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"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.""The licensing was all transferred.""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.""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.""There are additional fees for adding features."

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"A subscription for technical support costs extra.""It's a bit expensive compared to its competitor Barracuda Email Security Gateway but cheaper than Sophos Email."

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Top Answer: I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM… more »
Top Answer: The licensing was all transferred. A fair amount of the configuration had to be done by hand. We didn't transfer the… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: I like that it's simple and easy to configure, deploy, and manage. The reporting function has all the features we're… more »
Top Answer: Support could be better. What's also lacking when you compare it with Proofpoint and other threat protection solutions… more »
Top Answer: We use it as a perimeter gateway where it scans for spam. We use all the features and configure all the features, like… more »
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Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
Symantec.cloud, Symantec Email Security.cloud
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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.

Symantec’s on-premises email security solution begins with Messaging Gateway which provides essential inbound and outbound messaging security including, powerful protection against the latest messaging threats including ransomware, spear phishing, and business email compromise, It catches more than
99 percent of spam with a less than 1 in 1 million false positives, and effectively responds to new messaging threats with real-time automatic antispam and antimalware updates. Messaging Gateway combines multilayer protection technologies that effectively detect, block, and quarantine suspicious email

Valimail Defend, based on Valimail's IDEA platform, is the only automated, identity-based solution for reliable inbound impersonation protection. Unlike other solutions that generate lots of false alarms and expose your organization’s PII (Personally Identifiable Information), Valimail provides the strongest protection against lookalike-domain and friendly-from attacks without accessing the contents of email messages. Other security solutions increase risk and potential liability because they essentially take a copy of your email outside the organization to read the content and attempt to identify behavioral patterns, keywords, or other tipoffs that an email may be fake. Valimail Defend is the only identity-based solution that does not access PII.

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Sample Customers
SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
Doric, Joblink Plus, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, PPB Advisory, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Sydney Adventist Hospital Ltd.
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company21%
Retailer16%
Manufacturing Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company16%
Comms Service Provider14%
Insurance Company10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise60%
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise29%
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502,104 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Symantec Messaging Gateway is ranked 7th in Email Security with 6 reviews while Valimail Defend is ranked 24th in Email Security. Symantec Messaging Gateway is rated 8.0, while Valimail Defend is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Symantec Messaging Gateway writes "Good fingerprinting and keyword rules, but it needs to better support unstructured data discovery". On the other hand, Symantec Messaging Gateway is most compared with Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud and Kaspersky Security for Mail Server, whereas Valimail Defend is most compared with Agari and Proofpoint Email Protection.

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