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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"Advanced malware protection helps us to prevent any virus from contaminating computers. We also have DLP for prevention. And AnyConnect has a feature that lets us do some sandboxing to evaluate files that arrive from the outside. So before opening them, we can check them with the sandbox.""Especially during the COVID pandemic, this solution has allowed us to work from home without security concerns.""The solution works very well. You just click and it's working.""Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.""You don't have to think about it very much. It just works.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is very stable.""The setup is quick and easy on the client-side.""The ability to add multiple two-factor authentication options for the user to choose from when they log in has helped increase the security of our network, especially with so many people working remotely."

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"Installation was easy.""When the user gets authenticated, I can assign a different VPN or network to each user.""It is a feature-rich product that is easy to use and install without sacrificing security.""The initial setup is easy. Our clients use the FortiClient EMS, which is the central console for installing FortiClient. It is easy and very user friendly.""The solution has inexpensive scalability, works very well and can communicate with other Fortinet devices.""This solution makes it easier to work from home.""The technical support from Fortinet and local vendors is good.""It seems to be more scalable than we thought."

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Cons
"Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client would be perfect if it weren't for the fingerprint feature.""I think that the addition of single sign-on functionality would be helpful.""We were going to use the Cisco AnyConnect with hardware tokens. However, right now, it's very complicated in terms of delivering the hardware token to the customer. That's why we are looking for a software token right now.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client could improve by optimizing the use of the system resources, it is heavy on the resources. Additionally, there could be more transparency.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is a stable solution. However, there have been times it has not worked and I needed to call our IT department. It could be more stable.""I think, in general, most of the applications are slow, but this is everyday stuff. I think this is more related to the link speed — the links, the lossage, etc.""The setup could be simplified for solutions engineers with a wizard.""Sometimes when you are on the VPN, it can be a little bit slow."

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"When we change our endpoint, we have to connect again, which means having to enter our credentials and permissions.""The documentation could be improved.""The only thing that is lacking in this product is the support. Their support can be improved.""There is lagging in some of the authentication tools to support the newer versions, this is happening because they are not supported.""The solution could improve by providing analytics or detailed reports.""The current version of this solution does not show the malicious websites that have been visited. They should add this to an upcoming release.""Its stability can be improved. It is not as reliable as I would like it to be. There are times when things don't work quite right. Our biggest pain point is not related to Fortinet FortiClient and the whole scheme of things. It is related to one of the additional services called FortiGuard. They are the arm that does all of the updates to definitions, keeps all the signatures updated, and responds to new threats and whatnot. What we have found is that they react quickly, but sometimes their solutions aren't compatible with all of the components of the Fortinet security suite, specifically around FortiSandbox.""I don't think FortiClient is bad, but it's very buggy. We ran into some issues with the EMS, which amounted to more than 10 cases last year."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing."
  • "The licensing costs are reasonable."
  • "We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it."
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  • "FortiClient is quite reasonably priced."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "The pricing is good because you get and end-to-end security solution in one package price."
  • "The cost per port is very less as compared to the other technologies."
  • "We are using the free version of this product."
  • "Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature."
  • "Pricing is an area that I would like to see improved, as it could be lower."
  • "The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
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    We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
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    There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
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    Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
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    I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
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    The most valuable feature is the single pane of glass, single point of management.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
    FortiClient
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    Overview

    As mobile workers roam to different locations, an always-on intelligent VPN helps AnyConnect client devices to automatically select the optimal network access point and adapt its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method. This may include voice over IP (VoIP) traffic, TCP-based application access, or Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol for latency-sensitive traffic.

    FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

    The FortiClient fabric agent can:

    • Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
    • Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
    • Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
    • Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
    • Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

    You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

    Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
    Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
    Cloud-based endpoint security

    Benefits and Features

    • Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
    • SAAS control and web/content filtering
    • Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
    • Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
    • Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
    • ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
    • Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

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    Sample Customers
    MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Wireless Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider36%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise23%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 13 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 30 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Plenty of functionality, integrates with Active Directory, and highly scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Provides good endpoint security at low price". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, OpenVPN Access Server, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, whereas Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway. See our Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Fortinet FortiClient report.

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