Armorblox vs Barracuda Email Protection comparison

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"At the moment we are satisfied with this product. It's a stable, scalable, and resilient solution for us.""Safe attachments, safe links, policies, and the ability to protect from zero-day threats are the most valuable features.""Threat Explorer is one of the features that I very much like because it is a real-time report that allows you to identify, analyze, and trace security attacks.""The technical support is good and quick to resolve issues.""I would say that 90% of the spam and phishing attack emails get blocked right off the bat.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365's most valuable feature is its performance.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.""Does a thorough job of examining email and URLs for malicious content."

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"Armorblox is a scalable solution."

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"The solution is straightforward to set up.""The most valuable features of Barracuda Essentials are it's a trusted name and is rated very high on review sites. It blocks high percentages of spam and junk email and it's in the cloud. They have hardware appliances, but this is in the cloud. The solution is very effective at blocking malware and blocking spam and this is what we are looking for. There's not a whole lot of complexity, you want a solution that is very good at blocking out all of the unwanted emails.""We now have a secondary backup of Office 365 that's much easier to retrieve compared to Microsoft. If someone deletes something in Office 365, we can get it back within Office 365, but it's difficult. Barracuda is much easier. There is a lot less management needed using Barracuda. The management becomes much easier for Office 365 and it's no longer on-prem, so there are fewer hours managing on-prem devices, servers, and things of that nature. We don't have network appliances anymore for the backup of our information.""The best feature of Barracuda Email Protection is that it provides protection for Microsoft 365.""When we got the service, it included the email archiver with unlimited storage.""The most valuable aspect includes attempts to spoof or compromise domains from external sources.""Barracuda email protection is stable. I would give it a nine because of its strong cybersecurity features.""The most valuable features are security and ease of use."

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Cons
"Too many false positives and lacks an accurate capability to detect malicious SharePoint sites.""The XDR dashboard has room for improvement.""The visibility for the weaknesses in the system and unauthorized access can be improved.""The certification training for Defender for 365 needs to be deeper and incorporate Sentinel. I took all the security courses except one, and Sentinel isn't included.""I'd like some additional features any product can give me to protect our environment in a better way.""Microsoft sometimes has downtime, and we'll get several incidents coming in back to back. We have a huge backlog of notifications, many of which may be false positives. However, there might be serious alerts, so we can't risk dismissing all of them at once.""The GUI is sometimes slow to fetch the device report and could be improved.""There is room for improvement in terms of reporting."

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"Armorblox lagged in terms of grabbing phishing emails or phishing campaigns."

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"The solution's reporting mechanism is a little poor and could be improved.""Barracuda Essentials can improve by continually adding more features.""I would like to see some additional functionality in terms of employee monitoring, as part of a work-from-home security solution.""I would like to see better integration with other products.""The policies are set up in Barracuda by default; we don't have any control over them.""There is room for improvement, particularly in reaching out to technical support during deployment.""The solution's graphical user interface (GUI) could be improved visually.""Sometimes it is somewhat laggy, especially on the Archiver side. It should have improved performance on their Message Archiver."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's a user-base subscription."
  • "From the pricing point of view, like any other product in the market, there is scope for negotiation."
  • "Defender is a little bit more expensive as compared to others. We are in the manufacturing environment. So, we don't have a high budget for all of our endpoint devices. Its cost is a major concern for us."
  • "For licensing, it's usually a yearly package for customers who are subscribed to Office 365, but they can also pay on a monthly basis."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is an add-on to the Office license. Many customers are purchasing this solution."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system."
  • "The solution saves money so we have seen a return on investment."
  • "Defender for 365 comes in various plans and licenses, along with other Microsoft security solutions. Purchasing this kind of package or security bundle gives good value for money, and that's what I recommend."
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  • "On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a five out of ten."
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  • "The price of Barracuda Essentials is better than some of the competing products."
  • "We pay annually. They never charged us for anything else. And they were quite a bit under that $20,000 mark. It was $19,074. And they've been pretty good about not skyrocketing the price or anything like that. It has gone up. It's gone up to $24,000 in 2020."
  • "Price-wise, this product is middle-of-the-road."
  • "On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a seven out of ten."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Threat Explorer is an invaluable tool for me, and it plays a crucial role in helping me discern the origins of various… more »
    Top Answer:The product must provide better malware detection. The detection algorithms don't perform the way I hope they would.
    Top Answer:Armorblox is a scalable solution.
    Top Answer:On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a five out of ten.
    Top Answer:Armorblox lagged in terms of grabbing phishing emails or phishing campaigns. The solution should improve its modeling… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Barracuda Email Protection are flexibility and customization.
    Top Answer:On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a seven out of ten.
    Top Answer:The solution's graphical user interface (GUI) could be improved visually. The solution should enable users to view more… more »
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    Also Known As
    MS Defender for Office 365
    Barracuda Essentials
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    Overview

