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Find out what your peers are saying about Perception Point Advanced Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.""The solution is very configurable. It has enabled us to configure some specific filters to stop emails that general configurations didn't stop. It's a powerful solution. It can analyze a lot of emails simultaneously, with no problems of capacity or system load.""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.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""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.""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."

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"The most valuable feature is the ability to identify malicious content and phishing emails and reduce the workload we have to do in terms of security.""The solution’s effectiveness when it comes to detection is very good. It has a very good mechanism. It scans our emails. It identifies any threat or phishing attempts and phishing campaigns as well as any bad reputation, servers, or links, then it blocks them. This is what I find to be very good about this system.""I see from time to time that Perception Point is being proactive. They approach us, and say, "Can you check this, and this?" So, it does seem that they are an extension of my incident response.""The solution’s effectiveness when it comes to detection is very good. It is stopping malicious emails and tagging emails noted as spam. So, we are able to disseminate those emails, get what we need, and block clearly malicious emails. It saves us a lot of valuable time. It keeps our users safe, e.g., the majority of emails that they would have gotten in the past don't even make it into their inbox.""The most valuable feature is the hardware-assisted platform module."

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"The setup was easy.""The initial implementation is pretty easy to handle.""The most valuable features are the business email compromise protection and targeted attack prevention.""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.""Proofpoint is the main tool for blocking spam because it denies the connection altogether.""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.""Provides better control over emails, especially those sent via Office 365 on the cloud."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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 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.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved.""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.""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."

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"This is an option to preview an email in their console, and that could be improved. If you open the preview, then it auto scrolls. Therefore, it is hard to look at the email when it is going to the next page or scrolling. It should not have the auto-scroll.""Email alerts should be available in real-time.""Its websites for analysis need to be a bit more approachable for people who are less technical. Technically, it is a fire-and-forget solution. So, you want to be able to implement this solution for a lot of companies who don't have security operation teams (SOCs) behind them. You need to have something where a secretary can jump onto this console and release whatever she needs to release. Therefore, it needs to be written in a very specific non-technical language.""The only thing that can be improved in Perception Point is the in-depth analysis and attribution to cyberattack groups.""They can do better on the spam. Today, Perception Point is not our only solution. We have two solutions, and they are the second in line because the spam filtering is not yet the best."

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"The largest complaint that we hear from our customers is that there is no local support.""Proofpoint should have better integration with complex environments that need more than one instance of Proofpoint, as there are issues with nested instances.""We find the cost to be prohibitive.""The Secure Mail aspect should have an Outlook add-in, instead of an external dashboard that outside users have to access.""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.""It's scalable, but the devil's in the details — you have to know your email volumes.""The solution could be improved with the addition of PLP and email encryption features.""The incident reporting on offer needs to be improved. It's lacking right now. It should be on the platform somewhere."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are additional fees for adding features.""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.""The licensing was all transferred.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"We would always like it to be cheaper and save more money. However, we are getting the value from it.""When compared to other solutions on the market, it is relatively fair.""They are not the most expensive vendor. There are much more expensive vendors. They are not cheap, but they are not the most expensive. They are somewhere in the middle.""The price of this solution was within our budget and I think that it will suit most SMBs.""We were able to get reasonable pricing that matches the ROI we want, so I think that it is the correct price point."

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

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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 feature is the hardware-assisted platform module.
Top Answer: The price of this solution was within our budget and I think that it will suit most SMBs. There are no additional costs… more »
Top Answer: Email alerts should be available in real-time. Alternatively, emails should be sent more often. It would be better to… 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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Also Known As
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.

Perception Point is a Prevention-as-a-Service company, offering fast interception of any content-based attack across all collaboration channels including email, cloud storage, CRM apps, and messaging platforms. The company prevents phishing, BEC, spam, malware, Zero-days, N-days well before it reaches the enterprise’s end-users. Deployed in minutes with no change to the enterprise’s infrastructure, our solution conforms with any policy and requires zero fuss from IT teams. On top of that, the company offers a significant added value service through our Incident Response team that serves as a force multiplier to the enterprise’s SOC team.

Perception Point's unique technology, which folds 7 different detection layers to provide a single verdict, has been recognized by Gartner and has proven time and time again to deliver the most effective ROI when compared to leading cyber solutions. As a result, the company now serves many global enterprises of all sizes and across all verticals, including Telecom, Food & Beverage, Tech, Healthcare, and more.

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
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Blocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company19%
Retailer14%
Manufacturing Company10%
Financial Services Firm10%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Transportation Company18%
Comms Service Provider16%
Real Estate/Law Firm11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business34%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise41%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise71%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Perception Point Advanced Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,027 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Perception Point Advanced Email Security is ranked 8th in Email Security with 5 reviews while Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 2nd in Email Security with 12 reviews. Perception Point Advanced Email Security is rated 9.0, while Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Perception Point Advanced Email Security writes "Responsive support, saves us time dealing with threats, but the email notifications should be customizable ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Flexible, very secure, and offers excellent technical support". Perception Point Advanced Email Security is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud and Fortinet FortiMail, whereas Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail and KnowBe4. See our Perception Point Advanced Email Security vs. Proofpoint Email Protection report.

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