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We performed a comparison between Barracuda Email Protection and Sophos Email 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.
To learn more, read our detailed Barracuda Email Protection vs. Sophos Email Report (Updated: January 2024).
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Pros
"It also gives the vulnerability status according to the versions you have selected. Let's say you have Google Chrome. It mentions the versions it has, and it updates. Within two hours of an update, it is reflected in the dashboard. That's really nice to have.""Defender for Office 365 has helped eliminate having to look at multiple dashboards and that is the aspect I like most about it. It is simpler, effective, and convenient. The users like the process efficiency.""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.""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 product's scalability is good.""The two main features that prove most beneficial for us are URL scanning and attachment scanning.""I like its investigation capabilities, as that is what is most important to me. It is fairly simple with a user-friendly interface.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365's most valuable features are safe attachments and safe links."

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"The best feature of Barracuda Email Protection is that it provides protection for Microsoft 365.""Barracuda email protection is stable. I would give it a nine because of its strong cybersecurity features.""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.""The most valuable features are security and ease of use.""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.""The most valuable features of Barracuda Email Protection are flexibility and customization.""The solution is straightforward to set up."

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"The most significant aspect is the response filtering concerning attachments and links.""It is a stable solution...It is a scalable solution.""The anti-malware, risk scanning has been pretty spot on.""It's easy to use and the configuration is straightforward.""Good VIP protection, time of click protection and the Sandstorm feature.""The most valuable feature of Sophos Email is the sandbox. We're able to scan the file, isolate it, and look at it before it is delivered. It is highly effective.""I have found Sophos Email to be scalable.""Sophos Email offers encryption and malware protection, provides visibility into emails, has 99% accuracy in catching spam, enhances organizational safety, integrates with various vendors like Microsoft, is deployable with any email service, prevents data loss, features authentication rules, synchronizes with Active Directory and Azure, and includes a self-service portal. The product is very flexible."

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Cons
"There is room for improvement with the UI.""The GUI is sometimes slow to fetch the device report and could be improved.""The UI needs to be more user-friendly.""The pre-sales cost calculations could be more transparent.""Microsoft security solutions work as expected. They are constantly updating the solutions to make them better. At the same time, the changes can impact a customer's environment, and we need to adjust settings. Sometimes we aren't aware of the changes, and nothing is pushed from the backend automatically.""Configuration requires going to a lot of places rather than just accessing one tab.""You should be able to deploy Defender for every subscription without the need to add servers.""Too many false positives and lacks an accurate capability to detect malicious SharePoint sites."

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"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.""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.""They could simplify the licensing and the pricing.""The solution's reporting mechanism is a little poor and could be improved.""There is room for improvement, particularly in reaching out to technical support during deployment.""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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"There have been some issues with compatibility and effectiveness, particularly when integrating it with our firewall. The main challenge has been email protection, especially due to compatibility issues and difficulties with log access and email relay configuration.""The solution's technical support is slow and unresponsive. You need to book time in order to get support.""Sophos Email can improve mail security.""The main drawback is regarding the technical support.""Servicing and support are areas with shortcomings where the solution needs to improve.""Their technical support is slow to respond.""Sophos Email could better detect fake emails, especially when the domain names are similar. It needs to improve spotting spoofed domains, like when one letter differs in a domain name. It also needs to incorporate AI detection. Barracuda detects suspicious emails better. However, malware scanning is better in Sophos Email.""The installation of Sophos Email could be easier. It's a bit difficult because setting up the email virtually requires some bit of technical knowledge."

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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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  • "There is an additional fee for their central managed console."
  • "Licensing is paid on a yearly basis."
  • "Most of our clients are on a perpetual license. If there is a budget issue, they can choose a subscription. However, most of the clients choose the perpetual license."
  • "The pricing could improve by having additional discounts. For example, when customers buy have more than 50 or more users, there should be additional discounts."
  • "I rate the price of Sophos Email a four out of five."
  • "It is an expensive solution. On a scale of one to ten, where one is low price, and ten is high price, I rate the pricing a seven."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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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:I cannot guarantee any email by its name. It can be spam. Sophos Email helps to double-check whether an email is spam or… more »
    Top Answer:The product could include all the essential features and capabilities, similar to the on-premise, server-based version.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    MS Defender for Office 365
    Barracuda Essentials
    Sophos Email Security
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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.

    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.

    Sophos Email is a comprehensive email security solution designed to protect organizations from advanced threats and data loss. It offers robust protection against malware, phishing attacks, and spam, ensuring that only legitimate emails reach users' inboxes. 

    With advanced threat intelligence and machine learning algorithms, it can detect and block sophisticated attacks in real-time. Additionally, it provides encryption and data loss prevention capabilities to safeguard sensitive information. 

    The solution is easy to deploy and manage, with a user-friendly interface and centralized control. Sophos Email offers seamless integration with popular email platforms, ensuring uninterrupted communication while maintaining security. 

    With its comprehensive features and proactive approach, Sophos Email is a reliable choice for organizations looking to enhance their email security.

    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
    Del Monte Foods, Terra Verde, spicerhaart, RIVERLITE, Dataprise, SureBridge, Reed's School, Sayfol International School
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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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%
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    Retailer30%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Security Firm10%
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government7%
    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 Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise8%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business77%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise18%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Buyer's Guide
    Barracuda Email Protection vs. Sophos Email
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda Email Protection vs. Sophos Email and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    Barracuda Email Protection is ranked 16th in Email Security with 9 reviews while Sophos Email is ranked 9th in Email Security with 17 reviews. Barracuda Email Protection is rated 8.8, while Sophos Email is rated 8.0. 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 Sophos Email writes "Ensures that there is maximum security enabled for our communication processes". Barracuda Email Protection is most compared with TitanHQ SpamTitan, Check Point Harmony Email & Collaboration, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and Google Vault, whereas Sophos Email is most compared with Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, Barracuda Email Security Gateway and Hornetsecurity 365 Total Protection. See our Barracuda Email Protection vs. Sophos Email report.

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