for enterprise clients. Our primary use case for this solution is in the insurance industry.

FA
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-23T09:40:00Z
Jun 23, 2019

We use it for endpoint security, to control access to our edge level. Basically, Cisco IOS checks the identity of each endpoint (printers, etc.). There's a specific group allowing the printer to immediately connect to the network. Also, if there is a laptop, for example, then the IOS will tell you, okay this is a laptop, please add the user name and password to access the network. Once it gets authenticated with IOS, they will still do something like posturing, checking the compliance list. For example, if a laptop doesn't have an updated antivirus or updated patches - if it's non-compliant with any one of those things, the system will reject it and isolate it in a special network, so it cannot access our network.

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Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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CE
Solution Architect at Bilicha Technology
Jun 26, 2019
Our licensing costs for the solution are on an annual basis. It should be every five years.
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The pricing is very expensive. Normally I do a yearly contract; I don't know the exact pricing, but it's around $75,000 USD per year. That's the standard licensing.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 12, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Cisco IOS Security. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
2 out of 24 answers
FA
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 23, 2019
I think it's a complicated product. It is very complicated, especially in the design. If in some way you mess up the logic and design, you can really mess up and you will hate your life. The dashboard is actually very complicated. There's a lot of options. They don't need to do this. They need to make it more simple. Going to the direct point, showing what to do, where to configure, how to make the policy. They need to simplify the dashboard management more. Also, they need to improve the dashboard statistics. We need to see the statistics in a more organized way and clear. Reporting features, I think are also missing. It should be there. Maybe they need to add in posturing. Cisco is able to check if a device is updated or not. Taking action to isolate it outside the network, and then requesting automatically for the updates to that system would be helpful. It's something in automation they can improve.
CE
Solution Architect at Bilicha Technology
Jun 26, 2019
We don't love everything about the product. For now, it's what we're using. It's okay. It is difficult to set up. The training is okay. The pricing is standard. It will be great if they can make it more easy to use the features. The interface is not user-friendly, but a normal IT technician can handle it. Most of the features only work with Cisco equipment. It's about connectivity. Most of their features are meant for Cisco. You cannot integrate them with any other vendor. Cisco needs to be more flexible with the integration of other solutions.
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