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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and Yubico YubiKey based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The product is stable and reliable.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in using the SMS messages.""FortiAuthenticator is easy to 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.""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 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 most valuable features are the performance and ease of use."

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"The most valuable feature of Yubico YubiKey is security."

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Cons
"Integration with some other enterprise applications could be improved.""We had issues trying to integrate the keys properly during the initial setup.""The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive.""Lacks a simplified two-factor authentication process.""I would like to see more security features in reference to identity login or identity identification.""I would like to see more support from Fortinet with tech support people who have as much expertise on the authenticator as they do on their firewalls.""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."

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"Yubico YubiKey is inconvient. No one likes the idea of having to put a USB device into the system, having to remember to take it out, and having passwords. It may be very good for security but it is not great for people to use."

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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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    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:Hi @Gunter Schatteman, ​ DigiCert PKI Platform and Yubico Yubikey can work together to achieve the highest level of security using certificate-based authentication. DigiCert is a Certificate… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Yubico YubiKey is security.
    Top Answer:Yubico YubiKey is inconvient. No one likes the idea of having to put a USB device into the system, having to remember to take it out, and having passwords. It may be very good for security but it is… more »
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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."




    The YubiKey works with hundreds of enterprise, developer and consumer applications, out-of-the-box and with no client software. Combined with leading password managers, social login and enterprise single sign on systems the YubiKey enables secure access to millions of online services.
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Google Inc., Salesforce, Novartis, Facebook, GitHub, CERN, Duke University, Code Enigma, Luther Burbank High School, ZorgSaam, Agfa, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Dyson Ltd, Portugal Telecom, Boral, Canonical Ltd
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Marketing Services Firm7%
    Transportation Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
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    November 2022
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    Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 16 reviews while Yubico YubiKey is ranked 1st in Passwordless Authentication with 1 review. Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.6, while Yubico YubiKey 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 Yubico YubiKey writes "Secure, stable, and simple setup". Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Duo Security and Auth0, whereas Yubico YubiKey is most compared with Microsoft Authenticator, RSA SecurID Access, Fortinet FortiToken, Duo Security and Thales Authenticators.

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