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.
"We're using the whole suite: device management, user credentials, everything that's possible."
"If you want to replicate a website at the frontend in Azure, it's very easy to do it globally."
"With Azure Active Directory we were able to manage with different options the access for different users."
"Azure Active Directory provides access to resources in a very secure manner. We can detect which user is logging in to access resources on the cloud. It gives us a comprehensive audit trace in terms of from where a user signed in and whether a sign-in is a risky sign-in or a normal sign-in. So, there is a lot of security around the access to resources, which helps us in realizing that a particular sign-in is not a normal sign-in. If a sign-in is not normal, Azure Active Directory automatically blocks it for us and sends us an email, and unless we allow that user, he or she won't be able to log in. So, the User Identity Protection feature is the most liked feature for me in Azure Active Directory."
"The technical support is pretty good."
"The most valuable features in Active Directory are the password writeback product and the MDM technology."
"It enhanced our end user experience quite a bit. Instead of the days of having to contact the service desk with challenges for choosing their password, users can go in and do it themselves locally, regardless of where they are in the world. This has certainly made it a better experience accessing their applications. Previously, a lot of times, they had to remember multiple usernames and passwords for different systems. This solution brings it all together, using a single sign-on experience."
"Microsoft Azure AD is easy to install and is a stable solution."
"I prefer the passing tool that sent an active directory console to a Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, then Fortinet FortiAuthenticator does not pass the locks."
"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."
"We have not had issues with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. It is stable."
"The two-step authentication provides a higher level of security."
"Simple to deploy, simple to use, and user-friendly."
"The most valuable feature is the flexibility in using the SMS messages."
"It reduces the need for network administrator intervention by allowing the user to perform their own registration and resolve their own password problems and issues."
"The product is stable and reliable."
"When it comes to identity governance, the governance features in Azure AD are very focused on Microsoft products. I would like to see those governance and life cycle management features offered for non-Microsoft products connected to Azure AD."
"Though the installation was seamless, it took longer than expected to be completed."
"For example, there were some authentication features that, for security purposes, had certain limitations. Those limitations still exist, but the portal now has options so that the customers can make custom features to manage their identity."
"The solution was difficult to scale because the group's configuration was complex. I would rate the scalability level of Azure Active Directory a five out of ten."
"Azure Active Directory could improve by having an authentication service for laptops or desktop computers running Mac and Linux operating systems. They currently have authentication capabilities for Microsoft Windows. Having this capability would benefit people because in today's world everybody is working from the home environment."
"The main issue is that because Active Directory is in the cloud, it will inevitably be dependent on internet connectivity."
"Technical support could be better."
"The solution has not saved costs. While we’ve eliminated some tools, there are some other features that we are dependent on as admin, which are not yet integrated with Azure AD."
"FortiAuthenticator's interface could be better."
"We had issues trying to integrate the keys properly during the initial setup."
"There are some protocols, such as SHA and SHA-2, that are not supported."
"The only way the solution could be improved is if it were cheaper."
"I would like to see more security features in reference to identity login or identity identification."
"The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."
"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."
"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 101 reviews while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 14 reviews. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is rated 8.8, while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.4. 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, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, PingFederate 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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