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Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"This solution can be used to organize guest portals, integrate switches, and create policies. Some of its standard use cases also include completing key process upgrades and anti-virus of Windows OS.""The user management has been very easy for the most part.""Its feature that I have found most valuable is that it is very granular. You can configure granular controls just as you want those policies to be implemented. It gives you that flexibility to go granular in how you want your controls to be implemented. That's something I like about it.""It's one of the tools that has given the federal government visibility into network devices and everything.""The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment, which does not require the use of an agent.""The scalability is good.""The stability is amazing for the Forescout Platform. We have been using Forescout for four years, and no one complained about the stability.""Forescout Platform provides multiple features. They have a very effective device fingerprinting in their cloud. You do not need to add any devices manually, such as in Mac devices. Other solutions you have to add IoT devices and OT devices manually. This is one of the major areas that Forescout Platform is excelling in."

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"The pricing is very reasonable and you can negotiate on the price.""Sophos' technical support is great, very fast and responsive, and they always know how to fix the problem.""The installation is very straightforward.""The wifi control is fantastic and makes it very easy to administer.""It is intuitive in the sense that I don't have to struggle with the configuration."

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Cons
"I believe that the overall user experience has not always been preferable.""The licensing costs are quite high. With the amount of hardware we have, we need too many licenses to make the product effective and it's ultimately just too costly.""Better integration with third-party vendors is needed because as it is now, the list of third-party solutions that we can integrate and automate is quite limited.""This solution is not that easy to scale but this depends on a company's needs.""The installation is not secure because it takes high admin privileges.""Can be expensive if it's only being used for one feature.""The reporting feature needs improvement.""When we automate an email to send to a user, sometimes it gets blocked, but that has nothing to do with Forescout. It depends on the mail gateway that we use or integrate with."

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"I would say that anything that makes it easier to use and obtain statistics and metrics on any issue is always welcome. Anything that provides more information or insights into what is going on on the network would be beneficial.""The interface on the cloud could be a bit better - just to give more performance on it.""In order to provide better management, it would be ideal with they offered better plugins for their firewall.""I would like to see mobile administration capabilities in the next release so that we can administer the device from a mobile device.""An area that could be improved is the information about licensing, which is fairly confusing at present."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licenses are perpetual but can come with renewable support."
  • "We might have paid in the ballpark of $20,000 yearly for our licenses. I do not recall there being other fees over and above the standard licensing fee."
  • "They base the license on the number of devices, which is quite misleading."
  • "The cost of the solution depends on the customer's requirement because the customer is asking for different integration with a different product. Forescout Platform's price would start to get a bit higher. However, overall the price is a little expensive. It's can fit within the customer budget."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. We have paid for the license for five years. We have integration with Symantec AV for orchestration, and we have an additional license."
  • "Forescout is more expensive than Cisco because Cisco gives high discounts."
  • "We have a very clear licensing model for business. I don't have to have a Ph.D. to be able to understand the licensing model as you might need for other solutions. If I know exactly what we want, it can tell you which license you need. The solution is easy for purchasing, ordering, and ease of deployment as well."
  • "There are no additional costs that I am aware of."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Forescout is a very powerful NAC product that does not rely on port level configuration. It can detect and block unauthorized devices very quickly. But it has a lot of capabilities and really would… more »
    Top Answer:I would rate the Forescout Device and Visibility Control Platform at a six out of ten.
    Top Answer:I recommend doing a compression demo. If people use it, they will buy it. So they have to see the product in place. That's the main recommendation is to do a proof of concept. If they do, they will… more »
    Top Answer:The wifi control is fantastic and makes it very easy to administer.
    Top Answer:The licensing is modular. That means, you typically buy a base license and then add on what you need to increase its functionality. If you want to, for example, install a main gateway, or if you want… more »
    Top Answer:I would like to see mobile administration capabilities in the next release so that we can administer the device from a mobile device.
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    Also Known As
    Forescout Platform, CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance, ForeScout CounterACT
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    Overview

    ForeScout Platform provides today’s busy enterprise organizations with policy and protocol management, workflow coordination, streamlining, and complete device and infrastructure visibility to improve overall network security. The solution also provides concise real-time intelligence of all devices and users on the network. Policy and protocols are delineated using gathered intelligence to facilitate the appropriate levels of remediation, compliance, network access, and all service operations. Forescout Platform is very flexible, integrates well with most of today’s leading network security products, and is a very cost-effective solution.

