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Pros
"It analyzes the domain security helps us implement the securest policy.""Helps block personal email accounts.""Cisco Umbrella is absolutely stable.""I have found the malware protection feature valuable. It is helpful and deliverable and is able to protect my entire organization from getting compromised. It also prevents us from visiting any malicious sites which are not visible to the users.""I like the original functionality, which allows for providing secure DNS services.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT.""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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"The solution does what it's meant to do.""It doesn't seem to take too much system bandwidth, and I also like its reporting. Once a month, it gives me a reminder of the activity. It reminds me that the protection is on, and if there are any issues, it summarizes those minor issues. During the month, it only notifies when there is something special.""It has dependable anti-malware and intrusion prevention features all-in-one package.""The solution is not too expensive. It's affordable.""The most valuable is the blocking of blacklisted sites, a URL that is, either by intelligence or by McAfee, detected as a malicious site."

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"For our needs, the cloud-native proxy architecture is a very good solution. We are moving away from on-prem appliances and moving more toward cloud-based solutions. Zscaler is a good fit for our strategy. This architecture helps with cyber threats because we inspect most of the traffic and we can see that a lot of threats are stopped directly in the secure web gateway.""The security is excellent.""Zscaler Internet Access protects using data loss prevention. If you have a CASB exposing your cloud out into the network, then Zscaler Internet Access will go ahead and control that unknown cloud application in the CASB, protecting it. There is also data detection with exact data match. This improves the data coming into your cloud so you are protecting it.""We don't have to buy equipment to use it. And when our engineers set it up on our side, we just configured a few settings and we were in.""The data loss prevention feature is the most valuable. It stops our users from inadvertently leaking our customers' data to the Internet or anywhere else it shouldn't go.""Zscaler Internet Access has helped us reduce the time that we spend managing security policies by about four hours a week. We can use this time to focus on other things, especially the IT team.""The VPN is valuable, as the whole technology is very different from a traditional VPN."

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Cons
"One of the issues with Umbrella is as you get into endpoint detection and response, such as EDR point solutions, some of them will not integrate well with Umbrella. Sometimes when you want to use technology, such as Always On VPN, it will not work. There are some looming issues as one type of technology starts to crossover with Umbrella. That is the challenge and Umbrella should find a way to be more compatible with some of the endpoint response solutions that are coming out on the market.""This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""Actually, we recently switched over to Zscaler because it has more features and it's more scalable than Cisco Umbrella.""It's a very new product, so it's quite immature at the moment. It can be more user friendly.""It could be improved by having a local data center and caching, which can provide protection support. I would like to be able to channel my intel and my network traffic to their clouds, and this feature is not available. Advanced protection or any malware file support, which might be required, is not available.""The pricing could always be a little bit better.""I would like to see more integration between Cisco Umbrella and Cisco DNA Center.""In the future, they should combine some of the Cisco AMP features that they already have, for anti-malware purposes."

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"The True Key version for mobile phones should be improved. The password manager is not as seamless as on the desktop. Once implemented, on the desktop, when you go to the site, it automatically fills and connects you, whereas, on the mobile phone, it doesn't do that quite seamlessly. You need to open the True Key application and then select the password you want to use. It then opens in the browser. There are fewer steps in the desktop version as compared to the mobile version.""The solution could always use more security features. If it was more secure, it would be an even stronger product.""We used a consultant to help us set it up. Unfortunately, he was not that good. They were out of McAfee people. He was a consultant and knew the product, but he was not a McAfee person. How they managed it and how they worked was not straightforward.""Lacking filter for spam.""The manufacturerers should have more transparancy about exactly what is getting filtered when you use the product and why."

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"There are a few features that are not compatible with the Azure cloud.""They could provide more time for the onboarding the training of an IT person.""I would like to see more training and video documentation.""One thing that they could improve is the ability to import rules from other platforms.""I don't know whether it's Zscaler or not, however, sometimes I can't access my time management. I need to wait and try again a few hours later. Typically, if I let some time pass, I can access it again.""An improvement would be if they could provide an out-of-the-box experience, like 20 to 30 features all ready to go. In comparison, LogRhythm offers out-of-the-box features. With Zscaler Internet Access, there is firewall IPS, multiple security services, filtering, DLP, and CASB browser isolation. These are things that all users are going to be using. However, when an administrator or architect would start building this, I would definitely need to engage professional services to help clients do it.""The reporting functionality could be a bit easier to use. There is a reporting function, but it's quite hard to do any good reporting, from a user-management perspective. For example, if a department manager wants to know how his department is using the web, there is a way to get the data, but it's quite cumbersome to get it and show it well. And that's true for comparing between departments."

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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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  • "$150 Canadian per year."
  • "It is not very expensive. It costs 100 Canadian Dollars per year per license. I buy one-year or two-year protection. The license covers my PC, laptops, and telephone. The cost is per user but for multiple devices. It has just the standard licensing fees. There are some options for extended protection. For example, if I wanted to have a VPN, there will be an extra cost. So, there are upgradable features, but I'm very happy with what it is giving me with the basic plan. It gives me the basic privacy protection that I need."
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  • "The pricing is fair based on its competitive market."
  • "The price is competitive. It's not cheap and it's not expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    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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    The solution is not too expensive. It's affordable.
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    The solution isn't expensive. It's very reasonably priced. I pay a licensing fee in order to use the product.
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    I'm not an IT person, and therefore can't speak to if there are any missing features. For me, it works quite well and I… more »
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    We researched Netskope but ultimately chose Zscaler. Netskope is a cloud access security broker that helps identify… more »
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    The data loss prevention feature is the most valuable. It stops our users from inadvertently leaking our customers' data… more »
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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.   

    McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make the world a safer place. By building solutions that work with other companies' products, McAfee helps businesses orchestrate cyber environments that are truly integrated, where protection, detection, and correction of threats happen simultaneously and collaboratively. By protecting consumers across all their devices, McAfee secures their digital lifestyle at home and away. By working with other security players, McAfee is leading the effort to unite against cybercriminals for the benefit of all.

    Zscaler Web Security provides unmatched security, visibility and control, going beyond the basics of web content filtering. Delivered in the cloud, Zscaler includes award-winning web security integrated with our robust network security platform that features advanced threat protection, real-time analytics and forensics. You'll get protection across every user, location and device, including laptops, smartphones, tablets and Internet of Things devices.

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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
    Sicredi
    Ulster-Greene ARC, BanRegio, HDFC, Ralcorp Holdings Inc., British American Tobacco, Med America Billing Services Inc., Lanco Group, Aquafil, Telefonica, Swisscom, Brigade Group
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Security Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government7%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Non Profit9%
    Insurance Company9%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Large Enterprise73%
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    McAfee Web Protection is ranked 4th in Internet Security with 5 reviews while Zscaler Internet Access is ranked 2nd in Internet Security with 7 reviews. McAfee Web Protection is rated 8.8, while Zscaler Internet Access is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of McAfee Web Protection writes "Easily blacklist malicious sites both on premise and on the cloud". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler Internet Access writes " AI decision-making on quarantined documents reduces manual work". McAfee Web Protection is most compared with Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, AhnLab V3 Internet Security and iboss, whereas Zscaler Internet Access is most compared with Netskope CASB, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and FireEye Network Security. See our McAfee Web Protection vs. Zscaler Internet Access report.

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