Product Comparison

Censornet Web Security vs Forcepoint Web Security

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Monitoring and Reporting
Administrative Features
Data Loss Prevention

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Censornet Web Security is a web filtering service which used to be aimed at the education market, but in recent years has pivoted away to more commercial business protection. The product is part of a larger unified service from Censornet. As their name suggests their service is focussed on providing protection for employees against harmful and inappropriate content at work, as well as blocking sites which can negatively impact productivity such as gaming and social media. They also offer optional malware protection and reporting of user web habits. Their service is available in the cloud, with on-premise options available as well.

Censornet is based in Basingstoke, UK.

Benefits of Censornet Web Security

  • Filters over 500 different categories of web content and billions of web pages
  • New URLs are analysed in real-time by machine learning algorithms
  • Good admin controls with policies based on pre-defined or custom categories and keywords which can be applied to employees’ own devices at work as well as work devices
  • Granular rules settings based on user, device or time of day
  • In-depth data visualisation and reporting, which is available in real time and sorted based on time of access, user, devices, category of site, URL, outcomes
  • Active directory integration
  • Can operate without blocking pages but still monitoring employees
  • Low price
  • Customers report that the service works well
  • Service has great controls for cloud applications and CASB, which makes it ideal for midsized companies
  • Does not use proxying to the cloud so the service has a lower latency than some competitors
  • Malware protection thorough URL repuation, and integrates with Bitdefender at an extra cost

What you should know about Censornet Web Security

  • Malware protection is optional rather than an integral part of the service
  • No outbound threat protection
  • Censornet only offer Web Security as part of a unified service

Expert Insights Verdict on Censornet Web Security

Censornet Web Security is a service that is laser-focused on delivering good web filtering for business, over threat protection. This service is part of a unified cloud service for business. It offers comprehensive admin controls and threat protection to ensure that employees cannot access harmful content at work, whether they are on work devices, or they have brought their own personal devices. They filter billions of web pages and analyse new URLs in real time to ensure there is no harmful content slipping through the cracks. In addition, there is extensive reporting of employees to monitor what they have been searching for to highlight where employees are at risk or are breaking company policy. If you are more interested in this reporting functionality than blocking pages, Censornet offers a feature which allows you to monitor employees without blocking what they look at. However, the focus on blocking web pages is to the detriment of the threat protection against malware and viruses, which is optional and not as fully developed as competitor services like McAfee and Symantec. The data loss prevention features are also not as developed and are focussing on blocking employee access to sites which could threaten data loss rather than rounded outbound threat protection.

Expert Insights would recommend Censornet only to businesses looking for a cheap way to monitor and block employees from accessing either harmful web content or web content which is threatening productivity.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Monitoring and Reporting
Administrative Features
Data Loss Prevention

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Forcepoint, formally known as Websense, offer a cloud based web security product. Forcepoint Web Security provides threat protection to stop online viruses infecting business networks. It also offers monitoring and analysis tools, so administrators can ensure employees are operating safely and within company policies online. They offer multiple deployment options including on-premise and cloud. The cloud option will be focused on in this review. It is targeted at mid to enterprises sized companies.

Benefits of Forcepoint Web Security

  • Market leading threat protection with over 10,000 analytics available to support deep inspections
  • Great logs and filters, with custom categories for monitoring
  • Rated and recommended by most customers
  • Real-time analysis of threat detection and integrated data theft defence
  • Remote user inspection
  • Granular controls over hundreds of protocols and applications mean that the service can be fine-tuned
  • Multiple deployment options
  • Long-lasting reliable service
  • Integrated Data Loss Prevention
  • Good laptop protection with two endpoint agents
  • Expanded internet access for roaming users features meaning work laptops don’t stream movies at work for example, but will at home

What you should know about Forcepoint Web Security

  • Expensive service
  • Good range of deployment options, but installation can be difficult
  • Customers have reported that it can be complex and difficult to learn but the service does a great job filtering malicious content
  • Some customers have stated that the tech support quality has declined

Expert Insights Verdict on Forcepoint Web Security

Forcepoint Web Security is a good option for medium to enterprise-sized companies who need one of the best services for threat protection on the market. The advanced features and blocking capabilities mean this service will have no trouble blocking viruses and malware from infecting your network. Customers have reported the service has great overall performance and effectiveness. They have reported that the installation can be difficult, and the service’s complex controls mean that there is a learning curve. The product is also expensive. However, this can be said of many of the good web security gateway services. Customers have also reported that the audits and reporting are great.

