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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and Symantec Siteminder based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. Symantec Siteminder Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The most valuable features are the performance and ease of use.""We have not had issues with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator. It is stable.""FortiAuthenticator is really good software that integrates very well with Fortinet products.""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.""The most valuable feature is the OTP on the mobile phone.""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.""The initial setup is very easy.""The product is stable and reliable."

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"It's quite scalable.""The solution is easy to use for our managers.""A valuable feature of Siteminder is the way it handles bulk traffic. The features it has, in terms of routing the traffic and load balancing, are good."

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Cons
"The integration with other products, for example, some SAML authentications, would make it more flexible.""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.""We've had some issues with integration.""There are some protocols, such as SHA and SHA-2, that are not supported.""The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive.""I would like to see integration and customization capabilities with the end-user portal to solve authentication issues with diverse implementation scenarios.""FortiAuthenticator's interface could be better.""The speed of deployment on the cloud could be improved. It took a few days when it should have been just two days"

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"The technical support could be better.""The support could be faster.""An area Siteminder could improve on is that there are a few limitations, in terms of new protocols for OpenID. If I want to have different scopes, the features are limited. They also do not have APIs exposed, which is a major drawback. API is a feature I would like to see included in the next release."

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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 licensing is fair for this solution."
  • "Siteminder is a little costly. You pay for licensing, and they offer packages, so if you have less users, then you have to buy different products at different prices. If you have more of a user base, then the package is different. They also include other features—for example, if you have a database and you're using Siteminder, then it's good to use a Semantic-specific database, but if you are using less, then you have to purchase the database separately. Whereas if you are going for a bigger license, then it comes within the package. It depends on which plan you are using."
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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.
    Top Answer:A valuable feature of Siteminder is the way it handles bulk traffic. The features it has, in terms of routing the traffic and load balancing, are good.
    Top Answer:Siteminder is a little costly. You pay for licensing, and they offer packages, so if you have less users, then you have to buy different products at different prices. If you have more of a user base… more »
    Top Answer:An area Siteminder could improve on is that there are a few limitations, in terms of new protocols for OpenID. If I want to have different scopes, the features are limited. They also do not have APIs… more »
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    Also Known As
    FortiAuthenticator
    Single Sign-On, SiteMinder, CA SSO, Layer7 SiteMinder
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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."




    Symantec® SiteMinder is designed to secure the modern enterprise through a unified access management platform that applies the appropriate authentication mechanism to positively identify users; provides single sign-on and identity federation for seamless access to any application; enforces granular security policies to stop unauthorized access to sensitive resources; and monitors and manages the entire user session to prevent session hijacking. Finally, Symantec SiteMinder is battle-tested and has been deployed in the largest IT environments in the world.

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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    British Telecom, CoreBlox, DBS, HMS, Itera ASA and Simeo
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Transportation Company7%
    Marketing Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm40%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Retailer8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Insurance Company13%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business6%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise92%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. Symantec Siteminder
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. Symantec Siteminder and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 16 reviews while Symantec Siteminder is ranked 9th in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 3 reviews. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.6, while Symantec Siteminder is rated 8.4. 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 Symantec Siteminder writes "Useful for single sign-on and handles bulk traffic well". Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Duo Security and Microsoft Authenticator, whereas Symantec Siteminder is most compared with Okta Workforce Identity, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), PingFederate, ForgeRock and Auth0. See our Fortinet FortiAuthenticator vs. Symantec Siteminder report.

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