Product Comparison

Forcepoint Web Security vs Symantec Secure Web Gateway

Common Comparisons

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

Symantec Secure Web Gateway came into existence after Symantec bought Blue Coat in 2016 and rebranded their ‘Blue Coat Cloud-Delivered Web Security’ product. The service offers URL filtering, inbound and outbound threat protection, in depth reporting and administration controls. This service has the largest overall market share of the Secure Web Gateways reviewed by Expert Insights. The service integrates many of Symantec’s threat protection and anti-virus products to create comprehensive web filtering for employees and web protection for your organisation.

Benefits of Symanec Secure Web Gateway

  • Powered by Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network which provides real time threat protection updates
  • Integrates multiple Symantec protection and anti-virus products
  • Reliable and trusted brand
  • Integration with a range of products such as data loss prevention solutions
  • Granular security policies allow administrators to monitor, block or allow access to millions of specific URLs
  • Strong reporting and analytics tools
  • Multiple directory integration and authentication options

What you should know about Symantec Secure Web Gateway

  • Expensive option with multiple integrated products
  • Poor support according to customers
  • User interface is less developed and accessible than some competitors such as Zscaler

Expert Insights Verdict on Symantec Secure Web Gateway

Symantec Secure Web Gateway is feature rich, functional and a trusted brand. It’s a safe choice for web security, with good reporting and analytic tools, monitoring capabilities and threat protection. It’s fast and efficient, as well as reliable. There is a large number of Symantec products integrated with this service, contributing to its effectiveness. However, this also means that the service is one of the most expensive secure web gateways on the market. Customers have also reported that the administration tools can be difficult to navigate, likely due to the granular controls. The administrator dashboard offers good monitoring tools but is not as easy to use as the dashboards offered by competitors such as Zscaler. Customers have also reporting that the customer support is poor, with problems being difficult to resolve. The high level of features and reliable service means that Expert Insights would recommend Symantec to corporate organisations who need solid reliable web security and filtering, with granular controls.

Expert Insights would recommend Symantec to large businesses who need the most reliable and trusted web security service.

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

Symantec Secure Web Gateway came into existence after Symantec bought Blue Coat in 2016 and rebranded their ‘Blue Coat Cloud-Delivered Web Security’ product. The service offers URL filtering, inbound and outbound threat protection, in depth reporting and administration controls. This service has the largest overall market share of the Secure Web Gateways reviewed by Expert Insights. The service integrates many of Symantec’s threat protection and anti-virus products to create comprehensive web filtering for employees and web protection for your organisation.

Benefits of Symanec Secure Web Gateway

  • Powered by Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network which provides real time threat protection updates
  • Integrates multiple Symantec protection and anti-virus products
  • Reliable and trusted brand
  • Integration with a range of products such as data loss prevention solutions
  • Granular security policies allow administrators to monitor, block or allow access to millions of specific URLs
  • Strong reporting and analytics tools
  • Multiple directory integration and authentication options

What you should know about Symantec Secure Web Gateway

  • Expensive option with multiple integrated products
  • Poor support according to customers
  • User interface is less developed and accessible than some competitors such as Zscaler

Expert Insights Verdict on Symantec Secure Web Gateway

Symantec Secure Web Gateway is feature rich, functional and a trusted brand. It’s a safe choice for web security, with good reporting and analytic tools, monitoring capabilities and threat protection. It’s fast and efficient, as well as reliable. There is a large number of Symantec products integrated with this service, contributing to its effectiveness. However, this also means that the service is one of the most expensive secure web gateways on the market. Customers have also reported that the administration tools can be difficult to navigate, likely due to the granular controls. The administrator dashboard offers good monitoring tools but is not as easy to use as the dashboards offered by competitors such as Zscaler. Customers have also reporting that the customer support is poor, with problems being difficult to resolve. The high level of features and reliable service means that Expert Insights would recommend Symantec to corporate organisations who need solid reliable web security and filtering, with granular controls.

Expert Insights would recommend Symantec to large businesses who need the most reliable and trusted web security service.