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223 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100
46 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 1 feature set: Firewall

Firewall

8.2

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

82%
8.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

89%
Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 10/11 features

Identification Technologies

7.6
76%
31 Ratings
8.3
83%
18 Ratings

Visualization Tools

7.0
70%
29 Ratings
8.2
82%
18 Ratings

Content Inspection

7.1
71%
31 Ratings
9.6
96%
20 Ratings

Policy-based Controls

8.7
87%
45 Ratings
9.3
93%
20 Ratings

Active Directory and LDAP

8.0
80%
46 Ratings
8.5
85%
18 Ratings

Firewall Management Console

8.2
82%
47 Ratings
8.8
88%
20 Ratings

Reporting and Logging

8.3
83%
47 Ratings
9.0
90%
20 Ratings

VPN

9.1
91%
47 Ratings
9.6
96%
17 Ratings

High Availability

9.2
92%
46 Ratings
9.9
99%
19 Ratings

Stateful Inspection

8.1
81%
46 Ratings
9.1
91%
20 Ratings

Proxy Server

8.5
85%
32 Ratings
7.6
76%
14 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

80%
86 Ratings
9.5

Cisco Secure Firewall

95%
20 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.9

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

79%
4 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Cisco Secure Firewall

80%
1 Rating

Availability

7.5

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

75%
2 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

87%
16 Ratings
7.9

Cisco Secure Firewall

79%
6 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

80%
2 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

6.5

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

65%
4 Ratings

Cisco Secure Firewall

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

The Cisco ASA is well suited for data centers, enterprise, and small offices. The fact that there are several models big, medium and small makes it easy to deploy certain models for small offices and bigger models for datacenters. I personally believe this firewall is great for many scenarios, l have deployed a pair to manage internet line failovers and single entry-level ones for small offices with ingle internet lines.
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Cisco

If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
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Pros

Cisco

  • How we can manage: ASDM the GUI is so much easier to manage it even for a new guy also.
  • Traffic handling capacity
  • More secure and the different features it gives.
  • Support from the TAC team or from the community manages to handle issues very efficiently.
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Cisco

  • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
  • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
  • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
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Cons

Cisco

  • The Java based ASDM can botch commands and isn't compatible on some more locked down systems.
  • Monitoring. Really the same complaint as above, the monitoring available through the ASDM is crappy at best. A much better solution is to send the logs and mirror packets to a SEIM, but that can create issues of its own when looking for realtime analysis.
  • Compatibility across other ASA models. ASA 5520s don't play well with 5525X which don't play well with older 5510s. Each is great on it's own, but it's next to impossible to logically stack them or have them as layers of firewalls in an infrastructure.
  • Lack of cloud based management. The Cisco Meraki security devices do this well, but the ASAs are still behind in this regard.
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Cisco

  • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
  • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure Firewall editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      To be honest there has been now great products out in the market compared to Cisco ASA. I beleieve Cisco has to do a lot of improvement in this area. The other defeiniete factors is the cost when it comes to renewals which is always a premium on Cisco products
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Cisco

      It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Cisco

      I generally have not noticed the outages, however since it's a machine it can malfunction, we need to implement the firewall infrastructure in such a way that it is highly available with device failure, region failure etc. Else any solution will be having the issues if they are not build with resiliency.
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      The support is usually very good and gets back to you very quickly. However I had some instances of when two engineers will give me wildly different answers to what I thought was a simple question. Overall however I do rate the support highly and they are generally always very good.
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      Cisco

      Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      It was quite a good one, how ever requires an expertise to deploy hence the SMB segment would be finding it difficult to implement this product. The one good reason is that there are lot of ASA certified engineers in compared to the other certified engineers. Hence this resembles positively on the deployment as you have quite a lot of experienced engineer on your deployment
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      Cisco

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      We were using [pfSense] before in our environment but we regularly facing difficulties over it due to software bugs & downtime. After implementing Cisco ASA, it resolved our availability issue & provides us a reliable solution with the best security features & easy to understand GUI.
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      Cisco

      Cisco Firepower firewalls have all the features expected of an NGFW. Managed with a Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, most of the learning curve is just knowing where in the menus to go to do what you want. All brands of firewalls work as expected, and learning each GUI is the trick. The GUI for Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is simple. Though when devices are registered to Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, there are no options to make changes locally and sync them back to the management center. That does limit accessing a remote site that might go down.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Most network engineers have worked with ASA, so there is no need for re-training when adding or turning over staff
      • Current configs from older devices plug in easily, and are operational on larger devices if an upgrade is required
      • Many support options available
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      Cisco

      • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
      • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
      • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
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