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Cisco review by Administrator
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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 business 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 review by <span>Alfred T.</span>
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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 business 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.

What Firewall solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Cisco review by <span>Dale C.</span>
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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 business 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

Cisco review by <span>Donald S.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Richard B.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Nikki R.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Michael T.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Cory V.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Guðmundur Karl A.</span>
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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 business 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!

Cisco review by <span>Sergei C.</span>
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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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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

Cisco review by <span>Shaifali G.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Government Administration
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Kevin M.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Joe C.</span>
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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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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

Cisco review by <span>Josh R.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Shweta G.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by Administrator in Higher Education
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Jalen B.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Allan L.</span>
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Jason C.</span>
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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 business 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

Cisco review by Administrator in Government Administration
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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 business 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.

Cisco review by <span>Jeffrey A.</span>
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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 business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used to secure our network from outside threats.

Cisco review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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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.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test before deploying, be ready for patches when Windows Updates come around.

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

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.

Cisco review by <span>Melissa L.</span>
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"Cisco review"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to create a conference call.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how people go straight to voicemail if you're on the other line.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No recommendations I can think of right now.

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

I'm not solving any problems at work using Cisco at the moment.

Cisco review by User in Entertainment
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"Adequately does what is needed"

What do you like best?

I like that I can access my desktop and other various applications through a non-work computer (my home computer, in-laws computer if I'm on vacation).

What do you dislike?

Through various updates it seems that some of the buttons don't function as well as others - this may be an internal IT issue, but for example I have 4 or 5 options for a remote desktop, but only one of them actually works.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a good product if you need limited functionality.

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

Being able to remotely access my desktop or various software only available on my work computer if it is stationed at work. Great if you forget to bring your laptop home, or need to log in quickly while your work issued laptop is unavailable.

Cisco review by User in Higher Education
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"Well established firewall"

What do you like best?

This is an easy tool that allows for employees to stay on direction during their work day. It also provides a great foundation for tech teams to use to eliminate problems that could arise.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing at this time I can speak to disliking. We have only begun using this firewall system recently.

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

We are solving an easier transition of ensuring computers and software do not become affected by viruses as we previously encountered before purchasing this software.

Cisco review by <span>Joe C.</span>
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"Cisco ASA fw"

What do you like best?

The easy to use commands. It's very user friendly. If you have Cisco switches, makes it very simple to use Asa firewalls in your environment

What do you dislike?

Gui not as nice as other brands. It could use more advance features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, if you have a lot of Cisco products in your network, it makes sense to add Asa firewalls as well in your environment

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

Provide security and protect our network from threats or intrusions

Cisco review by <span>Richard M.</span>
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"Cisco is Cisco"

What do you like best?

Pretty much the industry standard. Always adding features prices have come down.

What do you dislike?

Very difficult to get them setup if you don't know what you are doing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't need a Cisco only feature, look around at other options.

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

You can get a product that does just as good and easier to get setup for a lot less.

Cisco review by <span>Mohammad S.</span>
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"Good but behind the times"

What do you like best?

Very consistent look and feel across all versions

What do you dislike?

Behind the times as a next generation firewall.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend looking at other vendors like Palo Alto

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

Not as good as Palo alto firewalls. Lacking in deep packet inspection and analytics.

Cisco review by <span>Tom P.</span>
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"Cisco Firewall for our Remote Offices"

What do you like best?

Cisco's Firewall provides us a secure connection our our remote users.

What do you dislike?

The price for the licensing is not very attractive as well as if the purchase must be made through a gold partner for the SmartNet to be honored.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Cisco products. Be sure to check the EOL on any products you purchase and I recommend to buy new.

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

We are providing a secure connection to our network to our many remote locations.

Cisco review by User
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"Solid solution for VPNs and inspact outgoing/ingoing traffic - nothig more"

What do you like best?

Configuration in CLI is still old PIX CLI with some new changes... Configuration and debug are in "Cisco" style - solid and good known...

What do you dislike?

Evolve... PIX/ASA is 5 years in the past. Competition offers more. But if you want just configure access out or in and you have few branches you want to connect to your network via IPSec, this the best solution...

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

Missing antivir, antispam, uselles web management... Easy configuration and troubleshooting wia CLI.

Cisco review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy to use!"

What do you like best?

I recently started using this. What I like best is that it works decently even at low internet speeds.

