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We performed a comparison between Netskope CASB and Skyhigh Security based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Netskope CASB vs. Skyhigh Security report (Updated: September 2022).
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Question: Evaluating CASBs. Looking for community feedback on some vendors.
Answer: I have only done a peripheral review of CASB vendors in the past few months, but I do agree that the top ones to consider right now are Skyhigh Networks and Netskope. When looking at a CASB, be sure not only to consider if they offer all the right checkboxes, but take a look under the covers to see how they are handling those checkboxes. Sometimes, integration between the components is severely lacking or disjointed even when they have a high feature list.
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"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.""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 is user-friendly. It is easy to manage the solution.""It has excellent resilience in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity for my organization is very important because we are a banking organization. We need this security to protect the personal information of our clients. This is very important for our security.""Cisco Umbrella is absolutely stable.""It enables us to go granular in the customization of blocking some categories on the DNS.""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.""The user interface is great. It's very easy to tailor to our client's environment and needs."

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"Technical support is pretty good.""The initial setup of Netskope CASB is easy, it is not complex.""A feature that was valuable was the built-in website classification or safety ratings. Different websites would be rated according to analyses that the Netskope team had done, and we built policies on some of those scores. If the website scored less than a certain percentage, then we would have a different user experience around how the site would interact with the clients.""They are very good at CASB as compared to other players.""Amazing reporting and tracking mechanisms.""The most useful feature of this solution is Cloud Control, which allows me to schedule cloud uploads.""The automation offered by the product is pretty solid.""Its deployment is very easy and quick. Their technical support is also very good."

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"The support is excellent.""I like the encrypted disk feature and the endpoint protection.""What's most valuable in Skyhigh Security is its level of security. Another valuable feature of the solution is threat analysis.""I found the solution to be stable.""The product has a very high rating from reviewers. It's a well-respected product.""The most valuable features of MVISION Cloud are the automatic reports and modification incidents.""Overall, the performance is good.""The other products that I have evaluated do not have the scalability options that McAfee has."

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"Its on-prem rollout is quite challenging. It needs better coordination with the Internet Service Provider. It is a cloud-based solution, and any endpoint that connects to it has to go through all the gateway ISPs, but some of the ISPs block HTTPS-based DNS. That's where the challenge occurs with Umbrella.""It could be more secure. It would be better if they provided a transferring proxy as an add-on and more integration.""I'd like to see improvement in its overall integration with all the other platforms. There's some integration between Umbrella and Meraki, but an overall Cisco problem is that there are so many different tools, and finding easy, seamless ways of connecting everything together is always a challenge.""I'd like to see this solution more closely integrate with other products Cisco has in its portfolio.""I would like to see more integration between Cisco Umbrella and Cisco DNA Center.""I feel that the application needs other characteristics that are available with other applications in the market.""Something on our end that might make it better is alerting going to our ticketing system. It's not something that we have discussed, but that would be a proactive option for us to provide a learning experience for the staff.""If the security issues are taken care of it would be better."

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"The configuration in the cloud model could be improved upon.""It needed some fine-tuning on core business sites that we used, which were sensitive to what we term a man-in-the-middle certificate by design. Some sites were not tolerant because they presented as potentially malicious. So, we just had to make some tweaks so that it would bypass or interpret it.""The solution is still pretty new to the CASB environment.""They can focus more on ease of admin, ease of use, and ease of migration. Migration should be simple for companies that are using a different platform and would like to move to Netskope. Everyone looks for a simple migration. They can also focus more on cloud services and cloud trends. They have to see the cloud market, and they should try to compete with Zscaler and other players. They should also work on licensing costs.""Third party integration with other cloud applications could be improved. Sometimes the API won't be working, but Netskope is taking it seriously. They accept all the feature requests, and they are trying to provide whatever we ask from them.""There could be better integration with other solutions.""The dashboard performance could be much better and faster, but because it is a complicated product, it takes time for the dashboard to process.""Support services could definitely be improved. Support is the one area that can always use improvement. It's an evolving thing, so based on demand and based on market requirement and the way market is moving towards."

