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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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

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.
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa | 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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

  • Ease of administration
  • Great technical support
  • Millions of domains added daily with Sophos Labs Reputation Service
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa | 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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

  • 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
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa | 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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

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Support Rating

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA)

Cisco Secure Web Appliance (formerly Cisco WSA) 6.6
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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

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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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

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.
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa | 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.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sophos Web Content Filtering

  • 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.
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa | 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

Sophos Web Content Filtering

General

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

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