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Pros
"The solution is extremely stable. It has excellent performance.""Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up.""I think recently with many people working from home, Cisco Umbrella has been very useful. For example, we can manage the device and the network when the employee is not working on the local host. Cisco Umbrella is very valuable for this kind of infrastructure.""The solution is very easy to manage. We found the initial setup, for example, to be quite simple.""Stability-wise, it's good. I have never encountered any bugs.""I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It helps create innovative reports for security.""I haven't found any issues related to latency or any other issue.""What we like most is security and how easy it is to integrate with other appliances."

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"In terms of functionality, Forcepoint is the best web proxy available.""Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway has improved our organization through its ease of use.""I have found the web content filtering and malware filter the most valuable.""The GUI is quite nice.""The spam filter is very effective.""Once deployed, the management console is simple and easy to use.""The initial setup is not complex.""For the most part, the solution, when set up correctly, works fine."

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"It is easy to use, easy to integrate, and is stable. It's scalable as well.""The remediation process is easy compared to other platforms.""To quarantine and clean a malware file provides a lot of security.""It has predefined or preconfigured rules, which are getting periodically updated. They are providing continuous improvements and periodically updating all search queries that they are looking for. That is one thing that helps us to stay vigilant and focused. If we query our AWS account for any breaches or vulnerabilities with any of the cloud tests, and it alerts us based on these predefined rules. It also provides an option to configure our own rules, and based on these rules, it can query the cloud trail logs, pull the information, and trigger alerts in real-time. I haven't explored this feature much because there are multiple accounts, and we don't have enough time to explore this feature. It also provides multiple integrations. When vulnerabilities or breaches are happening, you should be aware of them immediately. It provides integration with tools such as Slack, PagerDuty so that you can get alerted as soon as the high severity stuff comes up. For example, you have a security group that has allowed public traffic on port 22. As TechOps, you should be aware of this immediately. You cannot scan each machine or look into all security groups to identify it. So, Prisma helps us and alerts us when this kind of high-priority stuff comes up. It has different statistics, analytics, and graphs for data. The description of alerts is also pretty good. They describe what are the possible causes for this and what are the solutions. From Prisma Cloud, you can directly go to the AWS account. When you click on an alert, a resource, or a resource ID, it takes you to the AWS console where you need to log in. If you are already logged in, it will take you to that instance directly, and you can fix the issue there. I have found this feature very useful.""Prisma SaaS is very easy to use; it's common sense — it's the best-in-class.""Prisma's most valuable feature would be its ability to identify bad or risky configurations.""The performance is good."

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Cons
"The pricing could always be a little bit better.""If the security issues are taken care of it would be better.""I think it's a very basic solution, and because of that, Cisco Umbrella would not be a suitable solution for large companies.""It has happened in the past that Cisco Umbrella has denied us access to secure websites.""I would like them to make some videos, practical videos, the kind with steps that people can use to learn and deploy""It could be improved by having a local data center and caching, which can provide protection support. I would like to be able to channel my intel and my network traffic to their clouds, and this feature is not available. Advanced protection or any malware file support, which might be required, is not available.""There are cheaper solutions in the market""The pricing is a bit high. Being outside of the USA, we have issues with the exchange rate."

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"Overall the software is occupying too much memory space. If they could remedy that, it would be a better experience, because today Windows is occupying too much memory space as well (in terms of the RAM), and this software has also started occupying all the memory. Due to this, I have less space for my other office products and data. I can't, for example, operate a huge Excel sheet or other datasets.""Sometimes attacks or a new ransomware gets through.""Stability needs some improvement, we have on occasion experienced some delay when it is synchronized.""A feature we wish to see addressed in the next release of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway involves its administration.""The deployment is a bit complex and it requires expertise to deploy, which is something that should be improved and made easier to do.""We have a lot of false positives, which is one area that can be improved.""To access the root of the product for troubleshooting you must have a data engineer. This is the big issue with Forcepoint. The support community is not good.""I have been in contact with technical support several times, and I am not happy with them."

