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Cisco
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Cisco delivers intent-based networking across the branch, WAN, and cloud. We provide end-to-end security, automation, and analytics with award-winning services and support.
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1984
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Ingeniero en Redes e Implementacion
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"Cisco firewall solution"

What do you like best?

What I like the most about this product is the stability it offers, meets the expectations created, and is a safe solution for perimeter security

What do you dislike?

what disgusts me about the product is its long learning process that must be taken for its full use, once the learning curve is completed it will be ready to be configured.

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is an excellent product that complies with the characteristics of a 100% perimeter firewall is an option of high value, but with great performance, and good quality product for a long time

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It was implemented to cover the perimeter security of the company, and during its stay many changes have been made, such as creating a dmz which the company did not have and decided to put there the web servers of the same and thus be able to separate that traffic from The network, apart from creating firewall rules, was one of the last solutions learned with this product.

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"Cisco Firepower Analisys"

What do you like best?

This new generation firewall, has 2 main upgrades if we compare de Cisco Firepower against the Cisco ASA

First: More Capacity about sessions and a improven posibility of creation of new sessions. The Firepower can duplicate or triplicate this aspect if we compre to the ASA. This is very useful if you are an ISP and you have a DNS Cache. This can help you if you have any incident in your DNS or in the master server that you use.

2nd. The integration of the firewall services with online services as umbrella, and automatically signature updates for services like DDos, and protection against malwares. Almost that Firepower support aplication visibility and control if it's required, and URL blocking.

Cisco have included this very important option in their firewall, you have

What do you dislike?

Really there isn't any particular factor that i dislike.

But in this product, is very important to have the support up to date, so you can access to the updated security signatures list.

Like all of Cisco ASA, some stuff ir really hard to do in the CLI, it's like Cisco want us to use the web app. In ASA was a little hard, in Firepower you have to do via http.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're an ISP, with firepower we solve the problem of opened sessions due to DNS failures. In particular events like a problem of facebook or a problem in our DNS, we've reached the 750k of opened sessions and the ASA is seriosly affected and drops all new sessions.

Almost that we use the Firewall for IPsec tunnels for all the country.

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"Cisco Firewall "

What do you like best?

In the cloud era, network firewalls need to do more than secure networks. They must also ensure you have uninterrupted network availability and robust access to cloud-hosted applications.

Cisco Firewall is a family of physical appliance, virtual, and cloud-based appliances that protect and enhance the dispersed network infrastructure. They deliver advanced security by tightly integrating a comprehensive set of next-generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application profiling, intrusion prevention, web filtering, malware and advanced threat protection, antispam protection, and network access control.

What do you dislike?

Memory, overload when handling traffic and fails over.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cisco Firewall is ideal for multi-site enterprises, managed service providers, and other organizations with complex, dispersed network infrastructures. Security is enhance to several levels and layers and there is always a good chance for development within this tool.Cisco Firewall combine highly resilient VPN technology with intelligent traffic management and WAN optimization capabilities. This lets you reduce line costs, increase overall network availability, improve site-to-site connectivity, and ensure uninterrupted access to applications hosted in the cloud. Scalable centralized management helps you reduce administrative overhead while defining and enforcing granular policies across your entire dispersed network.

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"Cisco firewall will they move to future?"

What do you like best?

Its simple and easy to use, lots of clear tabs - which shows each setting and guides show each steps and command line configuration which was really nice if you do not have access to asdm.

What do you dislike?

Firepower module why it was so hard to build it earlier and integrate more - very poor performance of IPS access has to be limited as it cannot handle all traffic and memory is overloaded thenks to which firewalls fail over. I hope that future releses fix this. Also Firepower is very limited they just started adding features which in other firewalls are for months or years now.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try other vendors which as today its much easier set up if you require IPS/URL filtering and monitoring

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Security and filtering, it nice to add all features and firepower licenses but the throughput of firewall then is not so great... and here you have to limit what is being filtered or not or you will end up with large bottleneck which will be your firewall.

