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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software

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What is Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software?

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the core OS for the ASA suite. It provides firewall functionality, as well as integration with context-specific Cisco security modules. It is scaled for enterprise-level traffic and connections.

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Recent Reviews

Cisco ASA Review.

4 out of 10
August 05, 2022
Incentivized
We have used ASA to interconnect branch offices and also as a gateway. It's been a good product over the past years. Nowadays a lot of …
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CiscoASA Firepower

8 out of 10
December 09, 2021
Incentivized
Our business uses ASA'a as firewalls and for routing. We route 2 incoming connections and route them to allow our customers to come in on …
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Cisco ASA

7 out of 10
November 24, 2021
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We use Cisco ASA as an internal firewall where we configure rules for internal communications and communications between servers also it's …
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  • VPN (48)
    9.2
    92%
  • Active Directory and LDAP (47)
    8.1
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  • Firewall Management Console (47)
    8.1
    81%
  • Reporting and Logging (48)
    5.6
    56%

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What is Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software?

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the core OS for the ASA suite. It provides firewall functionality, as well as integration with context-specific Cisco security modules. It is scaled for enterprise-level traffic and connections.

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Firewall

A firewall is a filter that stands between a computer or computer network and the Internet. Each firewall can be programmed to keep specific traffic in or out

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Product Details

What is Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software?

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the core operating software for Cisco’s ASA suite. It supports a variety of specialized network security and firewall options, allowing users to modularize to their business needs. It is scaled for enterprises through “clustering” ASAs, enabling 128 Gbps processing load and 50 million concurrent connections.

Cisco ASA provides a robust VPN setup process and integrates with other Cisco security offerings, including Cloud Web security and Trustsec. CWS provides cloud-based systems security across public and private clouds, and Trustsec is a software-defined segmentation product that mitigates the scope of network threats and data breaches. The platform also supports IPv4 and IPv6, enabling a smoother evolution in Internet Protocols for users.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the core OS for the ASA suite. It provides firewall functionality, as well as integration with context-specific Cisco security modules. It is scaled for enterprise-level traffic and connections.

Reviewers rate High Availability highest, with a score of 9.3.

The most common users of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco ASA is [our] organization's firewall product, which is used as [a] firewall [and] to support remote VPN connectivity. It secures the perimeter and remote users. With Cisco ASA we have layer 3 and 4 security based on IP addresses and ports. Also with next-generation Cisco ASA antimalware, antispyware, antispam, [and] cloud-based URL filtering are also utilized.
  • Secure the perimeter
  • Secure remote users
  • Secure network from unauthorized connections initiated from outside
  • Secure from zero day attacks
  • Cisco ASA can have better GUI compared with other firewall vendors.
  • Cisco can make its security cloud better.
Well suited when higher network performance is required. When we particularly have high throughput. Cisco ASA is backed by Cisco Inc which provides [the] best support in [the] network market. Cisco ASA is less simple when we compare it with other vendors. Cisco can put more focus on [the] Telecommunication Sector as well on enterprises.
Firewall (11)
100%
10.0
Identification Technologies
100%
10.0
Visualization Tools
100%
10.0
Content Inspection
100%
10.0
Policy-based Controls
100%
10.0
Active Directory and LDAP
100%
10.0
Firewall Management Console
100%
10.0
Reporting and Logging
100%
10.0
VPN
100%
10.0
High Availability
100%
10.0
Stateful Inspection
100%
10.0
Proxy Server
100%
10.0
  • Cisco has positive impact as security is a integrated part of enterprise.
  • Cisco has great support, in less time you can resolve issues, which also has [a] positive impact.
Cisco ASA is doing well, has [a] lot of documents available, [and easy] implementation, however, other vendors are also very easy to deploy. Cisco ASA has [a] great support team. Cisco ASA is truly [a] next-generation product. Now it is cloud-managed, along with zero-touch provisioning(ZTP). Cisco ASA is integrated with Cisco FTD which makes it centrally controlled.
Cisco ASA is great and trustable product when it comes to cybersecurity and I felt environment is more secure behind the ASA Firewall. It has stopped couple of attacks with tighter access lists. With great Network Address Translation support ASA has helped keeping internal enterprise network private. Cisco has great support which really helped in easily recovering from network outages.
Cisco ASA active-passive implementation really helped in keeping the network very highly available.
And with context mode feature we can utilise both ASA devices in active-active, so keeping both devices distributing the load equally and utilising the investment in more smarter way.
More investment is needed when talking about cybersecurity, its not where we need to think about saving capex or opex. As this is very important today to secure the infrastructure, end users, remote users as attack surface is really widened, its not just one way entry, today enterprises are open to work from anywhere, which gives bad user a bigger and larger attack surface.
Cisco ASA is really great product, it has helped keeping the infrastructure secure. It helped having the remote vpn connected, so making sure access via anywhere is secure. Cisco has the best in the market support due to large user community.
I took back one point as competetors are also coming with some great solutions where Cisco still needed to work more.
Cisco implementation is really easy and highly resilient. We can build the firewall solution in active-passive mode which make sure at least one firewall to be available, even if other is malfunctioning. Cisco ASA is also available as virtual security module which we can utilise in public cloud and Linux machine with other added features.
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.
Cisco ASA can easily be integrated with different products as it supports all the open source protocols such as IPSEC, BGP, OSPF etc.
On backend we can use any device to connect with Firewall.
In cloud we can implement it as a network virtual appliance. Which make sure we will have multiple options available for ASA integration.

