McAfee Web Protection Overview

McAfee Web Protection is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Web Content Filtering tools. It is most often compared to Zscaler Internet Access: McAfee Web Protection vs Zscaler Internet Access

What is McAfee Web Protection?

McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make the world a safer place. By building solutions that work with other companies' products, McAfee helps businesses orchestrate cyber environments that are truly integrated, where protection, detection, and correction of threats happen simultaneously and collaboratively. By protecting consumers across all their devices, McAfee secures their digital lifestyle at home and away. By working with other security players, McAfee is leading the effort to unite against cybercriminals for the benefit of all.

McAfee Web Protection is also known as McAfee Web Gateway, McAfee SaaS Web Protection.

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Manager of BI at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Easy to use and it protects our BI data from web-based threats

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for security related to data that is coming from the internet.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is that it protects against threats that are coming from the web."
  • "The solution should be more proactive in regards to sending you updates."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product but at the same time, I would first check to see if there are any newcomers in the market. I would then do a proof of concept and test it out. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Business Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A stable solution, although it needs more flexibility

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for the user security side of things.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease in the configuration for security roles.

What needs improvement?

We need a better customer experience and more flexibility in the product. I would like to put in more roles for the users.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable but it needs more. It is rigid.

How are customer service and technical support?

Another person is responsible for dealing with technical support, so I do not have experience with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did have an older product but this one had more features so we made the change.

How was the initial setup?

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IT Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The URL filtering policy makes rules to block a website where a user should not be able to access it

What other advice do I have?

Have a look at the Advanced Threat Defense implementation, and implement it with the McAfee Web Gateway. This is a more advanced filtering of files which could inflict damage upon your company or end users.
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Has built-in AV & malware inspection. Full granular policy customization capability.

Valuable Features:

This product has built-in AV & malware inspection. Full granular policy customization capability. SaaS and integration with ePO completes a full security solution (HIPS/IPS/IDS/SWG/AV).

Improvements to My Organization:

Less complex policy to administer, complete visibility with a single pane of glass when integrated with ePO.

Room for Improvement:

Add McAfee Client Proxy agents for mobiles to Web SaaS instead of the consumer based mobile security platform. Adding CASB feature would get McAfee ahead.
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