Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway vs Trend Micro Web Security comparison

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We performed a comparison between Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and Trend Micro Web Security based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Secure Web Gateways (SWG) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features for us include tenant lock, content filtering, and DLP solutions, looking for PII and information being exfiltrated.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT.""Some clients only want DNS security, while others want more of the advanced features that it has available.""It has improved our organization from a security posture perspective. We feel more confident now knowing that we can block phishing attempts or any type of malware that is DNS-related. This is a very nice feature that provides peace of mind.""The Global Block List is one of the most valuable features because it's really easy to block domain names as well as URLs. Sometimes you don't want to block the whole site, you just want to block one URL. The Global Block and Allow Lists are the best features for us.""Umbrella, being one pane for managing, being all-encompassing, allows us to quickly go in, make a change, and it applies to either every location, if we want it to, or we can have policies in place that only apply to certain users or certain computers.""It is user-friendly. It is easy to manage the solution.""The most valuable thing is how easy it is to deploy. We did it with 9,000 users at my last job, and it took a week to get to all the endpoints. Doing that without having to physically touch all those endpoints was very simple."

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"The initial setup is not complex.""Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway has improved our organization through its ease of use.""The initial setup is easy. It's not difficult.""In terms of performance, Forcepoint stands out because it is more scalable than any other solution. It can extend to different types of boxes and integrate well with other platforms and vendors. And it doesn't need to have the same kind of box or throughput to have high availability.""It’s pretty stable after you get up and running.""The critical role is web URL filtering.""The most valuable feature is the ability to allow or block sites by category.""There is some sandboxing available, which is quite useful."

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"It's secure and useful from an administrative point of view, with controllable login monitoring and so on.""The security of Trend Micro Web Security is good.""Threat protection solution with good stability and scalability. Installation is straightforward. Support for this product is good.""The solution is stable.""We find the advanced license for the DLP to be particularly useful with this product.""It's a very stable solution.""It's a stable solution."

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"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.""I feel that the application needs other characteristics that are available with other applications in the market.""We faced an issue regarding virtual appliances (VAs) during deployment. They could improve the quality and management of the virtual appliances offered right now. You can't see much because it is a Linux machine, and they have customized it. You don't have any route access to the machine, only seeing limited things in it. When we opened a ticket, they didn't know much about VAs themselves. So, that is where it is lacking right now. I know this will improve in the long run.""It would be better if there was a little bit of flexibility for organizations that don't have SD One in their environment. Because of the complexity of the environment, it's not easy to actually turn on the feature of the secure internet gateway for our users. We have not been able to explore that option yet.""Network connectivity was a bit of a challenge at the beginning, but we were able to get the right help from Cisco.""I'd like to see improvement in its overall integration with all the other platforms. There's some integration between Umbrella and Meraki, but an overall Cisco problem is that there are so many different tools, and finding easy, seamless ways of connecting everything together is always a challenge."

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"We have had latency issues.""The initial setup can be complex.""An area for improvement would be the classification of websites - it can take a long time for new websites to be classified.""It takes 20 to 30 minutes for policy replication.""I have been in contact with technical support several times, and I am not happy with them.""The Sandbox solution should be integrated with the NIST to handle whatever new vulnerabilities or new sites are identified as potential threats.""A room for improvement in Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is the support it offers. It's very bad. What I'd like to see in the next release of the product is for it to be less complicated because at the moment Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is more complicated than other products. Sometimes issues come up that you can't solve without the support team. For example, you should write the root password to fix the issue. In the next release of the product, it would be good if it had an easy-to-use interface. Troubleshooting issues in Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway should be less complicated as well.""A feature we wish to see addressed in the next release of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway involves its administration."

