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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.""They have customized security rules, mature rules, anti-virus protection, as well as email authentication similar to SPF, DKIM, and DMARC."

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"It has certainly helped out our audit efforts because we each stay compliant in terms of various security standards.""Technical support is very responsive. You just have to open a ticket. They respond in a timely manner. Their response is good. I'm satisfied.""They manage to solve detection quite nicely. There is some rather elaborate detection compared to other providers.""The most valuable feature is Click-time URL protection.""All of the solution's features are quite valuable for us. We especially like the threat protection it provides.""Endpoint to network protects the line.""The incident management on the solution is very good. You get a lot of detailed information about an incident. You also get a lot of documentation in connection with the CVI or integration."

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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.""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."

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"An improvement could be made on the reporting because then it would be easier to collect information and submit it for compliance.""The administration interface needs a lot of improvement. It should be UI based, and simple. They need to improve it. It's pretty much not that friendly compared to what we were using as Bitdefender before. It's okay but is improving, actually.""It's a strange situation where the infrastructure of the consumer or customer is behind some kind of firewall and they have always used some kind of customized proxy. In this situation, the ATP has a very tough time to pass the information to the cloud and back. To fix, it requires a more elaborate and complex configuration for that particular case.""There are limits with respect to blocking files by hash value or blocking IP addresses, and these limits should be removed.""The cloud platform needs to have improvement in terms of the user interface and the different capabilities it has available. It needs to match the other leading next-gen EDR products that are available in the market. That's the reason why we are stepping away from Symantec. Their cloud environment is just generally lacking in comparison to others.""Not ideal for advanced threat protection.""Symantec appliances need improvement. The whole appliance environment is a robust system and it needs a massive amount of storage space. If you have to increase or speed up the background storage it's a pretty complicated process. The scalability and sizing is critical, and if you do it wrong you run into issues pretty quickly."

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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."

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"The pricing of this solution is inexpensive and affordable."

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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 »
Top Answer: In general, improvements can be made but nothing specific. I think SonicWall and McAfee are better solutions. I think… more »
Top Answer: We use the solution for endpoint protection. I'm an infrastructure team leader and we are a customer of Symantec.
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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.

Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is a single unified solution that uncovers, prioritizes, and remediates advanced attacks. The product fuses intelligence from endpoint, network, and email control points, as well as Symantec’s massive global sensor network, to stop threats that evade individual security products. It leverages your existing Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Email Security.cloud investments, so it does not require the deployment of any new agents. You can deploy a new installation of Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and start to discover suspicious activity in under an hour. Using the proven technology in Symantec Insight reputation based detection, Symantec SONAR behavioral analysis with the new Symantec Cynic sandbox and file analysis platform, Symantec Advanced Threat Protection provides better detection and prioritization than other vendors, allowing security analysts to “zero in” on just those specific security events of importance.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, IndraBlocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, WestinghouseECI
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company25%
Manufacturing Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
Consumer Goods Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider20%
Computer Software Company20%
Insurance Company20%
Non Tech Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm7%
University6%
Company Size
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise54%
Large Enterprise43%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Fortinet, Barracuda Networks and others in Email Security. Updated: November 2020.
447,718 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 4th in Email Security with 4 reviews while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is ranked 6th in Advanced Threat Protection with 7 reviews. Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 9.0, while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is rated 7.6. 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 Symantec Advanced Threat Protection writes "Good incident management and great integrations but needs to improve its on-premises appliances". Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Fortinet FortiMail, Agari and FireEye Network Security, whereas Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is most compared with FireEye Network Security, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Check Point SandBlast Network, SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection and CyberArk PAS.

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