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We performed a comparison between Barracuda Email Security Gateway and Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade 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.

633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The filtering is definitely better at catching both spam and malicious messages, and there's a lot of extremely granular ability for setting up rules. You can do it the way you want to. The Microsoft solution tends to be pretty limited in how it allows some of that to be done.""It is doing its work. It is doing what it was actually designed to do. It has ensured we don't have business email compromises, and it has also ensured that our brand Galaxy is unique all year round.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.""Cisco Secure Email Cloud Gateway has allowed our users to be able to concentrate on the emails that they do receive. Previously, our users had to deal with nine million additional emails across the organization, which is nearly 1,000 emails per user to have to deal with a month. That's a massive amount for our staff to deal with and probably several hours of their time. We have a lot of clinical staff, being a hospital. We want to make our staff as productive as possible. By removing a lot of that spam and phishing type emails, this allows them to do their job.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""The added value of it is that every migration to a new version is initiated by the Cisco version itself, so that is a bunch of work that you don't have to do on the Cisco ESA system on-premise. As it becomes a safe platform, you don't need to invest anything in your own data center or in your upgrade path."

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"The product safeguards user mail for gateway defense, data protection, business continuity, AI-based inbox defense, and automated threat detection and incident response.""The solution's anti-spam features are its most valuable aspect.""The most valuable feature of Barracuda Email Security Gateway is that it blocks almost 99 percent of threats from users' email inboxes.""There are plenty of features, such as sandboxing capabilities with zero threat protection. It has all the leading email security appliances compared to other solutions.""The client has the option to blacklist or whitelist any email address or domain based on the sender and recipient filters. If they want, they can restrict any IP addresses so email won't be received from those IP addresses.""The anti-spamming, anti-fishing features are great.""I like Barracuda's cloud sandbox feature.""This product is powerful and quite simple to use."

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"A scalable, stable solution with good technical support.""It's a fairly old solution, however, that has been updated over time to become one of the best manufacturers of security solutions.""It helped us to achieve process compliance with over 90% effectiveness.""Due to its technology, monitoring, and manufacturer features, we have been able to reduce the intrusion of spam and other threats that can be uploaded via email.""This solution helped us lock down and have our infrastructure easier to manage.""This product integrates well and is easy to manage.""With Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security, we have been able to increase our security in the company.""It does a better job of recognizing spammers."

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Cons
"They can do it better with web links, with the URLs. They have a technology called Outbreak but it doesn't work as well as we would like.""We have Microsoft and we have the E5 licenses, they have more EDR responses on certain emails. That's something that Cisco ESA on the cloud doesn't have. They don't do anything about MITRE attacks. They only detect if there is a malicious email or a threat and they remove it.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""The Forged Email Detection feature needs improvement, particularly with domain. The sensors are not that good and the rules sets are unclear.""I use the search all the time. Sometimes, it is hard to search for things and things are hard to find. People come to me all the time, saying, "This email didn't get through." Then, I go searching and don't find it on the first search. You have to think about alternative searches. I don't know if there is an easier way that they could help to find things. I don't know how they could simplify it, because now everybody else is using the cloud and everything is coming from Office 365, or whatever. It is just not the same environment from years ago where everybody had their own server and you could search easier.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""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 issue on our side or if these features of the solution are not working very well.""The interface is dated. It has looked pretty much the same for 15 years or so. It would be helpful to be able to do everything from one spot. The centralized quarantine and reporting are completely separate from policy administration."

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"This product can always be made more secure.""I am not aware of the licensing costs.""Solution requires regular checking to ensure it's 'keeping up' with spam.""There are some times when legit emails are trapped on Barracuda and we are unable to get that information unless we actually log on to the network to find out.""The DMARC security is somewhat weak and could be strengthened.""The solution could improve by adding DomainKeys (DKIM) functionality. This is something that is essentially required nowadays for outbound security. They do not have it on their on-premise solution appliance but they have alternate arrangements for their cloud solution.""Barracuda has shown difficulty in providing us with the solutions we sought.""The scalability needs improvement, it's the only feature that is required."