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"It is an expensive solution.""Skyhigh Security, as a product, is excellent, but in terms of the right services and support, those are lagging very much, for example, in Trellix. From one hundred, its score has gone down to ten, so ten out of one hundred, otherwise, it's the number one product.""McAfee needs to add more products that could be managed from the cloud.""You have to have some kind of background with cloud-based security, like working with different providers and how to make instances in the clouds and that kind of stuff - including cloud, networking cloud, cloud application development, anything like that is a requirement to be in the CASB space.""The pricing of the solution could be adjusted to make it more reasonable.""One area for improvement I've seen in Skyhigh Security is that it lacks support for unsanctioned applications, where customers have their applications. Those applications do not come from Microsoft or other popular vendors. For example, Microsoft has support for Teams and it has support for OneDrive, but it doesn't have support for custom applications built by customers. Customers have internal teams building and publishing applications to the external world, but Skyhigh Security doesn't have support for those applications, and this is the main problem I've seen. The solution only supports a pool of applications that are from Microsoft and other major SaaS vendors. McAfee doesn't provide support for custom applications, compared to other vendors who provide it. For example, Bitglass and Netskope both have support for custom applications. Another area for improvement in Skyhigh Security is that its API support is a little weak. I also have not seen a strong integration between the solution and other McAfee products.""There isn't really any aspect that is lacking.""One thing that can be improved is their ability to integrate with other web proxies to discover unsanctioned IP apps."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "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."
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  • "They should work on licensing costs."
  • "The pricing is competitive."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "The price of the solution is fair but it depends on your use case."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and there are many licensing models available. For example, what applications are covered as part of the license."
  • "I recall that the price was considerably cheaper than that of Zscaler. It was around 60,000 AUD for 1,000 users per year and included some training and some premier support offerings. If we wanted to take advantage of the CASB capabilities, then there was an additional subscription fee, for which we didn't have the budget. On price, I would give Netskope a three or four out of five because it's quite expensive, but it offers a lot of value."
  • "Licensing fees are paid annually."
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  • "This is an expensive product, but you have to compare that with other solutions that are on the market."
  • "This is an expensive product, although it is made for larger enterprises and not for small organizations."
  • "The price of the solution is good and we pay an annual license."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution and it is paid annually. The price is reasonable."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "Pricing for Skyhigh Security is fine."
  • "Commercially, I find Skyhigh Security a little costlier, compared to other products such as SentinelOne or Cybereason which are really novelty products. I'm not comparing Skyhigh Security with Trend Micro, but with other products, in particular the new, next-generation products. The price for Skyhigh Security is high in terms of value and ROI. I would rate the product price combined with product efficacy a six out of ten."
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    Answers from the Community
    Tim Thomasson
    it_user754782 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user754782 (Reporting Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User

    Hi Tim, I'm currently a student and doing research about cyber security market, may I know how do you narrow your list down to these 5 vendors?

    ramesh1923 - PeerSpot reviewerramesh1923 (Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees)
    Real User

    Hi, I am working on both Skyhigh and Netskope. The both has their own unique features. List down your requirement and do the POC with the said products.

    Skyhigh is efficiently handling both shadow IT and sanctioned IT applications. DLP, threat protection and access controls are the key features of skyhigh.

    Netskope is good in access control.

    Regards / Ramesh M

    it_user645183 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user645183 (Product Marketing Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees)
    Real User


    The CASB space is booming right now. Everyone is leveraging the cloud for various reasons and having a CASB in place is paramount to security. What CASB to get is really a matter of your business requirements. What exactly are you trying to do? Do you want to get a handle on all the Shadow IT that your company is currently exposed to and set up a plan for such activity? Do you want to apply DLP policies to safeguard your data? Perhaps GDPR and other regulatory issues are forcing you to get into compliance? There are many reasons for adopting a CASB solution, the best place to start is with an Audit of your current traffic and finding out what Shadow IT is present, any related Shadow Data that needs to be monitored, and come up with a plan on how to handle SaaS apps in the cloud. The best CASB vendors out there will offer the audit service as part of the CASB solution. From there, you can design policy and stipulate what cloud apps to sanction, which ones to block, and how to coach users during any suspect activity. The end goal is to keep your users productive and happy while securing your data in cloud apps.
    For an unbiased answer, I would direct you to Gartner and Forrester for reports on CASB. They will detail what the landscape looks like, who the vendors are, what the pillars of a good CASB solution should entail, as well as some features and functionality that are specific to the various CASB vendors. Gartner has a CASB overview document that is very handy and they are currently working on a magic quadrant for the existing vendors. Forrester has released a “ForresterWaveCASB” document that dives into the vendors and who they think are the best based on market presence, features, etc.
    Of course, Symantec offers a CASB solution that should be added to your list of vendors for review. Do not look at a CASB vendor without looking at Symantec. Currently, Forrester ranks Symantec as the number 1 CASB vendor in the marketplace. Symantec offers the following:

    · Cloud app discovery and analysis

    · Data governance and protection

    · Threat detection and incident response

    · A CASB that integrates with Symantec DLP (the industry’s leading DLP solution)

    · Integration with endpoint

    · Integration with Secure Web Gateway (Blue Coat proxies are the best in the industry)

    · Authentication with Symantec VIP

    · Field level tokenization and encryption

    · File-level encryption

    Consider these questions when looking for a CASB vendor:

    · What do yo udo when you need to apply consistent DLP policies to data in the cloud and on premise?

