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We performed a comparison between Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and Zscaler Private Access based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. Zscaler Private Access report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The ability to add multiple two-factor authentication options for the user to choose from when they log in has helped increase the security of our network, especially with so many people working remotely.""The installation process is not difficult.""The solution is secure and has a lot of benefits.""The solution has good performance. It is a simple tool to use, once I turn on Windows it automatically starts to use the VPN.""It is reliable and easy to configure, and the Cisco Firewall can last for many years.""The initial setup is easy.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it works all of the time.""You don't have to think about it very much. It just works."

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"What I find most valuable in Zscaler Private Access is that it's a VPN. Its connectivity as a VPN is its most valuable feature.""The VPN is great for the stability on offer and for the cloud updates and insights you can get.""I like the web filtering capabilities.""The most valuable feature of Zscaler Private Access is we do not have to connect to a VPN, it is seamless. It is more convenient for us because we use one agent to cover the internet and VPN access."

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Cons
"Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client can be improved by having better speed and reliability. However, the speed and reliability are already really good.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is a stable solution. However, there have been times it has not worked and I needed to call our IT department. It could be more stable.""The support could be more proactive in their recommendations. I noticed that the Cisco support agents tend to leave customers to do what they need to do in many ways, and you can choose how you want to do it. However, it would be great if they could proactively be involved in best practices and let other customers know how most people are doing it.""In terms of areas for improvement in Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, from my point of view, the solution works well and right now I don't see the need to improve it. Probably a better user interface could be created for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, but its core is VPN creation, and that works well, though I'm not a VPN specialist, and I'm not an expert on how to create a VPN, how the VPN gateway works, how it's implemented, and what's the architecture behind it. A two-factor authentication feature was recently added to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. In the past, you only needed to log in with your username and password, but now, there's a token, and the user interface for that token isn't that good. That's another area for improvement. Cisco should also make the two-factor authentication better in the solution. What I'd like added to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client in its next release is a better two-factor authentication, in particular, the validity of the code being shorter because sometimes when I get the code and I add it to the client, it's invalid, though I'm unsure if it's centrally set up that way or if its a characteristic of the product. Making the interface of the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client more user-friendly is also what I'd like to see in the next release of the solution.""Whenever there's a drop in internet or a connection fluctuation, it gets disconnected automatically.""In the next release, Cisco should add a chat feature.""You do need technical expertise to set up the product.""I think that the addition of single sign-on functionality would be helpful."

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"Sometimes applications crash on some machines, and we’d like Zscaler to give us some information as to why that may have happened. We’d like more detailed reports.""Zscaler Private Access could improve by improving external access. If external parties want to access locally to my company's services, we need to onboard them into our domain, otherwise, it doesn't work. Additionally, if their company also has Zscaler Private Access, then it doesn't work. They need to log in with our domain ID, not their company ID.""What could be improved in Zscaler Private Access is its notification. For example, if there's a speed issue, there should be a pop-up that alerts the user about it. If there is a network quality issue, for example, it isn't good enough to connect to, or the network quality is bad, there should be a notification from the solution. Zscaler Private Access also needs improvement in terms of its interface and security.""I can't speak to any missing features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing."
  • "The licensing costs are reasonable."
  • "We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it."
  • "I am using a paid version of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client."
  • "One thing I've noticed is the price in comparison to other VPNs."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "It costs around 80,000 Indian rupees for a hundred licenses, so approximately $1,020 USD."
  • "The solution is reasonably priced and costs $600 for a five-year license in our scenario."
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  • "Pricing for Zscaler Private Access is moderate. It's acceptable, though I can't give you the exact price currently. It's not too expensive, and on a scale of one to five, I would rate it a four out of five in terms of pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
    Top Answer:We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
    Top Answer:There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
    Top Answer: We looked into Prisma Access before choosing Zscaler Private Access (ZPA). Palo Alto’s Prisma Access is a secure access service edge (SASE) designed to deliver network security in a… more »
    Top Answer:The VPN is great for the stability on offer and for the cloud updates and insights you can get.
    Top Answer:So far, we are happy with the solution. I can't speak to any missing features. Based on the customer feedback, they're doing good. We don't see any negative point at this point in time.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
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    Overview

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility is a unified agent that provides different security services to help empower and protect organizations. It offers the visibility and control you need to figure out who and what is gaining access to your extended company before, during, and after an attack.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility is an endpoint security platform that includes remote access, posture enforcement, and online security features. It provides your IT department with all of the secure access options it needs to deliver a reliable, user-friendly, and highly secure mobile experience. It not only allows VPN access via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), but it also provides additional security via built-in modules, such as Cisco Network Access Manager, Cisco

    AnyConnect ISE Agent, and Cisco AnyConnect Web Security Client.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Features

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Accessible from any location: Cisco AnyConnect allows any user to connect to the workplace network from any device, at any time, and from any location.
    • Unified endpoint compliance: Cisco AnyConnect unifies endpoint posture and remediation across wired, wireless, and VPN environments for Cisco ISE. It offers endpoint posture testing for OS levels, the most recent antivirus updates, and other resources to improve endpoint security and compliance.
    • Web security: Cisco AnyConnect includes a web security module that may be used with either the on-premises Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) or the cloud-based Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS). Admins can give comprehensive secure mobility to all end users by combining online security with VPN access, which is critical for BYOD deployments.
    • Secure network access: The Network Access Manager has advanced connection features that allow managers to decide which networks or resources endpoints can access. It includes an IEEE 802.1X supplicant as well as some unique encryption methods that can be deployed as part of authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) capabilities.
    • Mobile device support: Cisco AnyConnect is compatible with the most common devices used by today's workforce. With per-application VPN, highly secure remote access can be device-based or powered transparently by certain enterprise mobile applications.
    • Simplified management and usability: Cisco AnyConnect provides a consistent user experience across on-premises and off-premises devices without causing IT headaches.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Endpoint security that is context-aware, comprehensive, and ongoing
    • Flexible access to company resources over wired, cellular, and VPN networks
    • Low cost of ownership
    • User Verification
    • Prevents data threats at entry
    • Protects users who are off the VPN
    • Uses visibility and analytics to optimize security
    • Unlocks endpoint visibility

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to be customized and its reliability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Hakan T., Senior Solution Sales Consultant at a tech services company, writes, “Every time I have to connect to the network I use this solution. It is a customizable solution, it makes life easier for me. It makes the global workforce work much easier and more secure.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a Product Manager and CMOS Image Sensors at a manufacturing company, mentions, “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client works well, we don't have any issues with it. The most valuable feature of this solution is that it works all of the time.”

    Zscaler Private Access delivers policy-based, secure access to private applications and assets without the cost, hassle, or security risks of a VPN. Using the Zscaler App, users can now get all of the benefits of Zscaler’s Cloud Security Platform for Internet traffic, as well as granular, policy-based access to internal resources from a single point.

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    Sample Customers
    MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
    NOV, Growmark, Paychex, MAN Energy Solutions
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Energy/Utilities Company17%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 43 reviews while Zscaler Private Access is ranked 6th in ZTNA as a Service with 4 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.4, while Zscaler Private Access is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Easy to use, stable, has no connectivity issues, and allows users to work from home". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler Private Access writes "User-friendly, easy to customize, and simple to implement". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, Cisco IOS SSL VPN, Fortinet FortiClient and Check Point Remote Access VPN, whereas Zscaler Private Access is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Netskope Private Access, Okta Workforce Identity, Perimeter 81 and Duo Security.

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