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"The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""It does a great job of preventing spam, malware, and ransomware. I can only go by what people have told me and what I've seen, but I have not seen spam in a year and a half to two years in my own company mailbox. And there are not a lot of catches where it's catching something that should have gotten through, either.""It has the ability to tell us, after an email has been delivered, where else it went, once it got inside. Maybe it's something we wanted it to stop and it didn't stop it, but it notified us later that it was something that it should have stopped. It can give us a trajectory of all the other places that it went internally and it can tell us what files were transferred as well.""Cisco Secure Email Cloud Gateway has allowed our users to be able to concentrate on the emails that they do receive. Previously, our users had to deal with nine million additional emails across the organization, which is nearly 1,000 emails per user to have to deal with a month. That's a massive amount for our staff to deal with and probably several hours of their time. We have a lot of clinical staff, being a hospital. We want to make our staff as productive as possible. By removing a lot of that spam and phishing type emails, this allows them to do their job.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""The filtering is definitely better at catching both spam and malicious messages, and there's a lot of extremely granular ability for setting up rules. You can do it the way you want to. The Microsoft solution tends to be pretty limited in how it allows some of that to be done.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks."

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"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.""The solution scales quite well.""I like all the features with Proofpoint, such as how it filters the spam and marketing mail, lost reality mail, blocks phishing attacks, blocks malicious attachments, and stops phishing links. Also it can defend against the business email compromise impersonation technique. It is a complete solution for all email attacks. It filters for the bad, malicious attachments. If there is any executable file, it can be deleted. It is a good, complete solution."

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"The reporting functionality needs to be improved.""Typically, in a phishing email, they try to use a name everybody's going to recognize, like the CEO's name or the CFO's name... With this appliance, the way it's designed at the moment, for us to really stop that with any level of confidence, we have to build a dictionary of all the names of the people we want it to check, and all the ways they could be spelled. My name would be in there as Phillip Collins, Phillip D. Collins, Phillip Dean Collins, Phil Collins, Phil D. Collins. There could be eight or 10 variations of my name that we'd have to put in the dictionary. There's no artificial intelligence to say "Phil Collins" could be all these other things, and to stop phishing from coming through in that way.""I would like more functionality and how to use it for Level 2 type staff. The biggest issue is it needs to be easier to use and navigate.""I use the search all the time. Sometimes, it is hard to search for things and things are hard to find. People come to me all the time, saying, "This email didn't get through." Then, I go searching and don't find it on the first search. You have to think about alternative searches. I don't know if there is an easier way that they could help to find things. I don't know how they could simplify it, because now everybody else is using the cloud and everything is coming from Office 365, or whatever. It is just not the same environment from years ago where everybody had their own server and you could search easier.""We have been struggling in the last month with Cisco encryption and with the S/MIME encryption. I don't know if it is an issue on our side or if these features of the solution are not working very well.""The interface is dated. It has looked pretty much the same for 15 years or so. It would be helpful to be able to do everything from one spot. The centralized quarantine and reporting are completely separate from policy administration.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""They can do it better with web links, with the URLs. They have a technology called Outbreak but it doesn't work as well as we would like."

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"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.""The incident reporting on offer needs to be improved. It's lacking right now. It should be on the platform somewhere.""The reporting section could be enhanced. I like some reports but if they could allow us to create custom reports with more flexibility it would enhance the reports more."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"You're going to get what you pay for. If you're not willing to pay the price of Cisco, you're not going to get a product that's as good as Cisco. I don't think Cisco is overpriced, because for the last two years I've been comparing it to Microsoft and Cisco has been cheaper and given us more features.""In my previous organization, avoiding four instances of CryptoLocker within an estimated six month period is approximately $600,000 in lost time and effort. Our five year cost was about a million dollars, and the four outages that we had equated to 65 percent of that five year cost.""The licensing was all transferred.""Compared to Cisco's on-prem service, the cost is the same, but you don't have to pay for the hardware and you don't have to maintain the system, as far as upgrades and hardware failures are concerned. It is cheaper to operate on their cloud service than it is to operate with their on-prem service.""Cisco Secure Email and the support are priced well. It's not cheap, but there are other solutions that offer less and cost so much. For example, Microsoft is more expensive than Cisco.""There are additional fees for adding features."

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"Annually, it costs us about $92,000. This is pretty much what it costs us. There is no additional cost.""The price is reasonable.""Proofpoint is fairly expensive.""The licensing is basically $8/user.""It is multiple times more expensive, which made it very much less attractive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.
Top Answer: With respect to transferring policies and licenses, Smart Licensing has really improved the overall licensing model for… more »
Top Answer: The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a… more »
Top Answer: Compared to other similar products, this is an expensive solution.
Top Answer: They need to improve the malware in the product. I am not satisfied with Clearswift because of the lack of customer… more »
Top Answer: The Basic Email Coverage is pretty close to the same price as the Extended Email Security of other companies. To start… more »
Top Answer: It was easier to use Microsoft than Proofpoint. We had some issues with their sales consultant. We got into a dispute… more »
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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.

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, Indra
Volusion County Schools
Blocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company21%
Retailer16%
Manufacturing Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company20%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
REVIEWERS
University29%
Consumer Goods Company29%
Retailer14%
Construction Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise66%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Proofpoint, Cisco, Fortinet and others in Email Security. Updated: May 2021.
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Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is ranked 19th in Email Security with 1 review while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 1st in Email Security with 11 reviews. Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is rated 8.0, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. 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 Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Flexible, very secure, and offers excellent technical support". Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is most compared with Forcepoint Email Security, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Symantec Messaging Gateway and Fortinet FortiMail, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Fortinet FortiMail and KnowBe4.

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