  • Network Virtual Appliance
  • Hardware Firewall
  • Perimeter Security
  • Department saperation
  • Tenant saperation
August 05, 2022

Cisco ASA Review.

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have used ASA to interconnect branch offices and also as a gateway. It's been a good product over the past years. Nowadays a lot of firewalls have overtaken the product. Especially in terms of user-friendliness. Also, the performance of the product should be improved compared to the other firewalls out there in the market.
  • Vpn
  • Natting
  • Av scan.
  • Web filtering.
  • Definitely when troubleshooting. It should be made simpler.
  • AV scan engines should be improved.
  • Configuration can be made simpler.eg: Fortigate.
It's well suited for the rigid environment. In remote site locations where there is difficulty in accessing it's not a good idea as it's difficult for an end-user to provide remote access to the device. I understand it could be a security issue. But there are other means it can be secured. 2FA should be integrated.
Firewall (10)
68%
6.8
Identification Technologies
70%
7.0
Visualization Tools
30%
3.0
Content Inspection
40%
4.0
Policy-based Controls
100%
10.0
Active Directory and LDAP
10%
1.0
Firewall Management Console
90%
9.0
Reporting and Logging
100%
10.0
VPN
100%
10.0
High Availability
100%
10.0
Stateful Inspection
40%
4.0
  • It's too costly.
  • An annual subscription is also a pain. Every time we go to the management there is a struggle for approval. This should be at least fixed for a 3-year period. (Not by requesting to pay I'm advance).
This was selected due to our organization standard and our branch office is using ASA. Integration with the same product is really a good option with ASA.
Clearly, resilience differs from security. Resilience is about knowing something is going to come. That is the new paradigm in the security world, compared to the past which was about defending and making ure nothing happens. Over time, it became clear that watertight prevention is no longer a realistic goal. Scaled detection and measured response are. Hence resilience is one of the most important factor which needs to be considered on a cyber secuirty product.
The answer to this is defenelty AI has to play a bog role in this. If we need to achive a shorter resilience time then AI should play a major role.
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.
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.
The software has a lot of boot time compared to the other OS which is one of the biggest problem I have faced on the unplanned outages. In terms of availability I would recommend Cisco to work hard on improving this feature as you could see products like Juniper / Fortgiate they have this available with a single click of a button. In cisco quite a few engineered work is required to achive this. But once this is achieved, this is very reliable.
Intergration has never been Cisco's forte even though they claim they have a lot of open source protocols. As a network vendor Cisco has to focus more on contributing to the open source protocols. An EG in the routring protocols Cisco has OSPF as an open source however, EIGRP has been the best compared to OSPF. So we might end up with a full Cisco equipment which I believe is not right, rather Cisco should have invested in developing the OSPF.
  • VPN
  • IPS
  • Support
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