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Cisco AnyConnect

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Score 8.8 out of 100

WatchGuard Network Security

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Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    WatchGuard Network Security

    88%
    WatchGuard Network Security ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    177 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    184 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    193 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    199 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    173 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    197 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    193 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    192 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    175 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    180 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    133 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco AnyConnect is rated higher in 3 areas: Availability, Performance, Product Scalability
    • WatchGuard Network Security is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Cisco AnyConnect

    87%
    72 Ratings
    9.3

    WatchGuard Network Security

    93%
    213 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.5

    Cisco AnyConnect

    95%
    3 Ratings
    9.6

    WatchGuard Network Security

    96%
    15 Ratings

    Usability

    8.9

    Cisco AnyConnect

    89%
    50 Ratings
    9.2

    WatchGuard Network Security

    92%
    105 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.2

    WatchGuard Network Security

    82%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.2

    WatchGuard Network Security

    82%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Cisco AnyConnect

    88%
    85 Ratings
    9.3

    WatchGuard Network Security

    93%
    19 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Cisco AnyConnect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6

    WatchGuard Network Security

    96%
    3 Ratings

    Online Training

    Cisco AnyConnect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    WatchGuard Network Security

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.3

    WatchGuard Network Security

    93%
    278 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    WatchGuard Network Security

    91%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco AnyConnect

    This is a very solid connection with a nice timeout and retries grace period. It seems to keep the connection even if there are momentary network breaks in service. It then re-establishes that connection if it was brief enough making for a more simple tool standard users can use. This tool also works great with Apple machines in nearly the same manner as Windows.
    Jason Lane | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard has excellent features for enterprise network security, but some are only available in higher-cost versions that deliver high security, such as IPS, BOTNET, APT Blocker, SpamBlocker, etc. However, due to its rather high cost, it ends up being more interesting for medium-large companies, and lower-cost solutions for small companies do not have all these security functions, so in many cases, it ends up not being interesting for small companies.
    GILIAN HASS | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    • Great combination of easy to configure but still maintaining a lot of in-depth features and control available if desired
    • WatchGuard Cloud [is ]included on basic and total security packages to provide [a] valuable look into [an] activity that passes through the firewall. (A lot of other platforms such as Meraki you need to simply use Syslog and third-party tools to get insights and look for issues that need remediation)
    • Cohesive integration with other products such as AuthPoint for MFA adds value you can't get from traditional RADIUS only integrations of other platforms.
    Anonymous | 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

    • It would be nice to have a fully functional web interface [for the] server manager. The server manager is often very slow over remote connections.
    • Better support for OpenVPN server, or at least an easier way of creating tunnels using OpenVPN.
    • user VPN user management is a little confusing until you understand that all users need to be created under SSL users, regardless of VPN type.
    • Would be nice to have traffic statistics on traffic management objects.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco AnyConnect

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cisco AnyConnect Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    WatchGuard Network Security

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0 Contact sales team

    WatchGuard Network Security Editions & Modules

    Edition
    SupportContact sales team1
    Basic SecurityContact sales team1
    Total SecurityContact sales team1
    1. Contact sales team
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.5
    Based on 3 answers
    It has been in use for the past 5 years and has worked without any issues during that time. It also allows us unprecedented flexibility and access resources as if on premise. With remote work force more and more prevalent, this solution has been a constant. As we move our on-premise resources into the cloud, there will come a time when we stop using AnyConnect.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.6
    Based on 15 answers
    Ever since 2007, WatchGuard Fireboxes and WatchGuard network layer security solutions have been the most security effective with the lowest TCO of any solution on the market when properly implemented and properly maintained. As with any network layer security solution, the underlying network must first be architected correctly in order to facilitate network layer security, but then an extremely highly skilled network security architect must device, implement, and maintain a network layer security solution in order to achieve efficacy. This is true of any network layer security solution. Few people worldwide have that skill. However, WatchGuard technologies when implemented and supported by a qualified partner are able to deliver that solution very cost-effectively to the SMB space. No other solution can achieve that.
    Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.9
    Based on 50 answers
    It's easy to use for the end user and reliable. They just need to login to their computer and connect to the VPN and they are on the network and have access to network resources. For the admins, it does take some time to configure things correctly but, once configured, it's quite easy to manage connection profiles and client software.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.2
    Based on 105 answers
    The WatchGuard Network Security provide a web interface or a client interface, no matter what you approach is but you have two full powerful instrument to manage the firewall with easy interface (web) or with strong security (client). We prefer the usage with client but in fast change can be done in the web interface in a zip

    Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use it all day, every work day and the availability has always been very high. The connection once established is also very stable and remains connected.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
    Based on 1 answer
    Applications errors should always be expected in any kind of technology. What matters most is the way you find to resolve it.
    Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to on-prem resources. The delay in connecting is not noticeable.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 8.2
    Based on 1 answer
    Compared to another platform (not NGFW native), WatchGuard's performance runs fine and do not slow down user browsing experience
    Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.8
    Based on 85 answers
    During the implementation of the solution, the Cisco team is always present and ready, from the initial planning to the final deployment. Once up and running, the system is quite stable. In general, inconveniences could arise when making a general change takes centralized changes to be done, and then assistance from Cisco support is required, which will be provided without further delay and with great professionalism. Local problems could also arise related to the client's installation on remote users' machines. Most are due to each user's home network issues, over which there is no control, but initial troubleshooting is, nevertheless, mandatory. This last fact makes it necessary to have some diagnostic method. Then it becomes important to have the DART (Diagnostics and Reporting Tool) functionality, which is functionality included in the Cisco AnyConnect client. It is useful to perform this task and be able to resolve local problems or problems related to inconveniences with the home network by gathering information that allows determining the reported problem cause. It turned out to be a great tool since it can perform remote diagnoses.
    Rodrigo Avila | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.3
    Based on 19 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 9.6
    Based on 3 answers
    We participate to a in person training and the three days of learning was really useful and complete to gain skill to solve the major part of the problem we encounter during our life. And more the in person training give us the opportunity to create a network with other WatchGuard partner.
    Giovanni Derosas | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Cisco AnyConnect

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
    Based on 2 answers
    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

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Cisco support is a good resource to deal with issues if they arise.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.3
    Based on 278 answers
    We are very satisfied with the implementation. The deployment tools are easy to use and managing is a breeze. Training onsite IT contacts is easy to keep total investment of time low. We are happy with the management tool suite and find it easier to use especially policy center. It allows to see all rules and details from a single pane rather than fumbling through different configs
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco AnyConnect

    - Cisco is a better name in the market - Cisco products are better in quality and performance - Cisco product support is reliable and provides supports within the agreed SLA - Already using other Cisco products majorly, it is the trust that has already been built on Cisco products that has helped us to decide on using the Cisco products.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security has the same features as some of the above, yet they will cost you far less than some of the mentioned firewalls. The deployment process is very easy compared to the above. I mentored and trained a few engineers, and in no time, they were able to scope, deploy and support WatchGuard Network Security without asking for help.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    It is a simple application with a minimal interface.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
    Based on 1 answer
    The entire organization didn't face any trouble to integrate the technology into our workforce.
    Rodrigo Henrique | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • We are able to seamlessly work on multiple clients daily, and it allows us to quickly handle more projects at the same time.
    • Cisco AnyConnect has allowed our own company's coworkers to remotely connect back to the corporate network, easily assisting work schedules and processes, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being forced to work remotely, meant our processes still happened quickly and efficiently, by being able to leverage and use Cisco AnyConnect VPN.
    • Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have worked 100% remotely for a few years now. This was always due to the reliable connectivity and ease of use with Cisco AnyConnect VPN. I live 2+ hours from our nearest corporate office, and even further from some of my client locations, and I have always been able to connect to any of my multiple Cisco AnyConnect VPN connections, within seconds.
    Mitchell Bumgarner | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WatchGuard Network Security

    • VPN has meant my users are secure even when they are not in the office, this has reduced risk when they are using public networks and home networks that IT cannot regulate.
    • The increased security provided by the firewalls has enabled us to positively answer questions on customers' RFI assessments to their potential customers.
    • Central Management in Dimension saves our engineers time by not having to jump onto every firewall one by one.
    Benjamin Doyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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