Akamai Secure Internet Access Enterprise vs Symantec Proxy comparison

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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Lookout
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Ranking in Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
24th
Average Rating
7.2
Number of Reviews
5
Ranking in other categories
Mobile Data Protection (7th), Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) (12th), Threat Intelligence Platforms (18th), Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) (43rd), Mobile Threat Defense (2nd), ZTNA as a Service (13th), ZTNA (10th), Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) (18th)
Akamai Secure Internet Acc...
Ranking in Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
26th
Average Rating
9.0
Number of Reviews
1
Ranking in other categories
Domain Name System (DNS) Security (9th)
Symantec Proxy
Ranking in Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
14th
Average Rating
7.2
Number of Reviews
18
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Secure Web Gateways (SWG) category, the mindshare of Lookout is 0.4%, up from 0.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Akamai Secure Internet Access Enterprise is 0.5%, down from 0.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Symantec Proxy is 2.3%, down from 4.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
Unique Categories:
Mobile Data Protection
7.1%
Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB)
0.8%
Domain Name System (DNS) Security
2.4%
No other categories found
 

Featured Reviews

AP
May 23, 2023
User-focused design makes it easy to understand, and operations running in background provide peace of mind
In any of the discussions that we've had with their technical teams, they have been very knowledgeable and helpful in certain aspects. They have a lot of partnerships, from what we can tell, and that does start to make the waters a little bit murky. They have third parties that provide functionality and there is a concern that we're going to be bounced around between five different groups to get help for a problem. If you describe it incorrectly, all of a sudden you're with a group that can't help you and they have to forward you to another group. They have been very responsive and super helpful when it comes to any of the issues we've identified. Still, that concern about being bounced around between multiple partners detracts from the overall experience.
MB
Jul 21, 2023
A user-friendly security SaaS provider with an easy setup
Akamai SPS Threat Avert is deployed on-cloud in our organization. Users should choose Akamai SPS Threat Avert based on their needs and the organization's capability. If it's a small-scale business, I would recommend exploring other solutions that will be fairly cheaper than Akamai SPS Threat Avert. However, if it's an enterprise business with a lot of transactions, security concerns, and compliance issues, I would advise them to go ahead with Akamai SPS Threat Avert. Although it's a good solution, Akamai SPS Threat Avert is expensive and best suited for enterprise-level businesses, not mid-level or low-level organizations. Overall, I rate Akamai SPS Threat Avert a nine out of ten.
Vikram Dhane - PeerSpot reviewer
May 26, 2023
Effective support and autoscaling, but lacking reporting
I have deployed the solution on three of the major cloud providers, GCP, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure Symantec Proxy is used for outgoing URLs. The most valuable feature of Symantec Proxy is the support and autoscaling. The traffic filtering could improve. Our firewall traffic is limited.…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"The protection offered by the product is the most valuable feature. It detects vulnerabilities or traps on our users' phones and then prompts them to clean up their devices. Tools we used previously would only discover, which required us to gather information on the backend, so Lookout is a welcome upgrade."
"The most valuable features are the antivirus as a whole, the anti-malware, and all of the protection features that scan our enterprise devices."
"The solution is stable."
"On the outside, the main differentiation is because Lookout ingest. They have ingested basically all of the apps for the last ten years and all the versions of all the apps, and we have that in a corporate database that allows us to do very large-scale machine learning and analysis on that data set. That's not something that any of the competitors really have the capability to do because they don't have access to the data set. A lot of the apps you can no longer get them because that version of the app is five or six years old, and it just doesn't exist anywhere anymore, except within our infrastructure. So, the ability to have that very rich dataset and learn from that dataset is a real differentiator."
"The best feature of Akamai SPS Threat Avert is that it's very user-friendly compared to other technologies."
"The tool's most valuable features are content-to-content filtration and SCCM protection."
"The initial setup of Symantec Proxy is easy."
"The most valuable features of this solution are the URL database, malicious URLs, policies, and policy creation."
"The most valuable feature of Symantec Proxy is the support and autoscaling."
"The Symantec antivirus suite and the proxy component are the most valuable feature."
"The product is very good, and the URL filtering database is great."
"We can address and rectify issues promptly, resulting in consistently positive outcomes."
"The developer's assistance is valuable, enabling seamless integration which allows for a comprehensive view of categories, even if not certified by the link."
 

