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Cisco AnyConnect

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Score 8.7 out of 100

WatchGuard Network Security

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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco AnyConnect

In our scenario, we help employees to work from anywhere, both on company laptops and personal mobile devices, at any time. AnyConnect simplifies secure terminal access and provides the security you need to keep your business safe and secure. If you already have Firepower or ASA firewalls, Cisco can provide you with AnyConnect licenses for user VPNs. If your firewalls are Firepower, the licenses can be uploaded to your Smart account.
Diego Gamez | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

For the size of businesses that I am involved with, the WatchGuard products are an excellent fit in terms of pricing, capacity, performance and reliability. The products are scaled for both main office or branch offices or warehouses. I have yet to not be able to come up with the correct solution for businesses. The pre-sales staff has excellent product knowledge and has always made the right recommendations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2
Identification Technologies
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.4
Visualization Tools
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
7.2
Content Inspection
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.7
Active Directory and LDAP
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
Firewall Management Console
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9
Reporting and Logging
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
7.3
VPN
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
High Availability
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2
Proxy Server
Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
7.8

Pros

Cisco AnyConnect

  • Autoconnections are seamless for the users. There's nothing for them to do once it's all setup.
  • It recognizes security certificates for the PC and user, so you can easily lock down the connectivity to the specific users and/or machines you need for your environment.
  • Unless the WIFI is extremely poor, the software can make the connection and allow your users to function on the VPN.
Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • URL Filtering: Extremely effective for blocking of questionable content and protecting from phishing sites.
  • Antivirus: Our clients have seen far fewer active threats when a WatchGuard Network Security Device is in place.
  • Data Loss Prevention: A valuable tool for our clients who require more security when it comes to metadata and personal data leaving the network.
Tracy Atwood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco AnyConnect

  • Next generation features are lacking.
  • Split handling scenarios are limited.
  • Sensitive to timeouts.
  • Auto reconnect features does not work as expected.
  • Auto mtu discovery does not work on some cases.
  • Not a full featured solution on the client side.
  • Detailed reporting is missing.
  • Lack of multi device management.
  • Application, url based dashboards needs to be enhanced.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Partner communications on technical issues. For example the undocumented feature of SDWAN hidden route. There is still no documentation on that.
  • Too infrequent communications about high incidence technical support issues. We do not want to have to be encountering known issues and then having outages or problems that we then have to put in tickets about.
  • Pay attention to your most highly technical partners, not just those that sell a lot of equipment. The highly technical partners can and do provide very usable feedback that can make the products better.
  • WG wants partners to build relationships with people inside WG so we can drive solutions to problems, but too frequently, we get no response to emails sent to the proper internal resources about legitimate issues.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We are most likely to renew, in the case that our contract expires, as this application made us able to continue our day-to-day operations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.8
Based on 3 answers
To be replaced, we would need to see a clear set of reasons that acutely address the points I have made in favor of this solution, and they would need to be Cheaper, easier to use, give more clarity into the networking, and create easier dashboards and reports for managemnt of users networking and threat actors attempts to compromise the network.
Bill Holmberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.7
Based on 29 answers
Deployment was easy. On the end user side, it is also easy to use. They just install an app on their mobile device or computer, fill the VPN address and their credentials, and they can work remotely as they are located in company premises.
Nikola Marks | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.5
Based on 98 answers
I first started using WatchGuard firewalls about 20 years ago and found them easy to pick up and learn. Since then I have had experience with many other types--Sonicwalls, Palo Altos, and Cisco Meraki, just to name a few--and I still find the that WatchGuard is the easiest to deploy and work with. I still use the management software (vs. the newer web interface) and it's just very easy to find what I need and to make changes.
James Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.7
Based on 57 answers
Only needed most when onboarding users. That too was streamlined with a detailed documentation on setting up VPN connections. Next use came when the implementation team needed to set up auto updating software when teams who didn't connect to VPNs while working remotely had repeated reminders about software licenses expiring. Connecting to VPN seamlessly updated all software, performed security checks and re-established trusted user relationship.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.0
Based on 7 answers
I give this rating as a result of almost 20 years of interfacing with WatchGuard technical support. Of all my vendors that I have to deal with WatchGuard is one of the best I have ever dealt with bar none. I have seldom finished a call to them without a solution. If they by chance don't have the solution, they will figure it out and get back to you ASAP as well as update the casefile online. Technical support is available via phone and web portal. It takes a few minutes to create a case online, assign a priority and submit. They get back to you depending on the critical nature of the issue, but you can expect urgent attention for critical and catastrophic issues.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cisco AnyConnect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 1 answer
In person training is very good for the interaction with qualified trainers
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco AnyConnect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 6.4
Based on 1 answer
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco AnyConnect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.4
Based on 108 answers
Implementation of a device, with knowledge of the WatchGuard system, can be fairly straightforward for a typical school/branch office. Anywhere with a few servers will have the policy list grow exponentially and end up with a big mess of policies. We have 30 servers, along with providing local Internet. We have over 100 policies and growing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco AnyConnect

We selected Cisco AnyConnect because we needed a quick solution when we took our company remote and we'd already used Cisco AnyConnect in a limited manner for on call tooling. It was an excellent solution for taking our company fully remote. We also use OpenVPN for one specific team that is VPN'ing directly to our cloud infrastructure, again, specifically for on call tooling.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

I find Watchguard much easier to deploy and maintain than Sonicwall devices. I find they offer a comparable range of products and features, however, I liked the deployment process of Watchguards much more. The Cisco ASA is a great firewall as well, however, can require more in-depth knowledge to deploy. Watchguard dual WAN functionality is better than the ASA as well which requires routers outside of the ASA to maintain a true dual WAN setup.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco AnyConnect

  • AnyConnect has allowed business operations to continue uninterrupted during the pandemic, which has been key to maintaining business continuity with customers and stakeholders.
  • AnyConnect has played a part in allowing for downsizing of some physical office sites. At least 4 office buildings within the organization have now been sold as employees haven proven the ability to work effectively remotely indefinitely.
  • AnyConnect has also facilitated globalization within the wider organization. Productive meetings with colleagues around the world at various times of day are possible with continuous access to company virtual resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Blocking bad websites has saved many of our clients from any infection which saves time and money from a business being down and needing files restored perspective.
  • Automatic end user training has saved time not having to go onsite to do it ourselves.
  • Traffic and Security Reports that we use with clients to show them employee usage, blocked security threats, and growth projections.
Joshua Churchwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cisco AnyConnect

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

WatchGuard Network Security

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco AnyConnect
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security
9.8

Usability

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5

Support Rating

Cisco AnyConnect
8.7
WatchGuard Network Security
8.0

In-Person Training

Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Online Training

Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
6.4

Implementation Rating

Cisco AnyConnect
WatchGuard Network Security
8.4

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