Barracuda Email Protection vs Secure Email Threat Defense comparison

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We performed a comparison between Barracuda Email Protection and Secure Email Threat Defense based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Email Security solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"Microsoft Defender has a feature to protect each and every attachment. Even if it's an encrypted attachment, it will check for any potential threats.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.""The email protection is excellent, especially in terms of anti-phishing policies.""Defender is a SaaS platform, so it offers more flexibility. Managing the permissions is easier. The solution's automated detection and response features are scalable.""The risk level notifications are most valuable. We get to know what kind of intrusion or attack is there, and we can fix a problem on time.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 has improved my organization's security. It makes it easier to manage the infrastructure without the help of third-party applications.""I like its investigation capabilities, as that is what is most important to me. It is fairly simple with a user-friendly interface.""There are several features that I consider valuable."

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"The most valuable features of Barracuda Email Protection are flexibility and customization.""The best feature of Barracuda Email Protection is that it provides protection for Microsoft 365.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"It's very easy to deploy and configure.""The ability to see east-west traffic is its most valuable feature. Traditionally, email defense focuses on north-south, inbound-outbound, egress-ingress traffic. With Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox, it's able to quickly identify, track, tag, and categorize emails that are internal. That can typically give us visibility into if there's an internal compromised account (for example). Someone can then use that internal compromised account to email additional accounts with either malicious software or links, but internal within that Office tenant. Effectively, that email message never leaves the tenant. Any of the mail gateways really do not have any method or way of seeing this traffic since it's not leaving the environment.""It has an efficient email filtering feature.""Cisco has a threat mechanism called cloud-based Talos, where all the threats are inbuilt.""On ease of use, it rates very high. It's something that I was able to get into without really looking at any documentation. I wanted to see what it felt like before I started looking at any documentation on how to use it, and it was very easy to use. It works very smoothly. The user experience is very intuitive. They did an amazing job on that.""This solution is easy to use.""I would say it's very comprehensive, with multiple antivirus OEMs, virus encrypt features, encryption, and more.""The features and functionalities are much better than Microsoft's in-built Defender plan."

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"We need to be able to whitelist data at the backend.""The custom alerts have to improve a lot.""We are always looking for others tools to increase automation on tasks. There can be better integration with other solutions, such as PowerPoint and email.""They have moved features from one console to another. Things have been moved around in the interface and it takes me time to find where certain features are.""Microsoft should provide more documentation for users so they can self-educate. I would like to see more documentation for advanced security features.""In one of the reports I can get the exact place where a vulnerable file resides. But for that, I need to explicitly go into the device and check. If they could include that file part in the report, without my having to go to the device itself, that would help.""The UI needs to be more user-friendly.""The only thing they should improve is the licensing model. They should stop changing it. A year ago, the five features I mentioned were included in one product. Now, three of them are bundled into one product, and you have to pay extra for the other two. I don't mind paying extra, but I don't want them to change it every year or every six months. I need to know what I'm looking at and not worry about it next year."

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"I would like to see better integration with other products.""Barracuda Essentials can improve by continually adding more features.""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.""The solution's reporting mechanism is a little poor and could be improved.""They could simplify the licensing and the pricing.""I would like to see some additional functionality in terms of employee monitoring, as part of a work-from-home security solution."

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"Customers will benefit greatly from monthly billing because the majority of customers today use the cloud, be it Office 365, or Google Cloud.""Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox can improve by adding advanced phishing, then the solution would become the best in the market. However, this could increase the price even more. Additionally, if CES with domain protection could be added it would be an even better solution.""We encounter issues while searching for missing emails.""The solution is a bit expensive.""This solution could be improved by integration with Sandbox.""The pricing could always be better.""There is still room for improvement in terms of integrations with other Cisco tools and non-Cisco tools. There is also some room for improvement needed in terms of the reporting.""From a technical point of view, Cisco is far behind in terms of cybersecurity, and it has to improve very much."

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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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  • "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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  • "The feedback from vendors and customer is that it is expensive."
  • "Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox does not have any competition with Sophos, Trend Micro, or other vendors of the world. However, there is a pricing premium for the solution. One has to look at it from that angle that while they are buying Cisco, there will be a premium, and Cisco justifies that premium value. That's why they're charging a high price."
  • "It is expensive compared to other vendors."
  • "The solution’s pricing is manageable."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:Secure Email Threat Defense's scalability is good.
    Top Answer:The tool gives false positives and it needs to be more accurate. I would like to see AI as a new feature.
    Also Known As
    MS Defender for Office 365
    Barracuda Essentials
    Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox, Cisco CMD, Cisco Cloud Mailbox Defense
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    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.

    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.

    Secure Email Threat Defense is designed to provide comprehensive protection against email-based threats. With the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks, it is crucial for organizations to have a robust solution in place to safeguard their email communications.

    The product offers advanced threat detection capabilities, leveraging machine learning algorithms and real-time analysis to identify and block malicious emails. It scans incoming and outgoing emails for suspicious attachments, links, and content, ensuring that only safe and legitimate emails reach the users' inbox.

    To combat phishing attacks, our solution employs advanced anti-phishing techniques, including URL reputation analysis and email header analysis. It proactively detects and blocks phishing emails, preventing users from falling victim to fraudulent schemes and protecting sensitive information.

    The Secure Email Threat Defense also includes robust anti-malware and anti-spam features. It scans email attachments for malware and viruses, preventing them from infiltrating the organization's network. Additionally, it filters out spam emails, reducing the clutter in users' inboxes and improving productivity.

    Administrators have full visibility and control over email security. They can set up customizable policies to enforce security measures, such as blocking specific file types or restricting email access from certain domains. Detailed reports and analytics provide insights into email threats and help in fine-tuning the security settings.

    Sample Customers
    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
    ACT Government, Acumen Group, AGIP, Delta Dental Plans Association, Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc., Equinox Information Systems
    Luiss University, Lone Star College, T-Systems, Magyar Telekom
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Construction Company29%
    Security Firm29%
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Educational Organization14%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Transportation Company14%
    Construction Company14%
    Computer Software Company34%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise8%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Barracuda Email Protection vs. Secure Email Threat Defense
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda Email Protection vs. Secure Email Threat Defense and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    Barracuda Email Protection is ranked 16th in Email Security with 9 reviews while Secure Email Threat Defense is ranked 17th in Email Security with 6 reviews. Barracuda Email Protection is rated 8.8, while Secure Email Threat Defense is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Barracuda Email Protection writes "The solution offers excellent support to help you secure emails within your environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Secure Email Threat Defense writes "Mature and easy to set up with good security". Barracuda Email Protection is most compared with TitanHQ SpamTitan, Check Point Harmony Email & Collaboration, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Google Vault and Abnormal Security, whereas Secure Email Threat Defense is most compared with Cisco Secure Email, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Kiteworks, Armorblox and Abnormal Security. See our Barracuda Email Protection vs. Secure Email Threat Defense report.

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