Avast Secure Web Gateway (SWG) vs. Sophos Cloud Web Gateway (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Avast SWG
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Avast Secure Web Gateway service provides cloud-based web protection for all employees and devices whether they are in or out of the office. With it, the user points DNS requests to the Avast network and is free from the complexity and overhead of traditional proxy servers and on-premise appliances. Avast’s SWG also protects roaming and guest workers as well. The Avast cloud SWG service, provided in partnership with the Zscaler threat network, blocks access to malware and bad locations on the…N/A
Sophos Cloud Web Gateway (discontinued)
Score 7.1 out of 10
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Sophos Cloud Web Gateway has been discontinued since 30 June 2020.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Avast SWGSophos Cloud Web Gateway (discontinued)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Score 9.2 out of 10
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 6.4 out of 10
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 6.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Avast Software
I have been using [Avast Secure Web Gateway (SWG)] for a very long
time in my organization, it is very easy to use with having the interface
created on a very advanced module. Designed with much-modernized UI and dashboard
is very pleasing to use and to have the best experience on it.
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Sophos Secure Web Gateway is great for almost any business that needs an easily-manageable proxy server. We're a medium-sized enterprise, but the product would work great for much larger companies as well. The only real limitations would be hardware resources, but it isn't that intensive. The administration of it is very intuitive, and it was quick to set up. Where it might not make sense is across multiple sites, unless all internet traffic is funneled through one place. It would be a bit complicated to maintain multiple setups.
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Pros
Avast Software
  • I have been using this platform in my organization for securing the network for a very long time and I am satisfied with their services and features.
  • It helps me in blocking web threats before coming on the network automatically which saves my network from potential attack.
  • Completely functional UI with having all the features to have a fast and secure working environment.
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  • When IT Admins need to deploy virtually.
  • When IT Admins want to have high availability without an extra cost (via the Virtual Appliance Deployment).
  • When IT Admins want to control and give the internet fair use within the organization.
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Cons
Avast Software
  • The major drawback of using Avast secure web gateway that it sometimes slows down the system in blocking web threats.
  • Secondly, it is hard to set up the first time as it takes a lot of effort and time to completely integrate with the system to make it fully functional.
  • Starting scanning the web application and organizing network in the background which talks a lot of memory and slows down the other processes.
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  • Administrator Permissions: There's not enough granularity on the administrative side. We ran into an issue where we wanted to restrict junior admins from being able to see traffic per user. But in doing so, it also prevented them from adusting some other settings they had to have access to, like setting exceptions for sites.
  • CA Database: I occasionally run into issues where the list of certificate authorities in the appliance is not up to date, and I have to manually add a CA. These aren't rare, never-heard-of authorities, either, but they are usually subsidiaries of one of the major ones.
  • Feedback: Sometimes it takes some good detective skills to track down why a legitimate site isn't working. It's often because of content hosted elsewhere (images, for example), but the reports aren't always clear as to what actually gets blocked. It takes some trial and error sometimes to unblock something that should be okay for our business.
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Alternatives Considered
Avast Software
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Sophos Secure Web Gateway has flexible pricing and deployment options. It offers a huge range of categorization options and they also pull web categorization info from other services
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Return on Investment
Avast Software
  • I am facing a lot on my organization's websites that it shows a lot of ads on the screen which sometimes got a freeze on the page and takes the whole screen to play which is a lot of time-consuming and slows down the work.
  • Avast Secure Web Gateway [(SWG)] is one of the best protection solutions available in the market to secure network traffic.
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  • We have not had a single instance of malware since installing Web Gateway. We have other ways to prevent infections and attacks, of course, so this is just one tool in the box, but we had a handful before this from people visiting sites they should not have. Web Gateway has prevented those, at least.
  • There was some pushback initially as users had to deal with some business sites not working (usually due to CA problems). After the initial growing pains, however, we've seen very few other problems.
  • The appliance updates itself, in the middle of the night, so that reduces some overhead and planned downtime.
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