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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection.""It analyzes the domain security helps us implement the securest policy.""The weekly reportings are great. The investigation is super and the application management is equally great.""It's very stable, reliable and does its job.""What we like most is security and how easy it is to integrate with other appliances.""Provides dependable DNS monitoring of external devices.""The initial setup is very easy and takes only a few minutes.""Helps block personal email accounts."

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"The technical support is good. It is reactive and the documentation is very specific and very useful.""This solution offers categorization for YouTube and other specific applications from Facebook to WhatsApp, which can be controlled whether it's on mobile or PC.""The most valuable feature is that we can use it as a proxy.""This appliance gives me good visibility in the userbase and their activities.""It also has high availability.""Cisco is the best in giving technical support. There is no doubt about that.""The most valuable feature is security.""It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance."

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"In terms of functionality, Forcepoint is the best web proxy available.""The most valuable feature is the categorization, where you can allow general access to an application but limit specific features.""For the most part, the solution, when set up correctly, works fine.""Once deployed, the management console is simple and easy to use.""The antiviral sandboxing.""The spam filter is very effective.""The feature that I find to be most valuable is the flexibility of the single endpoint.""It has got a really good URL categorization database. It is simple to set up. It is also easy to use and quite intuitive. It has got a nice utility for troubleshooting."

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Cons
"This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""I would like to see integration with SecurNX in the future.""The reporting could be improved by way of the information that's displayed. For example, when you pull a report, it shows an internal employee going to many websites, but you can spin that right down by saying a lot of it is being cached.""It has happened in the past that Cisco Umbrella has denied us access to secure websites.""In the next release, I would like to see the integration of VDI NSX with Cisco Umbrella.""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""Missing a real data leakage prevention solution.""Data reporting could be improved."

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"The FTD 21 model's Firepower Threat Defense does not have the multi-instance feature for the virtualization with the physical equipment.""Technical support needs to be improved because they take a very long time and there is no communication or notification.""They need a better graphical interface, and they need a better ISE mechanism.""The licensing model needs to be more flexible.""If a user wants to use it for other devices like mobile or smartphones, this product isn't so reliable.""The one thing I don't like about Cisco is that they are very much fragmented in terms of providing the complete solution. They keep on breaking their different feature sets into different boxes.""The GUI is not user-friendly, so it needs to improve or be simplified.""Sometimes reporting is a little bit short."

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"The solution should be better able to support itself and operate faster. Sometimes the technical support team takes too long to respond.""The deployment is a bit complex and it requires expertise to deploy, which is something that should be improved and made easier to do.""Overall the software is occupying too much memory space. If they could remedy that, it would be a better experience, because today Windows is occupying too much memory space as well (in terms of the RAM), and this software has also started occupying all the memory. Due to this, I have less space for my other office products and data. I can't, for example, operate a huge Excel sheet or other datasets.""In the on-premises version, I don't like the deployment and structuring of the device.""Sometimes attacks or a new ransomware gets through.""We have a lot of false positives, which is one area that can be improved.""Stability needs some improvement, we have on occasion experienced some delay when it is synchronized.""We are using a V10000 G3 appliance. It is just a proxy. It is just HTTP, FTP, and HTTPS. Now, as our website has developed and we are using rich time-connectivity protocols, the proxy doesn't have the ability to work with these protocols. It would be nice if the UDP feature was there for it to filter UDP traffic. It needs firewall capabilities for UDP filtering. Its upgrades can be quite complex, and they don't always go as per the plan. Its reporting could be a bit more granular."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month.""Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans.""The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible.""There are three models for licensing with different feature sets.""I think it's worth the money.""The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway.""The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower.""There is a subscription cost."

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"When you compare the price of this solution to the price of FortiGate, it's high.""I know from the manager that the price is too high and that other solutions offer the same features for less.""Licensing fees are based on the number of users.""Regarding Cisco price-wise, it is always on a bit on the higher side.""Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it."

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"The licensing is not expensive.""The price of this product should be reduced to make it more competitive.""Licensing is flexible. License pricing information is based on the customer, their environment, and on the future approach.""The solution is priced a little high compare to similar solutions.""Overall, I am not aware of the option to pay for one time use of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway.""The price of this solution is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
Top Answer: I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
Top Answer: The price depends on the use case, and it's a bit linear. But it depends on the customer's strategy and how Cisco plans… more »
Top Answer: It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance.
Top Answer: Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it.
Top Answer: Sometimes reporting is a little bit short. Cisco has always put more emphasis on developing big products that are very… more »
Top Answer: I have found the web content filtering and malware filter the most valuable.
Top Answer: There should be more hardware models available and the application control could improve.
Comparisons
Also Known As
OpenDNS
Cisco WSA, Cisco Web Security
Forcepoint SWG, Websense Web Security, Forcepoint TRITON
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Overview

OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

For security, your network needs malware protection, application visibility and control, acceptable use policy controls, insightful reporting and secure mobility. Cisco offers this protection, all on a single platform: the Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA).

Websense Web Security blocks web threats to reduce malware infections, decrease help desk incidents and free up valuable IT resources. It has more than 100 security and filtering categories, hundreds of web application and protocol controls, and 60-plus reports with customization and role-based access.
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Sample Customers
Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Caixa Seguradora
Adventist Health, Alphawest, Amadori, Anoka County, Compartamos Banco, Davies Turner, EverBank, iGATE, Karlstad Municipality, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Scavolini, Smurfit Kappa, Toyota
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Consumer Goods Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Computer Software Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Healthcare Company11%
Government11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise20%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
543,424 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Web Security Appliance is ranked 5th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 10 reviews while Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is ranked 3rd in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 14 reviews. Cisco Web Security Appliance is rated 7.6, while Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Web Security Appliance writes "We always hear from our customers that this is one of the products that they are very satisfied with". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway writes "Flexible endpoint security, provides URL filtering, and the reporting is good". Cisco Web Security Appliance is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, McAfee Web Gateway, Symantec Secure Web Gateway and iboss, whereas Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, McAfee Web Protection, Trend Micro Web Security and TitanHQ WebTitan. See our Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway report.

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