We performed a comparison between Azure Active Directory and Fortinet FortiAuthenticator based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, users favor Azure Active Directory over Fortinet FortiAuthenticator because it has a free option and users also report an ROI.
"As an end-user, the access to shared resources that I get from using this product is very helpful."
"If a company has hundreds of users that already exist in the cloud, and it now wants to enable those same users to be present in third-party applications that their business uses, like Atlassian or GoToMeeting, the provisioning technology can assist in achieving that."
"The scalability is quite good."
"The single sign-on of the solution is the most valuable aspect."
"For some applications, it's not only working for authentication but it's also being used to apply roles for users. From the management perspective, it's much better to have this because in the past we constantly needed to go into the console of the different solutions and create or delete users or modify their roles and permissions. Now, with Azure Active Directory, we can do that from a single point. That makes our management model much easier."
"The cloud security part is very valuable. Security is the most important thing in today's world. With Azure Active Directory, there are some features that tell you how you need to improve your security level. It informs you if you set up certain policies, e.g., this is where my users sign in. It tends to let you know if your organization has been breached with this security set up. Therefore, it is easier to know when you have been breached, especially if you set up a Conditional Access policy for your organization."
"Being able to use Azure AD means that you can use some of the Azure AD security features like Advanced Password Protection. As well as querying your normal password requirements like lengths and complexity, Azure AD has a feature in which you can put specific words. It can be words to do with your company, words to do with your company location, or words that a lot of your employees would otherwise use. You can disallow them. It's very good at making more obvious passwords, ones they're not allowed to use anymore. That's a good feature."
"Conditional Access, Geofencing, and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication are the major security features to secure resources."
"We have not had issues with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. It is stable."
"The initial setup is very easy."
"Simple to deploy, simple to use, and user-friendly."
"This is a scalable product."
"The most valuable features are the performance and ease of use."
"I work a lot with Fortinet products and I call the support often. They are very quick to respond and the support is very good."
"FortiAuthenticator is really good software that integrates very well with Fortinet products."
"Intuitive interface and easy to deploy."
"Sometimes, what one customer may like, another may not like it. We have had customers asking, "Why is Microsoft forcing us to do this?" For example, when you use Exchange Server on-premise, then you can customize it for your company and these customizations are unlimited. However, if you use Exchange Online or with Microsoft 365, then your ability to make modifications is limited. So, only the cloud versus is limited."
"Something that can be improved is their user interface"
"My understanding is, in the future, they will be able to bring everything into one single platform and they are not there yet."
"At the free or basic level of service, Azure should provide identity protection features including single sign-on and multifactor authentication."
"It doesn't function the same way as an Active Directory inside of an infrastructure, that is, a physical infrastructure. In the cloud, it is all flat. That's one of the disadvantages."
"Azure AD does not support legacy authentication protocols, such as NTLM or Kerberos."
"Everything should be in one package. There are so many different packages. They need to provide guidance because there are so many features and we don't know how to implement them in our organization."
"The technical support could improve by having a faster response time."
"I would like to see more security features in reference to identity login or identity identification."
"Lacks a simplified two-factor authentication process."
"The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."
"We would like to see Linux-based operating systems be able to integrate with FortiAuthenticator to get two-factor authentication running on them. as well. This is a shortcoming that I have faced a few times already."
"I would like to see more support from Fortinet with tech support people who have as much expertise on the authenticator as they do on their firewalls."
"There are some protocols, such as SHA and SHA-2, that are not supported."
"The integration with other products, for example, some SAML authentications, would make it more flexible."
"The speed of deployment on the cloud could be improved. It took a few days when it should have been just two days"
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra, is an enterprise identity service that provides single sign-on, multifactor authentication, and conditional access to guard against 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management service. This service helps your employees access external resources, such as Microsoft 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory also helps them access internal resources like apps on your corporate intranet network, along with any cloud apps developed for your own organization.
Azure AD is intended for:
Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is the primary secure point of approved access into the Fortinet network, authorizing users, reviewing access permissions, and relaying the information to all Fortigate devices for comparison with identity-based protocols. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is a top-ranked authorization and SSO solution.
Appropriate secure access is fundamental to every role in an enterprise ecosystem. It is an integral function of every organization to ensure that every access and privilege is secure and to mitigate any possible risk to an organization. Approved users should only have access to the necessary information when they need it, from the appropriate location(s) to safeguard an organization's security at all times.
Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is available as an appliance, virtual machine, or in the cloud.
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Reviews from Real Users
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Ibrahim M., Senior Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company, relates, "The initial setup is a valuable point on Fortinet products. Most of the time, putting the theory into practice on the devices is quite friendly and straightforward. As long as you can read English you can find your way around the solution and make it work. This is a high value point on Fortinet - the way everything is laid out in the web UI is user-friendly and quite straightforward. The UI is quite simple."
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is ranked 1st in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 99 reviews while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 15 reviews. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) writes "With multi-factor authentication, we've seen a marked decrease in the number of threats we've seen come through". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator writes "A reasonably priced solution that can be scaled toward different functionalities and offers flexible SMS messaging". Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is most compared with Google Cloud Identity, Auth0, Okta Workforce Identity, AWS Directory Service and SailPoint IdentityIQ, whereas Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Duo Security, Microsoft Authenticator and CyberArk Privileged Access Manager. See our Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) vs. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator report.
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