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Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Fortinet FortiMail 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 most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""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.""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.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""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.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks."

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"This product integrates well and is easy to manage.""A scalable, stable solution with good technical support.""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.""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.""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."

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"Fortinet FortiMail's most valuable features are antispam, antivirus, database, and data loss prevention (DLP).""When combining this solution with other Fortinet products, such as FortiGate, it integrates well and provides a comprehensive protection package.""The most valuable features are the endpoint defense features, it is very secure.""The number of false positives is minimal.""The GUI isn't hard to use. When we do a demo and explain the features of Fortinet products to our customers, they understand very quickly. They can easily manage their systems without us.""I am satisfied with both the scalability and the stability of this solution.""The solution can scale.""Troubleshooting is very simple because you can see where the email was not delivered and why it would be considered as spam."

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Cons
"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.""Typically, in a phishing email, they try to use a name everybody's going to recognize, like the CEO's name or the CFO's name... With this appliance, the way it's designed at the moment, for us to really stop that with any level of confidence, we have to build a dictionary of all the names of the people we want it to check, and all the ways they could be spelled. My name would be in there as Phillip Collins, Phillip D. Collins, Phillip Dean Collins, Phil Collins, Phil D. Collins. There could be eight or 10 variations of my name that we'd have to put in the dictionary. There's no artificial intelligence to say "Phil Collins" could be all these other things, and to stop phishing from coming through in that way.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved.""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.""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 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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"It does not provide for standalone configuration on the security gateway. Instead, you need to have a management server/smart console for managing it.""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 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 user should be able to perform a real-time search of the objects and see the messages.""The pattern used to filter emails could be improved""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."

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"I have little to say about possible improvements, but the configuration for content blocking could be better. So, for example, if the email includes the line "You have a Bitcoin", I would like it to be easier to block it before it enters an inbox. Fortinet could maybe offer better or simpler help on how to do this properly.""The statistics and BI in general could be improved.""Maybe FortiMail's integration could be better.""Sometimes it takes a little bit too long to determine if an email is good or not. If they could shorten that time span, it'd be so much better. It does delay our email, which does not make users happy. That said, I would have to say we have not been blacklisted for quite a while now.""High Availability needs improvement.""The solution is user-friendly to a degree but the dashboard needs improvement.""The solution could improve by making the UI more user-friendly and increasing spam and threat detection capabilities.""I think the security of the product could improve."

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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."
  • "Reasonably priced solution."
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  • "If you don't need the full bundle that includes everything, you have options for the small or medium enterprise environments."
  • "The price is acceptable for the support license it includes."
  • "9,000 Euro per annum for Fortinet Mail and sandbox."
  • "It's not as that expensive with the competitive different brands. The products sell a lot."
  • "In terms of licensing, we are using a virtual machine license for the single virtual server which it runs on. Doing it this way enables us to cut costs by only licensing FortiMail for our exact use case. If you need to expand in future, you can later buy extra licenses per virtual machine."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and it is on an annual basis. I am satisfied with the price."
  • "The fees for Fortinet FortiMail can be complicated. However, overall the pricing is fair."
  • "There is either an annual or six-month charge to use this solution. Fortinet FortiMail is cheaper than Proofpoint or Cisco Security, or other email security appliances."
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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 integration with FortiSandbox is good, and something that we utilize often.
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    The pricing is good. Licensing fees are paid yearly. There are no additional costs.
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    High Availability needs improvement. It doesn't have good HA. It has a lot of flexibility and customizations, but it's a… more »
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    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.

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    FortiMail appliances and virtual appliances are proven, powerful email security platforms for any size organization — from small businesses to carriers, service providers, and large enterprises. Purpose-built for the most demanding messaging systems, FortiMail appliances employ Fortinet’s years of experience in protecting networks against spam, malware, and other message-borne threats.

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)
    Magromer Cueros y Pieles S.A.
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    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Healthcare Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Media Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Maritime Company14%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company3%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Large Enterprise63%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Fortinet FortiMail and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    566,121 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 15th in Email Security with 6 reviews while Fortinet FortiMail is ranked 3rd in Email Security with 13 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 6.6, while Fortinet FortiMail is rated 8.6. 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 Fortinet FortiMail writes "User-friendly, multi-platform, easy to setup and troubleshoot". Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection and IceWarp, whereas Fortinet FortiMail is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud, Proofpoint Email Protection and IceWarp. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Fortinet FortiMail report.

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