What do you dislike?

I use it regularly and its been very smooth so far. No reason to dislike anything so far.

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

Access documents on the university server remotely. It give me more mobility to work.

Cisco review by <span>Jordan M.</span>
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"Safe and Easy Firewall"

What do you like best?

This program works as a firewall that is easily implemented across multiple systems on a network. The ease in setup is the biggest pro of this software.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the software identifies false positives that have to manually be allowed through.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cisoc is a big name in the busisness so its hard to go wrong there.

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

Preventing malicious attacks and users from accessing unsafe environments on the network.

Cisco review by <span>Ralf R.</span>
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"very good and stable hardware"

What do you like best?

stable, future proven, good skilled service

What do you dislike?

middle pricing, complex sizing and os licensing

Recommendations to others considering the product

introduce one sercurity management for all products, including AMP and Umbrella

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

security for our managed services and customers

Cisco review by <span>Sergey Y.</span>
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"Good quality with reliable product"

What do you like best?

Easy understandable user interface. Tons of documentations on-line and over the internet society

What do you dislike?

Sometime hard for analyse the results of the rules

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

Stable firewall with easy documentations

Cisco review by Internal Consultant in Hospital & Health Care
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"Prevention is better than aftermath"

What do you like best?

The best in industry. there is no compare

What do you dislike?

There is nothing wrong no to have it. Always on and the best resource

Recommendations to others considering the product

Friends and colleagues

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

So far I've nothing.

Cisco review by User in Primary/Secondary Education
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"Cisco will protect your computer"

What do you like best?

Cisco is an easy product to use to check or prevent viruses and malware on your computer. There are easy to read (1, 2, 3) instruction with pictures on how to set it up as well.

What do you dislike?

The version I had needed yearly updates even though it should have been good for years.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is a very good option if you are looking for something to protect your network from virus and such things.

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

We use it to protect our network from outside viruses, malware, or other things that could hurt our net work.

Cisco review by <span>Steven P.</span>
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"Best in class firewall"

What do you like best?

Fairly easy to manage. Gets the job done. Backed by a well known vendor in the IT industry

What do you dislike?

Product receives several security patches a month. GUI is flaky at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to have a dedicated resource(s) to manage the product

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

Firewall

Cisco review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Cisco Firewall"

What do you like best?

Makes me feel secure at my place of business and supported on a regular basis.

What do you dislike?

The initial cost is substantial but it is worth the cost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product worth purchasing!

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

Security for my business/organization. Less breaches in a world with a significant amount of hacking.

Cisco review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Cisco FireWall"

What do you like best?

Great tool to use if you want to eliminate threats and oddities while during the workday/outside the workday. It provides a great support system to ensure your company is on the right track.

What do you dislike?

There are cheaper options, but other than that this product is a great tool for companies to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would use the trial period first and see if it meets the needs you wish it to. If so, go for it!

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

Eliminating lack of productivity due to distractions or malfunctioning products.

Cisco review by User in Education Management
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"Good product, not perfect"

What do you like best?

Fairly consistent, love how it makes my work accessible while keeping information secure

What do you dislike?

Does not work perfectly, fails too often

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended, hopefully company will work out kinks so it does not fail as often

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

Allows me to work away from campus

Cisco review by User in Consumer Services
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"Reliable"

What do you like best?

This is a secure firewall and protects you from virus and general network security. Cisco is well known and it is easy to activate or login to.

What do you dislike?

This is a very technical product; however, they do provide good support tools and training so it helps with the complexity of the solution.

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

This is providing me with a secure and safe connection so I can feel at ease when dealing with private information.

Cisco review by Consultant in Telecommunications
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"Cisco is filling the gap on NGFW"

What do you like best?

Olistic view of security is helping my customers in reducing operational expenses using automation on managing new risks

What do you dislike?

required an unified management that seem will arrive soon

Recommendations to others considering the product

don't look just at the throuhput. have a look on the new management and threat intel features.

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

reducing time to detection and time to mitigation

Cisco review by User in Law Practice
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"Helpful after prior security issues"

What do you like best?

While I do not know all the technical details, I know that this has provided us more robust security after prior issues.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike in particular, other than perhaps the fairly hefty pricetag.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once implemented, this is very useful.

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

We have been able to solidify our security which allowed us to revert back to a more user friendly document management system

Cisco review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Powerful enterprise firewalls"

What do you like best?

