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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiClient and Pulse Connect Secure based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiClient vs. Pulse Connect Secure report (Updated: August 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"The ability to reroute traffic from the user, connecting you to the internet rather than passing through our network area, is very useful.""The integration of VPN services with endpoint security is valuable.""The initial setup is very good.""EMS central reporting with fabric connectivity to FortiGate and FortiAnalyser is great and has seamless integration which makes managing 3000 devices a breeze.""From Forticlient, the EMS, the central management is easy to use.""FortiClient's most valuable features are that it's easy to install and connect and has OTP on email IDs and two-factor authentication.""The stability is pretty good.""There is a lot of documentation available online."

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"Pulse Connect Secure is a stable solution.""The flexibility in their management is great.""It's a very convenient and user-friendly application.""The best feature of Pulse Connect Secure is the good security it provides. It gives a secure connection to your network.""The most valuable features of Pulse Connect Secure are multi-factor authentications, and VPNs and SSL VPNs we are using.""It is customer-friendly. It is quite easy for our users to connect. There is also the flexibility of the features.""What I like the most about Pulse Connect Secure is that it's user-friendly. It's easy to use. You just need to connect, and that's it."

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"Sometimes there are issues when we are trying to connect.""Compatibility issues between different versions.""In the next release, I would like to see an additional layer of security added.""We'd like to be able to properly encrypt the data more effectively.""The solution should have faster turnaround when it comes to new technology.""FortiClient is not great in Linux.""We've got one client where it was blocking the smartphones, and there's a way to set it up on Fortigate that's supposed to do that. However, it didn't work with them since they had a 2FA multi-factor.""While I cannot think of new features to add, it would be nice if the reports were improved, to have these sent automatically."

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"I don't have any downsides to report about the product at this time.""At the moment, Pulse Connect Secure is a pretty good solution, and I don't see any issues with it. Currently, I'm not aware of a new or additional feature that's needed in Pulse Connect Secure, but it would be good if the team could look at how the speed of connection could be increased. Though it's quite seamless and I didn't face any problem with the speed, it would be better to improve the speed and keep going forward, especially as the industry's changing and people would love connections to be a lot faster.""Pulse Connect Secure could improve the reporting, it is lacking in detail and should take the report automatically.""The stability could be better. There are sometimes bugs in the system.""Connection-wise, Pulse Connect Secure could be faster, and this is its area for improvement.""The most valuable features of Pulse Connect Secure are the user-friendly connection and interconnecting.""We want to switch to another solution because there are some challenges with the support from Pulse. The quality of documentation is also not good. It is sometimes very hard to find documentation that provides a solution and describes how all this works."

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  • "Generally, Fortinet is not cheap. The features that are available for free are only for FortiClient VPN clients, not other solutions. It includes web security, antivirus, and one more feature."
  • "Pricing is an area that I would like to see improved, as it could be lower."
  • "The price is reasonable compared to competitors, it is very good."
  • "Its pricing is good. One thing that has always attracted us to the Fortinet range of products is that their pricing is very competitive. Our particular licensing is on a yearly basis. However, as part of this project, we did pre-purchase three years of maintenance and support at a fairly significant discount."
  • "It is a yearly subscription license. I don't see a problem with the pricing. Resellers add their markup and then give it to us, but I don't see that as a major challenge. It is fine."
  • "I don't have the licensing schema for the VPN solution because we just purchased the VPN gateway."
  • "If we pay for the yearly package that includes the FortiGate firewall, then the FortiClient VPN license is included with it."
  • "The price of the solution depends on the type of firewall you have from FortiGate. I am satisfied with the price of the solution."
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  • "The price of Pulse Connect Secure is expensive."
  • "A license is required for you to use Pulse Connect Secure, but I'm not aware of how much it costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection because it continually scans servers for emerging vulnerabilities, which gives me… more »
    Top Answer:The setup for FortiClient is really straightforward.
    Top Answer:What I like the most about Pulse Connect Secure is that it's user-friendly. It's easy to use. You just need to connect, and that's it.
    Top Answer:About the pricing for Pulse Connect Secure, I have no information on that because I don't pay for it as an employee, but there should be an agreement at the company level.
    Top Answer:Connection-wise, Pulse Connect Secure could be faster, and this is its area for improvement.
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    FortiClient is a fabric agent that delivers endpoint protection, endpoint compliance, and secure access in a single, lightweight, lightweight client, providing visibility, information, and control to your endpoints. In addition, it enables secure, remote connectivity to the security fabric. It also integrates network and endpoint with segmentation and automation. FortiClient enables unified endpoint awareness by sharing endpoint telemetry with the security fabric. It is compatible with third-party EDR (endpoint detection and response and anti-malware solutions.

    The FortiClient fabric agent can:

    • Report on the status of a device, including firmware version and applications running.
    • Send all suspicious files to a fabric sandbox.
    • Enforce USB control, application control, URL filtering, and firmware upgrade policies.
    • Provide application firewall service and malware protection.
    • Enable devices to connect securely to the security fabric over either ZTNA tunnels or VPN (IPsec or SSL), both encrypted. The connection to the security fabric can be either a SASE service or a FortiGate next-generation firewall.

    You can purchase FortiClient with one of three levels of capability:

    Zero Trust security - The ZTNA edition enables both VPN and ZTNA encrypted tunnels, as well as USB device control and URL filtering.
    Endpoint security - The EPP/APT edition adds AI-based NGAV (next-generation antivirus), application firewall, endpoint quarantine, and support for cloud sandbox.
    Cloud-based endpoint security

    Benefits and Features

    • Fabric agent leverages integrations and provides telemetry information to the rest of the Fortinet security fabric.
    • SAAS control and web/content filtering
    • Dynamic access control helps with automation and simplifies compliance.
    • Software inventory management enables visibility as well as management of licenses.
    • Automated response detects and isolates any endpoints that may be compromised.
    • ZTNA delivers better remote access and consistent application access policies
    • Managed endpoint security services remotely assist with setup, configuration, deployment, vulnerability monitoring, and overall monitoring of endpoint security.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    IT Central Station users like that FortiClient is easy to use and integrates well with other solutions. They also appreciate the richness of its features and find it to be inexpensive in comparison to other products that require separate purchases for separate features.

    The Pulse Connect Secure enables you to give employees, partners, and customers secure and controlled access to your corporate data and applications including file servers, Web servers, native messaging and e-mail clients, hosted servers, and more from outside your trusted network using just a Web browser.
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    Sample Customers
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Axcient, Baloise Group, Cygate, Catholic University of America, Datec Inc, Revlon, Santa Monica Networks, 7-Eleven
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Consumer Goods Company8%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization5%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiClient vs. Pulse Connect Secure
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiClient vs. Pulse Connect Secure and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiClient is ranked 1st in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 49 reviews while Pulse Connect Secure is ranked 8th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 7 reviews. Fortinet FortiClient is rated 8.2, while Pulse Connect Secure is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiClient writes "Can be used to deploy security to endpoints and also control the endpoints". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pulse Connect Secure writes "Easy to set up with flexible management and good network resources". Fortinet FortiClient is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiEDR, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, whereas Pulse Connect Secure is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Check Point Remote Access VPN and VMware Workspace ONE. See our Fortinet FortiClient vs. Pulse Connect Secure report.

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