Cisco has been honored by its users to be named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Enterprise Network Firewall.  The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice distinctions are a ranking of vendors by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of end-user reviews, and the overall user ratings. We are thrilled to be recognized as a trusted security supplier and adviser to our customers in an increasingly difficult cybersecurity environment.

Cisco garnered praise from both new and long-standing customers across a wide range of industries, commending Cisco’s proven and reliable platform that comes with a vast and active user community and support network. Users were in agreement on reasons for choosing Cisco’s solution. They praised Cisco’s ease of implementation, integration of multi-layered security features into a single platform, flexible management options, innovative security automation, great performance, and low operational costs among others.

Here are some excerpts from user reviews posted in the past year that contributed to the distinction.

“Professional implementation, administration is quite easy…All in all, I am very satisfied as the appliance is solid and has never given us a single issue.” — CIO in the Services Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/424302

“It’s Almost Like A Standard Requirement. Mature technology and product”—Sr. IT Director,  Retail Industry  https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/423764

“Now I See….We previously used the IPS sensors with our ASA’s. We were like an ostrich with its head in the ground. This has changed that outlook. We now have visibility into active threats. We see attacks and where they are sourcing from in real-time.” —Network Engineer, Manufacturing Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/422927

“More than perfect network security is exactly what we needed. Proven and reliable are only two descriptive words to describe how it meet our demands.”— Ambassador in the Education Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/421675

“Real easy implementation with little to nothing extra to wish for.— Solutions Architect in the Services Industry  https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/421695?pageNum=4

“The appliance allowed us to consolidate several other vendor tools to this one appliance. So far everything has worked great!”— CIO in the Manufacturing Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/420388

“Very solid product. ….We are solving the constantly-evolving problem of keeping client info secure and still allow individuals within the agency to access this information as it is required for use. Currently, we access files from desktops, laptops, and iPads, and Cisco ASA has worked perfectly on all of them.”— Operations Director,  Education https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/415524

“Implementation Was Easy And A Breeze For A Solid And Feature Rich Solution. Experience with Cisco ASA and ASDM is excellent and solid. A mature and seasoned product from Cisco makes a big difference in having a strong and familiar experience.”— Network Infrastructure Engineer, Manufacturing https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/413620

“Easy To Integrate In Company Ecosystem. These products are in line with company expectations in terms of features, manageability, operational costs.”— IM Infrastructure Evolution, Manufacturing https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/411647

“Cisco Is The Gold Standard In This Space For Many Reasons. Cisco is the kind of company that will bend over backwards for their customers.”— Director of IT Services, Education https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/377489

“Cisco FTD 2100 performance is there and great installation”— IS Director in the Services Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/325428?pageNum=15

“Solid tank with new features, The ASA are great long term leaders in the market. Now with the X series the hardware is upgraded and capable of running FirePower services. This additional allows the cutting edge FirePower services from their SourceFire aquisition to be used. They are great full feature boxes.” — Network/Security Project Lead in the Construction Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/391078

“The implementation was straightforward. The dashboards provide a comprehensive view of threats to our network”.— Network Engineer in the Finance Industry https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/405476

“Outstanding stability for dynamic enterprise environments. Cisco TAC is without equal! Product stability was key for us, product runs like a champ! Cisco Firepower is great.”— Network/Security Architect in the Services Industry  https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/401303

“We have not been disappointed with choosing Cisco as the vendor for our implementation of Next-Gen firewalls and the setup of Firepower security.”— Manager, Infrastructure, Technology Service https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/396528

We believe that positive feedback from Gartner Peer Insights validates that Cisco’s approach to firewalls meets the requirements of our customer base. It is clear that reliable security is paramount to our customers. We look forward to serving them now and well into the future.

Cisco Systems, Inc. received a Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Distinction in three categories. Click here to read about each of these distinctions: Enterprise Mobility Management Suites (EMM), Enterprise Network Firewall (ENFW) and Meeting Solutions.

Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice distinctions are determined by the subjective opinions of individual end-user customers based on their own experiences, the number of published reviews on Gartner Peer Insights and overall ratings for a given vendor in the market, as further described here and are not intended in any way to represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.


Susan Runowicz-Smith

Product Marketing Manager

Sourcefire Marketing