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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"The most valuable features are that it is really secure and very easy to use.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is very stable.""I think Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is stable.""The setup is quick and easy on the client-side.""You don't have to think about it very much. It just works.""The solution is very easy to use and set up.""The solution has good performance. It is a simple tool to use, once I turn on Windows it automatically starts to use the VPN.""Especially during the COVID pandemic, this solution has allowed us to work from home without security concerns."

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"It seems to be more scalable than we thought.""Starting from FortiGate and from the EMS server, you have to begin at the endpoint, and that's the most useful thing about using FortiClient.""Compared to other similar solutions, it is faster in connecting.""The VPN has proven to be quite useful.""Having a centralized console is a valuable feature. The Fortinet fabric is also very valuable where all different pieces talk together to secure our network and track the North, South, East, and West movement of files and data through our network.""It is not at all interesting for me as a standalone product, but as a product that is integrated with FortiGate with all features, it is actually a great tool and a great experience. I had test installed FortiClient working from home. I remembered and knew which web categories were denied or allowed. All those policies were correctly reflected standalone, for example, on my laptop.""The Fortinet FortiClient is simple to use.""The technical support from Fortinet and local vendors is good."

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"Behavior analytics and other newer technologies should be integrated into the solution.""Sometimes when you are on the VPN, it can be a little bit slow.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client would be perfect if it weren't for the fingerprint feature.""Even when your internet speed is good, once you connect to the VPN the speed gets automatically reduced, which is worrisome.""The support could be more proactive in their recommendations. I noticed that the Cisco support agents tend to leave customers to do what they need to do in many ways, and you can choose how you want to do it. However, it would be great if they could proactively be involved in best practices and let other customers know how most people are doing it.""The setup is a bit difficult to handle on the server-side.""The configuration from the client-side would be useful. Right now, it's not centralized. There should be a lock so that it can only be configured from one place.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is a stable solution. However, there have been times it has not worked and I needed to call our IT department. It could be more stable."

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"The solution can improve by adding new remote console or endpoint features to make the solution easier to use.""With Fortinet, some clients have to wait two to four days for a response. That is the biggest complaint from end customer about Fortinet's technical support.""The solution could improve by providing analytics or detailed reports.""The user interface could be more inviting.""The documentation could be improved.""While I cannot think of new features to add, it would be nice if the reports were improved, to have these sent automatically.""I don't think FortiClient is bad, but it's very buggy. We ran into some issues with the EMS, which amounted to more than 10 cases last year.""I think that FortiClient can enhance the multifactor authentication."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing.""We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it.""The licensing costs are reasonable."

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"The price of the solution depends on the type of firewall you have from FortiGate. I am satisfied with the price of the solution.""The cost per port is very less as compared to the other technologies.""The solution's scalability is inexpensive.""The solution is more cost efficient than Cisco, as FortiGate tends not to charge for the client license, which allows one to make free use of whatever is supported on the device.""It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine.""Fortinet FortiClient comes free with the purchase of the FortiGate solution. There is a license required for this solution. You later can upgrade from the free version which will allow more endpoints. The cost of the license subscription is based on how many endpoints you require.""Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature.""I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
Top Answer: We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
Top Answer: There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
Top Answer: Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
Top Answer: I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
Top Answer: The solution offers great stability.
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Also Known As
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
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As mobile workers roam to different locations, an always-on intelligent VPN helps AnyConnect client devices to automatically select the optimal network access point and adapt its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method. This may include voice over IP (VoIP) traffic, TCP-based application access, or Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol for latency-sensitive traffic.

FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

The FortiClient fabric agent can:

• Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
• Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
• Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
• Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
• Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
Cloud-based endpoint security

Benefits and Features

• Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
• SAAS control and web/content filtering
• Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
• Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
• Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
• ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
• Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

Reviews from Real Users:

IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

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Sample Customers
MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Wireless Company7%
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company22%
Financial Services Firm5%
Financial Services Firm23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Consumer Goods Company14%
Computer Software Company9%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise48%
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise21%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,139 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 13 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 28 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Plenty of functionality, integrates with Active Directory, and highly scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Provides good endpoint security at low price". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, OpenVPN Access Server, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, whereas Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway. See our Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient report.

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