Forcepoint CASB vs Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps comparison

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We performed a comparison between Forcepoint CASB and Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Forcepoint CASB vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Report (Updated: November 2023).
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"The solution is stable.""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 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.""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."

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"The product offers an easy initial setup.""As it is based on AWS, it is not a problem.""Macro integration is a good feature.""It gives you value for your investment."

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"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is to stop shadow IT.""Defender's integration with our identity solutions is critical in our current setup.""The most valuable feature is the alerting system.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its monitoring.""I like the web GUI/the management interface. I also like the security of Microsoft. As compared to other manufacturers, it's less complex and easy to understand and work with.""Everything from Microsoft is integrated. You receive regular reports on them all. You can push your reports, logs, and security alerts, which are all integrated. It is crucial that these solutions work natively together to deliver coordinated detection and response across our environment.""I like the alert policies because they are quite robust. It has some built-in templates that we can easily pick up. One of them is the alert for mass downloads, when a particular user is running a massive download on your SharePoint site.""The most valuable feature is its policy implementation."

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"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""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.""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."

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"They should work on the possibility of consolidating all of the products with the group of agents.""Forcepoint removed the ability to scan for unsanctioned applications on the CASB.""Lacks different ways to authenticate users.""When using the Forcepoint CASB, and you are a remote worker, basically not in the office, you have to have an agent on your computer, a Forcepoint agent. However, with many other CASB solutions, they can integrate with MDM."

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"Defender could integrate better with multi-cloud and hybrid environments. It requires some additional configuration to ingest data from non-Azure environments and integrate it with Sentinel.""Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps' initial setup was quite technical but we were prepared. The time of the implementation depends on the job and how many users are being set up.""There could be more granular roles that are out of the box included in the product.""It doesn't actually decrease the time to respond. This has been an issue with Microsoft recently. Sometimes, there is a delay when it comes to getting an alert policy email... Sometimes it takes two or three hours for that email to be sent.""The technical support team has room for improvement.""Sometimes, we'll get false positive alarms. For example, when a SharePoint path has no file sharing, but there is an external user, it will trigger an alarm that the file has been shared with an external user... the alerting mechanism should be more precise when giving you an alert about what activity has been done with the file...""They need to improve the attack surface reduction (ASR) rules. In the latest version, you can implement ASR rules, which are quite useful, but you have to enable those because if they're not enabled, they flag false positives. In the Defender portal, it logs a block for WMI processes and PowerShell. Apparently, it's because ASR rules are not configured. So, you generally have to enable them to exclude, for example, WMI queries or PowerShell because they have a habit of blocking your security scanners. It's a bit weird that they have to be enabled to be configured, and it's not the other way around.""I would like to see them include more features in the older licenses. There are some features that are not available, such as preventing or analyzing cloud attacks."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "In terms of feature performance versus cost, they're a good value."
  • "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."
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  • "The price could be better and should be reconsidered."
  • "It is a little bit expensive. When you want to have the complete package with Office 365, Defender, and everything else, it is expensive."
  • "We are an MST and we do not pay for the solution. However, the price of the solution could be better."
  • "The cost could be improved when you need to pay for anything. For example, refreshing files takes time to load, though it may be my Internet. To improve the refresh time, Microsoft says that we need to pay for a Premium license, and I don't like paying for things that help make a solution better."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "It has fair pricing. You pay for what you get. As far as I know, there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fee."
  • "The E5 license offers everything bundled. People are moving to Microsoft because you buy one license and it gives you everything."
  • "The pricing is in the middle. It isn't too cheap or expensive compared to other antivirus or security products. It is priced according to industry standards."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The licensing costs are good. Prisma has much more options and support for security, but it has a higher cost. For… more »
    Top Answer:The solution could improve identity integration as well. Zero trust, it's a good start as a zero-trust solution… more »
    Top Answer:It gives you value for your investment.
    Top Answer:It gives you value for your investment, but it doesn't contribute. So, I would rate it as an eight.
    Top Answer:Some IDPs, such as Azure AD, are not compatible at the moment. It becomes a problem just to authenticate with Azure AD… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the alerting system.
    Top Answer:Microsoft offers bundle discounts and a pay-as-you-go option. We can also get an additional discount of 30 to 40 percent… more »
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    MS Cloud App Security, Microsoft Cloud App Security
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    Lookout is a well-established and powerful secure web gateway (SWG) solution that protects more than 200 million users from threats that can result from the penetration of unsecured web traffic into their networks. Lookout is designed to enable organizations to work remotely while maintaining a tight blanket of security over their confidential business data. It provides administrators with security that extends from their endpoints to the cloud service that they are using to run their organization’s network. 