    · What are your options for encrypting confidential data

    · Can you safeguard against confidential data transfer to unsanctioned cloud apps or personal cloud accounts?

    · Can the CASB automatically identify and respond when a user account has been compromised?

    · Does the CASB automatically classify confidential data or do you have to build a system from scratch?

    it_user216333 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user216333 (Information Security Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees)

    Netskope is really good. MCAS meets the requirements but lacking features, it is cheaper though. Depends on your requirements, netskope has an optional light weight desktop agent which makes monitoring easy.

    Do you have any specific requirements?

    it_user489630 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user489630 (User)

    we use ciphercloud. basically, all of them handles: office, google, & salesforce. now with the GDPR happening in our european offices they're mainly SAP & ciphercloud is the only one approved by SAP.

    it_user720069 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user720069 (CTO, CISO, Co-Founder with 11-50 employees)

    At the risk of giving a solution without knowing the situation, some very broadbrush advice would be to look at these vendors in this priority order. That said, given the right environment, any of them could be the best fit. CASB is not a market that is matured with standard architectures and features, so it is advisable to consider the specific requirements before making a decision. Another way to say this is there is not one that is universally superior in most situation.

    1. Netskope
    2. Skyhigh
    3. CipherCloud
    4. Bitglass
    5. Microsoft Cloud App Security
    The ones higher on this list tend to have a greater number of use cases where they do a good job. I don’t feel I can publish pros and cons in this forum.

    ramesh1923 - PeerSpot reviewerramesh1923 (Technical Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees)
    Real User

    We have used Skyhigh and its pretty good to handle cloud sanctioned IT applications like Office365, Google APPs and salesforce etc.

    Easy to deploy, better application, device and user visibility.

    Earl Clark - PeerSpot reviewerEarl Clark
    Real User

    No help on any of these, but thanks for the question. For a holistic approach (because anything less is insufficient), I've begun using Sophos appliances, services, and endpoint protection which all speak with each other and really fortify a network on all fronts. Services take up resources, so be sure to invest in an appliance powerful enough to serve all your endpoints effectively. Hope this helps.

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    Also Known As
    McAfee MVISION Cloud, Skyhigh, MVision, MVISION Cloud, McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud, Skyhigh Security Cloud
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    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.”

    Netskope™ is the leading cloud access security broker (CASB). Only the Netskope Active PlatformTM provides discovery, deep visibility, and granular control of sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud apps. With Netskope, IT can direct usage, protect sensitive data, and ensure compliance in real-time, on any device, including native apps on mobile devices and whether on-premises or remote, and with the broadest range of deployment options in the market. With Netskope, businesses can move fast, with confidence.

    Skyhigh is the leading cloud access security broker (CASB) trusted by over 500 enterprises to securely enable over 16,000 cloud services, including shadow IT and sanctioned IT.

    With Skyhigh, organizations leverage a single cross-cloud platform to gain visibility into cloud usage and risks, meet compliance requirements, enforce security policies, and detect and respond to potential threats.

    Learn more about Cisco Umbrella
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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
    NetApp, Genomic Health, Caterpillar, Apollo, Pandora, Continental Resources, Fractal, infinera, Tesla
    Western Union.Aetna.DirecTV.Adventist.Equinix.Perrigo.Goodyear.HP.Cargill.Sony.Bank of the West.Prudential.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Educational Organization9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Consumer Goods Company18%
    Security Firm18%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company23%
    Pharma/Biotech Company15%
    Transportation Company12%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Netskope CASB vs. Skyhigh Security
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Netskope CASB vs. Skyhigh Security and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Netskope CASB is ranked 3rd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 15 reviews while Skyhigh Security is ranked 4th in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 13 reviews. Netskope CASB is rated 8.4, while Skyhigh Security is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Netskope CASB writes "Network proxy that provides visibility during deployment and allows you to control PII". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skyhigh Security writes "Has good KB articles that make it simple for users to do the deployment themselves". Netskope CASB is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler SASE and Cato Networks, whereas Skyhigh Security is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, McAfee Web Gateway, VMware SD-WAN and Netskope Next Gen Secure Web Gateway. See our Netskope CASB vs. Skyhigh Security report.

    See our list of best Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) vendors and best Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) vendors.

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