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Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Cisco Secure Email and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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"With the cloud service, one of the nice things about Barracuda is the quarantine service. It gives the ability for our users to go in and check what has been quarantined, and then connect with our IT staff to release anything that should be fine so that we can test it before we release.""Before this solution, we didn't have any separate feature for protecting our emails. We used to only have a firewall but now we have email security. It has a graphical interface and we can see the log every time. We can see that the performance is fine.""This appliance has helped in that we now eliminate the thousands of scams, spam, and malware emails that are destined for our users.""This solution has helped to significantly reduce the amount of junk email that we receive.""It is an excellent, intelligent solution that provides maximum security from email attacks.""The performance is good.""The security protection is the best and it's GUI is user-friendly.""The link protection and anti-phishing features are great."

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"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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"There's a bit of configuration work that's needed with the DNS service provider, but other than that, everything else should be very smooth.""We had an incident where we didn't want to receive any emails or spam from a certain site and email address. We selected the mail ID, and we send it to Barracuda for analysis to see if it's spam or something like that. As of now, we haven't gotten any update or notification as to what happened with it.""Two improvements that are needed include an enhancement in the proxy feature, as well as the ability to more fully automate patches and updates.""The reports are standard, and it would be nice to be able to customize them.""The technical support is not available globally 24/7 and this is the biggest problem with the product.""The reporting can be improved.""We would like to have a local support center in India so that they are operating in the same time zone and speak the same language.""False positives have given us issues."

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"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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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For overall value and cost, Barracuda came in as most appropriate, price as well as services provided. In terms of price, it's average . It's not the most expensive, it's not the least expensive but it works well.""The price of this solution is very high, but it's working fine.""Our licensing fees are approximately $4,000 per year, and this includes updates for the antivirus and spam signatures.""As far as advanced email security systems, this product is mid-range on the pricing scale.""The pricing for the product is fine.""The licensing fees are part of a bundled support package that we pay for.""We pay between $8 and $10 USD per user per month.""The licensing cost is competitive, it's not too high and not too low."

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"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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The link protection and anti-phishing features are great.
Top Answer: It is yearly licensing. They recently increased the price but the price-performance relation is still very good. Compared to Cisco IronPort, Barracuda is less expensive and the configuration is much… more »
Top Answer: We had a case where right before a link was redirected and there was no chance to ignore it. A few days ago there was a feature request to clean and redirect a link because it was a false positive… more »
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 environments.
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Overview

With the Barracuda Email Security Gateway, protecting against inbound malware, spam, phishing, and Denial of Service attacks ensures that business productivity isn’t impacted by attacks through the email system. Powerful and customizable policies enable further enforcement of detailed requirements that govern inbound email messages.

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.

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Sample Customers
Evolution Recruitment Solutions, Evans Delivery Company, Osoyoos Credit Union, Synovis Life Technologies, Camden County Technical Schools, DEK, Evans Delivery Company, Colgate Rochester Crozer, Hemmera, South Carolina Heart Center, Ferma Corporation, Major League Baseball (MLB), Healy Brothers Automotive GroupSUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
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Manufacturing Company22%
Logistics Company11%
Educational Organization11%
Transportation Company11%
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Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company21%
Government9%
Retailer7%
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Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
Legal Firm6%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Government5%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise53%
Large Enterprise43%
Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Cisco Secure Email and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,495 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Barracuda Email Security Gateway is ranked 4th in Email Security with 14 reviews while Cisco Secure Email is ranked 1st in Email Security with 17 reviews. Barracuda Email Security Gateway is rated 8.0, while Cisco Secure Email is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Barracuda Email Security Gateway writes "Has intelligent sensing of attacks and offers assistance for load balancing but support is lacking". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Secure Email writes "Stops the vast majority of email from getting in, across our multiple email domains". Barracuda Email Security Gateway is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, SonicWall Email Security, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud and Barracuda Sentinel, whereas Cisco Secure Email is most compared with FireEye Email Security, Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, Forcepoint Email Security and Symantec Messaging Gateway. See our Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Cisco Secure Email report.

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