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"I would like to see better scalability and better performance.""There are multiple ways Web Security could improve, such as usability and web access to several programming modes.""The installation is a little bit complex.""This solution has a lot of restrictions on what non-administrator users can do, including generating comparative code. We would like to see this changed as the product is developed.""What could help Trend Micro Web Security in terms of improvement is the addition of a DDoS protection feature. It also needs to be more comprehensive to meet the needs of large-sized companies.""Setup isn't very straightforward. You must have a certified technical engineer.""The costs are a bit high in terms of licensing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a subscription cost."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "The price is quite good."
  • "Pricing depends on the automation requirements of the organization."
  • "It has a reasonable price. It is certainly not as expensive as it used to be. It is in line with other offerings on the market. There are a number of different flavors of Umbrella. They could bring Umbrella SIG down a bit because its price is a little bit high for what it does, but I also understand why its price is high."
  • "Cisco Umbrella is expensive and could be cheaper."
  • "When talking about Cisco solutions in general there pricing model is horrible. For example, you can sell a Meraki-based solution, but if the customer starts shopping around, someone is going to have access to the pricing at a level that you cannot compete because they do not have uniform pricing. Not everybody gets fair pricing. Unless you are one of the real major corporations selling the solution your ability to compete is impossible. Cisco will acknowledge the situation and assure you next time it will be in your favor but it never becomes favorable for you. Cisco is not very good in this regard. However, Umbrella is good."
  • "The licensing fee is paid on a yearly basis."
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  • "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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  • "There's annual and monthly options for the license. When you're on the managed services option, it's monthly. They're also setting up an option via AWS where there will be a monthly option via the AWS shopfront."
  • "The license is yearly and user based."
  • "We have found this product to be very cost effective. The endpoint product costs roughly $20, and when purchasing the endpoint product, there are multiple other features included."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… 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 single-pane-of-glass management is really important. In today's era, administration costs and operational expenses… more »
    Top Answer:There is some sandboxing available, which is quite useful.
    Top Answer:While I'm not directly handling the licensing and payments, my understanding is the solution is competitively priced.
    Top Answer:The Sandbox solution should be integrated with the NIST to handle whatever new vulnerabilities or new sites are… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Trend Micro Web Security to organizations looking for an end-to-end security solution. Trend Micro is… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing is paid annually. It is a little bit expensive when you compare it to the competition. Other products… more »
    Also Known As
    Forcepoint SWG, Websense Web Security, Forcepoint TRITON
    Virus Wall, VirusWall, Trend Micro VirusWall
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    Cisco Umbrella offers flexible, cloud-delivered security according to users’ requirements Cisco Umbrella includes secure web gateway, firewall, and cloud access security broker (CASB) functionality all delivered from a single cloud security service. Cisco Umbrella’s protection is extended to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere. As company employees work from many locations and devices, Cisco Umbrella is the easiest way to effectively protect users everywhere in minutes.

    Cisco Umbrella uses machine learning to search for, identify, and even predict malicious domains. By learning from internet activity patterns, this DNS-layer security solution can automatically identify attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat. These domains are then proactively blocked, protecting networks from potential compromise. Cisco Umbrella analyzes terabytes of data in real time across all markets, geographies, and protocols.

    Cisco Umbrella works with leading IT companies to integrate its security enforcement and intelligence. Built with a bidirectional API, Cisco Umbrella makes it easy to extend protection from on-premises security appliances to cloud controlled devices and sites.

    Cisco Umbrella is suitable for small businesses without dedicated security professionals, as well as for multinational enterprises with complex environments.

    Why use Cisco Umbrella?

    • Simplify security management: Cisco Umbrella is the fastest and easiest way to protect all users within minutes and reduces the number of infections and alerts sent from other security products by stopping threats at the earliest point. With no hardware to install and no software to manually update, ongoing management is simple

    • Reliable reporting: Cisco Umbrella reports show activity for each device or network in the system. Users gain a more complete picture of the security risks facing their organization and can take action to remedy them.

    • Manage and control cloud apps: Umbrella provides visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services in use across the enterprise. Users can uncover new services being used, see who is using them, identify potential risk, and block specific applications easily.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Umbrella stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of the major ones are its DNS-based protection, ability to protect users no matter where they are located, stability, and high performance.

    Daniel B., a network specialist at Syswind Kft, writes, “We primarily use the solution as cloud security for our branches. It protects us from direct internet outbreaks. It makes for good flexibility. The solution is very easy to manage. We found the initial setup, for example, to be quite simple. Efficient protection on the DNS level and even higher. The sandboxing feature analyses and handles the complicated security risks.”

    Victor M., SOC & Security Services Director at BEST, notes, “It provides security for the remote workers and it helps to improve enterprise security in a very easy way. We mainly enjoy web software protection capabilities. It prevents the end-users from getting into bad sites or sites that potentially could have malware or could be phishing. It helps end-users avoid the wrong sites. The solution works very smoothly. The user interface is good.”

    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is a secure web gateway (SWG) tool that provides multiple forms of protection against malware, including blocking categories of websites, inline scanning of downloaded files, and zero trust-based advanced threat protection. The solution monitors and controls any interaction with any website, including blocking access to websites based on category and risk score, blocking download of malware, blocking upload of sensitive data to personal file sharing accounts, and detecting shadow IT.

    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway Features

    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Real-time traffic inspection
    • Protection for off-grid workers
    • Time and content-based access
    • Data leak prevention
    • SCIM provisioning
    • Data-in-motion scanning
    • Connection policies
    • Content policies
    • RBI profiles
    • Discovery dashboard
    • Bypass prevention
    • Unified on-device agent
    • Field Programmable SASE Logic (FPSL)

    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Fast: The solution is high speed with on-device enforcement. Traffic is routed directly to its destination. In addition, you will experience fewer bottlenecks and choke points.
    • Flexible: Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is designed to automatically scale up or down with traffic needs. It is also flexible because it is hosted on AWS in more than 300 data centers.
    • Advanced DLP capabilities: The solution’s advanced DLP capabilities keep sensitive information from leaking out onto websites to provide consistent protection and simplify management.
    • Streamlined security: Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is part of Forcepoint ONE, a Security Service Edge (SSE) cloud-native platform that provides secure access to web, cloud, and private apps while connecting users directly to websites so you can skip the data center.
    • Unified administrator console: You can use the solution’s unified administrator console to reduce repetitive and redundant configuration management.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are that it has strong reporting capabilities, good URL filtering, and can retrieve and analyze lost data when necessary.

