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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Forcepoint Email Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""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.""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.""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.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""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.""The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering."

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"The solution can be monitored on a single dashboard with actionable insights and reporting.""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.""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.""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.""This product integrates well and is easy to manage."

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"It is good at data leakage prevention (DLP). You can create the data exfiltration profile while sending the emails, which is one of the key advantages of the solution.""This is a reasonably stable solution.""The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features.""The filtering of the solution is very good. You can do URL filtering and, while you need a custom URL to filter under other solutions like Symantec, here the solution covers most categories and the database.""The Forcepoint Email Security roadmap easily integrates with the data loss prevention (DLP) suite of Forcepoint. Therefore, the customer doesn't have to buy another solution for DLP."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""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.""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 reporting functionality needs to be improved."

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"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.""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 would be useful to have more logs and in aggregate mode, perhaps through a specific report, that can be more easily used for troubleshooting.""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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"Technical support is lacking. It could be a lot better.""It's quite difficult to learn this solution, it's not an entry level product. If you are a skilled user you will think it's a very useful tool, but if you are not a skilled user, you'll think it is very difficult to learn.""We've fixed a couple of issues on the solution so far. It doesn't work perfectly all the time.""Forcepoint is the best for DLP, but it is not better than other solutions in terms of phishing emails or threat protections on the email. It has less visibility over there. They might need to enhance these components because other solutions, such as Cisco Email Security and IronPort, have more advanced features. Forcepoint should focus more on threats and spam. They have a small database for spam. They must increase their solution's capability from this perspective.""It would be better if it were simpler to deploy on one or two machines instead of three or four machines."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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."
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  • "The licensing is user base (per user). The product is purchased mostly by medium to large companies. For smaller companies, we have other solutions because the pricing is not cheap."
  • "There are three types of support licenses."
  • "When compared to other email security solutions, the price is not cheap."
  • "Its licensing is quite easy and straightforward. They have two or three suites, and the price is negotiable. It depends upon the size of the deal. They have multiple licenses. The standard is one, and then there are additional licenses that you can go for. There are three or four licensing models. You have the network suite, endpoint suite, email security, and the standard one."
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    Questions from the Community
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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… 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… more »
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    Determining areas for improvement is not a question that can be answered simply. I think we should separate the antispam… more »
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    Like any company, we needed an antispam product so we implemented this solution. Buying this blade was convenient from… more »
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    The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features.
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    The solution is quite expensive. We pay on a yearly basis. I can't, however, speak to the exact costs. I don't have that… more »
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    While improvement is always possible, I can't speak to exact features that need to be added. Technical support is… 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.

    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.

    Forcepoint Email Security gives you the security you need by protecting you against multi-stage advanced threats that often exploit email to penetrate your IT environment. It applies real-time behavioral sandboxing, enterprise-grade DLP and other advanced defense technologies to identify targeted attacks, high-risk users and insider threats. Forcepoint Email Security monitors outbound email to prevent leaks of sensitive information, and it empowers your workers — in the office or on the road — to safely adopt technologies like Microsoft Office 365.

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)
    Alphawest, Amadori, AudioNova, Betsson, Confartigianato Vicenza, Davies Turner, iGATE, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landa Digital Printing, Northern California Bank, Scavolini, Toyota
    Top Industries
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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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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Media Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise41%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Forcepoint Email Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,780 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 15th in Email Security with 5 reviews while Forcepoint Email Security is ranked 11th in Email Security with 5 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 6.4, while Forcepoint Email Security is rated 7.2. 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 Forcepoint Email Security writes "Provides visibility into what's going on and reduces spam, but there should be more focus on threats, spam, and support". 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 Forcepoint Email Security is most compared with Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, Symantec Messaging Gateway and Trend Micro Email Security. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Forcepoint Email Security report.

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