Compare Cisco Email Security (ESA) vs. Proofpoint Email Protection

Cisco Email Security (ESA) is ranked 1st in Messaging Security with 16 reviews while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 3rd in Messaging Security with 2 reviews. Cisco Email Security (ESA) is rated 8.6, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. 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 Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Easy to use and set up with excellent anti-spam features". Cisco Email Security (ESA) is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, FireEye Email Security and Proofpoint Email Protection, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Agari, Cisco Email Security (ESA) and Palo Alto Networks WildFire.
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Pros
Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.We're consolidating two to three arrays down to one which means that our data center footprint has decreased by like 90%. So we're saving 90% of our space, and it also is much better on power and everything else in our data center. And on top of that, the performance is much, much better than our older arrays.The most valuable feature is the performance and compression. The most useful tool is CloudIQ.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.

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The anti-spam features are excellent on the email firewalls.The most valuable feature is the ability to remove bad messages that were delivered, prior to being classified as unwanted.

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The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.We've had a couple of little things come up, but for the most part, they've been pretty stable.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 solution could be improved with the addition of PLP and email encryption features.Proofpoint should have better integration with complex environments that need more than one instance of Proofpoint, as there are issues with nested instances.

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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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IronPort, Cisco Email SecurityProofpoint 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.

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, IndraBlocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company29%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
University7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Energy/Utilities Company33%
Comms Service Provider20%
Software R&D Company14%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government11%
Media Company10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise47%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise81%
Large Enterprise13%
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