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Attribute Ratings

  • Sophos Web Content Filtering is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.0

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

60%
9 Ratings
10.0

Sophos Web Content Filtering

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

90%
1 Rating

Sophos Web Content Filtering

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

6.4

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

64%
4 Ratings

Sophos Web Content Filtering

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Sophos

Sophos Web Content Filtering suits better along every organization that needs web filtering base on roles/users, and schedules to be applied throughout the network. All IT Admins have the need to control and report to General Management what are the users doing within their internet surfing, along with Web Protection and Productivity. This is why, in my opinion, every network/corporation/home network should have web filtering for categorization, protection and reporting. I do not see a scenario where it is less appropriate since nowadays everything is network connected to the Internet, so everything within our networks should be reported and controlled.
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Pros

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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Sophos

  • Ease of administration
  • Great technical support
  • Millions of domains added daily with Sophos Labs Reputation Service
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Cons

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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Sophos

  • Initial Setup Guide could be more detailed
  • WebGui Interface, needs some smoothness
  • More simple models (in the hardware version) for smaller organizations to be able to implement this system
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Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Secure Web Appliance editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    Pricing Info

    Sophos Web Content Filtering

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sophos Web Content Filtering editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      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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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      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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      Sophos

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      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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      Sophos

      We select Sophos (all of their product line) because of the awesome tech support and level of Next Generation commitment to deliver to us as representatives to give to our end users. This is mainly why I will always recommend Sophos products. There are many brands that offer similar technology, but for us, the only product that delivers post service support, is always Sophos.
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      Return on Investment

      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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      Sophos

      • Super positive impact, the Sandstorming Add On, it increases protection at it's maximum level (for new or existent/variant threats).
      • Customers often have the need of a system capable of report everything that the network is being handed, Sophos Web Content Filtering achieves this.
      • The ROI is very fast since top management quickly see results on filtering and reporting of what is really going on within their networks.
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