    Shipra G., Service Delivery Manager at Paramount Computer Systems, says, “The reporting part of it is pretty awesome. With the reporting, you can drill down effectively. It gives us a lot of power to really look into what we are looking for. That is one very crucial feature. In the remote filtering part, the agent that they have on Forcepoint is pretty light. That also is a very, very good feature that we look into and sell.”

    Mohammed S., Security Engineer at Futuretec, writes, "The most valuable feature for me in Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is URL filtering, though all other features of the product are okay as well."

    Arvind K., Director at Foresight Software Solutions Pvt Ltd., says, “They have well-integrated web security. They have the enterprise DLP included in the cloud as well.”

    An Ict Help Desk Administrator Individual Contributor at a transportation company states, “The most valuable feature of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is the ability to retrieve and analyze lost data. It also allows us to detect and prevent the release of all messages and to take appropriate actions in consequence.”

    Trend Micro Web Security is a cloud-based web security gateway which enables users to focus on strategic security, such as policy and architecture. It provides users with forward-looking threat protection on web threats, URL filtering, and application control. It features cloud app access control, flexible deployment, and a single console that provides advanced security against online threats. Trend Micro Web Security shields your users from cyber threats by employing cross-generational defense methods to detect known and unknown threats. This provides visibility and access control for each of your users on unauthorized cloud applications.

    The solution’s innovative deployment strategy allows you to deploy gateways on premises, in the cloud, or both, ensuring that your users are protected no matter where they are. A single cloud-based administration panel streamlines your workload by allowing you to define policies, manage users, and access reporting all from one place.

    Trend Micro Web Security Features

    Trend Micro Web Security has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Gateway HTTPS decryption and anti-malware:  Prevents malware from entering your network, relieving endpoint security of the responsibility.
    • Correlated threat data and web reputation: Trend Micro Smart Protection Network web reputation technology prevents access to malicious websites.
    • Filtering and categorization of URLs: Identifies inappropriate or harmful sites using real-time URL classification and reputation. Blocks access to spyware and phishing-related websites and prevents drive-by downloads.
    • Predictive machine learning and cloud sandboxing: In a secure Trend Micro-hosted sandbox environment, cloud sandboxing allows automatic in-depth simulation and analysis of potentially dangerous attachments, including executables and typical office documents.

    Trend Micro Web Security Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Trend Micro Web Security. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Provides superior security for any device, anywhere: Threats are stopped in the cloud by Trend Micro Web Security before they reach your endpoints. Your users will be safe on any device, including desktop and mobile platforms, and in any location, whether or not they are connected to the corporate network.
    • Cloud application access control: Trend Micro Web Security can detect more than 30,000 cloud services in use and carry out the granular access policies defined by the administrator. This powerful feature allows you to set access controls for individual users or user groups on unsanctioned cloud apps within a schedule, enhancing your company's security and productivity.
    • Flexibility in deployment to meet your needs: This unique deployment strategy gives you the option of deploying the product on premises, in the cloud, or a combination of both. The expense and resource drain associated with backhauling traffic or operating several separate on-premises secure web gateways are eliminated with cloud-based deployment for all users, including on site, branch offices, and remote/mobile users.
    • Centralized management console with a single interface: You can manage and monitor web usage in real time using a single cloud-based management panel. You can manage consolidated and unified policies across both on-premises and cloud-based deployment instances with this single pane of glass. Dashboards and reports that are interactive and customized provide you total visibility into online usage and security data.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Trend Micro Web Security stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust access security and its stability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews: 

    Hartmut S., IT principal consultant, infrastructure architect, and project manager at EDV-SIMON, writes of the solution, “Web Security's most valuable feature is access security.” He adds, “It's secure and useful from an administrative point of view, with controllable login monitoring and so on.” 

    Nadeem S., CEO at Haniya Technologies, notes, “It's a very stable solution.” He adds, “I would definitely recommend Trend Micro to people looking for an end-to-end security solution. Trend Micro has a good portfolio for security solutions.”

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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
    Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen, Mosaic Medical, Okinawa Prefectural Education Center, RAK Investment Authority
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway vs. Trend Micro Web Security
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway vs. Trend Micro Web Security and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is ranked 8th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 16 reviews while Trend Micro Web Security is ranked 12th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 7 reviews. Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is rated 7.6, while Trend Micro Web Security is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway writes "Reasonably priced, easy to set up, and offers near real-time reporting capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Trend Micro Web Security writes "Provides stable and scalable threat protection with good technical support, but it needs to be more comprehensive". Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Symantec Proxy, Fortinet FortiGate SWG, Cisco Web Security Appliance and Barracuda Web Security Gateway, whereas Trend Micro Web Security is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Symantec Proxy, Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection, Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway and Infoblox BloxOne Threat Defense. See our Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway vs. Trend Micro Web Security report.

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