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"Cisco ASA"

What do you like best?

The Cisco ASA series FW is quite versatile and supports a plethora of features that's suitable for small to very large deployments. I particularily like the ability to deploy SSLVPN termination on the same FW device.

The GUI wizards are definately quite useful for the beginner as jumping into the CLI to implement IPSEC VPN tunnels could be challening for few.

I also quite enjoy the debugging capabilities any Cisco device has as you should be able to troubleshoot majority of the problems from the debug logs.

The ASA platform has recently incorporated Snort capabilities and Firepower. I look forward to using that a good threat defense.

What do you dislike?

The JAVA ASDM GUI is one of it's major weakness. Nobody runs java apps anymore, yet their main GUI management is still stuck on that platform. The main interface also has not improved much since the beginning.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can start off using the ASA by configuring it in ASDM. However I would recommend learning to use the CLI interface in order to know the ins and outs of the device. Use the ASDM only as a supplementary to make quick changes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Cisco ASA serves as a main access filter from the internet as well as IPSec and SSLVPN termination.

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"Cisco Firewall"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface, easy management and maintenance, it handles many protocols, ports, has predetermined configurations, allows to create point-to-point vpn tunnels, includes vpn client, allows load balancing between several Wan interfaces and establish high redundancy scheme

What do you dislike?

The high hardware and licensing costs of Cisco versus other firewall providers will always be a topic to consider, however Cisco has a three-year warranty, 100% availability support from its specialists and online tutorials for failures.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for quality and safety, cisco equipment is the most robust and with high quality standards

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We offer Cisco Firewall solutions for large companies with many Wan links and Vpn tunnels between different dependencies

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"Cisco ASA5525 firewall and IPS"

What do you like best?

More functions than I can use but fairly simple to maintain,manage and monitor external traffic. We also use the Intrusion Prevention module. Both provide very granular configuration. We did get a 3rd party partner to do the initial install which I recommend.

We have blocked many threats and had were able to verify our internal data assets were safe.

What do you dislike?

Not really a dislike but it is a complicated system which makes sense for the amount of control provided over internet traffic monitoring and filtering.

Unless you know the system well, I strongly recommend help with the initial install as incorrect settings can either shut you down or leave you open to threats.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cisco is not the cheapest solution but is a solid vendor with a long history in this area. They have a broad range of network products and can work with you for a solution to issues 24/7.

Definitely a case of getting what you pay for with this product. It is rock solid and secure

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Foremost securing our internal systems from outside threats is the primary reason for the firewall. Cisco is well established so we have a resource for support and know they will be around for the long run. Having Cisco network equipment internally helps with one platform/vendor for support.

We are able to protect our data and know of attacks. Monitoring also gives us the ability to look for other issues with traffic. We use Cisco Anyconnect VPN which integrates easily with the ASA5525

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"A Solid Solution"

What do you like best?

Cisco has been in the security arena for a long time, and continue to improve and perfect their firewalls since their early PIX days. Their VPNs are rock solid and easy to manage. They have 24/7/365 support that can be extremely helpful if you escalate properly. The introduction of the FirePower platform only makes the solution better with much improved IDS/IPS capabilities.

What do you dislike?

The add-on software features tended to be much less stellar that the firewall platform itself. I've had varied results in running any of their add-on modules and tend to use the firewall as a firewall, and not a multi-purpose device.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Though the platform is changing, I still view the ASA as an extremely solid and reliable firewall and not a multi-purpose device. In my opinion, I believe that it's one of the best pure firewalls on the market, though if you're looking for an all-in-one security device for a small or medium business, you may want to compare it to other options.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The goal of our most recent implementation of our ASA with FirePower services was to upgrade an aging ASA unit that provided network security and VPN access. The transition to the new firewall wasn't a huge learning curve in regard to support. There wasn't a huge boost in features with this implementation, though we're reaping some of the benefits in increased threat protection.

