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Attribute Ratings

  • GoGuardian Admin is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Cisco Umbrella

88%
76 Ratings
9.8

GoGuardian Admin

98%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.3

Cisco Umbrella

93%
11 Ratings
10.0

GoGuardian Admin

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.5

Cisco Umbrella

95%
4 Ratings

GoGuardian Admin

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

Cisco Umbrella

100%
8 Ratings

GoGuardian Admin

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Umbrella

77%
74 Ratings
9.5

GoGuardian Admin

95%
3 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.9

Cisco Umbrella

89%
10 Ratings

GoGuardian Admin

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.6

Cisco Umbrella

86%
8 Ratings

GoGuardian Admin

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Cisco Umbrella is perfect in an environment where you allow internet browsing without any restrictions on the types of websites. It allows you to categorize certain websites and block them at the DNS level. If you already have a web proxy installed and are blocking certain categories of websites on that proxy, then Cisco Umbrella is probably not the right tool for you.
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GoGuardian

GoGuardian is excellent for any district with a 1:1 Chromebook program. Our program would not be nearly as successful without it. GoGuardian does work with other devices (Windows, iPads) but I believe some features do not work as well in those setups. We haven't tried using it for anything other than Chromebooks and I am not aware of anyone using it for iPad/Windows or Macs.
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Pros

Cisco

  • Cisco Umbrella protects our devices and users from malicious sites of all kinds.
  • Cisco Umbrella allows us to add additional web site types we may want to block for specific users.
  • Cisco Umbrella keeps the list of sites blocked current by utilizing data from their entire security platform.
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GoGuardian

  • The reporting Dashboard page gives you a great picture of what your users are doing on the internet.
  • The Theft recovery piece works very well and helps recover devices that are missing in action.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Umbrella Virtual Appliances have been buggy in resolving local domain hosts.
  • Integration between other Cisco and Meraki products is complicated.
  • Reporting is not always accurate; for example, if you configure a Meraki access point to use an Umbrella Virtual Appliance, you lose device reporting. All reporting shows up under the AP's IP.
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GoGuardian

  • The system cannot inform our team about cyber bullying or harassment.
  • Students can still play some games if those games are loaded to a Google Site.
  • There are times when a Chromebook that hasn't been restarted in a while will not show up online. This is problematic as students do not restart as much as they should.
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Pricing Details

Cisco Umbrella

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Cisco Umbrella 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

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    GoGuardian Admin

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    GoGuardian Admin editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Cisco

      We have had an excellent experience with Cisco products generally and Umbrella specifically. From implementation to continuity we have nothing to take issue or complain about with this product. Would highly recommend this product as we 100% intend to renew from our end.
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      GoGuardian

      Does what we need it to do and more in a very cost-effective manner. Relatively easy to use and great customer support. They are quick and clear and will walk you through things in real time.
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      Usability

      Cisco

      The product was easy to install and get running. To maintain the product is also a simple matter of maintaining lists of wanted and unwanted domains or URLs. The basic and advanced security features all do what they are intended to do with no known erroneous outcomes
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      GoGuardian

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      Cisco

      I have to give a 10 here. I think I've had maybe one or two times in 13 years I had issues. Only one time it was an issue inside OpenDNS/Umbrella. Sometimes you have to tune a content category or add an exception but I would ALWAYS rather have to do that then mop up a mess
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      GoGuardian

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Cisco

      Our network team mostly works with Cisco support but from what I understand, they were pretty helpful because we're an enterprise company. We use a few other Cisco products, so we do get a pretty good response from Cisco customer support. I'm not a fan of Cisco's SSO because we can't put it behind Okta but that's beyond the scope of this.
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      GoGuardian

      GoGuardian support is the best in the business. Within seconds of the business day I can chat with a human being about any issue.
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      Implementation Rating

      Cisco

      The implementation of the Cisco Umbrella client on organizational units was pretty straight forward. The implementation behind the scenes was a bit more trickier but manageable. This was due to needing open the correct channels to allow for the correct communication to the Cisco Umbrella servers. Once everything was up and running, setting up the policies and requiring them was simple.
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      GoGuardian

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

      We used a product before this called iPrism by EdgeWave and also briefly tried Barracuda Web Security in the cloud. We were having such a large influx of service desk calls about proxy-based layer 7 web filters that we wanted to step back and pick something more at the DNS level, to protect our employees but not hover over their social media use, etc. Cisco will also employ a layer 7 proxy if a site is suspicious, which does require us to push a certificate out should we want that feature. For most policies we have it enabled.
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      GoGuardian

      GoGuardian Admin has been leading the way in content filtering for both on and off site with an easy-to-use interface. At the time, it was one of the first to offer cloud-based off-site filtering for Chromebooks. They continue to grow and provide new features every year with great tutorials and updates.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • On the positive side, the product does help block known bad sites, resulting in less time that technicians spend cleaning infections.
      • On the negative side, the problem that causes Windows to incorrectly report no Internet access has taken a lot of time for many technicians.
      • Reporting features for individual clients help us more efficiently provide browsing reports when needed.
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      GoGuardian

      • It has allowed us to deploy thousands of devices for home and on-premises use successfully. Without this cloud filtering, we would be stuck.
      • The theft recovery piece has allowed us to get our assets back from students that have left the district or that have misused them.
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