    ForeScout Platform Features

    • Real-time complete visibility: With ForeScout eyeSight, each and every device is classified when any attempt to access your network has been made. This includes - but is not limited to - desktops, laptops, android devices, virtual machines, switches, VoIP phones, USB memory sticks, webcams, IoT devices, and more.

    • Policy-based and manual controls: In today’s busy robust environment, networks are continually changing; there are different types and amounts of devices connected, various software applications, network compliance requirements, and the constant potential for risk make managing an IT network a very daunting challenge. The ForeScout Console is used to simplify the administration and management of important alerts, remediation, and access controls to keep the network secure.

    • Intuitive real-time dashboards: ForeScout Dashboards, a component of ForeScout WebClient, is a comprehensive web-based intelligence center that gives full visibility and real-time insight of the complete network using both out-of-the-box and user-created widgets. The dashboards are very intuitive and deliver robust, easy-to-understand information about device visibility, compliance, health monitoring, and more.

    • Advanced reporting capabilities: The ForeScout Reports Plugin will generate numerous valuable reports indicating real-time and overall status information about endpoint compliance, device details, networks guests, protocols, and more. The reports help to ensure IT administrators, executives, security teams, and other important shareholders stay well-informed about all network activity at all times.

    • Comprehensive third-party overview: ForeScout eyeExtend facilitates seamless information sharing with third-party vendors, networks, and IT management solutions supporting improved automated workflows, productivity, cost-effectiveness, and overall security.

    Real User Reviews

    An important main feature of ForeScout is the visibility the solution offers.

    One reviewer who is a Consultant at a tech services company, says, "Within three or four days, you can have complete visibility of your infrastructure on the network. Compared to other solutions, the deployment of the solution is easier and we can close the project quickly."

    Users also appreciate that the user interface is clear and easy to understand.

    An Instructor at a tech services company, shares, "The most valuable feature of the Forescout Platform is the large capacity it can handle. Additionally, the interface of the platform is good."

    Sophos NAC Provides comprehensive, easy-to-deploy network access control that protects enterprise networks from the threats posed by non-compliant, compromised, or misconfigured endpoint computers. The software solution is vendor-neutral and works with existing network infrastructure and security applications. Computers are permitted or denied access to the network, based on a centrally defined, policy-driven assessment - and isolated, quarantined for remediation, automatically remediated, or sent alerts. Administrators can define and manage policies uniquely for managed and guest computers, including checking their security status and ensuring that no unwanted applications are run.
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    Sample Customers
    NHS Sussex, SAP, SEGA, Vistaprint, Miami Children's Hospital, Pioneer Investments, New York Law School, OmnicomGroup, Meritrust
    Rushmoor Borough Council
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Government14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government10%
    Retailer4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business80%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Forescout Platform is ranked 3rd in Network Access Control (NAC) with 18 reviews while Sophos Network Access Control is ranked 5th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 5 reviews. Forescout Platform is rated 8.2, while Sophos Network Access Control is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Forescout Platform writes "A straightforward setup with good technical support and good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Network Access Control writes "Great security with a user-friendly interface and excellent stability". Forescout Platform is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Aruba ClearPass, Fortinet FortiNAC, Armis and Portnox CORE, whereas Sophos Network Access Control is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Aruba ClearPass, ExtremeControl, Fortinet FortiNAC and Portnox CORE. See our Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control report.

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