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"Its security features are very good. It has normal security, and then it has add-on security with a separate license, which I find very good. It is also very stable.""The initial setup isn't too difficult.""Every scenario we have put the solution through it has been able to handle it one way or another."

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"The most valuable feature is the Fail-to-Network (FTN) option, which means that if for any reason the appliance goes down then there is no interruption in traffic.""The most valuable feature is the Fail-to-Network (FTN) option, which means that if for any reason the appliance goes down then there is no interruption in traffic.""One of the most valuable aspects of this solution is that it's easy to deploy without a lot of complications.""The ability to do SSL chaining is most valuable. It provides the ability to send decrypted traffic at close-to-line speed to products that can't decrypt. So, it can take the decrypted traffic and send it to your IPS or your other tools to be able to see what's inside of that traffic for DLP or malicious content detection. That's the whole beauty of it. It was probably the elephant in the room for the longest in terms of SSL decryption. It can get the high band, especially for places that had a lot of decryption to do, such as big finance companies, big telcos, etc."

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"It can have more features on the cloud side because we are moving a lot of servers to our cloud. Its support and scalability also need improvement. Currently, their technical support is slow, and its scalability is complex. It should have integrated SSL decryption with some special machine algorithm to tell us about certain kinds of security issues. Currently, it can decrypt, but it should also provide more information. It can have some kind of algorithm to inform us about how the packets should or shouldn't be. It should inform us when certain things are happening. When users are going to the internet and it sees an abnormal behavior or abnormal type of traffic, it should alarm us about this. It should tell us that there is some kind of strange traffic, and it shouldn't be like that. Currently, it lacks in this aspect.""The most difficult thing that we have to deal with is SSL Hardening. Vulnerabilities are found in various ciphers, getting them removed, identifying them, et cetera.""The installation is complex but not more than other competitors."

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"Technical support needs to be improved.""From the operations perspective, they have to come up with easier ways so that the operational guys can easily manage it.""They're working on being able to handle more traffic. They're working on bigger boxes full of throughput because now networks are going to 40 gigs and 100 gigs. So, trying to keep up with the bandwidth demands is where things are being pushed."

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"The price of the solution is a little high."

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"Licensing fees are billed annually and we purchased a three-year license."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The initial setup isn't too difficult.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of the actual pricing. I've never had to renew them yet. So far the F5 is proven to, according to my analysis at least, to be less expensive than, for example, an Azure load balancer. For… more »
Top Answer: The most difficult thing that we have to deal with is SSL Hardening. Vulnerabilities are found in various ciphers, getting them removed, identifying them, et cetera.
Top Answer: The ability to do SSL chaining is most valuable. It provides the ability to send decrypted traffic at close-to-line speed to products that can't decrypt. So, it can take the decrypted traffic and send… more »
Top Answer: They're working on being able to handle more traffic. They're working on bigger boxes full of throughput because now networks are going to 40 gigs and 100 gigs. So, trying to keep up with the… more »
Top Answer: I would advise understanding how your workflows go because with users being remote and on-prem, you probably have to come up with some type of a hybrid solution. If you're trying to provide protection… more »
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Overview

The majority of malware and data exfiltration hides within SSL/TLS encryption, blinding your security inspection tools. Decrypt and orchestrate to make your controls more effective.

The Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is a high-performance transparent proxy for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) network communications. You install the SSL Visibility Appliance in the network and attach one or more security devices to it. The SSL Visibility Appliance is able to decrypt the SSL traffic, enabling the attached security appliances to see the plaintext (that is, the original unencrypted data) in SSL encrypted connections. It eliminates the blind spot created by encrypted traffic, enables your organization to combat the threats hidden within SSL, while preserving user privacy and regulatory compliance. Powerful policies allow you to bypass specific types of traffic (such as financial or healthcare data) to maintain employee data privacy.

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American Systems, MAXIMUS, Motorists Insurance Group, Talentsoft , ZipWhip, LivePerson, SHINSEGAE INTERNET DUTY FREE
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm20%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm13%
Government8%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5 SSL Visibility (EOL) vs. Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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F5 SSL Visibility (EOL) is ranked unranked in SSL/TLS Decryption with 3 reviews while Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is ranked 2nd in SSL/TLS Decryption with 3 reviews. F5 SSL Visibility (EOL) is rated 8.4, while Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of F5 SSL Visibility (EOL) writes "Consistent and stable with a straightforward setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance writes "Enhanced our threat detection rates and does not interrupt our traffic on failure, but it needs to be easier to manage". F5 SSL Visibility (EOL) is most compared with A10 Networks Thunder SSLi, whereas Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is most compared with A10 Networks Thunder SSLi and GigaSMART SSL TLS Decryption.

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