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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and RSA Authentication Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Authentication Systems solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. RSA Authentication Manager Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"We have not had issues with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. It is stable.""The most valuable features are the performance and ease of use.""I work a lot with Fortinet products and I call the support often. They are very quick to respond and the support is very good.""Simple to deploy, simple to use, and user-friendly.""This is a scalable product.""The initial setup is a valuable point on Fortinet products. Most of the time, putting the theory into practice on the devices is quite friendly and straightforward. As long as you can read English you can find your way around the solution and make it work. This is a high value point on Fortinet - the way everything is laid out in the web UI is user-friendly and quite straightforward. The UI is quite simple.""It reduces the need for network administrator intervention by allowing the user to perform their own registration and resolve their own password problems and issues.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in using the SMS messages."

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"The most valuable feature is the SecurID.""I have found RSA Authentication Manager to be scalable."

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Cons
"The integration with other products, for example, some SAML authentications, would make it more flexible.""There are some protocols, such as SHA and SHA-2, that are not supported.""FortiAuthenticator's interface could be better.""I would like to see more security features in reference to identity login or identity identification.""The only way the solution could be improved is if it were cheaper.""I would like to see more ways to authenticate, such as adding facial recognition to the two-factor, where you log into your phone or another device.""The speed of deployment on the cloud could be improved. It took a few days when it should have been just two days""Lacks a simplified two-factor authentication process."

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"Our major problem is the authentication via Microsoft, via Microsoft cloud systems. This is our major aim, to be a valued product for the future. The biggest problem is to work against cheap cloud systems. Cloud identification is our main problem at this time.""We are not planning on using the solution in the future."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing structure is cost-effective for us compared to some of the other solutions that have recurring monthly costs."
  • "FAC is an affordable solution for Middle Range (200E/400E) and also needs a package of mobility agents (2,000) perpetual."
  • "The cost of the license could be less expensive. The license is paid on a yearly basis."
  • "We pay for licensing on a yearly basis."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "I rate the price of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator a three out of five."
  • "Between paying them to help with the configuration, the box itself, and the support, it came to like $12,500, including a three-year service agreement."
  • "When we buy the Fortinet FortiAuthenticator device there is a comparison between price and security."
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  • "The pricing is a little bit complicated because sometimes resellers are able to make prices that are too low. Our price, with a discount, is typically not as high as some of our competitors."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi, The NAC can operate without the 802.1x mechanism on the switch side. Also, I think you are making a very wrong comparison on the basis of the class it belongs to(FortiNac vs FortiAuthenticator).… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing costs are reasonable. It's not overly expensive. We pay either by the number of users or for a certain number of users that fall under a specific licensing tier.
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    FortiAuthenticator
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    Overview

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is the primary secure point of approved access into the Fortinet network, authorizing users, reviewing access permissions, and relaying the information to all Fortigate devices for comparison with identity-based protocols. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is a top-ranked authorization and SSO solution.

    Appropriate secure access is fundamental to every role in an enterprise ecosystem. It is an integral function of every organization to ensure that every access and privilege is secure and to mitigate any possible risk to an organization. Approved users should only have access to the necessary information when they need it, from the appropriate location(s) to safeguard an organization's security at all times.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is available as an appliance, virtual machine, or in the cloud.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator Methods

    • FSSO: FortiAuthenticator Single sign-on user will easily identify users and assign role or group access based on preset identity-based protocols. FortiAuthenticator integrates well with third-party LDAP or active directories, is very flexible, and combines these methods to provide effective security.

    • Active Directory Polling: Active directory access is securely identified by consistent polling of domain controllers. As users log in, username, IP address, and other details are logged into the database and can be shared across devices as directed by FortiAuthenticator protocols.

    • FortiAuthenticator Portal and Widgets: If a user system does not support AP polling, or for other reasons it is not feasible, FortiAuthenticator offers a unique secure authentication portal. Users can be manually authenticated and, to diminish the effect of numerous logins, an intuitive set of widgets is available to integrate into an organization's ecosystem that will automatically grant access to users when they access the organization's intranet homepage.

    • RADIUS Accounting Login: For organizations that use RADIUS authentication, RADIUS Accounting is available for user identification. This process will prompt user access information (IP and group, etc.) and eliminate the need for multiple levels of authentication.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Ernesto C., Presales Engineer at a comms service provider, shares,

    ”Key Features and Benefits

    1. Two-factor/OTP Authentication with FortiToken: Enforce user-based policies. Fortitoken is available in soft and hard versions for flexible usage. Most Valuable in Mobile Phones App for OTP.
    2. Integration with LDAP and AD: This solution integrates with existing enterprise systems and technologies from diverse vendors of user information management systems.
    3. LPAD/AD/RADIUS/SYSLOG/KERBEROS/REST API/FSSO and Web Portals: There is flexible integration with these services.
    4. It is usable in network, WAN, wireless, and VPN Scenarios.
    5. The domain and guest-users support are good.”

    Ibrahim M., Senior Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company, relates, "The initial setup is a valuable point on Fortinet products. Most of the time, putting the theory into practice on the devices is quite friendly and straightforward. As long as you can read English you can find your way around the solution and make it work. This is a high value point on Fortinet - the way everything is laid out in the web UI is user-friendly and quite straightforward. The UI is quite simple."




    RSA Authentication Manager is the platform behind RSA SecurID that allows for centralized management of the RSA SecurID environment including authentication methods, users, applications, and agents across multiple physical sites. It verifies authentication requests and centrally administers authentication policies for organizations' end users.
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Tiera, Fred Loya, BRE Leasing, ADP, BlueFort Security, New Hanover County
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Transportation Company7%
    Marketing Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business14%
    Large Enterprise86%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. RSA Authentication Manager
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. RSA Authentication Manager and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,994 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 3rd in Authentication Systems with 16 reviews while RSA Authentication Manager is ranked 14th in Authentication Systems with 2 reviews. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.6, while RSA Authentication Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator writes "A reasonably priced solution that can be scaled toward different functionalities and offers flexible SMS messaging". On the other hand, the top reviewer of RSA Authentication Manager writes "Helpful support, simple installation, and reliable". Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Duo Security and Microsoft Authenticator, whereas RSA Authentication Manager is most compared with Microsoft Authenticator, SafeNet Authentication Manager, Duo Security, Fortinet FortiToken and RSA Adaptive Authentication. See our Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. RSA Authentication Manager report.

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