Cisco WSA is a solid product
March 21, 2018

Cisco WSA is a solid product

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance

Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance is a solid device. Deploying it came with a significant amount of white water because we chose to block uncategorized sites. We had to manually set or request categories for local websites. Blocking uncategorized sites has saved us from countless threats including several close calls with ransomware.

Pros

  • Licensing is simple and requires minimal effort. Its the best of any Cisco product.
  • After fully configuring, the appliance requires minimal administration.
  • New features are often included in updates.

Cons

  • The categories provided are not as granular as some competitors, like Websense.
  • Cisco does not have as many resources devoted to categorizing websites as some competitors, like Websense.
  • New features require administrators to pay attention to updates. New features are disabled by default.
  • Cost savings over more expensive products that offer more granularity when not needed.
  • Interacts with other Cisco security products.
Websense has more resources devoted to categorizing the internet. The product is one of the best and most expensive. The Cisco WSA isn't as experienced, but is also significantly cheaper. Its an active product line getting investment and improvements. It is worth a look. Don't pay for features you don't need.
For environments with minimal needs for filtering by category, this is a great product. If the need is for tight nuanced control of cloud based applications, this might not do the job. For environments with a heavy Cisco presence in the security stack, this product offers some synergy with features like AMP.

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