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What is Web Security Gateways?

According to IT Central Station users, the most prominent feature of web security gateway software is obviously the degree of security offered. This means that a good option will include solid malware and other threat detection to catch harmful entities masked in http format, without flagging normal applications as harmful. Solid web security gateway software will also feature rigorous data loss prevention for leak-proof data-sharing channels, as well as protection against other external threats. Additionally, deployment needs should be addressed properly by the software. Users also agree that web security gateways should include update support provided by the manufacturer.


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Real User
System Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 30 2016

What is most valuable?

OpenDNS allows us to maintain low network resource overhead on our, and as a result are currently stretching the performance limits of what our current hardware stack can do. Given these limitations, the granular control which OpenDNS... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because we have a small sysadmin team, the less time we need to devote to responding to threats, parsing data logs and putting out fires, the better. OpenDNS saves us time in this regard, as well as providing fast and easy configuration control.

What needs improvement?

Difficult to answer as we haven't yet pushed the outer limits of what this product can do. Nonetheless, one thing to keep in mind when using OpenDNS is how it will interact with your internal network and DNS architecture. You run the risk of... more»
Real User
Director of IT Support at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 31 2017

What is most valuable?

We needed the product to enable a whitelist-only browsing mode for certain computers for a client. After that was implemented, I was able to configure a virtual appliance to prevent video streaming and certain social media sites. This in turn... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There was a positive effect on productivity because we could track and confront the users that were frequently using social media or streaming video during the work day. They weren’t wasting as much time after OpenDNS was implemented. It gave... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have the ability to prevent certain sites/data from showing on the reports. I have had this feature request open for a couple of years. It would be useful to have for filtering out unuseful data.
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Real User
Vice President of Information Technology at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

We have a number of terminals that are NOT on our MPLS network, so we depend on the OpenDNS services to provide URL filtering where we normally have no visibility or control.

How has it helped my organization?

By using OpenDNS, we block sites that are looked at as malicious and cut down on incoming threats.

What needs improvement?

One thing I can mention is network security. There's no real mention about the potential of malware & virus protection for locations that we are using OpenDNS on. In certain areas, we only have a few people on-site and there’s no real... more»
Consultant
IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The feature which I have found most valuable is the URL filtering policy. This feature: * Gives me a opportunity to make rules for blocking a website where the user should not be able to access it. * Then, McAfee Web Gateway also classifies... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In a company, where about 1000 end users are active, the McAfee Web Gateway are protecting us from threats. Sample: A user clicks a link in a spam/phishing email, the URL gets blocked by the reputation/category. The end user is protected from... more»

What needs improvement?

From the McAfee site, I see no areas for improvement. As a company or an IT department, you should have a look at the Advanced Threat Defense to build up your security solution with the McAfee Web Gateway.
Consultant
Advisor at SCIS Security
Sep 04 2016

What is most valuable?

Custom whitelist/blacklist/block page allows us as consultants to tune web content filtering for the SMB market.

How has it helped my organization?

OpenDNS supplements other security solutions to allow for blocking through DNS requests, which is common for malware to use to bypass other security mechanisms.

What needs improvement?

This product needs policy scheduling for enforcement by category. Notice in all the packages, there’s no scheduling. In the Insights or Platform package offerings, you can now essentially have multiple ‘policies’ per AD user or network group.... more»
Consultant
IT Consultant & MSP Account Manager at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 22 2017

What do you think of Cisco Umbrella?

Valuable Features It has the ability to block malware threats in the cloud and control web content access from inside or outside the office. • Improvements to My Organization It has significantly reduced the threat of virus/malware infections, CryptoLocker infections and has made our client’s networks more secure. • Room for Improvement Improvement could be made in the area of detailed reporting analytics broken down by client name for individual custom reporting. • Use of Solution I have been using it for about three years. • Deployment Issues I have not encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues. The installer can be scheduled and rolled out using our set of Managed Services tools. • Customer Service and Technical Support Customer service...
Real User
Director of Technology at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

The feature that most interested me was protection against DNS-based attacks. Umbrella offers protection against malicious websites by stopping users from visiting them. This is important because of its host / endpoint protection, an... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Employees can do their jobs and know that they'll be protected from malicious websites.