    Users of Lookout are able to proactively detect threats and keep themselves secure from a field of threats that constantly evolves. IT teams can protect their organizations without having to rely on any other security solutions. This singular solution can run on multiple kinds of mobile devices. The privacy of individuals is preserved while keeping compliance rules intact. Additionally, users gain access to a number of tools that enable them to prevent security breaches from taking place.

    Lookout Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying Lookout include:

    • Ease of deployment. Lookout is a solution whose design makes it easy for users to deploy it. It provides users with simple, step-by-step instructions that remove the need for organizations to devote extensive amounts of time to make sure that it is properly set up. Anyone can quickly set up the solution without undergoing technical training. 
    • Built-in support. Users of the Lookout application have access to built-in demos that can teach them how to use various solution features. Instead of spending time trying to figure out the application, users can watch the demo that is most relevant to them and see for themselves how that particular feature is used.
    • Easy-to-use user interface. Lookout’s user interface is laid out in an intuitive way that makes it easy for administrators to navigate. This interface is present in both the mobile and desktop versions of this solution. 
    • Settings customization. Lookout has a built-in settings customization menu. This makes it possible for administrators to easily customize their settings so that they best conform to their needs. 

    Lookout Features

    • Activity monitoring and activity tracking. Lookout’s activity monitoring and activity tracking capabilities enable users to keep a close eye on the activities that are taking place in their networks. IT teams and administrators have the ability to watch their networks for any unusual activity. These features ensure that organizations can keep ahead of any potential threats. They provide the kinds of insights and warnings that make the jobs of those IT teams and administrators much easier and more streamlined. 
    • Encryption. Organizations that employ Lookout can encrypt their networks and keep crucial business data from being read by unauthorized parties. This feature keeps the secrets organizations are trying to keep out of the wrong hands.
    • Anti-virus tools. Lookout provides users with tools to block threats from harming their networks. These tools can successfully block 99.6 percent of threats without raising false alarms. 

    Forcepoint CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) is a security solution which is designed to secure and monitor the use of cloud services within an organization. It helps organizations gain visibility and control over the cloud applications and services being used by their employees. Forcepoint CASB integrates with cloud service providers' APIs and employs various techniques such as traffic analysis, proxying, and API-based controls to provide security and visibility into cloud application usage. It can be deployed as a standalone solution or integrated with other security technologies within an organization's existing infrastructure.

    Forcepoint CASB Features:

    • Cloud Application Visibility: CASB helps organizations discover and gain insights into the cloud applications and services being used across their network.
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP): It enables organizations to enforce data protection policies and prevent sensitive information from being leaked or exposed in cloud applications.
    • User Behavior Monitoring: CASB monitors user activities and behavior within cloud services, allowing organizations to detect and respond to potential insider threats or anomalous behavior.
    • Compliance and Governance: It helps organizations enforce regulatory compliance requirements and maintain control over data stored and processed in the cloud.
    • Threat Protection: CASB offers protection against cloud-specific threats such as account hijacking, unauthorized access, malware, and data breaches.
    • Access Control and Encryption: It provides capabilities to control user access to cloud applications and data, as well as encryption options for securing sensitive information.

