Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway comparison

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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiGate SWG and Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Secure Web Gateways (SWG) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs. Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"Its simplicity is most valuable. I can install it and get it up and running, and it can be pervasive across my business within a business day. It is pretty simple and straightforward to install and configure. Its remit is reasonably clearly defined. When you look at solutions like Darktrace and Carbon Black, the mission objective isn't as clearly defined. Cisco Umbrella, Sophos Central, or some of the other solutions have a more standardized approach to antivirus, which includes enhanced response from the machine learning or deep learning perspective.""The single-pane-of-glass management is really important. In today's era, administration costs and operational expenses will cost you a lot, and it reduces that as well. You don't need extra resources to manage all your parameter firewalls, looking at every single device to allow resources internal access. By just introducing the single-pane-of-glass management, it has lifted the burden off of management, especially the network management.""I think recently with many people working from home, Cisco Umbrella has been very useful. For example, we can manage the device and the network when the employee is not working on the local host. Cisco Umbrella is very valuable for this kind of infrastructure.""If it didn't have a single pane of glass, we would not be using it. The single pane of glass gives you a one-stop shop. It's like going to Home Depot. You find all your stuff there. You can see all your threats and your endpoints. It's a very important feature and makes things very simple.""The solution is extremely stable. It has excellent performance.""I was able to implement it myself. It was really easy to install. You could install it on a server locally if you want to. If you have the biggest site, you would do that, but for my site, it was just directing all the traffic out through the Cisco Umbrella DNS. It was really handy. When the owners of the company went overseas, I knew that they would be secure because even if they were not on the company network, they would still go through the Cisco Umbrella servers. It was a complete solution for protecting the company with outgoing data.""It offers good visibility for the Administrator. The administrator has full visibility of what is blocked or has the knowledge of where users go when they are surfing the internet.""Umbrella, being one pane for managing, being all-encompassing, allows us to quickly go in, make a change, and it applies to either every location, if we want it to, or we can have policies in place that only apply to certain users or certain computers."

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"FortiGate is easy to configure. We configured one of the units and sent it to Indiana to be installed. We asked them to give us a call when they got it, so we could help them through the process, but they called us back to tell us it works great.""The performance is very good and the solution is simple to manage.""We have found the product to be scalable.""The security for endpoints is the most valuable. It is very secure for our workers. It allows us to secure a transaction and enable security for a specific segment in the workflow.""FortiGate is easy to use, and I also like its VPN.""The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiGate SWG is inspection.""The user interface is intuitive. Anyone can configure the firewall with little knowledge of the product. The back-end is robust with good security.""The solution is superior to Cisco in terms of security."

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"One of the valuable features of the solution is that everything is on the cloud. It has no on-premise hardware to deal with.""Overall, the product is nice, and I like the URL filtering, CASB, and other security stacks like threat prevention.""Web filtering and DLP are good features.""The solution has some useful features, such as microservices. They have sandboxing that allows the prevention, encryption, and remote browser isolation.""We've found the solution to be quite stable.""Prevents data leakage and protects data.""It is for secure web trafficking, and it is doing what it needs to do. It allows customers to consolidate and eliminate multiple technologies onto Netskope and just kind of turn the dial and use more features, such as CASB, VPN. SWG is another feature. You can monitor and govern all the traffic."

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Cons
"The price could be better. The price is definitely a bit high, but we have to pay a premium for Cisco products.""If a hardware platform were provided for Umbrella, that would definitely improve the market for it... Especially when we are addressing governmental customers, they hesitate to connect to the cloud. That is where we need a hardware platform so that the solution can be used on-premises as well.""I would like to see more integrability with other products.""One of the issues with Umbrella is as you get into endpoint detection and response, such as EDR point solutions, some of them will not integrate well with Umbrella. Sometimes when you want to use technology, such as Always On VPN, it will not work. There are some looming issues as one type of technology starts to crossover with Umbrella. That is the challenge and Umbrella should find a way to be more compatible with some of the endpoint response solutions that are coming out on the market.""It could be improved by having a local data center and caching, which can provide protection support. I would like to be able to channel my intel and my network traffic to their clouds, and this feature is not available. Advanced protection or any malware file support, which might be required, is not available.""It had the ability to do a lot of app control. So, every single app that went through that portal was registered, but there is a general issue with the whole app control. As soon as you add a mobile phone to your network, all of the apps get registered through the system, and you can approve, reject, or just let them go through. When I looked at it, it was impossible to manage app control. There was just so much data. I didn't apply that service because I just didn't have the time to manage it. It would be good if there was a way to categorize applications.""We would like them to add more features to Cisco Umbrella.""There are cheaper solutions in the market"

