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We performed a comparison between Perimeter 81 and Zscaler SASE based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Perimeter 81 vs. Zscaler SASE Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"Cisco Umbrella is such a solution and can be implemented very fast and easy. All that we must do is redirect the DNS registers in their routers, or the active directory service of the enterprise that are going to use in Umbrella services. If you buy the service now, in two hours you are protected by the service because it's very fast to put in service.""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.""It enables us to go granular in the customization of blocking some categories on the DNS.""I haven't found any issues related to latency or any other issue.""When we have laptops that leave the building, they could connect to public WiFi before they establish a VPN connection back into the company. For that duration or that period of time when they're not docked in the network or on a VPN, they effectively don't have that full layer of security that I provide inside the building. This tool stands in during that period of time, and we extend the security settings through their basic firewall or their cloud-based firewall at that time. So, we do content filtering and control access, but they also are looking at new domains, IP addresses, and bad requests. They're blocking them on my behalf when a laptop is not sitting behind our security appliances.""It is a good cloud-based solution for DNS security.""Application performance has greatly improved and there are less operational issues. Productivity has been going up because we have less operational issues. Also, we have happy customers.""The single-pane-of-glass management is very important. We have a very small team. We can't spend a lot of time going from product to product to product to either investigate or set up policy. We need to have one place that we can go to and set everything up."

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"Perimeter 81 is very pretty.""The solution provides us with an easy way to configure and join the VPN with Perimeter 81.""Perimeter 81 has increased my security and privacy while maintaining solid internet performance.""It connects quickly and stays connected. The user interface is pretty neat too. The app has in-house support with user guides that give you step-by-step walkthroughs on navigating the app. In addition, there is a live chat feature that offers prompt assistance on the go.""It keeps us all accountable and ensures secure internet connections while we all work remotely.""It helps to quickly get access to the pages I need.""Distributing the agent was very simple, allowing us to enforce security posture on our devices (i.e. S1, Disk-encryption, etc.).""The benefits are really built into the underlying protocol, however, Perimeter81 makes these available in a user-friendly way."

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"I like its ease of use. It has a single pane of glass for the ZIA and ZPA pieces. It is very manageable. It is also very easy to deploy for secure access, and it gives half-decent coverage for visibility in terms of what the users use and what data is being proxied through the access gateway.""The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365.""Yes, it is very stable. I have never seen it go down, not once.""SASE's most valuable features are proxy and content filtering."

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Cons
"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.""The integration with other solutions is a little complex. If you want to integrate with something like ArcSight or LogRhythm or Splunk, you need to do a lot of configuration. There are no easy ways to implement it.""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.""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 would be better if there was a little bit of flexibility for organizations that don't have SD One in their environment. Because of the complexity of the environment, it's not easy to actually turn on the feature of the secure internet gateway for our users. We have not been able to explore that option yet.""We would like to see the enhancements made to the EDR, as we see features that are running endpoint management.""There are some situations where we would like to block things for specific user groups. I know that Umbrella does that, but it's not that easy.... when you want a specific task for specific rules and policies for user groups, you have to go three levels down in the menu, and it's hard to find where you do that task.""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."

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"I have found that the log-in/out process takes quite some time.""What would be useful would be a notification/warning that a session is due to timeout after exceeding the default connection limit.""I don't know if it is technically feasible, however, if the Desktop App could be used as a Web App or a Chrome Extension it would be very nice.""The platform still lacks relevant dashboards and the ability to customize them based on our needs.""There is a very small amount of downtime.""In order to have to bypass the login using the website, a good feature for Perimeter 81 to have is a login instance in the Perimeter 81 application. I'm using a Mac and we don't have that functionality.""Currently, I am not able to define a different country or location, which can result in negative experiences as the tool is being recognized by websites and this can make it difficult to access them or force me to disable the program temporarily.""If I were to be nitpicky, I would ask that Perimeter 81 offer the option for us to change the color of the graphical user interface, like maybe pink or green or so on."

