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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT.""Stability-wise, it's good. I have never encountered any bugs.""Web proxy adds an effective layer for security.""We've found it to be stable and good for our customers.""Helps block personal email accounts.""The user interface is great. It's very easy to tailor to our client's environment and needs.""I like the original functionality, which allows for providing secure DNS services.""The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection."

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"The deployment process is very simple.""This appliance gives me good visibility in the userbase and their activities.""I would recommend this solution to others.""The most valuable feature is security.""It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance.""Cisco is the best in giving technical support. There is no doubt about that.""The most valuable feature is that we can use it as a proxy.""It also has high availability."

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"I have found the web content filtering and malware filter the most valuable.""The spam filter is very effective.""The most valuable feature is the categorization, where you can allow general access to an application but limit specific features.""It has got a really good URL categorization database. It is simple to set up. It is also easy to use and quite intuitive. It has got a nice utility for troubleshooting.""One of the main features I have found the solution to be efficient.""The critical role is web URL filtering.""The GUI is quite nice.""Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway has improved our organization through its ease of use."

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Cons
"They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""I would like them to make some videos, practical videos, the kind with steps that people can use to learn and deploy""The pricing could always be a little bit better.""I would like to see integration with SecurNX in the future.""It could be more secure. It would be better if they provided a transferring proxy as an add-on and more integration.""There are cheaper solutions in the market""It should have more integrations with multiple end user OEMs."

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"Sometimes reporting is a little bit short.""The GUI is not user-friendly, so it needs to improve or be simplified.""The licensing model needs to be more flexible.""If a user wants to use it for other devices like mobile or smartphones, this product isn't so reliable.""The one thing I don't like about Cisco is that they are very much fragmented in terms of providing the complete solution. They keep on breaking their different feature sets into different boxes.""This solution could be more secure.""The solution needs to be more user-friendly and easier to navigate.""They need a better graphical interface, and they need a better ISE mechanism."

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"The solution should be better able to support itself and operate faster. Sometimes the technical support team takes too long to respond.""I have been in contact with technical support several times, and I am not happy with them.""We have a lot of false positives, which is one area that can be improved.""A feature we wish to see addressed in the next release of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway involves its administration.""Stability needs some improvement, we have on occasion experienced some delay when it is synchronized.""In the on-premises version, I don't like the deployment and structuring of the device.""The deployment is a bit complex and it requires expertise to deploy, which is something that should be improved and made easier to do.""We are using a V10000 G3 appliance. It is just a proxy. It is just HTTP, FTP, and HTTPS. Now, as our website has developed and we are using rich time-connectivity protocols, the proxy doesn't have the ability to work with these protocols. It would be nice if the UDP feature was there for it to filter UDP traffic. It needs firewall capabilities for UDP filtering. Its upgrades can be quite complex, and they don't always go as per the plan. Its reporting could be a bit more granular."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans.""There is a subscription cost.""I think it's worth the money.""Pricing depends on the automation requirements of the organization.""The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible.""The licensing fee is paid on a yearly basis.""There are three models for licensing with different feature sets.""Cisco Umbrella is expensive and could be cheaper."

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"Licensing fees are based on the number of users.""Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it.""Regarding Cisco price-wise, it is always on a bit on the higher side."

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"The price of this solution is reasonable.""Licensing is flexible. License pricing information is based on the customer, their environment, and on the future approach.""The solution is priced a little high compare to similar solutions.""Overall, I am not aware of the option to pay for one time use of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway.""The price of this product should be reduced to make it more competitive.""The licensing is not expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
Top Answer: I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
Top Answer: It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance.
Top Answer: Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it.
Top Answer: Sometimes reporting is a little bit short. Cisco has always put more emphasis on developing big products that are very… more »
Top Answer: In terms of performance, Forcepoint stands out because it is more scalable than any other solution. It can extend to… more »
Top Answer: There should be more hardware models available and the application control could improve.
Comparisons
Also Known As
OpenDNS
Cisco WSA, Cisco Web Security
Forcepoint SWG, Websense Web Security, Forcepoint TRITON
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Overview

OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

For security, your network needs malware protection, application visibility and control, acceptable use policy controls, insightful reporting and secure mobility. Cisco offers this protection, all on a single platform: the Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA).

Websense Web Security blocks web threats to reduce malware infections, decrease help desk incidents and free up valuable IT resources. It has more than 100 security and filtering categories, hundreds of web application and protocol controls, and 60-plus reports with customization and role-based access.
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Sample Customers
Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Caixa Seguradora
Adventist Health, Alphawest, Amadori, Anoka County, Compartamos Banco, Davies Turner, EverBank, iGATE, Karlstad Municipality, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Scavolini, Smurfit Kappa, Toyota
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Consumer Goods Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Computer Software Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company19%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm11%
Healthcare Company11%
Government11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise64%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise20%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Web Security Appliance is ranked 5th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 8 reviews while Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is ranked 3rd in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 14 reviews. Cisco Web Security Appliance is rated 7.8, while Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Web Security Appliance writes "We always hear from our customers that this is one of the products that they are very satisfied with". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway writes "Flexible endpoint security, provides URL filtering, and the reporting is good". Cisco Web Security Appliance is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, McAfee Web Gateway, Symantec Secure Web Gateway and iboss, whereas Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, McAfee Web Protection, Trend Micro Web Security and iboss. See our Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway report.

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