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Computer & Network Security
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"A workhorse firewall with a long legacy"

What do you like best?

I went to school for networking, and my curriculum was very heavy on cisco routers and switches. The fact that they use the same (or similar) syntax in the firewalls allows for a those with cisco router and switch experience to transition easily. However, what I like most about the product is the simple command line configuration that I can script ahead of time. Other firewalls such as fortinet or palo alto are a pain to configure from the command line.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of troubleshooting capabilities for routing. On a cisco router you can do "sh ip route <address>" and see the exact route that the address is taking. On the cisco pix and ASA you have to do sh route | include <address> and hack off octets until you find one that MIGHT match.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have a strong background in cisco devices, Cisco Firewalls are the way to go. However, if you are looking for something that performs excellent layer 7 firewalling, I'd suggest a Palo Alto over any of the cisco layer 7 firewalls.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an MSSP, our customers prefer Cisco firewalls because of their long legacy as a stable and capable firewall platform.

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"Cisco ASA"

What do you like best?

Fairly solid product. Widespread use so there is a lot of documentation available. Able to privde Malware protection, VPN service and Firewall on the same box.

What do you dislike?

It uses Java for its GUI. Product line is a bit slow to adapt new technologies. Code has become a bit buggier over the years.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do your homework. When I was deploying my ASA's there was not much choice for L7 firewalls designed for the midsize market. The ASA is a good firewall, although a bit over priced as are all Cisco products.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basic firewalling. We also use anyconnect VPN on the device. VPN use is much better than our previous web based VPN. We were able to add the Firesight module to the device to provide better security at the application layer.

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"Our Company's Experience with Cisco ASA"

What do you like best?

I work at a hospital and our patient information obviously needs to be very secure. Cisco ASA has given our company the ability to use a multitude of devices to access patient information without fear of our information being accessed by others. The support team is absolutely amazing as well which is great, as we are not a tech company.

What do you dislike?

As with many types of software, the disadvantage is the price. Fortunately, we are a large hospital and it is very important for our system to be secure, so Cisco ASA is worth it for us.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This software is great if you need a secure firewall that operates on a multitude of devices. One thing to keep in mind is the price, as it is probably better suited to large companies.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the constantly-evolving problem of keeping patient information secure while still allowing individuals within the hospital to access this information as it is required for patient care. Currently, healthcare workers access patient files from desktops, laptops, and iPads, and Cisco ASA has worked perfectly on all of them.

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"Most reliable name in networking"

What do you like best?

Cisco has been the biggest player in network security for many years, and they have done this by being innovative and reliable with everything they do. Their customer support is top notch as well as their products.

What do you dislike?

Not really Cisco's fault but The Cisco Adaptive Security Device manager can be a pain but this is because it uses Java and I have heard rumors that this is going away.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are not using Cisco products, then your company does not have a reliable network. End of story.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to allow third party access from and outside network and keep them from going where they don't need to go.

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"Cisco ASA 5500-Series Firewalls"

What do you like best?

Cisco ASA5500 Series firewalls are very robust appliances. Between the ASDM interface and the CLI interface, most users will find management easy once you understand the basics of how the device works. Advance users will find tons of tools and debugging options for troubleshooting and granular management.

The appliances are powerful, allowing you to size your device for your user load. Cisco has a great chart to show you this plus the licensing schema. Contacting your Cisco Rep or partner is the best way to make sure you size your appliance the proper way.

Failover works extremely well if you are in an environment that cannot have downtime at your site.

What do you dislike?

JAVA! The ASDM is still based on Java; the sooner Cisco can eliminate this, the better. The licensing schema can be a bit tough sometimes, so you need to make sure you check for what you need - especially on the VPN side of things.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do your homework to make sure this device will suit your needs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using the ASA-5500 series firewalls (along with Sourefire IPS Modules) we are able to mitigate threats from our environment.

VPN Deployment has been great, and Cisco Support is second to none when it matters.

