Product Comparison

Censornet Web Security vs Zscaler 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

Zscaler Web Security is a secure web gateway delivered as a cloud service, aiming to give businesses all the protection they need to defend themselves from online threats. The Zscaler platform defends against malware, advanced threats, phishing, browser exploits, malicious URLs and botnets. As well as web security, the service offers web filtering, firewalls and anti-spam functions. Admins have access to real time reporting and centralized analytics to ensure all users are safe from threats.

Zscaler were on of the first companies to offer cloud web security which worked with minimal software installed on a user’s desktop.

Benefits of Zscaler Web Security

  • Good threat protection features including real time threat protection, optional cloud sandboxing for malicious files, anti-virus protection and DNS security
  • Excellent real time visibility analytics and reporting, with per-user views and real time logs
  • Granular administrative controls, including UR filtering, bandwidth control and DNS filtering
  • Focus on data protection
  • Full SLL visibility and smart cloud intelligence
  • ‘Continue anyway’ feature option, so if users know a site to be safe they can click through and reduce the burden on IT teams
  • Reduced latency while still maintaining inspection
  • One click Office 365 integration
  • Good customer service
  • Customers report that the performance is very good, with easy blacklisting and whitelisting
  • High levels of customer satisfaction

What you should know about Zscaler

  • A range of different products and features are offered by Zscaler, so discussions with sales will be necessary to ensure you get all the features your organisation needs
  • Threat intelligence capability research is not as strong as some competitors

Expert Insights Verdict on Zscaler

Zscaler Web Security is a top choice for businesses looing for a web security and filtering service. It’s got great virus and malware protection, excellent auditing and reporting to ensure all employees are safe, and good admin controls to fine tune the filtering to your organisation’s specific needs. There is a high level of customer satisfaction with the service, and Zscaler was one of the first companies in the cloud web security market. There’s minimal software needed, but comprehensive protection offered. Crucially the service performs will, with almost no latency, so your business can carry on working as normal without threat protection slowing down the connection. The only caution is that like many security vendors Zscaler Web Security encompasses may products and features, that can be confusing to navigate. Speak to Expert Insights today to help find the right product and features that are right for you.

Expert Insights would recommend Zscaler Web Security for its excellent threat protection, comprehensive analytics and reporting and granular administrative features.

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

Zscaler Web Security is a secure web gateway delivered as a cloud service, aiming to give businesses all the protection they need to defend themselves from online threats. The Zscaler platform defends against malware, advanced threats, phishing, browser exploits, malicious URLs and botnets. As well as web security, the service offers web filtering, firewalls and anti-spam functions. Admins have access to real time reporting and centralized analytics to ensure all users are safe from threats.

Zscaler were on of the first companies to offer cloud web security which worked with minimal software installed on a user’s desktop.

Benefits of Zscaler Web Security

  • Good threat protection features including real time threat protection, optional cloud sandboxing for malicious files, anti-virus protection and DNS security
  • Excellent real time visibility analytics and reporting, with per-user views and real time logs
  • Granular administrative controls, including UR filtering, bandwidth control and DNS filtering
  • Focus on data protection
  • Full SLL visibility and smart cloud intelligence
  • ‘Continue anyway’ feature option, so if users know a site to be safe they can click through and reduce the burden on IT teams
  • Reduced latency while still maintaining inspection
  • One click Office 365 integration
  • Good customer service
  • Customers report that the performance is very good, with easy blacklisting and whitelisting
  • High levels of customer satisfaction

What you should know about Zscaler

  • A range of different products and features are offered by Zscaler, so discussions with sales will be necessary to ensure you get all the features your organisation needs
  • Threat intelligence capability research is not as strong as some competitors

Expert Insights Verdict on Zscaler

Zscaler Web Security is a top choice for businesses looing for a web security and filtering service. It’s got great virus and malware protection, excellent auditing and reporting to ensure all employees are safe, and good admin controls to fine tune the filtering to your organisation’s specific needs. There is a high level of customer satisfaction with the service, and Zscaler was one of the first companies in the cloud web security market. There’s minimal software needed, but comprehensive protection offered. Crucially the service performs will, with almost no latency, so your business can carry on working as normal without threat protection slowing down the connection. The only caution is that like many security vendors Zscaler Web Security encompasses may products and features, that can be confusing to navigate. Speak to Expert Insights today to help find the right product and features that are right for you.

Expert Insights would recommend Zscaler Web Security for its excellent threat protection, comprehensive analytics and reporting and granular administrative features.