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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the ability to block users from reaching places that they should not even try to reach has been a boon.""The most valuable feature is the website protection capabilities because it prevents end-users from entering bad sites that potentially have malware or could be used for phishing.""It analyzes the domain security helps us implement the securest policy.""Some clients only want DNS security, while others want more of the advanced features that it has available.""The weekly reportings are great. The investigation is super and the application management is equally great.""Cisco Umbrella is such a solution and can be implemented very fast and easy. All that we must do is redirect the DNS registers in their routers, or the active directory service of the enterprise that are going to use in Umbrella services. If you buy the service now, in two hours you are protected by the service because it's very fast to put in service.""Provides dependable DNS monitoring of external devices.""I think recently with many people working from home, Cisco Umbrella has been very useful. For example, we can manage the device and the network when the employee is not working on the local host. Cisco Umbrella is very valuable for this kind of infrastructure."

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"The most valuable feature is that we can use it as a proxy.""The deployment process is very simple.""I would recommend this solution to others.""It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance.""Cisco is the best in giving technical support. There is no doubt about that.""It also has high availability.""This appliance gives me good visibility in the userbase and their activities.""The most valuable feature is security."

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"It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.""It's a stable solution.""The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""The most valuable feature is the caching.""The solution is scalable."

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Cons
"Actually, we recently switched over to Zscaler because it has more features and it's more scalable than Cisco Umbrella.""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""It could be improved by having a local data center and caching, which can provide protection support. I would like to be able to channel my intel and my network traffic to their clouds, and this feature is not available. Advanced protection or any malware file support, which might be required, is not available.""The pricing could always be a little bit better.""The integration with Cisco could be better.""User interface could be a little smoother and more intuitive.""Data reporting could be improved.""In the next release, I would like to see the integration of VDI NSX with Cisco Umbrella."

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"The solution needs to be more user-friendly and easier to navigate.""This solution could be more secure.""The GUI is not user-friendly, so it needs to improve or be simplified.""If a user wants to use it for other devices like mobile or smartphones, this product isn't so reliable.""Sometimes reporting is a little bit short.""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 licensing model needs to be more flexible.""They need a better graphical interface, and they need a better ISE mechanism."

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"Technical support is an area that requires some improvement.""The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.""There are performance issues with all of the proxies.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It has a reasonable price. It is certainly not as expensive as it used to be. It is in line with other offerings on the market. There are a number of different flavors of Umbrella. They could bring Umbrella SIG down a bit because its price is a little bit high for what it does, but I also understand why its price is high.""The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway.""Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans.""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.""I think it's worth the money.""There are three models for licensing with different feature sets.""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.""The licensing fee is paid on a yearly basis."

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"Regarding Cisco price-wise, it is always on a bit on the higher side.""Licensing fees are based on the number of users.""Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it."

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"Licensing is based on a subscription.""In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom.""It's expensive. Clients often go to other products.""The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution."

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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: Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… 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: 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: It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.
Top Answer: The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution. We have a three-year licence.
Top Answer: The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.
Comparisons
Also Known As
OpenDNS
Cisco WSA, Cisco Web Security
Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
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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).

A Symantec secure web-filtering proxy empowers you to: Control web and cloud usage with fast app performance. Establish negative-day threat defenses. Implement multi-authentication realm support. Gain visibility into encrypted web traffic.

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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
Jefferies
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Consumer Goods Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Educational Organization6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Government10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise64%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise20%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Web Security Appliance is ranked 5th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 8 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 15th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 5 reviews. Cisco Web Security Appliance is rated 7.8, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.2. 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 Symantec Proxy writes "Stable, with good caching for better performance and web isolation". Cisco Web Security Appliance is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, McAfee Web Gateway and Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Fortinet FortiProxy, Exinda, Citrix SD-WAN and Steelhead. See our Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Symantec Proxy report.

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