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Fortinet FortiGate SWG is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Web Security Gateways. It is most often compared to Cisco Umbrella: Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs Cisco Umbrella

What is Fortinet FortiGate SWG?

As Enterprises continue to rearchitect their WAN Edge with rapid migration of applications to the cloud, the attack surface at the remote sites/branch locations continues to increase. This risk is especially high for web-based traffic, as web-based threat continue to be one of the primary attack vectors. As attack techniques become more advanced and versatile, organizations need an integrated approach to secure against external and internal risks. Fortinet's secure web gateway provides flexible deployment options to protect against internet-based threats without compromising on end-user experience.

Fortinet FortiGate SWG is also known as FortiGate SWG, FortiGate Secure Web Gateway.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Fortinet FortiGate SWG pricing:
  • "It is less expensive than a Cisco solution."
  • "It is around $50,000 per month."
  • "The price is relatively expensive compared to other solutions which are providing similar features."
  • "There is a need to pay for a license for the product."

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IT Engineering Manager at Mission Critical Partners
Real User
Top 5
Easier to configure than other solutions, really reliable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

Our clients use it to protect their network. They're into public safety. They're police, fire, and EMS, and they're very concerned about security and what gets in and what doesn't get into their networks. We have got another client for whom we're deploying 30 firewalls in HA pairs over a huge network. That, of course, is a Cisco setup, not FortiGate. Everybody is cranking up on security to find new ways to block and protect not just the inbound but also the outbound traffic. They want to protect what goes out. They also want to protect DMZs and all that kind of stuff.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is simpler to configure. It is not like Cisco Firepower, where you go crazy trying to follow the Cisco documentation to figure out how to configure one little thing. Unlike Cisco Firepower, where you can't do everything through the web interface and you have got to do some command line stuff, Fortinet FortiGate SWG is simpler. There are four different things in Cisco to get in, which is not the case with Fortinet FortiGate SWG. It is one of my favorite solutions to work with. I would much rather work with it than Cisco Firepower, for example. Even though I've got 20 years of Cisco experience with different firewalls, I would much prefer this solution."
  • "Their technical support could be improved a little bit in terms of responsiveness."

What other advice do I have?

If you are brand new to this solution, you're going to want to read the documentation and follow it while setting it up because otherwise, you will miss something. To use this solution, you've got to know what you're doing. You can't just take someone who is a decent network guy and expect him to figure out what he has to do. It isn't that simple. I would rate Fortinet FortiGate SWG an eight out of ten.
Data Center Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Top 5
Very secure, stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We use it to secure connections for communication. This solution is deployed on the cloud and on-premises. We are using the latest version.

Pros and Cons

  • "The security for endpoints is the most valuable. It is very secure for our workers. It allows us to secure a transaction and enable security for a specific segment in the workflow."
  • "I would like the deployment and integration of this product to be easier. We should be able to deploy the features more easily and have different types of access. It should be easier to integrate. Currently, we need to develop APIs to use this interface."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Fortinet FortiGate SWG an eight out of ten.
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Ashok Lamsal
Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Overall beneficial features, scalable, but configuration could be made easier

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortinet FortiGate SWG as a security package tool for many of its features, such as analyzing and VPN services.

Pros and Cons

  • "The overall features of Fortinet FortiGate SWG are good."
  • "The solution could improve by having some additional features, such as IBS and better cloud administration."

What other advice do I have?

I have recommended this solution to others. I rate Fortinet FortiGate SWG seven out of ten.
Consultant senior IT at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Having the same functionality, whether deploying a small or large firewall, is very beneficial

What is our primary use case?

We are integrators and I'm a senior consultant.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has the same functionalities throughout the range of products."
  • "They have not yet extended to the cloud."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
Network Security Engineer at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good performance and simple management

What is our primary use case?

We consider the solution to be useful. It is utilized solely for IPS web application. This we filter, as the basic features related to next-generation firewall are being employed, including IPS, application ID and filter, web application and annex. 

What is most valuable?

The performance is very good and the solution is simple to manage.

What needs improvement?

The solution has many heightened points which we cannot get to without working on CLI. There are many features but these are hidden. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortinet FortiGate SWG for nearly one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?