Cisco Cloud Web Security vs. Cisco Secure Web Appliance

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco CWS
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Cisco offers Cloud Web Security (a, internet security platform / web security gateway), based on technology acquired from ScanSafe.N/A
Cisco Secure Web Appliance
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco Web Security Appliance [WSA]), powered by Cisco Talos, protects by automatically blocking risky sites and testing unknown sites before allowing users to link to them, helping with compliance. It is available models S690, S390, and S190.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Cloud Web SecurityCisco Secure Web Appliance
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco CWSCisco Secure Web Appliance
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Cloud Web SecurityCisco Secure Web Appliance
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Cisco Cloud Web SecurityCisco Secure Web Appliance
Small Businesses
1Password
1Password
Score 9.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
1Password
1Password
Score 9.1 out of 10
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Quantum Firewalls and Security Gateways
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Kaspersky Endpoint Security
Kaspersky Endpoint Security
Score 9.0 out of 10
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 6.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Cloud Web SecurityCisco Secure Web Appliance
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
6.7
(9 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Cloud Web SecurityCisco Secure Web Appliance
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
Remote and telework but not for onsite filtering.
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Cisco
We have both scenarios where we can describe that. For example, in the HQ, where we have about 3,000 users, Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance is the ideal solution, because we can consolidate all the Internet access, policies, rules, etc. in the same box. However, if you have small offices with a few users, it's hard to justify one big and expensive box that could cost more than the whole office infrastructure.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Flexibility
  • Scalable
  • Ease of administration
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Cisco
  • SMA gave us central control over multiple servers, simplifying management.
  • Performance of the Appliance VM exceeded that of our old physical appliance-based solution.
  • Convenient licensing for virtualized environments that allows easy scaling.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Intuitiveness of the UI
  • Real time reporting
  • Report detail
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Cisco
  • I think that the interface could need updates to adapt it to a much more current system, achieve quick access to necessary tools and adapt the platform to a much more customizable and comfortable system to work with.
  • It is undoubtedly a platform that is worth having, however, the license costs could be better adjusted to small businesses so that it can be accessed more easily.
  • It could be a bit complex to use, the use of codes is quite extensive, it could be adjusted to something much more practical but just as efficient.
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Usability
Cisco
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Cisco
Because it's one of those products you almost don't realize it exists from the end user. From the administrator perspective, you can do everything on its web interface and it's very intuitive to manage, once you know the concepts behind identities, acls, etc. Also, once you build the control structure, I mean, you link 'local' groups with your own Active Directory groups, as we did here, you don't need to be managing those things on the appliance itself.
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Support Rating
Cisco
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Cisco
Our experience with Cisco's support was terrible. Other than the fact that they don't respond to service-related emails with urgency, they also keep on changing the policies that affected us. Recently, they came up with a new look for the same software, which was insanely slow. Renewal of keys for the old interface took months. Overall, the support was not very friendly from the users' point of view.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
CWS is on par with Forcepoint cloud web security. It offers flexibility and scalability.
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Cisco
At home I have a McAfee service that does similar tasks and helps manage the users of my internet. McAfee seems more user friendly and easier to set exceptions.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Increased security
  • Decrease in number of infections
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Cisco
  • Security! Security! Security! We are financial company that work with very sensitive information. A lot of unsafe traffic was blocked on the Cisco IronPort WSA over years of using it. We did not earn on it but absolutely sure that we did not lose 'gazillion' of dollars being infected or scammed.
  • Easy to configure and use, no need to teach new personnel how work with this product (hopefully saving time = saving money).
  • Unfortunately the price of license subscription made financial managers push IT dept. to look for something cheaper.
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