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"It has massive room for improvement. The Zscaler product itself is okay, but it doesn't give enough granularity for us as an organization to stipulate rules or processes, especially for data-driven services. For instance, we can stick on SSL inspection, but it's just a click box. It doesn't allow us to go any further into the detail of the SSL inspection. We also can't pull it out without having an additional logging server. It just doesn't give us enough granularity. They should give us more control over the interfaces because it is all backend. They weren't very open to discussing their backend architecture with us in terms of their own data centers. They can maybe a little bit more open about what components are there and how the backend infrastructure works alongside Zscaler. Its licensing can be better. Some of the additional licensing costs are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Their support should also be improved. I initially had a consultant from Zscaler for its deployment, but the support that I had throughout the deployment of the project wasn't the best.""An area for improvement would be the ease of configuration.""The interface needs a bit of work.""Conflicts arise if you do not have the same management teams on the product."

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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 has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced next-generation firewall functions are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Overall, the cost seems reasonable."
  • "The pricing is expensive and on the higher end. Honestly, in my opinion, it is not worth the price."
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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:Their split tunneling feature has been very valuable to our company since implementing the Perimeter 81 solution.
    Top Answer:Overall I am very happy with the solution’s flexibility and pricing. Very fair dissolution for the price I am paying.
    Top Answer:I would suggest adding more networking and security features that allow more customization within their platform. So… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365.
    Top Answer:It has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced… more »
    Top Answer:The interface needs a bit of work. It could be a little more streamlined and more intuitive.
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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.”

    What is Perimeter 81?

    Perimeter 81 is a leading network cybersecurity solution offering secure remote access and network capabilities managed over a multi-tenant cloud and highly scalable for organizations worldwide. From small businesses to large enterprises, Perimeter 81 is the go-to network security solution for thousands of companies. Perimeter 81 seamlessly integrates with major cloud service providers (Azure, AWS, GCP), enabling you to secure resources in the cloud and on-premises.

    With Perimeter 81, you can easily move your resources to the cloud, manage team member access from anywhere and gain network visibility in an all-in-one cloud management portal. With features like Firewall as a Service, Device Posture Check, Web Filtering and more, you can secure and manage your network in just a few clicks.

    Why Perimeter 81?


    • Features you can rely on: Perimeter 81 offers all the essential cybersecurity tools you need to protect your organization. With Zero Trust Network Access, Firewall as a Service, Device Posture Check, and many more features, Perimeter 81 allows remote and on-site users to access networks safely and securely.


    • Lightning-fast deployment: Say goodbye to hours of configuration and manal setup. With Perimeter 81, you can have your entire network deployed in minutes - it’s that simple.


    • Network monitoring at your fingertips: Having visibility into your network is key. With Perimeter 81, you can fully monitor and secure your organization’s most valuable resources from a single dashboard.
    • World class support: Our award-winning support team is always here for you. From the moment you set up your network, we’re happy to help with anything you need along the way.


    Join Perimeter 81 on a mission to radically simplify the network security experience!

    For the last 30 years, networks have been connecting users to applications in the data center, which was surrounded by a secure perimeter to keep apps and data safe from the outside. But with applications moving to the cloud, IoT becoming more common, and users connecting from everywhere, network security is no longer able to solve the fundamental challenge of security and is instead adding significant complexity and cost.

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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
    Aqua Security, Cognito, Multipoint, Kustomer, Postman, Meredith
    Siemens, AutoNation, GE, NOV
    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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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    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 Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise20%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Perimeter 81 vs. Zscaler SASE
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Perimeter 81 vs. Zscaler SASE and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Perimeter 81 is ranked 4th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 10 reviews while Zscaler SASE is ranked 10th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 4 reviews. Perimeter 81 is rated 9.8, while Zscaler SASE is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Perimeter 81 writes "Great user experience, available on mobile, and is easy to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler SASE writes "Easy to deploy, use, and manage, but needs more granularity and control over the interfaces and better licensing and support". Perimeter 81 is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, Cato Networks, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cloudflare Access and Fortinet FortiClient, whereas Zscaler SASE is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cato Networks, Netskope CASB, VMware SD-WAN and Skyhigh Security. See our Perimeter 81 vs. Zscaler SASE report.

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