We have deployed these across multiple customer sites for their powerful feature set, resiliency options and reliability. The newer versions with the subscription option for IDS/IPS are a real benefit.

What do you dislike?

They do require advanced networking knowledge to deploy and manage, which is to be expected. They are not like the Meraki hardware that can be deployed automatically.

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

Datacentre and branch office security, including application publishing.

Cisco review by <span>Adam S.</span>
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"Great Firewall-Trustworthy Company"

What do you like best?

The confidence I have that my systems are fully secure.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Cisco is a company that I trust fully.

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

This software protects all of the PHI that is involved with our business. Ease of mind is key.

Cisco review by User in Computer Software
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"Easy to use firewall settings and network solutions."

What do you like best?

Ease of use for port and firewall security settings.

What do you dislike?

Expensive solution but necessity to security.

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

Security and control of network.

Cisco review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Firewall for practice purposes "

What do you like best?

The security considering the information we have access to is private.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it does lock us out when setting up new connections. Not 100% sure as IT usually will deal with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A must for protecting private information. Windows firewall is not enough

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

Protection of patient information while still allowing access to those who need it.

Cisco review by User in Law Practice
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"Easy to use and works well"

What do you like best?

Works very well, is fast, and easy to connect

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it disconnects with no warning

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

Ability to work remotely is good

Cisco review by <span>Leo D.</span>
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"Used Cisco Firewalls for years..."

What do you like best?

I've used Cisco Firewalls for years and they are still a basic firewall. Not much has changed compared to other products.

What do you dislike?

CIsco firewalls are stuck in the market as an as-is appliance. seams other customers have gone modular.

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

block hackers

Cisco review by User in Graphic Design
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"Security for business needs"

What do you like best?

Cisco is the industry standard in firewall management. The system is essential to provide security for sensitive information and provide the right control levels for port management.

What do you dislike?

Product is expensive and can be lengthy to implement correctly for specific in and out of office needs.

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

Network security and access control.

Cisco review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"cisco firewalls are the #1 firewall in the market"

What do you like best?

cisco firewalls are great. they are the most secure and most reliable firewall on the market

What do you dislike?

the cost of higher end models can be expensive for SMB customers

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

cisco firewalls are great for securing your network and protecting your network from many threats out in the world today .

Cisco review by Administrator in Law Practice
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"Cisco - Gets the Job Done"

What do you like best?

The ability to customize as needed to best fit what your company needs.

What do you dislike?

Someone difficult to use, usually have to call our IT.

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

Control use of web to make sure no harm is caused to our computer systems.

Cisco review by User in Higher Education
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"Cisco Firewall"

What do you like best?

Great firewall support when using internet.

What do you dislike?

I cannot say I dislike anything about the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use. Does not need much attention as a user.

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

Blocking viruses and other scams from entering computer.

Cisco review by User in Consumer Electronics
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"Used in my work environment"

What do you like best?

The best thing is it will not allow any third party a[pplication to intrude in to my system

What do you dislike?

I like the product very well. sometimes it will not allow for sharing my screen

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

i am using for authorizing access

Cisco review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Industry leader for a reason"

What do you like best?

Extremely powerful. Doesn't skimp on functionality for ease of use.

What do you dislike?

Could be more user friendly but I appreciated they didn't dumb down.

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

Enhanced security more peace of mind that data is safe.

Cisco review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Protection"

What do you like best?

Simple and easy to use

Password protected

Secure system and easy to see if you are connected

What do you dislike?

Sometimes slow to connect or limited service

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

Protection of devices and information

Cisco review by <span>Rusty P.</span>
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"Industry Standard"

What do you like best?

Cisco Firewalls are the standard of firewalls, although they are slowly being competed with. They do what we need to have done & they are rather rock solid once they are set up.

What do you dislike?

They are a little bit of a pain to set up, especially if you are using CLI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set it up the right way the first time & then back up your configs!

Cisco review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Excellent Firewalls"

What do you like best?

The stability and native redundancy built into these devices. These are absolutely fantastic devices, that once you learn the CLI you will not use the interface at all.

What do you dislike?

The price of these devices are very costly, and add-ons are also extremely costly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cisco Firewalls are a great way to ensure you protect your environment from malicious outsiders. Adding an IDS or IPS will assist you even further and make them all the more powerful (and costly).

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