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Cisco ASA

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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA

CISCO ASA is suitable for every organization from MID range to HIGH RANGE. However, for small customers, they can buy Cisco product but support cost will be the challenge. However nowadays one tool is never enough, but Cisco gives us a unified way of managing infra with there different solutions. I agree they are more stable products comparing any products which are available in the Market.
Jitu Mani Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

UTM works great if you want a solid, obvious firewall. There's not a lot of second-guessing as to what you are about to do with every change you make. If you incorporate their wireless access points and RED (remote ethernet device) for remote users or small offices, it's considerably much easier to set up than other comparable solutions. If you are looking to manage your firewalls via the cloud, you are out of luck.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco ASA
8.3
Sophos UTM
Identification Technologies
Cisco ASA
7.4
Sophos UTM
Visualization Tools
Cisco ASA
6.7
Sophos UTM
Content Inspection
Cisco ASA
8.0
Sophos UTM
Policy-based Controls
Cisco ASA
8.9
Sophos UTM
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco ASA
8.6
Sophos UTM
Firewall Management Console
Cisco ASA
7.2
Sophos UTM
Reporting and Logging
Cisco ASA
8.3
Sophos UTM
VPN
Cisco ASA
9.0
Sophos UTM
High Availability
Cisco ASA
9.3
Sophos UTM
Stateful Inspection
Cisco ASA
9.3
Sophos UTM
Proxy Server
Cisco ASA
8.2
Sophos UTM

Pros

Cisco ASA

  • Consistent commands. A lot of the general commands used on other Cisco switches and routers also work here, making it easy script common tasks and changes across multiple devices without having to switch command structure.
  • Processing power. The ASA is incredibly fast and doesn't introduce much if any latency.
Brian Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

  • Firewall Protection. The protection is unmatched, setup it a little daunting, but once set up it pretty much runs itself.
  • Site-to-site VPN. Super easy to deploy so we are able to network all our sites together.
  • The DHCP server function is actually really nice, I prefer using it over the traditional way of using a DC for DHCP.
Matthew James | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco ASA

  • The gui interface is good, but often lacks the ability to perform full tasks without command line.
  • Integration with other products can be complicated and you may need to find the custom commands from the 3rd party or support to make it work.
  • A lot of their advanced features are present, but aren't fully integrated yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

  • We have yet to be able to implement the mobile device management - I'm not sure if that's because it is difficult, or just a daunting task.
Jon Shurtliff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I am committed to low-OpEx usage model, know most (nearly all) hw and sw features and have a good customer base to continue to use Cisco ASA.
Sergei Chernooki | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco ASA

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is no non-sense and easy to understand. No need for any consultants to help implement this solution. The performance is consistent and solid. Paired with a good amount of firmware and definitions, it's hard to find any fault in this product. It's interoperability with other Sophos products make a compelling argument to invest in more Sophos products.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA 8.4
Based on 9 answers
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.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

Sophos UTM 6.5
Based on 2 answers
The week link of Sophos UTM is the customer support. I haven't had to use it often, but when I do, the wait times can easily be an hour or two. Once I am talking to someone, the support is excellent. The support agents are knowledgeable and can quickly diagnose the issue and get you to a resolution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco ASA

Cisco made sense from the standpoint that my engineers already knew it and there was little learning curve. Personally, I prefer a purpose-built hardware solution. Untangle is not ready for the enterprise as a whole but works great to do web/application filtering . Checkpoint and Palo are VERY high cost and have few support options
Larry Chisholm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

Unlike Sophos UTM, Dell SonicWall's features are mostly subscription based which means you'll have to purchase additional items such as VPN connectivity per user etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco ASA

  • We've gotten every penny's worth of use with our Cisco ASA firewalls - they were a few thousand dollars to purchase, even in HA, and have been in production for over 5 years
  • I'm glad that when the Cisco ASA IKE buffer overflow vulnerability was released, Cisco provided a code update, even though the 8.2-series code was EOL. This saved us and many companies from scrambling and spending big $ and time to put a workaround in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos UTM

  • It allowed me to add additional controls to my internet access, reducing my malware risks and allowing me to control access to websites easily.
Karim Kronfli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco ASA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sophos UTM

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco ASA
8.5
Sophos UTM
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco ASA
9.0
Sophos UTM

Usability

Cisco ASA
Sophos UTM
10.0

Support

Cisco ASA
8.4
Sophos UTM
6.5

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