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"This product integrates well and is easy to manage.""A scalable, stable solution with good technical support.""Using Check Point has helped us to safeguard our environment and help to protect against spam, as well as other types of attacks against our network.""The solution can be monitored on a single dashboard with actionable insights and reporting.""I like the flexible configuration set, e.g. both the content-based and the IP reputation anti-spam are supported, but you may choose to disable the mechanism you don't like.""It is certainly very beneficial for a small business and works best in combination with other Check Point blades, such as the Data Protection Blade that protects against data loss via email."

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"The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""The solution is very configurable. It has enabled us to configure some specific filters to stop emails that general configurations didn't stop. It's a powerful solution. It can analyze a lot of emails simultaneously, with no problems of capacity or system load.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""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.""It has the ability to tell us, after an email has been delivered, where else it went, once it got inside. Maybe it's something we wanted it to stop and it didn't stop it, but it notified us later that it was something that it should have stopped. It can give us a trajectory of all the other places that it went internally and it can tell us what files were transferred as well.""It does a great job of preventing spam, malware, and ransomware. I can only go by what people have told me and what I've seen, but I have not seen spam in a year and a half to two years in my own company mailbox. And there are not a lot of catches where it's catching something that should have gotten through, either."

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Cons
"The user should be able to perform a real-time search of the objects and see the messages.""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 pattern used to filter emails could be improved""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.""I think that the pricing for the Check Point products should be reconsidered, as we found it to be quite expensive to purchase and to maintain.""It does not provide for standalone configuration on the security gateway. Instead, you need to have a management server/smart console for managing it."

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"The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""I would like more functionality and how to use it for Level 2 type staff. The biggest issue is it needs to be easier to use and navigate.""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 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.""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.""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.""The area of license renewal should be improved. We normally renew our license every year. There is a feature called smart licensing, and I switched from the legacy mode to the smart licensing mode because of what I thought smart licensing does. I thought it would make licensing renewal seamless and very swift, but ever since I've switched to smart licensing, each time I want to renew my license, it is a whole lot of headache. The process is not smooth, and I had to keep calling Cisco TAC to see how the issue can be resolved. At one point, I wanted to revert back to the legacy mode, but I can't revert. Once you switch from the legacy mode to the smart licensing mode, you can't revert. They should improve on the visibility of the smart licensing mode so that it can indeed be smart and easier to use for the license renewal every year. That is one challenge."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Choosing the correct set of licenses is essential because, without the additional software blade licenses, the Check Point gateways are just a stateful firewall."
  • "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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  • "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."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Determining areas for improvement is not a question that can be answered simply. I think we should separate the antispam engine into two parts; the first that breaks down mass spam, and the second for… more »
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    Like any company, we needed an antispam product so we implemented this solution. Buying this blade was convenient from an economic point of view and we took advantage of it to have a product that is… more »
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    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… more »
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    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… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
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    Overview

    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.

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    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.

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    Sample Customers
    SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Cisco Secure Email and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 15th in Email Security with 6 reviews while Cisco Secure Email is ranked 1st in Email Security with 11 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 6.6, while Cisco Secure Email is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade writes "Good message encryption and validation features, but the console should be more user-friendly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Secure Email writes "Stops the vast majority of email from getting in, across our multiple email domains". Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection and IceWarp, whereas Cisco Secure Email is most compared with FireEye Email Security, Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox and Microsoft Exchange Online Protection. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Cisco Secure Email report.

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