IBM Secure Gateway vs. Sophos Secure Web Gateway (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Sophos Secure Web Gateway (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Sophos offers Secure Web Gateway, a web security gateway.The product has been discontinued.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 8.5 out of 10
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Check Point Quantum Security Gateway
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 8.9 out of 10
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Skyhigh Secure Web Gateway
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
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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Sophos
Sophos Secure Web Gateway is great for almost any business that needs an easily-manageable proxy server. We're a medium-sized enterprise, but the product would work great for much larger companies as well. The only real limitations would be hardware resources, but it isn't that intensive. The administration of it is very intuitive, and it was quick to set up. Where it might not make sense is across multiple sites, unless all internet traffic is funneled through one place. It would be a bit complicated to maintain multiple setups.
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Pros
IBM
  • Ease of setup
  • Integrated Datapower clients
  • Console based management in IBM Cloud
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Sophos
  • When IT Admins need to deploy virtually.
  • When IT Admins want to have high availability without an extra cost (via the Virtual Appliance Deployment).
  • When IT Admins want to control and give the internet fair use within the organization.
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Cons
IBM
  • Product documentation on setting up various client use cases
  • Flexible plan
  • Deployment options beyond saas
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Sophos
  • Administrator Permissions: There's not enough granularity on the administrative side. We ran into an issue where we wanted to restrict junior admins from being able to see traffic per user. But in doing so, it also prevented them from adusting some other settings they had to have access to, like setting exceptions for sites.
  • CA Database: I occasionally run into issues where the list of certificate authorities in the appliance is not up to date, and I have to manually add a CA. These aren't rare, never-heard-of authorities, either, but they are usually subsidiaries of one of the major ones.
  • Feedback: Sometimes it takes some good detective skills to track down why a legitimate site isn't working. It's often because of content hosted elsewhere (images, for example), but the reports aren't always clear as to what actually gets blocked. It takes some trial and error sometimes to unblock something that should be okay for our business.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
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Sophos
Sophos Secure Web Gateway has flexible pricing and deployment options. It offers a huge range of categorization options and they also pull web categorization info from other services
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Return on Investment
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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Sophos
  • We have not had a single instance of malware since installing Web Gateway. We have other ways to prevent infections and attacks, of course, so this is just one tool in the box, but we had a handful before this from people visiting sites they should not have. Web Gateway has prevented those, at least.
  • There was some pushback initially as users had to deal with some business sites not working (usually due to CA problems). After the initial growing pains, however, we've seen very few other problems.
  • The appliance updates itself, in the middle of the night, so that reduces some overhead and planned downtime.
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