Compare Cisco Email Security (ESA) vs. Fortinet FortiMail Cloud

Cisco Email Security (ESA) is ranked 1st in Messaging Security with 15 reviews while Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is ranked 3rd in Messaging Security with 10 reviews. Cisco Email Security (ESA) is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Email Security (ESA) writes "Black-listing and white-listing are highly intuitive and easy to do". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail Cloud writes "Reliable email filtering and security that functions and learns at a high level". Cisco Email Security (ESA) is most compared with FireEye Email Security, Fortinet FortiMail and Proofpoint Email Protection, whereas Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Symantec Email Security.cloud and Proofpoint Email Protection. See our Cisco Email Security (ESA) vs. Fortinet FortiMail Cloud report.
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Pros
The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.Initially, the most valuable feature for us was the SenderBase Reputation, because that reduced the number of emails that were even considered by the system by a huge number...We like the in-built features, like the email filtering based on the IP and domain. Cisco has its own blacklisted domains and IPs, which is very good. This filters around 70 percent of emails from spam, and we are seeing fewer false positives with this.The most valuable feature is the different content filters we are using, such as DKIM.It has the IMS engine, Intelligent Multi-Scan engine, and it does a good job, right out-of-the-box, of blocking the vast majority of things that should be blocked.There were detailed logs available. That was a seriously good feature... It turns out these were actually spoof emails that came into our environment. I got to know about them from the log system.Users were able to do a check by themselves on quarantined emails. They could check if a valid email had been stopped, if it matched up with the SPF certification.

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The most valuable features are the low price and its ability to integrate with other Fortinet products.FortiMail Cloud is very fast.If there is a problem somewhere Fortinet can act on it immediately. That is very important.This is a solid email monitoring and security system that learns and maintains a two-way dialog with email system administrators.The encryption features are most valuable to us.The most valuable feature is the advanced threat protection.The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to check to see if the email is real.The implementation was very professional. There are a lot of features I can get through Fortinet and FortiMail, such as security. FortiGuard is the most reliable and professional mitigation center to handle incidents and risk that I have to face.

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Cons
The reporting functionality needs to be improved.The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.We have occasionally had hardware problems because we are using an appliance-based solution, but that might change. We may consider going to virtual systems.The solution needs to improve its advanced phishing filters. It is very good at filtering things which have bad reputations. However, when phishing or malicious emails are new or coming from a legitimate source, we don't feel that the solution is working.We would like to see more options for the customization of content filters.It would be nice to have an easier way to check on the health of the system, how stressed these appliances are. Sure, you can do it, but it would be helpful to have an easier way to do it, maybe even at a glance.They could improve the filters. In my time at the company, there were several times we had to contact support to update the filters.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 downside of this solution is that it is difficult to implement policies on FortiMail.Networking should be simplified.The setup of the rules can be improved. I think it should be simplified and would be the best improvement in the system.The product could be improved by extending reporting tools and adding options for notification.I've not been able to use more than two domains in the back end. I like to view logs for the different domains. If I add any other domain I'm not able to get a proper cPanel for that domain. I am talking about the login factors. I'm not able to see logs for different domains in a different Window. Basically, it's an issue in the login process.I would like to see more advanced sandbox features, where you can actually download to a machine where you can test.This solution is slow and it should be made faster.The dashboard could use improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is not that costly. We pay for the solution through a contractor and pay an annual fee.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.There were no other costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.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.Licensing costs depend on how many users there are. It could range between $5 and $7 per month, per user.Pricing depends on your environment and which model you want to buy.In addition to the standard licensing, there is a cost for SMARTnet as well.We do annual licensing for ESA and SMA together, and possibly SmartNet support. Packaged together, the cost is just under $38,000.

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You only have to purchase one license for multiple participants.The licensing is for three years. In the beginning, we did not pay monthly, it was paid once for three years.A license for our company using FortiMail and FortiCare (filtering and support) was $4000.It should cost around $60,000. We bought it as a bundle, so everything comes together in the license. That is standard.The price of this solution could be more competitive.When we're talking about pricing, other products have about the same price. That is normal.It's on a subscribed basis.

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IronPort, Cisco Email Security
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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.

Email has long been a favorite attack vector of cyber criminals and is often an early stage of advanced threats. But not only do you need to keep threats from getting in, you need to keep data from getting out. Fortinet’s email security solution has the highly effective, yet easy to use inbound and outbound protection you need. It comes in a large range of offerings to fit any size organization or service provider. Plus, unmatched flexibility in deployment modes and form factors means it fits perfectly in any environment.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company29%
Manufacturing Company14%
Transportation Company7%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Energy/Utilities Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Software R&D Company15%
Media Company6%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise77%
Large Enterprise17%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise20%
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