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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 features of this solution are anti-spam, sender reputation, and antivirus.""The solution is very, very stable.""The most valuable aspects of this solution are that it protects us from spam and phishing attacks. We had a lot of attacks coming in and then we deployed this solution and they stopped. We no longer have any spam or phishing issues.""This excellent email gateway minimizes spam, inspects suspicious emails and isolates infected attachments with little administrative effort.""A full-featured email gateway solution that contains security threats reliably.""The solution is very reliable and very stable.""Technical support is great. They're available 24/7 and their response time is typically within the hour.""Technical support is great. They are able to look at their patches and offer quick responses. We even have an account manager in the Middle East. They are very good."

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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 web console management interface could be improved.""I would like it if the solution could be more affordable.""The biggest room for improvement would be the deployment. It will be hard for someone who doesn't understand the interface to deploy. If you understand it, you can find your way around the problems.""The product could incorporate even more artificial intelligence to enhance the functionality, but it is a competetive and intelligent product as it.""Limited ability to upgrade hardware may lead to some performance issues that might otherwise be improved.""It would be nice if we could manage the solution from the cloud so I could handle things off-site if necessary.""There are features that other solutions have that this one is lacking, such as reporting options. I hope in future releases they advance their features list.""The only drawback to this solution is that the firmware is frequently updated, and each update results in downtime."

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"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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"The licensing model for this solution is better because it is based on the box and not the number of users.""It is an expensive product.""The annual cost is $55,000.""Pricing is straight-forward and renewable without complicated pricing structures.""Pricing is based on initial license purchase and use volume.""In the future I would like it if there's a possibility to lower the price of the bandwidth and UTM. It is quite expensive.""This is a good solution and value for the money.""If you don't need the full bundle that includes everything, you have options for the small or medium enterprise environments."

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Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
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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.

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG) offers cyber-attack protection and outbound data loss prevention for secure email collaboration. With its legacy in the MIMEsweeper for SMTP technology, the Clearswift SEG incorporates the latest in inbound threat protection (Sophos and/or Kaspersky AV), a multi-layer spam defence mechanism, multiple encryption options, deep content inspection control on size and types of attachments and Adaptive Redaction features.

FortiMail appliances and virtual appliances are proven, powerful email security platforms for any size organization — from small businesses to carriers, service providers, and large enterprises. Purpose-built for the most demanding messaging systems, FortiMail appliances employ Fortinet’s years of experience in protecting networks against spam, malware, and other message-borne threats.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
Volusion County Schools
Magromer Cueros y Pieles S.A.
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company21%
Retailer16%
Manufacturing Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government10%
Educational Organization6%
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Manufacturing Company25%
Computer Software Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Transportation Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company21%
Government9%
Media Company4%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise50%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Fortinet, Proofpoint and others in Email Security. Updated: February 2021.
465,836 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is ranked 15th in Email Security with 1 review while Fortinet FortiMail is ranked 2nd in Email Security with 17 reviews. Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiMail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway writes "Stable, but malware needs improvement and customer support is poor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail writes "User-friendly, multi-platform, easy to setup and troubleshoot". Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is most compared with Forcepoint Email Security, Proofpoint Email Protection, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Symantec Messaging Gateway and Barracuda Email Security Gateway, whereas Fortinet FortiMail is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud, Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade and Microsoft Exchange Online Protection.

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