SourceFire IPS / IDS sensors have come a long way from Cisco's original in house IPS solution. The system is very robust and the management interface is light years ahead of the old management system.

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"It just works"

What do you like best?

I have been servicing Cisco ASA firewalls for customers for a few years now and they never disappoint, If you buy a Cisco firewall you can be sure that it will work for a long time.

What do you dislike?

The ASDM can sometimes be buggy but mostly those are Java issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cisco is quality.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have setup Cisco Firepower with Cisco ASA with Malware and URL filter license, customer has not had a virus problem since!

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"Like it more than others."

What do you like best?

I started using Cisco firewalls long ago when PIX501 was in place. What I like is how it was developing for a ling time. Now all network features are nearly complete.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there're stability issues with newest versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You have virtual version to evaluate and test, see for yourself. Qualified engineer can do nearly everything with it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Perimeter protection, cloud protection (ASAv is also used).

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"CISCO Firewall "

What do you like best?

It provides great control over incoming and outgoing traffic with most secure rules implemented for best network security. When acting as VPN- Cisco anyconnect VPN also provides most secure connection and I am able to do my work from anywhere with the key on my side.

What do you dislike?

Its packet filter sometimes drop packets which are of use and skip sending any error. So it becomes hard to track when you loose one.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a great firewall with ease of access and great tunneling process and set of rules for network security management.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are many benefits

It provides better set of rules that can be applied to differently on incoming or outgoing packets.

Tunneling proccess is very good and helps controlling traffic.

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"Solid product, cumbersome interface"

What do you like best?

Robust hardware. Best in business warranty and support (with smartnet).

What do you dislike?

Not coming from a cisco background and having to learn the ASDM interface. I've found it a little challenging and cumbersome at times. Had an issue a few months back where the primary/secondary units were not syncing correctly and it took Cisco support a few weeks to get the issue resolved (it ended up being a bug in the version we were running). I feel like the IDS interface could use a makeover.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The newer Cisco firewalls with sourcefire are the best in the industry. The firewalls we are using (ASA-5510) are great hardware with some reservations on the GUI.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We keep firewalls extremely locked down to keep us safe from the outside as much as possible (which poses some other issues). For our needs the firewalls are rock solid and require very little maintenance other than software upgrades.

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"No one ever got fired for buying Cisco"

What do you like best?

Clean command line, and the ability to quickly navigate the device over CLI. Uniform IOS CLI makes it easy to manage with simple cisco route/switch background. Ability to run for long periods of time without intervention. It doesn't do random things, or act funny and need a reboot. It just runs and runs. It's also a bit like a swiss-army-knife for the network. You can divide traffic up how you want to. Multiple NAT pools, source based routing, etc. QoS and packet prioritization. It can even provide DHCP and other basic network services.

What do you dislike?

On Cisco IOS firewall, I have been unable to get a given NAT group to utilize a NAT pool of address with PAT overload. Since I was overloading the NAT group, I eventually needed to switch over to PAT only, which was an acceptable solution, but not what I had wanted to do. Debugging can also be difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you don't currently have IOS expertise in-house, you are best off looking at other products that provide a more intuitive graphical user interface. But if IOS administration is not a deal-breaker, cisco IOS firewall is a solid, basic firewall for small offices and remote branch offices.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Cisco IOS firewall in places where I already had an existing router need, so the IOS router was available. This has been cost effective for small sites. The benefit has been a low cost firewall, that provides solid firewall and VPN functionality.

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"Solid support, documentation and product. "

What do you like best?

Cisco firewall's are one of the leaders in security appliances and the Adaptive Security Appliance line is no exception. Configuration through the ASDM web interface is simple and quick. Configuration through the command line requires more knowledge but is far more customizable to business needs. Cisco ASA Firewalls support interopability with many vendors and documentation is widely available.

What do you dislike?

