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"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.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""The added value of it is that every migration to a new version is initiated by the Cisco version itself, so that is a bunch of work that you don't have to do on the Cisco ESA system on-premise. As it becomes a safe platform, you don't need to invest anything in your own data center or in your upgrade path.""The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""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.""It is doing its work. It is doing what it was actually designed to do. It has ensured we don't have business email compromises, and it has also ensured that our brand Galaxy is unique all year round."

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"FortiMail Cloud is very fast.""The most valuable features are the low price and its ability to integrate with other Fortinet products.""The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.""If there is a problem somewhere Fortinet can act on it immediately. That is very important.""This is a solid email monitoring and security system that learns and maintains a two-way dialog with email system administrators."

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"It has a really nice web-based administration console."

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Cons
"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.""We have Microsoft and we have the E5 licenses, they have more EDR responses on certain emails. That's something that Cisco ESA on the cloud doesn't have. They don't do anything about MITRE attacks. They only detect if there is a malicious email or a threat and they remove it.""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.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""The area of license renewal should be improved. We normally renew our license every year. There is a feature called smart licensing, and I switched from the legacy mode to the smart licensing mode because of what I thought smart licensing does. I thought it would make licensing renewal seamless and very swift, but ever since I've switched to smart licensing, each time I want to renew my license, it is a whole lot of headache. The process is not smooth, and I had to keep calling Cisco TAC to see how the issue can be resolved. At one point, I wanted to revert back to the legacy mode, but I can't revert. Once you switch from the legacy mode to the smart licensing mode, you can't revert. They should improve on the visibility of the smart licensing mode so that it can indeed be smart and easier to use for the license renewal every year. That is one challenge.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""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 reporting functionality needs to be improved."

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"The downside of this solution is that it is difficult to implement policies on FortiMail.""The setup of the rules can be improved. I think it should be simplified and would be the best improvement in the system.""It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox access for end-users.""The product could be improved by extending reporting tools and adding options for notification.""Networking should be simplified."

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"I think the implementation could be more streamlined."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing was all transferred.""At times, we feel the pricing is a bit too high, but then, there is also room for discounts. We enjoy a lot of discounts, and that is why we are still with them. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""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.""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.""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.""There are additional fees for adding features."

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"You only have to purchase one license for multiple participants.""The licensing is for three years. In the beginning, we did not pay monthly, it was paid once for three years.""A license for our company using FortiMail and FortiCare (filtering and support) was $4000."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The added value of it is that every migration to a new version is initiated by the Cisco version itself, so that is a… more »
Top Answer: We have Microsoft and we have the E5 licenses, they have more EDR responses on certain emails. That's something that… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.
Top Answer: It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox… more »
Top Answer: We use this solution to block spoofing. We are MSPs and we provide services to many companies that are running… more »
Top Answer: It has a really nice web-based administration console.
Top Answer: It kind of has a heavy footprint — in terms of an implementation footprint. I think the implementation could be more… more »
Top Answer: Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
Microsoft EOP, MS Exchange Online 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.

Email has long been a favorite attack vector of cyber criminals and is often an early stage of advanced threats. But not only do you need to keep threats from getting in, you need to keep data from getting out. Fortinet’s email security solution has the highly effective, yet easy to use inbound and outbound protection you need. It comes in a large range of offerings to fit any size organization or service provider. Plus, unmatched flexibility in deployment modes and form factors means it fits perfectly in any environment.

Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is the cloud-based filtering service that helps protect your organization against spam and malware. EOP is included in all Microsoft 365 organizations with Exchange Online mailboxes.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company19%
Retailer14%
Manufacturing Company10%
Financial Services Firm10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company19%
Government5%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise71%
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise18%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Proofpoint, Fortinet and others in Email Security. Updated: November 2021.
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Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is ranked 7th in Email Security with 5 reviews while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is ranked 11th in Email Security with 1 review. Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail Cloud writes "Reliable email filtering and security that functions and learns at a high level". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection writes "Protects our customers from spammers". Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Symantec Messaging Gateway and Proofpoint Email Protection, whereas Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Symantec Messaging Gateway, Sophos Email and Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security.

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