25 Ratings
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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service has served us well for protecting both business and guest networks. We currently have multiple tiers on the business side running different rule sets, and some shared custom groups allowing us to manage access with as much granularity as we desire
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

  • Easy Implementation.
  • Worked well with most of the apps we use.
  • GUI was easy to use.
Tony Ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • The default metrics on the dashboard visualization are not that useful. It is not much customizable too. Some of the dashboard features like load, volume, etc. can have a hide option.
  • The false negatives are more than false positives. A lot of the times, it verdicts the same email as malicious and non-malicious. This can be reduced.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

  • The method for allowing individual overrides is clunky, but it functions. A clean way to allow individual overrides (with the ability to set a timer) would be fantastic.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) 7.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Took a little longer for support to get our problem solved, but when the upper tier tech support was involved, we got excellent customer support.
Tony Ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

We selected FortiGuard Web Filtering because it came in the service bundle with our FortiGate unit. After testing the service for a couple of months, we disabled the web filtering that was running on our client machines and have not looked back. It's been easy to manage, effective, and fast. There isn't much more you can ask for from a filtering solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

  • 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.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

  • It cost us almost little time to set up and pilot, so we didn't spend a lot of man-hours working on it. Implementation was easy.
Tony Ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

General

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

FortiGuard Web Filtering Service

General

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

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