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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

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

Zscaler Internet Access

[Zscaler Internet Access] is very well suited for scenarios where one is looking for hassle free internet and network connection. It ensures that your users can connect to any networks and they will be secure. Additional plus is ability to deploy Zscaler client to your company smartphones - this gives complete network protection. We only encounter a few issues with Zscaler Internet Access (mainly false-positives) but these were promptly resolve by the vendor.
Wojciech Poludniewski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

  • 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

Zscaler Internet Access

  • Speed - get access to your company tools without any hiccups or delay.
  • Secure - keeping data protected for the company and allowing access only to authorized people.
  • Ease of deployment - minimal setup needed and little to none connectivity issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

  • 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

Zscaler Internet Access

  • Chat or email support is not available. Only option is to either call them or raise a ticket by logging into their website.
  • Pricing is not transparent and quote based.
  • Access to websites is a little too slow with Zscaler monitoring on.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

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Zscaler Internet Access

Zscaler Internet Access 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The overall conclusion of the review is good. Zscalar have some limitations which will surely resolved in the updates provided by company from time to time. The best part is that it doesnt reduce the speed of internet.
Jai Soni | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

Cisco Secure Web Appliance 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

Zscaler Internet Access

Zscaler Internet Access 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Zscaler is a mandatory solution required by almost every large organization with a workforce working remotely or using cloud-based apps. Its deployment is relatively easy and it keeps on working in the background without actively bothering the user. Apart from a few weird messages which a user is unable to comprehend, Zscaler is able to provide fast and safe access to the internet and other external applications.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

Cisco Secure Web Appliance 6.5
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

Zscaler Internet Access

Zscaler Internet Access 8.2
Based on 5 answers
I cannot give a fair rating for this as I have not had to contact Zscaler support. There was one time we had to contact them because we needed to check if they were having issues on their end. Our ISP was actually the problem but support seemed very friendly.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

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

Zscaler Internet Access

Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) gives us better and full visibility to websites, URL, requests etc that we didn't get with Cisco Umbrella. We could block things by domain name, but seeing subdirectories and subdomains for that, we didn't have that ability. It's probably there, but we didn't' want to pay for that. ZIA gives us more. Better logging and integration with SIEMs instead of syslog/S3 bucket subscription stuff
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

  • 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

Zscaler Internet Access

  • ROI is there and it is safeguarding the data and user access to net.
  • Being a cloud based can be scaled up when required.
  • Third parties can be allowed based on the company IT policies (Clients or Vendors etc.) for business perspective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Web Appliance

General

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

Zscaler Internet Access

General

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

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