Forcepoint Web Security vs. IBM Secure Gateway

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Forcepoint Web Security
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Austin-based company Forcepoint (formerly Websense) offers Forcepoint Web Security, a cloud security platform.N/A
IBM Secure Gateway
Score 8.7 out of 10
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The IBM Secure Gateway provides a secure connection between anything and anything, allowing the user to quickly set up gateways to connect your environments, manage the mapping between your local and remote destinations, and monitor all of your traffic.N/A
Pricing
Forcepoint Web SecurityIBM Secure Gateway
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Forcepoint Web SecurityIBM Secure Gateway
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Forcepoint Web SecurityIBM Secure Gateway
Top Pros
Top Cons
User Ratings
Forcepoint Web SecurityIBM Secure Gateway
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(72 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Forcepoint Web SecurityIBM Secure Gateway
Likelihood to Recommend
Forcepoint
It is very well suited for [an] environment where the internet usage is high and most business applications are either cloud or internet-based e.g. SAP, GST, E-way billings, etc. It is not appropriate for organizations where the hardware is not being updated for a long time as it requires good hardware to run it without any hassle.
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IBM
Datapower external connectivity is made easy with built-in client provisions in gateway servers. [There are] other use cases if you need to access resources in IBM Cloud with enterprise connectivity setup.
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Pros
Forcepoint
  • It prevents users from accessing websites that may have recently been created for the purpose of distributing malware.
  • It prevents users from accidentally or intentionally accessing websites that are considered inappropriate for a work environment.
  • It allows us to create different policies for different teams in our organization.
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IBM
  • Ease of setup
  • Integrated Datapower clients
  • Console based management in IBM Cloud
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Cons
Forcepoint
  • The user access logs contain a lot of useless information. I understand this is very hard to tackle as I've seen this across any product that logs web activity.
  • I would like to see more customization options of website block pages.
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IBM
  • Product documentation on setting up various client use cases
  • Flexible plan
  • Deployment options beyond saas
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Likelihood to Renew
Forcepoint
It is very stable, the organisation has "locked in" the product and has no plans to change or try another product. We have already renewed our 2019-2020 licenses. It is user friendly and people catch on easily when they first use it. The only downtime is when we install Microsoft updates! It has excellent reporting which help in determining how the organisation's Internet is used and also during both internal and external IT audits.
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IBM
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Usability
Forcepoint
Despite the intimidating Linux CLI when you use the appliance for troubleshooting, the web security usability compensates as most of the Administration of the system is done there. It is GUI based and has an easy to use UI where one can navigate around rather easily like getting reports, checking alerts, looking the whole setup under deployment to check if all services are running in one place though there are other parts to the system.
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IBM
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Support Rating
Forcepoint
The is a quick first response to acknowledge your issue and the Engineers never take more than two hours to fix an issue and we hardly get issues looking at the fact that the system is pretty stable. There is also a robust Knowledge Base in the site for known problems.
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IBM
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Implementation Rating
Forcepoint
Research known issues with upgrading from the Support Knowledge base, this will enable you avoid road blocks along the way and reduce your dependence on Forcepoint Support
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
Forcepoint
To be honest, once using Forcepoint for our Web Security, I have not wanted to look anywhere else. The dashboard gives me quick insight of threats, productivity, and bandwidth usage. Again, this is a layer in my security and it fills many holes. I feel safe and I do like I can just let it do its thing
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IBM
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Return on Investment
Forcepoint
  • The design of Forcepoint Web Security [in my opinion] does not lend itself well to remote workers. This was obvious [to me] before the pandemic and was only more evident with the pandemic.
  • Quality control of Forcepoint Web Security software requires staff time and resources to administer and upgrade. It is refreshing to see the administration [needs to be] reduced with a cloud-based solution.
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IBM
  • Was able to quickly set up vpn tunnel with our IBM Cloud resources access. That helped to get quick time to market.
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