What needs improvement?

The product itself is excellent. What I'd like to see improved is the purchasing process; specifically, I'd like to see OpenDNS offer its customers the ability to purchase any number of licenses instead of a bundle. Cisco & Open DNS don't... more»
Real User
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Mar 07 2018

What is most valuable?

Zscaler provides a lot of features in terms of control (URL filtering, cloud app control, etc.), which can be found in other solutions as well, but in terms of security, it is quite unique. SSL inspection, Advanced Threat Security, and Cloud... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One on the main benefits is protection all time from anywhere. Zscaler excels in security protection and the cloud is always up-to-date. It does not matter if you are a small or big organisation, you will receive the same security quality. In... more»

What needs improvement?

Do not expect to pay for the service and start using it, like Gmail. Zscaler requires a proper implementation to be done to make it successful.
Real User
IT Technician at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The ability to use custom categories to block out websites was valuable because the predefined categories were either too restrictive or not restrictive enough. For example, one category would block everything from social media to webmail,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has made it easier for our IT team to keep employees on track to work and away from distracting websites.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps an option to be able to block only specific users would be a way to improve the free version of OpenDNS. In our department, there are multiple users that need different levels of access. For example, those who work in the advertising... more»
Real User
Desktop And Telephony Support Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 26 2017

What is most valuable?

From a user’s perspective, ease-of-use is what separates it from others like RSA SecurID. It is very easy to download to mobile phones, laptops, and desktops of any platform. From the admin’s perspective, its GUI is very user friendly and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When using Symantec VIP, not much configuration is needed in order for it to work. It works in any platform, including macOS. In our case, we just simply download and install the application online, install Citrix Receiver and that’s it. You... more»

What needs improvement?

The Credential ID part where you need to register it: Sometimes, it does not register a device, for some reason. As a workaround, we register it for our users from the Symantec VIP Manager portal.
User
User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Forcepoint Web Security is a complete web security solution, not just a web filter, like many other solution offerings. The customization and control of URL filtering and the integration with other Forcepoint solutions are great features.

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely added to the security level of the company network and keeps out accidental or purposeful web traffic that can be malicious or inappropriate.

What needs improvement?

I am looking forward to the full integration of the endpoints that they offer for web security and DLP.
Real User
Co-Founder, CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Email Sandbox, DLP and Proxy.

How has it helped my organization?

The Sandbox is a very useful solution for sand-boxing malware / phishing etc. from corporate email accounts. No matter whether it's on Office 365, Exchange (on-premise), or Google (or any other cloud). The Sandbox updates on a regular basis,... more»

What needs improvement?

Reports in the sand-boxing, ease of deployment of sensors to ready to go server with one click of a button. I think there is room to improve the reporting area of the solution and also the investigation part, a basic section where you see the... more»
Consultant
Senior Solutions Consultant at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

Deployment and management are easy.

How has it helped my organization?

It made web filtering and malware protection easy.

What needs improvement?

I think there is some room for improvement with regard to the Windows client. While providing great protection for roaming laptops, on occasion users in the office would get the "yellow triangle" showing up over their wifi connection. It... more»
Consultant
Technical Specialist with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Zscaler is securing entire cooperate traffic using its different modules. This includes URL & aapplication filtering, malware & threat protection, bandwidth control, sand boxing and advanced fire-walling etc. Specifically, I like the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since this is a cloud based product, we don't have to bother about the hardware/physical status and space. No need to monitor and manage the hardware. If there's an issue, Zscaler will switchover to another node to process the customer traffic.

What needs improvement?

Using location admin users should be better so we can merge any centralized authentication servers like AD, Radius, and any other server. This would help centralize the server management. v5.2 is being released shortly, and will have a lot of... more»
Real User
Cloud Solutions Architect at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 02 2016

What do you think of Cisco Umbrella?

