Cisco's modernization of one of their staples is as good as ever
August 25, 2021

Cisco's modernization of one of their staples is as good as ever

Tom Erdman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Secure Firewall

Our organization uses Cisco Secure Firewall to protect our enterprise network. It has a ton of features that are very straightforward to use. It allows us to easily setup Access Lists determining what few services we let in. We also use Malware filtering, file inspection, and URL filtering to protect our public. Cisco Secure Firewall allows us to NAT our devices and servers that need an external connection, and even allows for different virtual interfaces to be setup as gateways for internal subnets.
  • Easy to update configurations
  • Automated backup and failover
  • Intuitive Access Control
  • Interface can be slow.
  • Current version is buggy in regards to tracking connection events.
  • File inspection isn't always intuitive to set up.
  • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
  • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
  • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
The single pane of glass and straightforward interface make[s] Cisco Secure Firewall an upgrade in regards to usability over the ASA in my book.

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Cisco Secure Firewall is well suited for an SMB and up that can afford the licensing and can use an enterprise firewall. I'm a Systems guy by trade, but I can handle the day to day work on this powerful appliance without too much headache. That being said, it could be too much for a small shop that doesn't have a Cisco resource, especially if just buying the device puts you in the hole. A poorly configured expensive firewall is much worse than a properly configured simple one.

Cisco Secure Firewall Feature Ratings

Identification Technologies
Visualization Tools
Content Inspection
Policy-based Controls
Active Directory and LDAP
Firewall Management Console
Reporting and Logging
Not Rated
High Availability
Stateful Inspection
Proxy Server
Not Rated