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Pros
"At one point, there was a zero-day attack. The Cisco appliance detected it and stopped it, helping us out. We avoided the attack and potential damage.""Because we scan products, and there is a lot of critical data, security is very important in these cases.""It sends us reports, where we can see if there have been attacks, e.g. DDoS. If so, we can switch to a clean IP.""It integrates with Active Directory and we can limit specific users to using specific applications.""I can customize the configuration and policies.""It blocks bulk marketing messages, graymail, spam, and provides advanced malware protection.""The most valuable features are protection against ransomware and spam.""The user interface was quite friendly, it was quite easy to use, unlike some other Cisco products. Anybody could use it. You don't have to be familiar with IT to be able to handle navigating it."

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"It is really important for large companies to have the brand protection that is provided by Agari."

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"The most valuable feature is the ability to remove bad messages that were delivered, prior to being classified as unwanted.""The anti-spam features are excellent on the email firewalls.""The initial implementation is pretty easy to handle.""They have customized security rules, mature rules, anti-virus protection, as well as email authentication similar to SPF, DKIM, and DMARC."

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Cons
"I would like them to add some clustering or high availability features.""The initial setup was complex because I have two sites with physical clusters.""The hardware is not up to the mark. Two to three times a year we have complete downtime.""The graphical user interface is not user-friendly like other vendors. I find it very difficult at times to find some options on the UI.""I would like to see sandboxing for email, where suspicious emails received by the system are analyzed through online services.""The user interface needs some improvement to become more user-friendly. The graphics could be better. It's designed more for a technical user rather than a business user.""We didn't get any malware, but a few phishing emails, maybe one or two, slipped in.""One of the things that Cisco could improve on with IronPort is the support. Cisco doesn't really have enough engineers who have full, hands-on knowledge of IronPort. Knowledge of it is not something you can find easily compared to other security appliances."

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"Some customers in the financial sector do not like the cloud solution because they don't want data to be transferred to a US-based cloud."

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"Proofpoint should have better integration with complex environments that need more than one instance of Proofpoint, as there are issues with nested instances.""The solution could be improved with the addition of PLP and email encryption features.""We find the cost to be prohibitive.""They do not have an on-demand scan for the internal viruses and internal users, and they don't have a scan for the exchange server against viruses and spam as Symantec does."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We do annual licensing for Cisco Secure Email Gatewayand SMA together, and possibly SmartNet support. Packaged together, the cost is just under $38,000.""In addition to the standard licensing, there is a cost for SMARTnet as well.""Pricing depends on your environment and which model you want to buy.""Licensing costs depend on how many users there are. It could range between $5 and $7 per month, per user.""The license was not per user, the license model was per feature. You could choose anti-virus, anti-spam, etc. It was feature-based and charged yearly.""There were no other costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""We were using Proofpoint and then we switched to Cisco... reportability was one of the main reasons we switched, but the biggest one was cost. If you can get an equivalent functionality for a better price it's wise to do so. That's what our primary decision came down to: We could get equivalent functionality at a lower price point.""It is not that costly. We pay for the solution through a contractor and pay an annual fee."

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"The price of the licensing is based on the volume of email."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.
Top Answer: The reporting functionality needs to be improved.
Top Answer: I have experience as an SE for IronPort as well as a private consultant. I have used this solution in multiple… more »
Top Answer: It is really important for large companies to have the brand protection that is provided by Agari.
Top Answer: The price of the licensing is based on the volume of email.
Top Answer: Some customers in the financial sector do not like the cloud solution because they don't want data to be transferred to… more »
Top Answer: The anti-spam features are excellent on the email firewalls.
Top Answer: The pricing is relative; it's not a fixed amount, so it's hard to discuss exact numbers.
Top Answer: The search functionality is quite small. It could be a bit more in-depth. Right now, it's a bit simple. The solution… more »
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Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security AppliancesProofpoint Enterprise Protection
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Overview

Customers of all sizes face the same daunting challenge: email is simultaneously the most important business communication tool and the leading attack vector for security breaches. Cisco Email Security enables users to communicate securely and helps organizations combat Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware, advanced malware, phishing, spam, and data loss with a multilayered approach to security.

Agari Enterprise Protect focuses on stopping identity deception, which is part of every targeted email attack. Using a combination of trust analytics, data science and visibility of the Agari Email Trust Platform into 10 billion emails a day, we allow only email from your unique set of trusted businesses, partners and employees to be delivered. With Agari, you escape the reactive approach of “looking for the bad” to stop different types of email threats. Agari builds a unique model of what is good and trusted that attackers cannot evade.

Proofpoint Email Protection stops malware and non-malware threats such as impostor email (also known as email fraud). Deployed as a cloud service or on-premises, it provides granular filtering to control bulk "graymail" and other unwanted email. And business continuity capabilities keep email communications flowing, even when your email server fails.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraNACHABlocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
University6%
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Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Insurance Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise54%
Large Enterprise43%
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Agari is ranked 8th in Email Security with 1 review while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 4th in Email Security with 4 reviews. Agari is rated 9.0, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Agari writes "A stable, enterprise-level solution that provides good brand protection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Good stability and a straightforward setup with good URL rewrite capabilities". Agari is most compared with Valimail Defend, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Cofense PhishMe and Valimail Enforce, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Fortinet FortiMail, FireEye Network Security, KnowBe4 and Cofense PhishMe.

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