Understanding the full suite of features is a difficult task, as well as learning the licensing structure. Cisco nickels and dimes for many features such as 'inside hosts' that refers to how many devices can be connected at once. It seems like you hear about security vulnerabilities every week on Cisco Firewalls, however Cisco is quick to respond and release updates to fix these issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

understand your licensing needs and how this coincides with what cisco offers. you don't want to need to upgrade later on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and easy configuration of remote access and site to site tunnels. This allows employees to work from home. Site to site tunnels allows connectivity of internet connected areas.

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"Deployed and maintained several Cisco ASA"

What do you like best?

Love the command line interface and logging. The logging is very useful for when issues are happening. Also the command line enables a lot of features and options for scripting when you have multiple firewalls. The pricing and product features are straight forward. VPN support and routing support were useful

What do you dislike?

Out of the box does not have as many features as a Sonicwall or WatchGuard. The GUI, which can be enabled for users without command line knowledge, is slow and not always helpful when adding rules. Code and how you do NAT and fire walling changes drastically between versions and can be confusing when going between multiple firewalls, like in a MSP

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I have not used the new ASA X series but older firewalls are lacking features in other unified threat management systems.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Firewall for networks. As advertised it was a solid firewall and never had hardware issues with them.

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"The Nex Gen in Firewalls"

What do you like best?

Our company relies on security and uptime. We have had many trials and all have failed, except Cisco.

Firewalls are built to last and can withstand a vigorous heavy stress test.

Compatibility and upgrading to different models is always available. configuring can be a little tricky but the command line and interface features makes it a little bit easier, just will need help. nevertheless, support is always a phone call away or also i found guides helpful.

I like that their support is the on top with assistance if ever needed. Parts ordered and installed at moments notice without any delays or issues.

What do you dislike?

In the end, cost is always a factor but when it comes to hardware, software and reliability. Basically you get what you pay for. I would like to see it come down a notch when it compares to others.

Hardware is not cheap. some extra features always on next negation, so upgrading to new model can't become a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In my opinion, its the best. Hardware and software is leading when it comes to cisco. Many features always available, but i have to admit, cost is always a factor. Pricy but thats normal when your know its best in the long run.

Support is great, and i have to admit, the late wee hours can be a little out sourced, but am afraid, what isn't these days.

Cisco, offers many products from customer home products to business high end equipment. so its here to stay and worth investing.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

keeping up with demand and ensuring/fortifying security is always our goals.

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"Cisco Firewalls bring next-gen solutions to right now threats"

What do you like best?

I like the cisco Firepower software suite that works with the ASA we have. This software really give a good gui representation of your security controls and the reporting is excellent. IDS and IPS are built in as well.

What do you dislike?

Like with all cisco, it is difficult to learn the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitely worth the investment

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a highly regulated financial institution and we need to keep evolving our Security fingerprint to accommodate with the growing threats of the digital world.

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"Cisco ASDM provides a solid GUI interface to manage their firewall appliances"

What do you like best?

Cisco ASDM may seem complex at first, but it doesn't take long to learn to use it effectively to manage an environment's network traffic. With each iteration of the application, more useful features have been introduced, from rule hit counts to the ability to create network objects using FQDN to being able to quickly identify orphaned network objects, while the core features continues to deliver. The CLI provides users who prefer to perform management tasks using command line the options to do so, and the overall GUI is organized and simplifies the firewall management experience.

What do you dislike?

Two things come to mind - Java dependency on launching ASDM and duplicate network objects.

With Java dependency, being able to launch the ASDM successfully becomes a challenge. At one point it was necessary to roll back Java to a previous version in order for ASDM to work, and a more common nuisance is finding which web browser will actually launch ASDM successfully. For example, I'm only able to launch ASDM through Firefox but not any other popular browers.