Valuable Features It transparently protects users from rogue web sites. OpenDNS filters DNS query/reply without any software to be installed on the client side, so in my mind, the transparency I was talking about relates to: No changes on the client side required, i.e. software or configuration changes The complete communication is not proxy’ed as such, only DNS query/response filtered. • Improvements to My Organization It provides native integration into the multiple cloud services, for example, Microsoft OMS. • Use of Solution I used it during a two-week POC (proof of concept). • Deployment Issues I have not encountered any deployment, stability or scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support Technical support is good. • Previous...
Real User
Network Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Apr 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* My favorite feature is the command and control callback blocking. It provides protection from crypto attacks by blocking the connection back to the attacker's server giving an added layer of defense. * Policies make the work easier by... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The reports have given us insight into what the Internet is being used for at all three campuses. They provide insight into internet usage and information helpful in creating QoS rules.

What needs improvement?

If the virtual appliances could also gather traffic bandwidth reports, that would be great.
iboss
Real User
User at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Within the filter: Controls and reports. They simplify daily tasks and are easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps document internet activities and prevent exposure to inappropriate materials.

What needs improvement?

The area I would like to see improvement in is the ability with in the reporter to navigate directly to the content the user is traversing. It is kind of there, but it's not perfect. Quite frequently, I receive links that lead me to pages... more»
iboss
Real User
Director of Technology at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

* Granular setup, which was able to set different levels of filters using the OUs in the AD. * The reporting was as detailed as much as you requested. * Filtering different age group of learners is imperative to allow the secondary learners... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We switched to 1-to-1 iPads, needing more control and ease of use. Because of iboss, I did not have to assign web filtering tasks to my techs on a daily basis. As a department, we were able to spend our time making a difference in our... more»

What needs improvement?

SSL decryption: We had issues with learners using apps instead of using web browsers. This type of encryption is tough for any appliance in a BYOD environment.
Real User
Adjunct Professor at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 08 2017

What do you think of Forcepoint Web Security?

Valuable Features Reporting Custom Block Pages AD integration • Improvements to My Organization It allowed our company to not worry about the security of a page, but talk more about the content and the productivity of specific types of web categories. • Room for Improvement Allow for faster exemption of websites or the ability to reclassify websites. • Use of Solution Five years. • Deployment Issues None. • Stability Issues None. • Scalability Issues None. • Customer Service and Technical Support Customer Service: Great. They made sure that we were choosing the right version and helped us understand the tradeoffs between their different deployment strategies. Technical Support: Great. I had only a few issues after rollout and their tech support...
Real User
System & Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

Web content filtering: Cisco ASA 5505 doesn’t have a straight content filtering feature, so we used OpenDNS and it worked like a charm. It is security beyond the firewall, and hence more beneficial, as it stops the threats before reaching the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to implement web content filtering to block unwanted traffic, and to prevent bandwidth choking and malicious attacks without deploying any hardware/software, within a few hours.

What needs improvement?

I would like the product to offer more security features, such as IPS, IDS, DDoS prevention, etc.
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Technical Specialist
A highly driven IT Professional, possessing more than 8 years of experience in various aspects of Security Management, Vulnerability Assessment, deployment, and security, of large enterprise networks. Possessing a wide range of technical proficiencies, in Telecommunication and Real time... more>>
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Excessive in the IT industry, working as a Consultant at Advania Öst, located at Norrköping, sweden. A happy, talkative and polite person. Educating myself in both network security and endpoint security. McAfee endpoint protection certificated.
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IT Security Consultant
A purely self-motivated & diligent professional with significant experience in the networking and IT-Security industry. Seeks out new challenges constantly and applies a positive and infectious mind set to deliver results that exceed expectations. Proven ability to troubleshoot network... more>>
Reviewed Forcepoint Web Security: Technically good...too much administration...
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IT Administrator
I am Microsoft Certified Professional and Technology Specialist with Active Directory and Network Infrastructure with 17 years of IT Experience.

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