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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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"The most valuable feature is the ease in the configuration for security roles.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it protects against threats that are coming from the web.""It's a solution that permits making a granular configuration and it is easier to deploy the same configuration on a lot of devices using the central console. It is the master of the product.""The most valuable is the blocking of blacklisted sites, a URL that is, either by intelligence or by McAfee, detected as a malicious site.""It has dependable anti-malware and intrusion prevention features all-in-one package.""The solution does what it's meant to do."

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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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"We need a better customer experience and more flexibility in the product.""The solution should be more proactive in regards to sending you updates.""The configuration could be simplified because it is more complex to make the configuration on McAfee. What can be improved is the support of the agent on smartphones, IOS or Android. That still now is not available yet.""We used a consultant to help us set it up. Unfortunately, he was not that good. They were out of McAfee people. He was a consultant and knew the product, but he was not a McAfee person. How they managed it and how they worked was not straightforward.""The manufacturerers should have more transparancy about exactly what is getting filtered when you use the product and why.""Lacking filter for spam."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We do annual licensing for ESA and 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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"$150 Canadian per year."

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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 environments.
Top Answer: It has dependable anti-malware and intrusion prevention features all-in-one package.
Top Answer: When we started to buy the appliance the starting point was a little expensive. It depends on how people see it. In my case, they give a nice price. We are a government agency and they have a contract… more »
Top Answer: I do not know if you really need to improve Web Protection. The only thing I can think of that might be negative is that sometimes I get a feeling that web protection products are purposely filtering… more »
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out of 46 in Email Security
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8.8
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out of 12 in Internet Security
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505
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8.2
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IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security AppliancesMcAfee Web Gateway, McAfee SaaS Web 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.

McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make the world a safer place. By building solutions that work with other companies' products, McAfee helps businesses orchestrate cyber environments that are truly integrated, where protection, detection, and correction of threats happen simultaneously and collaboratively. By protecting consumers across all their devices, McAfee secures their digital lifestyle at home and away. By working with other security players, McAfee is leading the effort to unite against cybercriminals for the benefit of all.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraSicredi
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
University6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government8%
Insurance Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise63%
Large Enterprise35%
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise63%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Fortinet, Proofpoint and others in Email Security. Updated: September 2020.
441,726 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cisco Email Security is ranked 1st in Email Security with 17 reviews while McAfee Web Protection is ranked 4th in Internet Security with 6 reviews. Cisco Email Security is rated 8.8, while McAfee Web Protection is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco Email Security writes "Stops the vast majority of email from getting in, across our multiple email domains". On the other hand, the top reviewer of McAfee Web Protection writes "Easily blacklist malicious sites both on premise and on the cloud". Cisco Email Security is most compared with FireEye Email Security, Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, Barracuda Email Security Gateway and Forcepoint Email Security, whereas McAfee Web Protection is most compared with Cisco Umbrella, Zscaler Internet Access, Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway and AhnLab V3 Internet Security.

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