Cisco AnyConnect easily connects your mobile workforce.
April 20, 2022

Cisco AnyConnect easily connects your mobile workforce.

Jason Lane | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco AnyConnect

We replaced the Windows native VPN with Cisco AnyConnect to maintain the proper PCI requirements for today's standards. The Windows built-in VPN client did not use strong enough encryption for what we hoped to achieve, and it was not going to work with the DOU 2FA service we chose. This allowed us to have more control when combined with Meraki MX Firewall and DUO 2FA.
  • Profiles to be created for different users or locations.
  • Allow passthrough of home network resources.
  • Greater collaboration with DUO 2FA.
  • Some features have to be requested instead of configured myself.
  • You have to add it as a service to your Meraki MX.
  • It does not recognize it is on the same network and disconnects if still running when they arrive at the office.
  • This is a very low cost solution.
  • It has nearly zero impact on local resources.
  • It provides a secure connection that has proven reliable.
Configuration is very easy. Installation is very fast. There is little to zero local resource usage. It is easy to use for everyone at our company and is clearly connected or disconnected while running in the notifications tray. This is integrated easily with DUO 2 Factor Authentication, it waits for completion and then promptly completes the connection when authenticated.
We needed the higher level of security that Cisco AnyConnect provided to maintain PCI compliance in our organization and to protect our users and assets. The ease of use is not only for the end-user. The associated client for Windows, Linux, and Mac is easily downloaded within the Meraki MX for admins to deploy. Coupled with DUO 2FA you have a very tightly put-together remote access security setup.
Support for Cisco AnyConnect is like all other Cisco support, very good. When I had questions about remote users accessing their home printers while the VPN was active, I received a fairly quick and well-put-together response that also included the option to set up a remote support session if I wanted help. I was able to easily follow the basic instructions that I already thought were the correct course of action, and configure this successfully.
Windows 10 Built-in VPN client worked very well for quite some time. We found that it was a great VPN client when utilized within a Windows domain. But we found that when we needed to add the second step in Authentication for company resources accessed from outside of this network, The built-in Windows 10 VPN was either not going to work or require such configuration that we could not guarantee the security. Cisco AnyConnect was an obvious answer as it was owned, supported, and maintained by the same company that we have come to rely upon and trust for many networking and security services over the years, Cisco.

Do you think Cisco AnyConnect delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco AnyConnect's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco AnyConnect live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco AnyConnect go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco AnyConnect again?

Yes

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This is a very solid connection with a nice timeout and retries grace period. It seems to keep the connection even if there are momentary network breaks in service. It then re-establishes that connection if it was brief enough making for a more simple tool standard users can use. This tool also works great with Apple machines in nearly the same manner as Windows.