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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"We've found it to be stable and good for our customers.""It offers good visibility for the Administrator. The administrator has full visibility of what is blocked or has the knowledge of where users go when they are surfing the internet.""The weekly reportings are great. The investigation is super and the application management is equally great.""The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection.""The implementation is pretty easy.""The most valuable feature is the ability to block users from reaching places that they should not even try to reach has been a boon.""The security and access control features.""Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up."

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

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"It's a stable solution.""The solution is scalable.""The most valuable feature is the caching.""The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance."

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Cons
"The pricing is a bit high. Being outside of the USA, we have issues with the exchange rate.""Missing a real data leakage prevention solution.""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""It has happened in the past that Cisco Umbrella has denied us access to secure websites.""I would like to see more integration between Cisco Umbrella and Cisco DNA Center.""It's a very new product, so it's quite immature at the moment. It can be more user friendly.""Looking at the full umbrella suite in the light of SASE, Secure Access Service Edge, they are clearly lacking in the inline CASB.""There are cheaper solutions in the market"

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"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.""The solution needs to be more user-friendly and easier to navigate.""This solution could be more secure.""Sometimes reporting is a little bit short.""They need a better graphical interface, and they need a better ISE mechanism.""The GUI is not user-friendly, so it needs to improve or be simplified.""If a user wants to use it for other devices like mobile or smartphones, this product isn't so reliable.""The licensing model needs to be more flexible."

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"There are performance issues with all of the proxies.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.""Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy.""Technical support is an area that requires some improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month."
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
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  • "Licensing fees are based on the number of users."
  • "Regarding Cisco price-wise, it is always on a bit on the higher side."
  • "Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it."
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  • "In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."
  • "It's expensive. Clients often go to other products."
  • "Licensing is based on a subscription."
  • "The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution."
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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 »
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    Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
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    I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
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    It integrates well with Cisco Email Security Appliance.
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    Cisco Web Security Appliance is not the cheapest solution on the market, but it's well worth it.
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    Sometimes reporting is a little bit short. Cisco has always put more emphasis on developing big products that are very… more »
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    It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.
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    The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution. We have a three-year licence.
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    The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.
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    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    Cisco WSA, Cisco Web Security
    Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
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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).

    A Symantec secure web-filtering proxy empowers you to: Control web and cloud usage with fast app performance. Establish negative-day threat defenses. Implement multi-authentication realm support. Gain visibility into encrypted web traffic.

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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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider40%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise45%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Web Security Appliance is ranked 5th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 8 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 15th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 5 reviews. Cisco Web Security Appliance is rated 7.8, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.2. 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 Symantec Proxy writes "Stable, with good caching for better performance and web isolation". Cisco Web Security Appliance is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, Fortinet FortiProxy, Symantec Secure Web Gateway and iboss, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Fortinet FortiProxy, Exinda, Citrix SD-WAN, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and Steelhead. See our Cisco Web Security Appliance vs. Symantec Proxy report.

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