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"The solution has many heightened points which we cannot get to without working on CLI.""We have experienced a number of failures when trying to upgrade firmware and the process takes a long time. We only experienced this when doing major upgrades between versions.""The solution could improve by having some additional features, such as IBS and better cloud administration.""It could always be more secure.""The initial setup is medium complex and takes between five days and a week.""Fortinet FortiGate SWG could improve the price, it is expensive.""The product needs to drastically improve its reporting capability.""FortiGate's reporting features could provide a better picture of what is happening in the box."

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"The solution could improve the features for Zero Trust Network Access. They should add more security components to that module.""The initial setup is a bit complex in that it takes a lot of time. In order to get the product to work as you need it to, there is a lot of configuration required.""Cost competitiveness is its area of improvement. They will have to figure out how can they strategically price it because there are a few players in the game who have been doing it for a long time. They will have to figure out how to go to market on the pricing.""The stability of the solution to be very good. It is not the best and could improve but it is better than other solutions, such as Forcepoint.""The solution lacks a good reporting feature.""Netskope can only provide the high level related to threats.""The accuracy could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a subscription cost."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "The price is quite good."
  • "Pricing depends on the automation requirements of the organization."
  • "It has a reasonable price. It is certainly not as expensive as it used to be. It is in line with other offerings on the market. There are a number of different flavors of Umbrella. They could bring Umbrella SIG down a bit because its price is a little bit high for what it does, but I also understand why its price is high."
  • "Cisco Umbrella is expensive and could be cheaper."
  • "When talking about Cisco solutions in general there pricing model is horrible. For example, you can sell a Meraki-based solution, but if the customer starts shopping around, someone is going to have access to the pricing at a level that you cannot compete because they do not have uniform pricing. Not everybody gets fair pricing. Unless you are one of the real major corporations selling the solution your ability to compete is impossible. Cisco will acknowledge the situation and assure you next time it will be in your favor but it never becomes favorable for you. Cisco is not very good in this regard. However, Umbrella is good."
  • "The licensing fee is paid on a yearly basis."
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  • "It is around $50,000 per month."
  • "There is a need to pay for a license for the product."
  • "The price is relatively expensive compared to other solutions which are providing similar features."
  • "We pay about $4,000 for a yearly license, and there aren't any additional fees."
  • "The pricing for this solution is reasonable."
  • "Pricing for Fortinet FortiGate SWG is more suitable for enterprise or large-sized organizations because they are the ones who can afford it versus small and medium-sized organizations."
  • "FortiGate SWG is reasonably priced."
  • "When comparing the price of Fortinet FortiGate SWG to other solutions it is expensive. The price could be better."
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  • "We pay a licensing fee of $10,000 on a yearly basis."
  • "The license model is based on the number of users. You have the possibility to have 10,000 users if you wish."
  • "The price is average. Because the license is user-based, you can increase it as per the user quantity."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
    Top Answer:The single-pane-of-glass management is really important. In today's era, administration costs and operational expenses… more »
    Top Answer:The security for endpoints is the most valuable. It is very secure for our workers. It allows us to secure a transaction… more »
    Top Answer:I would like the deployment and integration of this product to be easier. We should be able to deploy the features more… more »
    Top Answer:In CASB standpoint, Netskope is better. In SWG standpoint, Zscaler is the best. Unfortunately, I don't know Blue… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing cost is calculated by the number of users. We have 1,200 users and the annual cost is $USD 40,000. It might be… more »
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    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    FortiGate SWG, FortiGate Secure Web Gateway
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    Overview

    Cisco Umbrella offers flexible, cloud-delivered security according to users’ requirements Cisco Umbrella includes secure web gateway, firewall, and cloud access security broker (CASB) functionality all delivered from a single cloud security service. Cisco Umbrella’s protection is extended to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere. As company employees work from many locations and devices, Cisco Umbrella is the easiest way to effectively protect users everywhere in minutes.

