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Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
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"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.""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.""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...""The most valuable feature is the different content filters we are using, such as DKIM.""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 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."

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"The feature I find most valuable is the web, email and DLP integration.""All of the filtering features are very nice.""The filtering of the solution is very good. You can do URL filtering and, while you need a custom URL to filter under other solutions like Symantec, here the solution covers most categories and the database.""The Forcepoint Email Security roadmap easily integrates with the data loss prevention (DLP) suite of Forcepoint. Therefore, the customer doesn't have to buy another solution for DLP.""This is a reasonably stable solution.""The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features."

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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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Cons
"They could improve the filters. In my time at the company, there were several times we had to contact support to update the 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.""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.""We would like to see more options for the customization of content filters.""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.""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."

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"I would like to see some improvement like cloud application and integration capabilities and the classification part is missing from the DLP.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved, as it is not customizable.""We've fixed a couple of issues on the solution so far. It doesn't work perfectly all the time.""It would be better if it were simpler to deploy on one or two machines instead of three or four machines.""It's quite difficult to learn this solution, it's not an entry level product. If you are a skilled user you will think it's a very useful tool, but if you are not a skilled user, you'll think it is very difficult to learn.""Technical support is lacking. It could be a lot better."

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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
"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.""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."

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"Licensing is a yearly subscription that is based on the number of users.""The licensing is user base (per user). The product is purchased mostly by medium to large companies. For smaller companies, we have other solutions because the pricing is not cheap.""There are three types of support licenses.""When compared to other email security solutions, the price is not cheap."

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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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM… more »
Top Answer: The licensing was all transferred. A fair amount of the configuration had to be done by hand. We didn't transfer the… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features.
Top Answer: The solution is quite expensive. We pay on a yearly basis. I can't, however, speak to the exact costs. I don't have that… more »
Top Answer: While improvement is always possible, I can't speak to exact features that need to be added. Technical support is… more »
Top Answer: Proofpoint is the main tool for blocking spam because it denies the connection altogether.
Top Answer: Proofpoint is fairly expensive. Most people, when they go to buy their M365 licenses, they buy them in a bundle. It's… more »
Top Answer: Not one of them is one hundred percent when it comes to reputation scores. It doesn't matter which solution — none of… 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.

Forcepoint Email Security gives you the security you need by protecting you against multi-stage advanced threats that often exploit email to penetrate your IT environment. It applies real-time behavioral sandboxing, enterprise-grade DLP and other advanced defense technologies to identify targeted attacks, high-risk users and insider threats. Forcepoint Email Security monitors outbound email to prevent leaks of sensitive information, and it empowers your workers — in the office or on the road — to safely adopt technologies like Microsoft Office 365.

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
Alphawest, Amadori, AudioNova, Betsson, Confartigianato Vicenza, Davies Turner, iGATE, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landa Digital Printing, Northern California Bank, Scavolini, Toyota
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 Provider33%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company25%
Media Company7%
Construction Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise56%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise40%
Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
475,705 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Forcepoint Email Security is ranked 7th in Email Security with 6 reviews while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 2nd in Email Security with 10 reviews. Forcepoint Email Security is rated 7.6, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Email Security writes "Easily integrates with the data loss prevention suite". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Flexible, very secure, and offers excellent technical support". Forcepoint Email Security is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, FireEye Email Security and Symantec Messaging Gateway, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Menlo Security Email Security. See our Forcepoint Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection report.

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