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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiToken and Microsoft Entra ID 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.
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Q&A Highlights
Question: How does Microsoft Authenticator compare with Forinet FortiToken?
Answer: To decide which of the two MFA solutions is better, Microsoft Authenticator or Fortinet FortiToken, it may be best to look into their pros and cons: Microsoft Authenticator Pros Reportedly free to use Easy to set up and use, as shared by others Tightly integrated with other Microsoft products Cons May have fewer authentication methods than Fortinet FortiToken May not be as suitable for enterprise environments Fortinet FortiToken Pros Reportedly has a broader range of authentication methods than Microsoft Authenticator May be better suited for enterprise environments Has more robust security features, as reported Cons Paid solution based on feedback from others May be more difficult to set up and use May not have tight integration with other Microsoft products Microsoft Authenticator and Fortinet FortiToken are powerful MFA solutions based on feedback from many users, but the best solution for you will depend on your specific needs and requirements.
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"We like the mobile FortiToken.""The initial setup is easy. You receive a QR code via email, scan it, and add it. No complicated procedures involved.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""Its ease of use is most valuable. It is simple to use and can be deployed out-of-the-box. It is quite a mature product with all the required features.""The deployment is quick and simple.""One of the product's most valuable features is its ease of use.""I would rate the overall solution an eight out of ten. The solution is a smart product that anyone can easily access and manage. The solution is a good product for multi-factor authentication and to secure remote authentication in the corporate environment.""I appreciate that it provides comprehensive security. It is tailored to this specific purpose, and it excels in fulfilling this purpose."

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"The solution offers business to business and client to business support.""The scalability is good now, and I find it to be more stable and faster since scaling up to ESX.""It is a really nice tool and we have a license for the more complex model.""What I like is that I can go anywhere, at any time, and to any client premise, and I can simply log in to the admin panel and can serve any of my clients.""Azure AD allowed us to get rid of servers and other hardware running at our offices. We moved everything to the cloud. Once we set up roles and permissions, it's only a matter of adding people and removing people from different groups and letting permissions flow through.""The security features, such as attack surface rules and conditional access rules, are the most valuable aspects of Azure AD.""It also has features that help improve security posture. The most important of these features include multifactor authentication, which is very useful for connecting to the organization, especially from outside the boundaries of the organization. That is very helpful when it comes to user security.""Technical support has been great."

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"The tool could be a little cheaper.""They could enhance synchronization with mobile applications, and addressing minor issues with authentication could further improve user experience.""I would like to see complete OAuth support. Also, if they can support it from a SaaS (Software as a Service) or cloud platform, that would be great.""It needs a lot of coupling with their other Fortinet products. To implement FortiToken, I most probably need to couple it with FortiAuthenticator for full implementation. An RSA token can be used with many devices, whereas Fortinet FortiToken is always linked to only one FortiGate device. If I want to reuse the token across five or six FortiGates, I would have to get the FortiAuthenticator product. I can't use one token to connect to different FortiGates, and I need to get another product to enable this functionality. They should also improve the support for their mobile client. There should be a more detailed roadmap for the operating systems being supported. Some of our users were using an old iOS iPhone, and they were forced to get a newer phone because FortiToken didn't support that version of iOS. Similarly, there may be a version of Android that is not supported, so the users need to change the phone. This was one of the reasons why our deployment took longer.""I would like to see if FortiToken can integrate with Office 365 mail to support the same two-factor authentication experience that I have with ESET. With ESET, when a user logs in, they are easily directed to the ESET authentication page, where they are prompted to enter their OTP after supplying their username and password. I understand from support that FortiToken cannot do this with email integration. That's why I opted for ESET.""Support is a pain point in Bangladesh because there aren't many experienced Fortinet engineers in this country. It's easier to find one certified in Cisco, Palo Alto, or Juniper.""You need your mobile just to enroll the tokens, and sometimes, it's difficult to use for someone who is not knowledgeable""The solution could introduce a mobile application instead of a physical product."

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"It would be ideal if the solution moved to a passwordless type of environment. It's the future of authentification. It's also more secure and convenient.""Reading documentation could be simplified. Technical support could also be faster.""I would like to see Microsoft communicate how they intend to manage legacy applications. Right now, you still have to deploy a hosted domain server (which comes at an extra cost) if you have a legacy application that cannot sync properly with the enterprise applications and the modern applications.""A nice feature that is not currently present, would be if they had some visualization tools.""One area where it can improve is connectivity with other systems. Not all systems are connected and you have to do coding to establish a point of connectivity. It supports certain vendors and it supports certain protocols. It is limited in many other aspects at the attribute level.""An area where there is room for improvement is the ease of use of the dashboards.""I think the documentation and configuration are both areas that need improvement.""Lacks integration between applications and phones."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is included as part of our firewall license."
  • "Overall, it's cheaper than other solutions. Of course, we evaluated it five years back, and I haven't checked to see its current market position, but one reason we adopted FortiToken is its lower cost of ownership relative to other solutions we evaluated."
  • "I would rate the pricing as an eight out of ten. We purchased the solution at a reasonable price in 2019."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is the cheapest, and ten is the highest, I rate the pricing an eight."
  • "The solution’s price is good."
  • "Fortinet FortiToken is not an expensive solution."
  • "The pricing is not very high, so I'd rate it around six out of ten, where one is high and ten is low."
  • "From an Indian perspective, it's definitely costlier."
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  • "The licensing cost is a bit prohibitive."
  • "The licensing is really not clear unless you are a premium client."
  • "Licensing is easy."
  • "It is a really nice tool and we have a license for the more complex model."
  • "It is not too expensive."
  • "It's really affordable."
  • "I do not have experience with pricing."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis and the cost depends on the number of users."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is simple and similar to Google Authenticator. It follows time-based authentication. We use it for hardware and software in one environment. The tool offers simple and fast authentication… more »
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiToken should improve its push notifications.
    Top Answer:We use the product for multifactor authentication.
    Top Answer:We switched to Duo Security for identity verification. We’d been using a competitor but got the chance to evaluate Duo for 30 days, and we could not be happier Duo Security is easy to configure and… more »
    Top Answer:It is very simple. The Active Directory functions are very easy for us. Its integration with anything is very easy. We can easily do third-party multifactor authentication.
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    Azure AD, Azure Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Authenticator
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    As we've seen, passwords alone don't keep unwanted guests out of your network. Password-only authentication has led to security breaches, malware infections, and policy violations. With two-factor authentication, a password is used along with a security token and authentication server to provide far better security.  Authorized employees can remotely access company resources safely using a variety of devices, ranging from lpatops to mobile phones.

