The ASA will do almost anything you ask of it, if you know how to ask ASAUnspecified8.3157101
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April 21, 2019

The ASA will do almost anything you ask of it, if you know how to ask

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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA

We use our Cisco ASA as a traditional firewall, inspecting and routing traffic. We also have Firepower running on it, which allows us to use it for content filtering.
  • The ASA has been around forever, and has been proven to be a great firewall solution.
  • ASAs are very versatile, running everything from VPNs and ACLs to content filtering.
  • Running them in tangent with other Cisco routing solutions allows for a very diverse and secure setup.
  • There are two types of technologists: ones who speak Cisco, and ones who don't. The ASA is no different from any Cisco device, in that it comes with a learning curve.
  • These aren't consumer products, and they come with an enterprise price tag.
  • Like many vendors, Cisco uses a java based admin consoles. This is its own special form of torture.
  • The most positive effect the ASA has had on our org is the reliability and flexibility from adding Firepower.
  • The main negative (besides cost) is occasionally needing a consultant to wrap our head around getting the ASA to do what we want. But this is more Cisco than the ASA, and we have a uniquely complex environment.
Anyone running traffic through a business needs a firewall solution, and the ASA is a great one if you have the funds and expertise. We especially appreciate the Firepower solution for filtering and malware protection.