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"When it comes to integration mechanisms, Prisma SaaS does not support reverse proxy type of integrations.""We are using the SaaS offering. We use our applications for microservices. We use Twistlock to scan containers, and it displays these results in Prisma, which is a good feature because we can see vulnerabilities with respect to these containers. We can see everything in a very detailed manner. However, when you have different environments for a single application, such as DEV, QA, PROD, and TEST, all these environments run multiple containers, which can lead to a very high number of containers. In such a scenario, it shows you the alerts for all those containers that have vulnerabilities. If you show the results of all the containers that share the same image, it is not going to add any value. Therefore, they should narrow down the alerts based on a container. It should show information for a single container. Otherwise, the person who is looking at the results gets the impression that he has to fix all these issues. This is something that they can improve.""Prisma would be a stronger solution if it could aggregate resources by project or by application. So say we have an application we've developed in AWS and five applications we've developed in Azure. The platform will group it according to those applications, but it's based on the tags we use in Azure, which means I have to rely on development teams to tag resources properly.""The price can be reduced to make it more competitive.""My clients would like to see a more feature-rich product.""Lacks a hybrid model which has API plus in-line security."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month."
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
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  • "The licensing is not expensive."
  • "The price of this product should be reduced to make it more competitive."
  • "Licensing is flexible. License pricing information is based on the customer, their environment, and on the future approach."
  • "The solution is priced a little high compare to similar solutions."
  • "Overall, I am not aware of the option to pay for one time use of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway."
  • "The price of this solution is reasonable."
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  • "Compared to other products, the price is slightly high."
  • "The licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis and for what we get, the price is good."
  • "Prisma SaaS is more expensive than similar solutions but I think it's worth it."
  • "Prisma is in the middle of the road. It's not the most expensive, but it's not the cheapest. There aren't any additional costs, to my knowledge. I know they have some extra modules, but we didn't use them."
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    Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
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    I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
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    There should be more hardware models available and the application control could improve.
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    Prisma is in the middle of the road. It's not the most expensive, but it's not the cheapest. There aren't any additional… more »
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    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    Forcepoint SWG, Websense Web Security, Forcepoint TRITON
    Palo Alto Networks Prisma SaaS, Prisma SaaS, Palo Alto Networks Aperture, Aperture
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    Overview

    OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

    Websense Web Security blocks web threats to reduce malware infections, decrease help desk incidents and free up valuable IT resources. It has more than 100 security and filtering categories, hundreds of web application and protocol controls, and 60-plus reports with customization and role-based access.

    Since software as a service is so easy, use of SaaS applications is exploding. Because of that simplicity, though, the security risks of SaaS are also on the rise. Unsanctioned SaaS apps can expose sensitive data and propagate malware, and even sanctioned SaaS adoption can increase the risk of data exposure, breaches and noncompliance. By offering advanced data protection and consistency across applications, Prisma SaaS reins in the risks. It addresses your cloud access security broker needs and provides advanced capabilities in risk discovery, data loss prevention, compliance assurance, data governance, user behavior monitoring and advanced threat prevention. Now you can maintain compliance while preventing data leaks and business disruption through a fully cloud-delivered CASB deployment.

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    Sample Customers
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    Adventist Health, Alphawest, Amadori, Anoka County, Compartamos Banco, Davies Turner, EverBank, iGATE, Karlstad Municipality, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Scavolini, Smurfit Kappa, Toyota
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Integrator11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company11%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company4%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise25%
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    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is ranked 3rd in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 16 reviews while Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks is ranked 4th in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 7 reviews. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is rated 7.8, while Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway writes "Flexible endpoint security, provides URL filtering, and the reporting is good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks writes "We know instantly if somebody configures something in a way that's vulnerable". Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Fortinet FortiProxy, Netskope CASB, Trend Micro Web Security and Cisco Secure Email, whereas Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Netskope CASB, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management and Bitglass.

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