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We performed a comparison between Avast Business Endpoint Protection and Fortinet FortiClient based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Avast Business Endpoint Protection vs. Fortinet FortiClient Report (Updated: November 2022).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this product is that there is a lot more malware slipping through my email filters than I expected.""Definitely, the best feature for Cisco Secure Endpoint is the integration with Talos. On the backend, Talos checks all the signatures, all the malware, and for any attacks going on around the world... Because Secure Endpoint has a connection to it, we get protected by it right then and there.""The threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great.""The integration with other Cisco products seemed to be really effective. We had Umbrella in place and we were using AnyConnect as well as Firepower. Once a threat was detected, being able to do the threat lookups and the live tracking was really useful.""It is extensive in terms of providing visibility and insights into threats. It allows for research into a threat, and you can chart your progress on how you're resolving it.""Another of my favorite features is called the Device Trajectory, where it shows everything that's going on, on a computer. It shows the point in time when a virus is downloaded, so you can see if the user was surfing the internet or had a program open. It shows every running process and file access on the computer and saves it like a snapshot when it detects something malicious. It also has a File Trajectory, so you can even see if that file has been found on any of your other computers that have AMP.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""I'm only using the AMP (advanced malware protection) which is protecting my file system from all the malicious things that might happen. It should protect all kinds of things that might happen on the servers, things that I cannot see."

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"The solution can scale well.""It warns you if there is a threat and it's perfect because it runs in the background and doesn't interfere with anything.""The solution is easy to use.""The performance is good compared to other products that slow down the laptop, post-installation.""It's not heavy on the system.""Avast as a product is as easy as it gets - everything is outlined and transparent in terms of licensing.""Our favorite feature is the PC Patch Management.""It's straightforward to set up."

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"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 is stable, we have not had any issues in the time we have been using it.""You can scale the product.""The VPN has proven to be quite useful.""The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiClient are ease of use and simple configuration.""It’s really easy to use.""It's very stable.""The Fortinet FortiClient is simple to use."

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Cons
"The GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""They could improve the main dashboard to more clearly show me the things that I want to see. When I open the dashboard right now, I see a million things and they are not always the things that I need.""An easier way to do deduplication of machines, or be alerted to the fact that there's more than one instance of a machine, would be useful... That way you could get a more accurate device count, so you're not having an inflated number.""We don't have issues. We think that Cisco covers all of the security aspects on the market. They continue to innovate in the right way.""In terms of the user experience, if the UX design could be much simpler [that would improve things]... if they could make it more intuitive for someone who is not an engineer so that they still can read what's going on in their webpage and understand, that would be something.""We had a lot of noise at the beginning, and we had to turn it down based on exclusions, application whitelisting, and excluding unknown benign applications. Cisco should understand the need for continuous updates on the custom Cisco exclusions and the custom applications that come out-of-the-box with the AMP for Endpoints.""This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""It could be improved in connection with artificial intelligence and IoT."

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"The solution could improve by providing more security.""It could download faster during deployment.""It should have proper and timely updates to deal with new viruses as they come onto the market.""I would like to see better protection and more spyware included with the free version.""The accuracy of the scanner could be improved.""The solution needs to be more secure and work to protect us better from people trying to mess with our systems.""Making the price a bit cheaper would be an improvement.""It reduces network and bandwidth speed."

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"It would be extremely useful to have an automatic updating feature.""Working with Distribution sometimes comes at a cost due to a lack of knowledge of the current status of your licensing and products.""While we like patch management, it would be nice if it could handle patch management for other solutions, like Microsoft.""It would be nice to see more in hand features in terms of the DLP, so that the solution can be integrated with the DLP, as well as more reporting features on the end point.""Fortinet FortiClient could improve the compatibility with mobile applications that are allowed and sometimes they do not respond. However, Microsoft Windows applications are very good.""In the next release, I would like to see an additional layer of security added.""FortiClient is not great in Linux.""As far as I can tell, the solution only has one single function, so they could expand its functionality."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing."
  • "We have a license for 3,000 users and if we get up to 3,100 users, it doesn't stop working, but on the next renewal date you're supposed to go in there and add that extra 100 licenses. It's really good that they let you grow and expand and then pay for it. Sometimes, with other products, you overuse a license and they just don't work."
  • "Cisco Secure Endpoint is not too expensive and it's not cheap. It's quite fair."
  • "The price is very fair to the customer."
  • "...the licensing needs to be improved. All the product features we need are there. It's just a matter of the complexity and the different offerings and trying to figure things out."
  • "The pricing and licensing fees are okay."
  • "Because we do see the value of what it's bringing, I think they have priced it well."
  • "The solution is highly affordable; I believe we pay $2 or $3 per endpoint. It's significantly cheaper than the competitors on the market."
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  • "I am using the free version."
  • "We are on a monthly subscription for Avast Business Endpoint Protection."
  • "If you become a partner, you will receive the wholesale price."
  • "I am using the free version of Avast."
  • "There are no costs other than licensing."
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  • "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."
  • "Its pricing is good. One thing that has always attracted us to the Fortinet range of products is that their pricing is very competitive. Our particular licensing is on a yearly basis. However, as part of this project, we did pre-purchase three years of maintenance and support at a fairly significant discount."
  • "It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine."
  • "I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway."
  • "If we pay for the yearly package that includes the FortiGate firewall, then the FortiClient VPN license is included with it."
  • "The price of the solution depends on the type of firewall you have from FortiGate. I am satisfied with the price of the solution."
  • "The solution's scalability is inexpensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.
    Top Answer:Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing.
    Top Answer:The GUI needs improvement, it's not good. There are false positives in emails. At times, the emails are blocked and… more »
    Top Answer:The ease of deployment and the command center that they have are the most valuable. It is basically self-monitoring. It… more »
    Top Answer:It is $75 per license for a year. There are no additional costs.
    Top Answer:It could have a 10,000-feet overview of the whole infrastructure because the software is easily installable on the whole… more »
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security… more »
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection… more »
    Top Answer:The solution's TNA feature blocks devices from entering the network that do not meet compliance protocols.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    Avast Endpoint Protection
    FortiClient
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    Overview