    Microsoft Entra ID, previously known as Azure AD (Active Directory), is Microsoft's cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) solution. Designed to help organizations of all sizes manage user identities and create an intelligent security perimeter around their cloud and on-premise resources. Microsoft Entra ID or Azure AD is integral to the Microsoft 365 and Azure ecosystems. It provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups and secure access to applications in a centralized, streamlined manner.

    Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) is a login system, morphing into a sophisticated identity and access management (IAM) solution for the modern, hybrid workplace. Imagine a single vault for all your digital keys – that's the essence of Entra ID's identity management. It acts as a central repository for user identities, encompassing usernames, passwords, and even additional attributes like department or employee role.

    These capabilities enabled simplified administration using a unified platform for adding, modifying, and deleting user accounts. Users no longer need to remember login credentials for a plethora of applications. Entra ID streamlines access by using the same identity across various cloud services and on-premises resources (if integrated). Centralized identity management allows for stricter enforcement of security policies and password complexity requirements across the organization.

    Authentication sits at the heart of the solution, ensuring only authorized users gain access to sensitive resources. It employs a multi-pronged approach:

    • Password Authentication: The traditional method of username and password is still supported, but Entra ID encourages stronger authentication methods.
    • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Adding an extra layer of security, MFA requires users to verify their identity beyond just a password – through a code sent to their phone, fingerprint recognition, or a security key.
    • Single Sign-On (SSO): This user-friendly feature eliminates the need to enter credentials repeatedly. Users sign in once to Entra ID and gain seamless access to all authorized applications, boosting productivity.
    • Conditional Access Policies: Providing granular control over how and when users can access resources. Based on conditions like user role, location, device state, and the application being accessed, Conditional Access policies help ensure that only the right people under the right conditions can access sensitive resources.
    • Seamless Integration: Seamless integration with thousands of SaaS applications, Microsoft 365, and on-premises applications via Application Proxy or third-party identity bridges.
    • Advanced Security Reports and Alerts: Sophisticated security monitoring, reporting tools, and automated alerts. These features enable to identify potential security issues, such as atypical behavior or attempted identity attacks, allowing for swift remediation actions.

    For organizations with on-premises infrastructure, Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) offers hybrid identity options. This allows for a smooth integration between on-premises Active Directory and Entra ID, providing a consistent identity for users across both environments. It enables organizations to leverage their existing investments in on-premises infrastructure while taking advantage of cloud scalability and flexibility.

    In conclusion, Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) is a comprehensive IAM solution that addresses the complex challenges of managing and securing identities in a cloud-centric world. Its blend of ease of use, security, and integration capabilities makes it an essential component of modern IT infrastructure, supporting both operational efficiency and strategic business objectives.

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        Sample Customers
        Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
        Microsoft Entre ID is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak,, and more.
        Top Industries
        Comms Service Provider23%
        Computer Software Company23%
        Financial Services Firm15%
        Engineering Company8%
        Computer Software Company19%
        Comms Service Provider7%
        Financial Services Firm14%
        Computer Software Company14%
        Non Profit6%
        Educational Organization5%
        Educational Organization26%
        Computer Software Company12%
        Financial Services Firm9%
        Company Size
        Small Business57%
        Midsize Enterprise24%
        Large Enterprise19%
        Small Business33%
        Midsize Enterprise19%
        Large Enterprise48%
        Small Business33%
        Midsize Enterprise14%
        Large Enterprise53%
        Small Business18%
        Midsize Enterprise35%
        Large Enterprise47%
        Buyer's Guide
        Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Entra ID
        May 2024
        Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Entra ID and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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        Fortinet FortiToken is ranked 4th in Authentication Systems with 21 reviews while Microsoft Entra ID is ranked 1st in Authentication Systems with 190 reviews. Fortinet FortiToken is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Entra ID is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiToken writes "A stable and scalable solution that provides an affordable and perpetual license". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Entra ID writes "Saves us time and money and features Conditional Access policies, SSPR, and MFA". Fortinet FortiToken is most compared with Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, Cisco Duo, Yubico YubiKey, RSA SecurID and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), whereas Microsoft Entra ID is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Google Cloud Identity, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Ping Identity Platform and Microsoft Entra Verified ID. See our Fortinet FortiToken vs. Microsoft Entra ID report.

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