McAfee Web Gateway Overview

McAfee Web Gateway is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Web Security Gateways. It is most often compared to Fortinet FortiProxy: McAfee Web Gateway vs Fortinet FortiProxy

What is McAfee Web Gateway?

Organizations can do more over the web today than ever before. Today’s web offers a
dynamic, real-time user experience. However, the web has also become a more dangerous
place, with increasingly sophisticated attacks released every day. McAfee® Web Gateway
is a critical defense for any organization to protect against emerging malware threats. It
empowers organizations with secure internet access while greatly reducing risk through an
advanced security approach that combines powerful, local intent analysis with cloud-based
protection powered by McAfee Labs.

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Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Sep 13, 2020
Very sophisticated with great anti-virus filtering, URL categorization, and reporting capabilities

What is our primary use case?

This is a web security product, it controls the usage of web for employees. There is an integral anti-virus and web URL filtering solution. I've used the solution in multiple companies that I worked in, and for the last six months I have a new company and I sell the solution along with other security products. I'm a security engineer.

Pros and Cons

  • "Good anti-virus filtering, URL categorization, and reporting capabilities."
  • "User interface could be more intuitive."

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution and would rate it a 10 out of 10.
Vice President - Risk Management, Chief Information Security Officer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Top 10
May 15, 2020
Powerful user activity monitoring that includes SSL decryption

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to protect us against online threats, as well as for user activity monitoring.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is fairly straightforward and easy to perform."
  • "The cloud needs improvement with respect to DLP."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to use a hybrid model, rather than just something for a specific use case. Otherwise, you won't have a full 360-degree view. Integration with Active Directory is critical, as is the log integration with your SIEM solution. These are key factors that you need to consider. If I were rating the on-premises and cloud-based features separately, I would give it a nine out of ten on-premises and a seven out of ten for the cloud. Overall, I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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