    Cisco Secure Endpoint is a cloud-managed endpoint security solution that provides advanced protection against viruses, malware, and other cyber threats by detecting, preventing, and responding to threats. Cisco Secure Endpoint is managed online via a web-based management console and can be deployed on a variety of platforms. It protects endpoints, networks, emails, and web traffic.

    In a world of evolving threats, it’s necessary to put security above everything. Cisco Secure Endpoint provides you with the scope, scale, and capabilities to attain effective security with its integrated portfolio and industry-leading threat intelligence. Cisco Secure Endpoint continuously tracks and analyzes files and file activities across your systems - both remote and on premises - and compares these events to other events that occurred before or during past attacks. If a file exhibits malicious behavior, the tool sends an alert which enables you to stop a potential threat from succeeding.

    Key Capabilities of Cisco Secure Endpoint

    • Multi-layered protection: Cisco Secure Endpoint combines behavioral analytics, machine learning, and signature-based techniques to prevent threats from compromising your endpoints.

    • Powerful EDR capabilities: Reduce attack surface using advanced endpoint and extended detection and response, threat hunting, and endpoint isolation.

    • Dynamic malware analysis: Identify and block attacks in real time.

    • Simplified investigations: Advanced search capabilities help you get the information you need about your endpoints fast.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Secure Endpoint stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to enable developers to easily secure their endpoints with one single operation using its management console and its advanced alerting techniques.

    Tim C., an IT manager at Van Der Meer Consulting, writes, "The solution makes it possible to see a threat once and block it everywhere across all endpoints and the entire security platform. It has the ability to block right down to the file and application level across all devices based on policies, such as, blacklisting and whitelisting of software and applications. This is good. Its strength is the ability to identify threats very quickly, then lock them and the network down and block the threats across the organization and all devices, which is what you want. You don't want to be spending time working out how to block something. You want to block something very quickly, letting that flow through to all the devices and avoiding the same scenario on different operating systems."

    Wouter H., a technical team lead network & security at Missing Piece BV, notes, "Any alert that we get is an actionable alert. Immediately, there is information that we can just click through, see the point in time, what happened, what caused it, and what automatic actions were taken. We can then choose to take any manual actions, if we want, or start our investigation. We're no longer looking at digging into information or wading through hundreds of incidents. There's a list which says where the status is assigned, e.g., under investigation or investigation finished. That is all in the console. It has taken away a lot of the administration, which we would normally be doing, and integrated it into the console for us."

    Built on the largest, most globally dispersed threat detection network in the world, Avast Business Endpoint Protection Solutions deliver superior, enterprise-grade protection that keeps small and medium businesses safe from today’s threats - and tomorrow’s.

    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
    Heritage Bank, Mobile County Schools, NHL University, Thunder Bay Regional, Yokogawa Electric, Sam Houston State University, First Financial Bank
    Benassi & Benassi, P. C.
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    University8%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Consumer Goods Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business89%
    Large Enterprise11%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise23%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Avast Business Endpoint Protection vs. Fortinet FortiClient
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Avast Business Endpoint Protection vs. Fortinet FortiClient and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,113 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Avast Business Endpoint Protection is ranked 32nd in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 8 reviews while Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 6th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 47 reviews. Avast Business Endpoint Protection is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Avast Business Endpoint Protection writes "Easy to scale, good reports, easy to install and has excellent support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Can be used to deploy security to endpoints and also control the endpoints". Avast Business Endpoint Protection is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, Sophos Intercept X and Symantec Endpoint Security, whereas Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. See our Avast Business Endpoint Protection vs. Fortinet FortiClient report.

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