    Forcepoint CASB Benefits:

    • Cloud Visibility: Provides a clear view of cloud applications and services used within the network.
    • Data Protection: Enforces policies to prevent data leakage and ensures compliance with regulations.
    • Insider Threat Detection: Monitors user behavior to identify potential insider threats or malicious activities.
    • Compliance and Governance: Helps meet regulatory requirements and maintain control over cloud data.
    • Threat Protection: Detects and prevents cloud-specific threats like account compromise and data breaches.
    • Access Control and Encryption: Implements strong access controls and encryption for secure cloud access.
    • Shadow IT Discovery: Identifies unauthorized cloud applications for risk assessment and control.
    • Integration and Orchestration: Integrates with existing security technologies for enhanced visibility and response.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Edwin Eze Osiago, Regional Solutions Manager (Sub-Sahara Africa) at InfodataReliable, says that Forcepoint CASB is "Easy to set up and offers good visibility".

    PeerSpot user, Professional Services Coordinator at a tech vendor, writes that Forcepoint CASB "Needs better backend code, requires stronger technical support, and the initial setup should be easier" and also adds  that "The most valuable aspect for us is the fact that the product seamlessly integrates with the Forcepoint DLP".

    Mahendra Bedre, Lead at Infrastructure Solutions ALM, says that Forcepoint CASB's "Macro integration and IDs for credentials are great features; It is easy to use with a good layout".

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a comprehensive security solution that provides protection for cloud-based applications and services. It offers real-time threat detection and response, as well as advanced analytics and reporting capabilities. With Defender for Cloud Apps, organizations can ensure the security of their cloud environments and safeguard against cyber threats. Whether you're running SaaS applications, IaaS workloads, or PaaS services, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps can help you secure your cloud environment and protect your business from cyber threats.

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Benefits:
    • Provides comprehensive security for cloud applications
    • Integrates with other Microsoft security tools
    • Easy to use and deploy
    • Provides real-time threat detection and response
    • Strong protection against phishing attacks and other common threats
    • Highly customizable to meet specific needs of different organizations
    Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Use Cases:
    • Governance, authentication, security, and compliance. 
    • Detects shadow IT and anomalous user behavior
    • Controls access to applications
    • Provides auditing and filtering setups
    • Used for end-user compute devices, file monitoring, user investigation, and activity
    • Used for data governance, threat detection, and getting visibility over cloud applications
    • Used to identify information about applications beyond organizational boundaries
    • Prevent exfiltration and data filtration of corporate data
    • Used to deal with spam emails and detect shadow IT

    Reviews from Real Users

    Ram-Krish, Cloud Security & Governance at a financial services firm, says that Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps "Integrates well and helps us in protecting sensitive information, but takes time to scan and apply the policies and cannot detect everything we need".

    PeerSpot user, Senior Cloud & Security Consultant at a tech services, writes that Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps "Great for monitoring user activity and protecting data while integrating well with other applications".

    Simon Burgess,Infrastructure Engineer at SBITSC, states that Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is "A fluid, intelligent product for great visibility, centralized management, and increased uptime".

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    Sample Customers
    Zions Bank, GE Healthcare, HomeAway, Logitech, Universal, California National Resources Agency and many mor
    Customers for Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps include Accenture, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and Nakilat.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Educational Organization7%
    Educational Organization27%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Engineering Company9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Forcepoint CASB vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint CASB vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Forcepoint CASB is ranked 9th in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 4 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is ranked 2nd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 16 reviews. Forcepoint CASB is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Forcepoint CASB writes "Reliable, easy to set up and offers good visibility". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps writes "A fluid, intelligent product for great visibility, centralized management, and increased uptime". Forcepoint CASB is most compared with Appgate SDP, Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler Internet Access, Skyhigh Security and Forcepoint ONE, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler Internet Access, Netskope , Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft Purview. See our Forcepoint CASB vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps report.

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