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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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"Using Check Point has helped us to safeguard our environment and help to protect against spam, as well as other types of attacks against our network.""I like the flexible configuration set, e.g. both the content-based and the IP reputation anti-spam are supported, but you may choose to disable the mechanism you don't like."

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"The feature I find most valuable is the web, email and DLP integration.""All of the filtering features are very nice.""The filtering of the solution is very good. You can do URL filtering and, while you need a custom URL to filter under other solutions like Symantec, here the solution covers most categories and the database.""The Forcepoint Email Security roadmap easily integrates with the data loss prevention (DLP) suite of Forcepoint. Therefore, the customer doesn't have to buy another solution for DLP.""This is a reasonably stable solution."

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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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"The user should be able to perform a real-time search of the objects and see the messages.""I think that the pricing for the Check Point products should be reconsidered, as we found it to be quite expensive to purchase and to maintain."

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"I would like to see some improvement like cloud application and integration capabilities and the classification part is missing from the DLP.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved, as it is not customizable.""We've fixed a couple of issues on the solution so far. It doesn't work perfectly all the time.""It would be better if it were simpler to deploy on one or two machines instead of three or four machines.""It's quite difficult to learn this solution, it's not an entry level product. If you are a skilled user you will think it's a very useful tool, but if you are not a skilled user, you'll think it is very difficult to learn."

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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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"Choosing the correct set of licenses is essential because, without the additional software blade licenses, the Check Point gateways are just a stateful firewall."

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"Licensing is a yearly subscription that is based on the number of users.""The licensing is user base (per user). The product is purchased mostly by medium to large companies. For smaller companies, we have other solutions because the pricing is not cheap.""There are three types of support licenses.""When compared to other email security solutions, the price is not cheap."

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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: Using Check Point has helped us to safeguard our environment and help to protect against spam, as well as other types of… more »
Top Answer: The manageability using this console is complex and it should be a little more user-friendly. If you don't have a good… more »
Top Answer: Check Point makes up part of our security solution in all of our locations across India. We are in the eCommerce… more »
Top Answer: The Forcepoint Email Security roadmap easily integrates with the data loss prevention (DLP) suite of Forcepoint… more »
Top Answer: When compared to other email security solutions, the price is not cheap. The licensing is user base (per user). The… more »
Top Answer: It would be better if it were simpler to deploy on one or two machines instead of three or four machines.
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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.

Check Point Anti-Spam & Email Security provides comprehensive protection for messaging infrastructure. A multidimensional approach protects email infrastructure, provides highly accurate anti-spam coverage and defends organizations from a wide variety of virus and malware threats delivered within email.

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Forcepoint Email Security gives you the security you need by protecting you against multi-stage advanced threats that often exploit email to penetrate your IT environment. It applies real-time behavioral sandboxing, enterprise-grade DLP and other advanced defense technologies to identify targeted attacks, high-risk users and insider threats. Forcepoint Email Security monitors outbound email to prevent leaks of sensitive information, and it empowers your workers — in the office or on the road — to safely adopt technologies like Microsoft Office 365.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraSF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)Alphawest, Amadori, AudioNova, Betsson, Confartigianato Vicenza, Davies Turner, iGATE, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landa Digital Printing, Northern California Bank, Scavolini, Toyota
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company27%
Media Company9%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise54%
Large Enterprise43%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Forcepoint Email Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,962 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 11th in Email Security with 2 reviews while Forcepoint Email Security is ranked 7th in Email Security with 5 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 8.0, while Forcepoint Email Security is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade writes "Good message encryption and validation features, but the console should be more user-friendly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Forcepoint Email Security writes "Easily integrates with the data loss prevention suite". Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, IceWarp and Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, whereas Forcepoint Email Security is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, FireEye Email Security and Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Forcepoint Email Security report.

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