Cons

"We just submitted an enhancement request reflecting the main area we want to see improvement in; the APIs. Currently, we're able to build dashboards, but it's somewhat backward because we use our MDM API to create them. Lookout should provide API to customers so we can query our data and use it in our cloud, and this is the only outstanding area for improvement with the product right now."
"Lookout was moving into the SSE space. And so their work on SecureWeb Gateway and SD-WAN is still sort of evolving."
"From the analysis that we've done, they do seem to be maybe a step behind in trying to enter the market with a new solution. But when they do pick up, they do come out with some good products."
"The stability depends on the service from where you access it. Because sometimes, the place you are in, you have Gateway. You don't have Gateway. The gateway is overutilized. At the end, you need to go through their gateways. And this is the key point here. You have a tracking point. If it's not well orchestrated, and it scales up as you add more to the existing team, you will suffer"
"Akamai SPS Threat Avert's pricing could be improved because it's a very expensive enterprise solution."
"Technical support is an area that requires some improvement."
"The traffic filtering could improve. Our firewall traffic is limited. Additionally, it would be helpful if there was a dashboard and reporting feature."
"Prior to the Broadcom purchase, every appliance was application based, but now they have one ISG device and on top of it multiple applications are running. It has a single point of failure. If your device goes down, all of the applications would be down."
"The platform's pricing needs improvement."
"Marketing needs improvement in Symantec Proxy, as it needs to catch up in sales here in the Asia Pacific region. Symantec Proxy licensing renewal also needs improvement."
"The solution is quite complex."
"Support response time and case resolution could be improved."
"The solution could improve by having better documentation."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The licensing costs are good. Prisma has much more options and support for security, but it has a higher cost. For example, Lookout costs 2/3rd of Prisma's licensing price."
"The pricing is fair; it's comparable to our previous solution, and we carried out multiple POCs and POVs (proof of value). The product is worth the money we pay for it."
"In terms of feature performance versus cost, they're a good value."
"Lookout is definitely on the lower end when it comes to price point and that seems to be the only differentiator. The technology is in place in this space and it's really about who is coming in at the better price point now."
"Provided the features Akamai SPS Threat Avert provides, it is bound to be expensive."
"There is a different department that looks into the licensing part."
"Our cost was based on a three-year upfront CapEx contract."
"The product is highly priced. There are no additional costs apart from the standard licenses."
"It's expensive. Clients often go to other products."
"In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."
"The price of the solution is reasonable compared to others on the market."
"Licensing is based on a subscription."
"The tool is pretty expensive."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
19%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Financial Services Firm
10%
Government
6%
Computer Software Company
25%
Financial Services Firm
14%
Manufacturing Company
8%
University
7%
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
15%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Government
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Lookout?
The licensing costs are good. Prisma has much more options and support for security, but it has a higher cost. For ex...
What needs improvement with Lookout?
The solution could improve identity integration as well. Zero trust, it's a good start as a zero-trust solution. More...
What do you like most about Akamai SPS Threat Avert?
The best feature of Akamai SPS Threat Avert is that it's very user-friendly compared to other technologies.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Akamai SPS Threat Avert?
Provided the features Akamai SPS Threat Avert provides, it is bound to be expensive.
What needs improvement with Akamai SPS Threat Avert?
Akamai SPS Threat Avert's pricing could be improved because it's a very expensive enterprise solution. AWS and a lot ...
What do you like most about Symantec Proxy?
We can address and rectify issues promptly, resulting in consistently positive outcomes.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Symantec Proxy?
The product is highly priced. There are no additional costs apart from the standard licenses.
What needs improvement with Symantec Proxy?
The platform's pricing needs improvement.
 

Also Known As

CipherCloud
Akamai Enterprise Threat Protector, Akamai ETP, Akamai SPS Threat Avert
Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
 

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Sample Customers

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