    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a comprehensive security solution designed to protect organizations against advanced threats in their email, collaboration, and productivity environments. It combines the power of Microsoft's threat intelligence, machine learning, and behavioral analytics to provide real-time protection against phishing, malware, ransomware, and other malicious attacks.

    With Microsoft Defender for Office 365, organizations can safeguard their email communication by detecting and blocking malicious links, attachments, and unsafe email content. It employs advanced anti-phishing capabilities to identify and prevent sophisticated phishing attacks that attempt to steal sensitive information or compromise user credentials.

    This solution also offers robust protection against malware and ransomware. It leverages machine learning algorithms to analyze email attachments and URLs in real-time, identifying and blocking malicious content before it reaches users' inboxes. Additionally, it provides advanced threat-hunting capabilities, allowing security teams to proactively investigate and respond to potential threats.

    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 goes beyond email protection and extends its security features to other collaboration tools like SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams. It scans files and documents stored in these platforms, ensuring that they are free from malware and other malicious content. It also provides visibility into user activities, helping organizations detect and mitigate insider threats.

    Furthermore, this solution offers rich reporting and analytics capabilities, providing organizations with insights into their security posture and threat landscape. It enables security administrators to monitor and manage security incidents, track trends, and take proactive measures to enhance their overall security posture.

    Armorblox is a cloud office security platform that protects enterprise communications across email, messaging, and file-sharing solutions.

    The popularity of Microsoft 365 means criminals test and design their attacks to bypass its native security features. And that means you need additional layers of defense. With Advanced Threat Protection enabled, Barracuda uses multiple layers of detection, including signature, static, and behavioral analysis, along with CPU-emulation sandboxing to accurately detect and block zero-hour targeted attacks and ransomware.

    Traditional email gateways use static rules and policies—reputation analysis, block lists, and malicious payloads—to determine if an email is malicious.

    Barracuda protects your Microsoft 365 inbox against evasive threats with a powerful AI engine that learns the unique communication patterns within your organization through access to internal and historical emails. Once it understands what legitimate emails looks like for each user, it can detect anomalies that signal malicious intent. This context-based detection is more effective at blocking targeted attacks, which are designed to bypass traditional rule-based email security.

    Sample Customers
    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
    City of San Jose Capital of Silicon Valley
    ACT Government, Acumen Group, AGIP, Delta Dental Plans Association, Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc., Equinox Information Systems
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Wholesaler/Distributor6%
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    Construction Company29%
    Security Firm29%
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Educational Organization14%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise8%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Armorblox is ranked 36th in Email Security with 1 review while Barracuda Email Protection is ranked 16th in Email Security with 9 reviews. Armorblox is rated 5.0, while Barracuda Email Protection is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Armorblox writes "Lags in terms of grabbing phishing emails or phishing campaigns, though it has good scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Barracuda Email Protection writes "The solution offers excellent support to help you secure emails within your environment". Armorblox is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection and Secure Email Threat Defense, whereas Barracuda Email Protection is most compared with TitanHQ SpamTitan, Check Point Harmony Email & Collaboration, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Google Vault and Abnormal Security.

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