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2019-03-11T07:21:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco IOS Security?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco IOS Security, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5Real User

I rate Cisco IOS Security an eight out of ten.

2021-04-01T09:54:31Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I will continue using the solution because our customers demand it. I would recommend the solution to other users. I rate Cisco IOS Security a nine out of ten.

2021-03-19T16:20:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're just a customer and end-user. We don't have a business relationship with Cisco. We're using the latest version of the solution in our organization right now. We use both cloud and on-premises deployments, however, currently, we tend to use more on-premises deployments. I would recommend the solution. Overall, I would rate it at an eight out of ten.

2020-12-23T10:57:32Z
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Top 10MSP

My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to ensure that they don't overlook the technical overhead that is required to get it set up and keep it running. From an SD-WAN perspective, there are more user-friendly options out there, so they are going to have their own shortcomings. However, if you're going down the route of a Cisco command-line-based solution then make sure that you're prepared to have the staff on hand to manage it or instead, have a trusted partner that you work with and has the expertise to manage it. From a feature-set perspective, as long as Cisco continues down the path of combining features from its products onto the unified platform, it will have all the features you need. It's a good product and it does exactly what it's intended to do, but there and stability issues and the price is expensive. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-09-29T05:58:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The advice that I would give to others looking into implementing this product is that I think they need to do their benchmarking. They should do due diligence beforehand in terms of their traffic. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate this product overall as about an eight-out-of-ten. I do not know how they could realistically improve on that much. You never keep up with the hackers, they are always a step ahead of us when it comes to security.

2020-09-27T04:10:08Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

My advice to people and companies considering this solution is to just do the research. Do compatibility research to compare with the other solutions that are out there. Definitely make sure that the firewall you choose is designed for your network architecture, application-layer attacks, and virus and worm protection. If that coverage is what you are looking for and you have an analog phone system. You might not be ready to go to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) yet because you do not want to lose the phones that you have got. Some people add to that base as they scale. We can use something called SIPs (Session Initiation Protocol), for connecting all those analog phones to the VoIP. That is a good indicator that a Cisco firewall will be a good solution for you because it protects the unified communication and guards the SIPs, endpoints, and call-control resources. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate this product overall as a ten, for sure, if you consider its advantages over the competition. If you add in pricing, I would have to lower that to a nine-out-of-ten. Price is the only place that I figure Cisco could do something. Or if they could offset the cost of their boxes using a cloud solution. We had a client do that. They had boxes, but they were trying to figure a better way to scale. I suggested to them that they just move the areas that they were scaling to the cloud. They did it with the new branches they have added, and now they are waiting to phase out their boxes. They will eventually move over to a complete cloud-based firewall solution.

2020-09-21T06:33:12Z
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Top 5Real User

We use a few different Cisco solutions. We're a Cisco partner. We have a business relationship with the company. We're dealing with the latest version of this particular solution. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. The value for money it should be there. Which means good features, good functioning things are there, but they need to make it more affordable for big market. If they were able to price the solution to make it more affordable for more clients that may not be enterprise-level, they've have a bigger footprint.

2020-09-21T06:33:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We work with Cisco, and we top-rate Cisco firewalls to be sold and deployed. This is because they have good trading and expertise available. Cisco IOS Security is pretty reliable, and it also has really good documentation. It sometimes requires a slightly higher technical expertise to implement all the features as compared to other firewalls. Therefore, users definitely have to be trained first to get proper knowledge. Definitely, IOS security is well-documented, and it's pretty reliable. I'd advise just to make sure that they have adequate knowledge. The learning curve is slightly longer because it's a slightly complex product as compared to Fortinet, but feature-wise, it's very good. I would rate Cisco IOS Security a seven out of ten. It is a good product with scope for features such as link-by-link, integration with UTM, and load balancers.

2020-08-11T06:17:00Z
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Real User

My rating for this solution is a ten out of ten because it does everything I need and it is easy enough to use. My advice to others is to definitely have it on their list of vendors to take a look at. I really recommend this solution.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Real User

This is a good solution, and one that I recommend, but sometimes we have bugs. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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MSP

My advice is that this is a very secure option for platforms and gateways using the Cisco IOS security feature. I would rate Cisco IOS as ten out of ten.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Real User

My advice is to take this firewall. It is really good. I would rate Cisco IOS as eight out of ten. The next-generation firewalls, like UTM, have paper-thin single boxes. They should follow the same projects, like the next-generation firewall. They have everything like 40GBs in a single box, along with filtering applications, like VPN and SSN. They also have reporting features.

2019-07-02T06:57:00Z
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Real User

In terms of advice, I would suggest others should use it. It is quite a good product, it is one of the market leaders. I believe it could be as good as other solutions. There are two things you require: one is support and the other one is credibility. Both are there with this product. I would rate this solution eight out of ten.

2019-06-30T10:29:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco is one of the greatest. The Cisco stack is the best. If you don't know it, don't go for the solution because it gets very complex. If you are new to the security, don't go for Cisco. But if you are experienced and you know how to do it, it's one of the greatest solutions. I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. The solution is always stable, but there are many security features that Cisco is behind on today.

2019-06-26T05:26:00Z
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Real User

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Cisco IOS Security at 9/10.

2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Even now, we are not fully utilizing the features because it'll add complicated things. I would rate this solution 7 out of 10 because of both support and interface. After this experience, next time in any project we are going to go more secure.

2019-06-23T09:40:00Z
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Real User

It's a good product you just have to have someone that really knows how to configure it otherwise it's going to be a nightmare. I would rate it a seven out of ten.

2019-04-04T09:10:00Z
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Real User

Look at this solution and figure out what you're trying to accomplish. You should probably augment it with some other vendors as well. I'm not a big single-vendor type of person. I don't think anyone does it perfectly well. With Cisco, you bring them in for their core competencies which are routing, switching, and virtual networking. Then you augment it with some security vendors that have been doing security the entire time. I would rate it at eight out of ten. It's not a ten because of the criticisms around security.

2019-03-11T07:21:00Z
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