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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."
"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."
"Beside a few issues with specificity in the email protection controls, this product is very good at handling email security."
"The anti-spam aspect of the solution is its most valuable feature."
"This solution provides very good email security that protects us against spamming and malware."
"The most valuable features are the anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-virus, and anti-spoofing."
"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."
"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."
"The technical support from the company is not always very good at solving issues, but they offer access to a good community of users where problems are easily solved."
"They need well-trained partners in Nigeria."
"We would like to see more information on a dashboard about what is happening when it comes to spamming and malware."
"A lot of spoofed emails are still coming to the end-user, so the configuration for this option needs to be improved."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"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."
"We have a two-year license subscription and the price is very high."
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.
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Top Answer: The most valuable features are the anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-virus, and anti-spoofing.
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|Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances||FortiMail||Dell SonicWALL Email Security Platform, SonicWall Hosted Email Security|
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.
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.
|SonicWALL Email Security Platform offers powerful protection to keep email threats out. And sensitive data in. With innovative protection techniques for both inbound and outbound email plus unique management tools, the Email Security platform delivers superior email protection today while standing ready to stop the new attacks of tomorrow.|
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Fortinet FortiMail is ranked 2nd in Email Security with 15 reviews while SonicWall Email Security is ranked 12th in Email Security with 4 reviews. Fortinet FortiMail is rated 8.6, while SonicWall Email Security is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail writes "User-friendly, multi-platform, easy to setup and troubleshoot". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall Email Security writes "Good at handling email security and has an easy setup". 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 IceWarp, whereas SonicWall Email Security is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Proofpoint Email Protection and Fortinet FortiMail Cloud. See our Fortinet FortiMail vs. SonicWall Email Security report.
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