Netskope vs. Zscaler

Security and network solutions are on a convergence path in the race to a SASE-based architecture. See how Netskope’s single-pass cloud security stacks up against Zscaler for breadth and performance.

Zscaler doesn’t have the visibility needed for a cloud-based world

With businesses making the shift to a cloud-based remote working environment, you can’t afford the blind spots of shadow IT, personal apps, unintentional data movement, and limitations of Zscaler’s cloud solutions.


of web traffic is cloud related

Source: Netskope Cloud and Threat Report, 2021


of malware is cloud delivered

Source: Netskope Cloud and Threat Report, 2021

The five limitations of Zscaler web security


Minimal CASB visibility for apps

The reality is organizations use over 2,415 apps and web services requiring cloud access security broker (CASB) policy controls for content and context. The default is to allow or deny for apps and web services with limited risk ratings, a legacy SWG and immature CASB approach without broad app visibility and risk ratings.


Limited data protection

Limited DLP included for web security including exact data match, however, a large library of policy templates, thousands of data identifiers supporting over a 1,500+ file types, plus proximity analysis, similarity matching, ML classifiers and other vital DLP capabilities are not provided.


Policy control complexity

Policy complexity is a known issue for secure web gateway (SWG) solutions designed years ago, even for the SWG MQ leaders over the years. Having more focus on networking and protocols, the cloud shift to users, apps, data, and activity is challenging their legacy design.


Changing SWG critical capabilities

A single console and unified policy for the critical capabilities of SWG, CASB, and DLP is hard to provide when two of the three parts are immature and unproven.


Application risk profiles

Given 53% of web traffic today is app and cloud service-related, providing tens of thousands of app risk profiles for security, privacy, legal, audit, financial, and compliance regulations is not optional, it sets the bar for risk management. Web security without app visibility, user, data, action and risk ratings fall short today.

Take control of web and cloud by switching to Netskope’s SASE architecture

Leave your first generation cloud infrastructure behind and jump into a seamless single-pass SASE architecture that’ll give you the inline visibility, unified policy control, data protection, and application risk assessment you need.

Next Gen SWG

The benefits of switching to Netskope from Zscaler

SASE cloud architecture built around web security has its limits, you need to take control of apps and data movement for a complete SASE transformation.

Leading proxy visibility

For web traffic, apps, and cloud services providing visibility into thousands of apps for content and contextual policy controls. Deployments support inline forward or reverse proxies with cloud performance on-demand to inspect encrypted traffic.


360-degree data protection

For data-in-motion in web traffic, cloud services, and apps for any user, location, or device. Advanced DLP includes exact data matching, ML classifiers, fingerprinting, and proximity analysis with 3,000+ data identifiers for 1,500+ file types supported by 40+ policy templates ready to use.

App risk ratings & URL filtering

Providing over 32,000 app risk ratings with Netskope Cloud Confidence IndexTM (CCI) given 53% of your web gateway traffic is app and cloud service-related. URL filtering includes over 120 categories for languages in over 200 countries with dynamic page categorization for 70 categories, plus a site look-up tool and reclassification service.

Advanced threat defenses

Inspect all traffic including encrypted sessions with multi-layer prevention and detection defenses, including pre-execution script analysis, sandboxing, machine-learning analysis, targeted RBI, and input from 40+ threat intelligence feeds.

Unified SWG, CASB, and ZTNA

One console with a unified policy built on a cloud microservice architecture for on-demand performance with scale for branch offices and remote users. Full cloud integration to consolidate, reduce complexity, and lower operational costs.

Netskope named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Secure Web Gateways with the highest rating of Customers’ Choice recipients

The Netskope team is very proud to announce that Netskope was named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Secure Web Gateways with the highest rating of Customers’ Choice recipients *


Netskope is leading the way in helping our customers and their journey to SASE architecture.

Netskope awarded 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice Awards for CASB and SWG

* Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Secure Web Gateways, 10 June 2021

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Make the change from limited and complex legacy SWG cloud services to Netskope Next Gen SWG

Make the full SASE transformation for networking, security, apps and data protection with Netskope

The convergence of SWG and CASB are driving new requirements to protect remote workers, the apps they use, and the data in motion and at rest. Web traffic is only one lane in the SASE journey where Netskope inspects five lanes of web and cloud traffic.


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