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Pros
"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."

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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."

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"The deployment is very easy. It's quite straightforward.""The anti-malware, risk scanning has been pretty spot on."

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Cons
"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."

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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."

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"The solution's technical support is slow and unresponsive. You need to book time in order to get support.""Their technical support is slow to respond."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We do annual licensing for ESA and 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."

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"There is an additional fee for their central managed console."

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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.
Top Answer: I have experience as an SE for IronPort as well as a private consultant. I have used this solution in multiple… more »
Top Answer: The anti-spam features are excellent on the email firewalls.
Top Answer: The pricing is relative; it's not a fixed amount, so it's hard to discuss exact numbers.
Top Answer: The search functionality is quite small. It could be a bit more in-depth. Right now, it's a bit simple. The solution… more »
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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.

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.

Sophos Email is a cloud-based secure email gateway solution for Sophos Central. Built to integrate seamlessly with popular email platforms, Sophos Email is engineered to keep businesses safe from email threats, simply stopping spam, phishing, malware, and data loss.

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SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraBlocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, WestinghouseDel Monte Foods, Terra Verde, spicerhaart, RIVERLITE, Dataprise, SureBridge, Reed's School, Sayfol International School
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Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
University6%
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Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company21%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise63%
Large Enterprise35%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Fortinet, Proofpoint and others in Email Security. Updated: September 2020.
441,672 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 3rd in Email Security with 3 reviews while Sophos Email is ranked 14th in Email Security with 2 reviews. Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0, while Sophos Email is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Good stability and a straightforward setup with good URL rewrite capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Email writes "Good pricing, offers an easy setup, and quite stable". Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Fortinet FortiMail, Agari, KnowBe4 and FireEye Network Security, whereas Sophos Email is most compared with .

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