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Free Report: Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Proofpoint Email Protection
Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Its anti-phishing functionality is the most valuable. Certainly, the biggest problem I have is phishing."
"The most valuable features are the business email compromise protection and targeted attack prevention."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It has too many screens. It is kind of a conglomeration of products. In other words, they built product A, product B, and product C, and they are yet to integrate them into a single administrative console. I would certainly like to see a more seamless administrative interface. I would also like to see them include more bang for the buck, by including features like email fraud protection, rather than making their product so piecemeal, where you are buying little pieces. I agree with the idea of having multiple tiers or layers, but maybe as small, medium, and large, as opposed to an a la carte menu."
"The largest complaint that we hear from our customers is that there is no local support."
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."
"Choosing the correct set of licenses is essential because, without the additional software blade licenses, the Check Point gateways are just a stateful firewall."
"Annually, it costs us about $92,000. This is pretty much what it costs us. There is no additional cost."
"The price is reasonable."
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 »
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|Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances||Proofpoint Enterprise Protection|
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.
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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|SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra||SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)||Blocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse|
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Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 11th in Email Security with 2 reviews while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 3rd in Email Security with 6 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 8.0, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. 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 Proofpoint Email Protection writes "A stable and capable anti-phishing, anti-malware, and threat protection solution". 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 Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Agari and FireEye Network Security. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Proofpoint Email Protection report.
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