    Cisco Umbrella uses machine learning to search for, identify, and even predict malicious domains. By learning from internet activity patterns, this DNS-layer security solution can automatically identify attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat. These domains are then proactively blocked, protecting networks from potential compromise. Cisco Umbrella analyzes terabytes of data in real time across all markets, geographies, and protocols.

    Cisco Umbrella works with leading IT companies to integrate its security enforcement and intelligence. Built with a bidirectional API, Cisco Umbrella makes it easy to extend protection from on-premises security appliances to cloud controlled devices and sites.

    Cisco Umbrella is suitable for small businesses without dedicated security professionals, as well as for multinational enterprises with complex environments.

    Why use Cisco Umbrella?

    • Simplify security management: Cisco Umbrella is the fastest and easiest way to protect all users within minutes and reduces the number of infections and alerts sent from other security products by stopping threats at the earliest point. With no hardware to install and no software to manually update, ongoing management is simple

    • Reliable reporting: Cisco Umbrella reports show activity for each device or network in the system. Users gain a more complete picture of the security risks facing their organization and can take action to remedy them.

    • Manage and control cloud apps: Umbrella provides visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services in use across the enterprise. Users can uncover new services being used, see who is using them, identify potential risk, and block specific applications easily.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Umbrella stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of the major ones are its DNS-based protection, ability to protect users no matter where they are located, stability, and high performance.

    Daniel B., a network specialist at Syswind Kft, writes, “We primarily use the solution as cloud security for our branches. It protects us from direct internet outbreaks. It makes for good flexibility. The solution is very easy to manage. We found the initial setup, for example, to be quite simple. Efficient protection on the DNS level and even higher. The sandboxing feature analyses and handles the complicated security risks.”

    Victor M., SOC & Security Services Director at BEST, notes, “It provides security for the remote workers and it helps to improve enterprise security in a very easy way. We mainly enjoy web software protection capabilities. It prevents the end-users from getting into bad sites or sites that potentially could have malware or could be phishing. It helps end-users avoid the wrong sites. The solution works very smoothly. The user interface is good.”

    As Enterprises continue to rearchitect their WAN Edge with rapid migration of applications to the cloud, the attack surface at the remote sites/branch locations continues to increase. This risk is especially high for web-based traffic, as web-based threat continue to be one of the primary attack vectors. As attack techniques become more advanced and versatile, organizations need an integrated approach to secure against external and internal risks. Fortinet's secure web gateway provides flexible deployment options to protect against internet-based threats without compromising on end-user experience.

    Netskope’s Next Generation SWG is a cloud-based web security solution that prevents malware, detects advanced threats, filters by category, protects data, and controls app use for any user, location, device. It unifies our industry-leading CASB, SWG, and DLP into common policy controls with custom reporting and rich metadata for ad-hoc queries.

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    Sample Customers
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    Salt Lake County, Catholic College Bendigo, Azienda Unita Sanitaria
    Arrow, Cloudrise, Sainsbury, Evalueserve, Stroock, Apria, Ather Energy, CSA, AVX Corporation Nuna, City of San Diego Case, Genomic Health Case Study, Oak Hill Advisors, MaRS Discovery District.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Educational Organization9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Non Profit13%
    Marketing Services Firm13%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Retailer6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs. Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs. Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,994 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiGate SWG is ranked 6th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 11 reviews while Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway is ranked 11th in Secure Web Gateways (SWG) with 7 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate SWG is rated 8.4, while Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate SWG writes "Non-IT people could plug it in, connect it to the fiber, and get it running without IT help. ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway writes "Scalable with good technical support and very good data leak prevention". Fortinet FortiGate SWG is most compared with Fortinet FortiProxy, Zscaler Internet Access, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, McAfee Web Gateway and iboss, whereas Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler SASE, Symantec Proxy, Cato Networks and Netskope CASB. See our Fortinet FortiGate SWG vs. Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway report.

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