With regards to duplicate network objects, it may be specific to our company's deployment but after a recent firewall context upgrade, several existing network objects were duplicated. Furthermore there is no easy way to eliminate them so they end up sitting in the network objects list, not being used anywhere, until they are manually deleted.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There's a reason why Cisco Systems is a leader in the technological world. Their solutions are proven to be reliable and effective, and their firewall products are exceptional. It'd be hard-pressed to find a company needing commercial-grade firewall integration that doesn't consider Cisco's products.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cisco appliances serve as a critical component in our company's network infrastructure backbone and having an effective software to manage the appliances is crucial. The ASDM provides useful tools for network administrators to perform their job efficiently and exposure of the tools to various IT units allows teams to support each other using a common language.

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"Great security"

What do you like best?

the cisco firewall works best among the other systems. If does not let anyone login at all if we are not in the firewall which is great.

What do you dislike?

Nothi so far. it works great for our organization so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

people should really use this

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the cisco firewall works best among the other systems. If does not let anyone login at all if we are not in the firewall which is great.

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"A critical product that should have the maximum reliability"

What do you like best?

The firewall cisco is an established product in the market and therefore very stable. It has a solid network distribution and so it is very simple to renew service support contracts. Their TAC (support team) have a great knowledge of the product and always we received good support .

What do you dislike?

To be quite popular, the product is highly targeted, including by government teams (eg NSA case with modified ASA firmware). Other manufacturers are investing in products that can act in various application layers, providing better visibility of the network.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a stable and consolidated product on the market. dot.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a product capable of providing effective network thread filtering (firewall/vpn) and high availability. The firewall cisco was able to meet the internal demands with full competence.

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"Jalen's Cisco Review"

What do you like best?

My favorite thing about Cisco is simply that it seems to work always without fail. Regardless of the configuration you need you can make it happen and keep it working.

What do you dislike?

It is challenging to find staff qualified to make configuration changes, although that is still part of the allure of Cisco.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing quality solutions for small businesses, we've found that Cisco provides exactly that, especially with their ASA 5505 and 5506 devices.

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"Great Security product"

What do you like best?

Feature rich, ever expanding product line. Cisco continues to evolve the firewall product line to keep up to date with the ever changing evolution of internet.

What do you dislike?

Licensing features can be expensive in order to get full protection

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure to check out all the features and license only what you need.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used cisco firewalls to protect our network and expand our vpn envirionment.

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"No More Malware with Cisco Firewall"

What do you like best?

Since we switched to Cisco Firewall I have seen no threats, malware, or issues at all with my system over the past 3 years

What do you dislike?

Cisco firewall does block some sites that are business relevant but we have setup an internal process to allow certain types of access to these sites with permission

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take a look at all the subscription options thoroughly before making a decision as there are tons of options and additional components with Cisco

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have essentially controlled user access and provided defense against malware attacks for tons of applications

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"ASA Firewalls are a big part of my life"

What do you like best?

ASA firewalls are easy to administer from CLI or GUI and the syntax used to manage them has not changed much in the last 8 years. That makes for easy administration.

What do you dislike?

The ASA appliances are flexible but dated and most exploits are not stopped by blocking ports. The ASA is the equivalent of a deadbolt lock.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The new Firepower appliances are unproven but promising. They will offer at least as much protection as the ASAs they are replacing

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple Stateful Packet Inspection still checks the box for securing a network segment but is not enough to secure the DMZ or an edge network in this era of advanced threats.

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"Cisco Firewalls Rock"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, simple to understand interface, remote access when away from the office

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I can think of. Everything about it is awesome

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it. It is the best firewall I have ever used.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Stopping intrusions, routing to remote offices

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"Excellent support and stability "

What do you like best?

Reliability is unquestionably the best on the market. The features available are also hard to beat.

What do you dislike?

CLI can be problematic for those without knowledge. But that can also be a positive

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use this firewall.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used to secure our network from outside threats.

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"Not too bad Firewall"

What do you like best?

For the application itself, it gets the job done. Its a failry light client and most users wont be bothered by it/notice it.

What do you dislike?

During some windows updates, it will stop the application from running on some users machines. You will have to go in and set to run as administrator and at a previous version of windows. This was poorly looked at and caused alot of un-needed support calls.