Expert Insights would recommend Forcepoint Web Security to medium and large scale businesses who are prepared to learn difficult controls in order to have one of the best threat protection services, with excellent reporting, on the market.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Monitoring and Reporting
Administrative Features
Data Loss Prevention

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Censornet Web Security is a web filtering service which used to be aimed at the education market, but in recent years has pivoted away to more commercial business protection. The product is part of a larger unified service from Censornet. As their name suggests their service is focussed on providing protection for employees against harmful and inappropriate content at work, as well as blocking sites which can negatively impact productivity such as gaming and social media. They also offer optional malware protection and reporting of user web habits. Their service is available in the cloud, with on-premise options available as well.

Censornet is based in Basingstoke, UK.

Benefits of Censornet Web Security

  • Filters over 500 different categories of web content and billions of web pages
  • New URLs are analysed in real-time by machine learning algorithms
  • Good admin controls with policies based on pre-defined or custom categories and keywords which can be applied to employees’ own devices at work as well as work devices
  • Granular rules settings based on user, device or time of day
  • In-depth data visualisation and reporting, which is available in real time and sorted based on time of access, user, devices, category of site, URL, outcomes
  • Active directory integration
  • Can operate without blocking pages but still monitoring employees
  • Low price
  • Customers report that the service works well
  • Service has great controls for cloud applications and CASB, which makes it ideal for midsized companies
  • Does not use proxying to the cloud so the service has a lower latency than some competitors
  • Malware protection thorough URL repuation, and integrates with Bitdefender at an extra cost

What you should know about Censornet Web Security

  • Malware protection is optional rather than an integral part of the service
  • No outbound threat protection
  • Censornet only offer Web Security as part of a unified service

Expert Insights Verdict on Censornet Web Security

Censornet Web Security is a service that is laser-focused on delivering good web filtering for business, over threat protection. This service is part of a unified cloud service for business. It offers comprehensive admin controls and threat protection to ensure that employees cannot access harmful content at work, whether they are on work devices, or they have brought their own personal devices. They filter billions of web pages and analyse new URLs in real time to ensure there is no harmful content slipping through the cracks. In addition, there is extensive reporting of employees to monitor what they have been searching for to highlight where employees are at risk or are breaking company policy. If you are more interested in this reporting functionality than blocking pages, Censornet offers a feature which allows you to monitor employees without blocking what they look at. However, the focus on blocking web pages is to the detriment of the threat protection against malware and viruses, which is optional and not as fully developed as competitor services like McAfee and Symantec. The data loss prevention features are also not as developed and are focussing on blocking employee access to sites which could threaten data loss rather than rounded outbound threat protection.

Expert Insights would recommend Censornet only to businesses looking for a cheap way to monitor and block employees from accessing either harmful web content or web content which is threatening productivity.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Monitoring and Reporting
Administrative Features
Data Loss Prevention

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Forcepoint, formally known as Websense, offer a cloud based web security product. Forcepoint Web Security provides threat protection to stop online viruses infecting business networks. It also offers monitoring and analysis tools, so administrators can ensure employees are operating safely and within company policies online. They offer multiple deployment options including on-premise and cloud. The cloud option will be focused on in this review. It is targeted at mid to enterprises sized companies.

Benefits of Forcepoint Web Security

  • Market leading threat protection with over 10,000 analytics available to support deep inspections
  • Great logs and filters, with custom categories for monitoring
  • Rated and recommended by most customers
  • Real-time analysis of threat detection and integrated data theft defence
  • Remote user inspection
  • Granular controls over hundreds of protocols and applications mean that the service can be fine-tuned
  • Multiple deployment options
  • Long-lasting reliable service
  • Integrated Data Loss Prevention
  • Good laptop protection with two endpoint agents
  • Expanded internet access for roaming users features meaning work laptops don’t stream movies at work for example, but will at home

What you should know about Forcepoint Web Security

  • Expensive service
  • Good range of deployment options, but installation can be difficult
  • Customers have reported that it can be complex and difficult to learn but the service does a great job filtering malicious content
  • Some customers have stated that the tech support quality has declined

Expert Insights Verdict on Forcepoint Web Security

Forcepoint Web Security is a good option for medium to enterprise-sized companies who need one of the best services for threat protection on the market. The advanced features and blocking capabilities mean this service will have no trouble blocking viruses and malware from infecting your network. Customers have reported the service has great overall performance and effectiveness. They have reported that the installation can be difficult, and the service’s complex controls mean that there is a learning curve. The product is also expensive. However, this can be said of many of the good web security gateway services. Customers have also reported that the audits and reporting are great.

Expert Insights would recommend Forcepoint Web Security to medium and large scale businesses who are prepared to learn difficult controls in order to have one of the best threat protection services, with excellent reporting, on the market.