Cisco ASA has caught back up and surpassed all other players in the market
April 19, 2016

Cisco ASA has caught back up and surpassed all other players in the market

George McElhoe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA

The Cisco ASA line has constantly been an innovative and secure edge-network product which has consistently outperformed most, if not all, of its competitors. With the introduction of the SourceFire module and continued work to seamlessly integrate into the ASA, this has again become the product of choice for all levels and sizes of business.
  • Return on investment
  • Industry-leading network protection
  • Proven effectiveness
  • Scalability
  • Without formal training, setup is difficult
  • ASDM has improved, but still cumbersome with it's Java-based GUI
  • Licensing for SourceFire module is still a bit confusing and pricy
  • Definite return on investment due to the length of time we have had these products in line
  • Ease of upgrade and maintenance using both CLI and ASDM. Especially when in an active/standby failover pair
  • Once all necessary licensing is applied, product is quite a bit more expensive than competitors
Shortly before my departure, my previous company had me involved with a 3 month proof-of-concept and
vendor selection process for SCADA environments in an oil and gas environment. The products tested were the Cisco ASA 5516 w/SourceFire, Palo Alto, and CheckPoint. Of them, based on our PoC testing and independent reviews from multiple tech resources, the ASA was the vendor of choice selected due to the messaging captured, the adaptability of the SNORT rules in SourceFire, and the ease of management through the FireSIGHT management center. The others performed well, but not as well as the Cisco product. It was determined the increased cost of the
ASA was justifiable due to its performance compared to the others.
I have been able to adapt the Cisco ASA for every environment which I have been tasked to perform. This includes full SCADA-type environments, data centers, small to medium sized remote offices, and large corporate environments. In all cases, I have been able to configure and adapt the ASA to suit my needs with minimal difficulty. I even [implemented] an ASA 5505 for my home network.