Cisco ASA--a good device
June 08, 2021

Cisco ASA--a good device

VINAY Mandora | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA is only good for routing, NAT, and VPN, but if you want deep-level security, application-level security, and content filtering then this is not good for you. Cisco ASA can provide you only basic security. I have been working on Cisco 5525 for the last two years and you can easily configure the NAT, routing, and site-to-site as well as remote VPN. Packet flow is very simple--we can easily understand and configure.
  • Easy to configure site-to-site and remote VPN
  • Easy to remember command line
  • Easy to understand packet flow
  • NAT
  • Policy-based routing
  • Advanced routing
  • Lots of documentation and training videos available
  • Bad and slow GUI
  • Less security
  • Fewer options for layer seven filtering
  • Simple and easy to configure
  • Cost-effective device
  • Technical support is a big advantage
pfSense is a nice firewall but it is minimal in features. The main advantage of Cisco ASA is routing, VPN, and NAT, and pfSense is providing these features but they are only basic. Cisco ASA provides lots of options in NAT but pfSense provides basic NAT features, so according to my experience and understanding, Cisco ASA is the better solution.

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This is only suited for small infrastructure organizations that want a small budget and need a basic level security. If you want deep-level security, then you should go with Cisco ASA with firepower. It is very easy to configure and easy to maintain a firewall. A beginner network engineer can also configure and maintain this. Lots of documentation is available for any help.

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software Feature Ratings

Policy-based Controls
Active Directory and LDAP
Firewall Management Console
Reporting and Logging
High Availability
Stateful Inspection
Proxy Server