Compare Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall vs. Fortinet FortiWeb

Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is ranked 9th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 2 reviews while Fortinet FortiWeb is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews. Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiWeb is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall writes "Runs behind the scenes, in the background and keeps everything running smoothly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiWeb writes "Good pricing, and provides for faster and more secure application deployment". Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP and Fortinet FortiWeb, whereas Fortinet FortiWeb is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, FortiADC and Cloudflare. See our Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall vs. Fortinet FortiWeb report.
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The web application firewall which protects our services on the internet, and then of course services like our ability to provide high availability for the services we are offering are the most valuable features.When our primary link goes down I can still get to my Cisco devices and the NetScaler devices on-prem because of the SDN solution. If the internet connection at one of the branches goes down, we can still route them, they still get internet based on the SDN solution through one of the other sites. They can carry on working.

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FortiWeb offers machine learning in the latest product. This fixed many problems. There are no false negatives.It's the extra security that is the most valuable feature. You have insight into your traffic. There are some great insights into what utilities hackers are trying to exploit. It blocks a lot of stuff from the internet.The most valuable feature in this solution is the ability to disseminate between the user entering some wrong value to the field, and a suspicious actor trying to exploit some known vulnerability.What we like about Fortinet FortiWeb is it has all the features. We use all of them, so we have to turn on all the options.All the features that FortiGate contains are very suitable for our business. We work with other products in Fortinet, FortiWeb, FortiSandbox, FortiMail, and FortiCache. We use all UTM features like self-encryption, encryption, all UTM features.When we had Cisco we had around thirty thousand entries on our firewalls. Now we are down to three thousand. Fortinet has a mechanism to detect all of your entries which are not used, and it can clean it up.Security Fabric integration. This is really a value-added feature as FortiWeb can interact with the rest of the client’s Fortinet pack to provide an intelligent security layer like (FortiSIEM for central log management and correlation, FortiGate, FortiSandbox for malware analysis, etc.).The most valuable feature is the web application firewall (WAF).

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The user interface could be more friendly. Some wizards and other documentation for administrators, as well as some use cases, helps us to understand the solution.Security could be improved because then I can get rid of my Cisco firewalls. If they improve the security then I could run my security, my proxy, my firewalling and my SDN solution on one device instead of having to have multiple devices.

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Fortinet FortiWeb is not scalable. You'll need more budget to change the hardware.The solution is rather complicated. If you know what to do, it's not bad, but it's complicated for a first time user to configure the solution. What I'd like to improve are the custom signatures.We would like to know more about the integration with the hardware or security products, such as Gemalto, because we need to move to that point.Fortinet FortiWeb needs to improve the way it's configured. Common services like publishing exchange should be done in one click only.New releases and old releases have some bugs, some features do not work as good as we want but every new release the Fortinet team fixes up problems.I would like to have an antivirus option.FortiWeb does not exist in a cloud-based form. Its only available for deployment as a virtual appliance on AWS and Azure IaaS platforms. Because of the trend to WAF environments, it would be good to have it as a SaaS. Also, FortiWeb would be more competitive if it combined WAF and DDoS protection.​Their support needs improvement.

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The solution gives us the best price to performance ratio.The license cost depends on the size of the box or the size of the solution. It can go from €200 Euros to a few hundred thousand Euros a year depending on your size.​The pricing is reasonable.​It really pays off to buy licences for multiple years​.Keep a loose margin between your actual bandwidth and the product sizing when using hardware appliances. Only virtual machines are upgradable to larger sizes.Cheaper than others.FortiWeb can be purchased in VM mode for a lower price and the same features.

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Overview
Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is a comprehensive full function ICSA, Common Criteria, FIPS-certified web application firewall that analyzes all bi-directional traffic, including SSL-encrypted communication, to protect against a broad range of security threats. It provides the ability to perform deep-packet inspection of HTTP, HTTPS and XML as well as protection against OWASP top 10. NetScaler AppFirewall threat protection includes and is not limited to SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting attacks, cookie tampering, form validation and protection, HTTP and XML reply and request format validation, JSON payload inspection, signature and behavior based protections, data loss prevention (DLP) support including the monitoring of traffic for intended and unintended data exposure, DoS protection, authentication, authorization and auditing support and reporting, and policy tools that provide for easier PCI-DSS compliance verification.

FortiWeb is a web application firewall (WAF) that protects hosted web applications from attacks that target known and unknown exploits. Using multi-layered and correlated detection methods, FortiWeb defends applications from known vulnerabilities and from zero-day threats.

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Sample Customers
NSS Labs, ICSA LabsLush, Barnabas Health, Options, Riverside Healthcare, Hillsbourough County Schools, Columbia Public Schools, Schiller AG
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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Consumer Goods10%
Mining And Metals Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
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