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"It would be useful to have more logs and in aggregate mode, perhaps through a specific report, that can be more easily used for troubleshooting.""There could be an extension of the trial period to 60 days.""I would like this solution to be more integrated into other applications that Check Point has so that it could be managed quickly and safely from the Infinity Portal.""It would be useful to have more logs and in aggregate mode, perhaps through a specific report, that can be more easily used for troubleshooting.""The cost is high when putting through Check Point Blade in your Gateway.""The pattern used to filter emails could be improved""In my book, more and more customized integrations could be made available so that different kinds of mail servers and cloud servers can be internally integrated for real-time system flow and security enablement.""It is expensive but worth it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "At times, we feel the pricing is a bit too high, but then, there is also room for discounts. We enjoy a lot of discounts, and that is why we are still with them. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "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."
  • "It is a super big router that costs a few hundred thousand dollars."
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  • "The licensing fees are part of a bundled support package that we pay for."
  • "We pay between $8 and $10 USD per user per month."
  • "The licensing cost is competitive, it's not too high and not too low."
  • "The solution requires a license and we pay annually."
  • "It is a cost-effective and relatively cheap solution as compared to others. Our customers have a yearly subscription. We do have a few customers with monthly subscriptions, but they have cloud-based Email protection, which is a different type of solution. Both solutions are very good."
  • "We paid for an annual license."
  • "There is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "We are using the trial version right now, and before purchasing the license, we need to solve some of the issues that we are facing. We need a proper solution for our email, and then we will look into pricing. We have a vendor for licensing."
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  • "The cost is competitive with other security products on the market."
  • "This is a simple system with a very low cost and basic functions, which surely is ideal for a small company."
  • "Reasonably priced solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has an intuitive, clear graphical interface where you can deploy your policies and understand the overall flow. There… more »
    Top Answer:It is a super big router that costs a few hundred thousand dollars.
    Top Answer:You can consolidate on SMA if you want to spam or threats quarantined for multiple devices. It is not advisable for a… more »
    Top Answer:We have found some of the valuable features to be how easy the solution is to configure, the graphic support, and the… more »
    Top Answer:There are limited administration controls that should be improved. Additionally, the reports available currently are not… more »
    Top Answer:Determining areas for improvement is not a question that can be answered simply. I think we should separate the antispam… more »
    Top Answer:Like any company, we needed an antispam product so we implemented this solution. Buying this blade was convenient from… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
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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.

    Barracuda Email Security Gateway is a robust security solution that allows users to protect themselves from external threats as well as from potential data leaks. It can be managed and monitored from a centralized location. Users can efficiently and easily keep track of every aspect of their security suite all at one time. Customized protections can also be set up in a matter of minutes.

    Benefits of Barracuda Email Security Gateway

    Some of the benefits of using Barracuda Email Security Gateway include:

    • Provides users with a comprehensive and robust suite of security features. Barracuda Email Security Gateway employs a suite of security features to keep users safe. It has an email filter that scans outgoing emails to keep sensitive data from being sent to the wrong parties. Additionally, its software allows users to keep an eye on potential threats in real time. Users can stay ahead of malicious actors and preserve the integrity of their systems.
    • Designed for easy deployment. Barracuda Email Security Gateway makes it easy for users to secure themselves. The solution comes pre-configured for quick rollout and use. Users can benefit from it fully without devoting a significant level of resources to deployment.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Barracuda Email Security Gateway is an email security tool that stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the high level of flexibility that it gives to users and the solution’s powerful filtering feature. Barracuda Email Security Gateway offers users the ability to enact customizations that enable them to align the solution with their specific needs. It is highly flexible and allows for the completion of many different tasks. Additionally, it employs a powerful spam filter feature that gives users the ability to stop a large percentage of the threats to their devices before they get anywhere near their machines.

    Mohammed N., the assistant general manager at CoLoCity Data Center, writes, “There are many customizable options:

    • Attachment filtering, where we are filtering attachments according to our requirements.
    • IT-based configurations, where we allow domains. We are blacklisting domains that we do not want to pass through.
    • Rate Control feature, where we have the user license for 10,000 incoming and outgoing emails. Therefore, 10,000 users can use this device.

    The client has the option to blacklist or whitelist any email address or domain based on the sender and recipient filters. If they want, they can restrict any IP addresses so email won't be received from those IP addresses. Another interesting feature of Barracuda Email Security is the content filtering. If there is any word or sentence that we or our customers want to block, then we can add that thing in Barracuda Email Security Gateway. The content contained in the email will not be delivered or received by the recipient. Maximum customization options are available.”

    Igor G., the information security officer and data protection officer at a manufacturing company, writes, “The spam filtering feature, in particular, is very important for us. We have a large volume of emails each month, something like 200,000, and Barracuda filters about 85 percent of the spam, malware, and phishing that comes in. It prevents our users from receiving this content on their computers.”

    Check Point Anti-Spam & Email Security provides comprehensive protection for messaging infrastructure. A multidimensional approach protects email infrastructure, provides highly accurate anti-spam coverage and defends organizations from a wide variety of virus and malware threats delivered within email.

    Learn more about Anti spam email security.

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Evolution Recruitment Solutions, Evans Delivery Company, Osoyoos Credit Union, Synovis Life Technologies, Camden County Technical Schools, DEK, Evans Delivery Company, Colgate Rochester Crozer, Hemmera, South Carolina Heart Center, Ferma Corporation, Major League Baseball (MLB), Healy Brothers Automotive Group
    SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)
    Top Industries
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    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Construction Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Media Company14%
    Maritime Company14%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Security Firm13%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise24%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Buyer's Guide
    Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    Barracuda Email Security Gateway is ranked 9th in Email Security with 21 reviews while Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 18th in Email Security with 11 reviews. Barracuda Email Security Gateway is rated 7.6, while Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Barracuda Email Security Gateway writes "Instantly blocked and reduced our spam emails ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade writes "Good logging, monitoring, and blocking capabilities". Barracuda Email Security Gateway is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Fortinet FortiMail, Trend Micro Email Security, Proofpoint Email Protection and Fortinet FortiMail Cloud, whereas Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Sophos Email, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection and IceWarp. See our Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade report.

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