Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services Reviews

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Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 24, 2020

Cisco ASA 5500-X Review

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The Cisco ASA firewall is being used to protect the environment from external threats and viruses. We also use it for external access to our servers i.e. port forwarding, DMZ and the guest wifi access also gets restricted via the firewall. Our users can also access our environment externally from the SSL VPN which is configured on the firewall.
  • Port Forwarding
  • Threat Control
  • DMZ
  • User friendliness
  • Additional features similar to other competitor firewalls
  • Licensing cost compared to other vendor brands
The Cisco ASA firewalls is perfect for managing traffic on your network especially between your LAN and the Internet. As this is an integrated appliance, it also includes a host of other features such as advanced malware protection, application control, remote access and site to site VPN capability and much more. If you have multiple Cisco ASA firewalls, I would recommend you purchase Cisco Firepower Management Centre as it provides in-depth visibility and control over you network.
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Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 24, 2020

Good firewall, but not the latest line anymore.

Score 8 out of 10
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We use the Cisco ASA 5500-X both in our data centers and on our ~300 remote locations as the primary firewall. These devices establish a site-site VPN between the data centers and the customer site and provide firewall security for all users and equipment.
  • IPSEC tunneling
  • OSI Layer3-7 security
  • Protocol inspection on OSI layer 4
  • Usage of Snort to detect and prevent intrusions
  • ASA software and firepower software are still disjointed
The Cisco ASA 5500-X covers the entire range from SMB locations with the 5506 to Datacenter/Internet edge with the 5585 models. As it's the same software/management tool being used you can keep using your skills.
Be aware that as soon as you get above 25 sites, you're going to have to pay for the management center software as well.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 25, 2020

The venerable ASA line with added FirePOWER is still staying relevant in an advanced world

Score 8 out of 10
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While the business environment was very traditional in that most employees worked at the office and didn't need (or want) to use network resources from home, there was still a need for a firewall that was independently managed and deployed for use throughout the organization. The firewall served as the principal conduit to the internet as well as other government entities.
  • Well-regarded remote access VPN solution through AnyConnect. Your users will already likely have some familiarity with this product.
  • Reputation and category-based URL filtering enables web browsing to be tailored to your internet use policies.
  • Dashboards offer an easy way to gain visibility into the state of your network and generate relevant reports.
  • The transition from ASA (ASDM) software to the Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) software platform was awkward. Firewalls require a complete reflash to transition.
  • The FirePOWER services were originally baked-on rather than integrated into the project.
  • Java-based ASDM, which was replaced by the Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) platform, was functional but not pretty on the eyes.
Since the ASA platform is in the midst of a transition, it is best for new users. The Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) is straight-forward, helps you deploy key features easily, and is pleasing to the eye. The 5500-X line has a wide array of models that are suitably for environments both big and small. There are aspects of ASDM that are not yet available in the FTD platform, especially power-user features like a CLI. So this has left ASA junkies high and dry.
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Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services Scorecard Summary

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Identification Technologies (3)
Visualization Tools (3)
Content Inspection (3)
Policy-based Controls (3)
Active Directory and LDAP (3)
Firewall Management Console (3)
Reporting and Logging (3)
VPN (3)
High Availability (3)
Stateful Inspection (3)
Proxy Server (2)

About Cisco ASA 5500-X with FirePOWER Services

Cisco offers a threat-focused next-generation firewall (NGFW), the ASA 5500-X Series. The ASA 5500 Series platforms can run either the Cisco ASA Firewall or Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD). The series features appliances in a variety of form factors, including standalone options for small and midsize businesses, ruggedized appliances for extreme environments, midsize appliances for security at the Internet edge, and high-performance appliances for enterprise data centers.
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