Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs Secure Email Threat Defense comparison

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We performed a comparison between Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade and Secure Email Threat Defense 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.
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Pros
"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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"This solution helped us lock down and have our infrastructure easier to manage.""It does a better job of recognizing spammers.""Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade provides an extra level of security against threats and malware along with 2FA support for multiple platform collaboration and integrations in a single click.""It's a fairly old solution, however, that has been updated over time to become one of the best manufacturers of security solutions.""A scalable, stable solution with good technical support.""Check Point Anti-Spam & Email Security software is a modern-day solution for security management and data scrutiny.""It is easy to install, and the deployment is super easy as well.""The functionality is better."

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"I would say it's very comprehensive, with multiple antivirus OEMs, virus encrypt features, encryption, and more.""The ability to see east-west traffic is its most valuable feature. Traditionally, email defense focuses on north-south, inbound-outbound, egress-ingress traffic. With Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox, it's able to quickly identify, track, tag, and categorize emails that are internal. That can typically give us visibility into if there's an internal compromised account (for example). Someone can then use that internal compromised account to email additional accounts with either malicious software or links, but internal within that Office tenant. Effectively, that email message never leaves the tenant. Any of the mail gateways really do not have any method or way of seeing this traffic since it's not leaving the environment.""It's very easy to deploy and configure.""The features and functionalities are much better than Microsoft's in-built Defender plan.""Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox can handle a complete portfolio, which is required to protect any kind of attack coming from emails. However, it does not have advanced phishing, but it is available through Cisco. If you compare Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox with the competition, in the competition you have to have one or two solutions together to address the customer's requirement, whereas Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox is addressing everything, such as web domain and email protection. If there is any kind of challenge it will come across through email.""This solution is easy to use."

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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.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""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.""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 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.""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.""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.""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."

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"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.""The high-end protection of email servers from any advanced foreign agents and malware is not 100% there currently.""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 dependency on the version of management and gateway that you have can make your console look a bit outdated.""A major area for improvement is within some of the heavily discounted software blade add-ons on top of the current Next Generation Threat Prevention and SandBlast and Next Generation Threat Prevention offerings.""There's definitely room for improvement when it comes to adapting to different languages in one environment.""One thing which annoys me with the Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is its customer support portal which still lags in service even after so many developments.""There could be an extension of the trial period to 60 days."

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"Customers will benefit greatly from monthly billing because the majority of customers today use the cloud, be it Office 365, or Google Cloud.""There is still room for improvement in terms of integrations with other Cisco tools and non-Cisco tools. There is also some room for improvement needed in terms of the reporting.""Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox can improve by adding advanced phishing, then the solution would become the best in the market. However, this could increase the price even more. Additionally, if CES with domain protection could be added it would be an even better solution.""This solution could be improved by integration with Sandbox.""The pricing could always be better.""The solution is a bit expensive."

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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 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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  • "The feedback from vendors and customer is that it is expensive."
  • "Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox does not have any competition with Sophos, Trend Micro, or other vendors of the world. However, there is a pricing premium for the solution. One has to look at it from that angle that while they are buying Cisco, there will be a premium, and Cisco justifies that premium value. That's why they're charging a high price."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:On ease of use, it rates very high. It's something that I was able to get into without really looking at any… more »
    Top Answer:Currently, Cisco Cloud Mailbox meets all of our requirements. If I had to say something, maybe they could have a more… more »
    Top Answer:It can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. We have two options if it is in the cloud, a private cloud or a… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox, Cisco CMD, Cisco Cloud Mailbox Defense
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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.

    Cisco Secure Email Threat Defense provides the most comprehensive protection against damaging and costly email threats that compromise your organization’s brand and operations. Its advanced threat detection capabilities uncover known, emerging and targeted threats. Expand the scope of your defenses to identify malicious techniques, gain context for specific business risks, detect dangerous threats, and rapidly search for and remediate threats across security controls.
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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    SF Police Credit Union (SFPCU)
    Luiss University, Lone Star College, T-Systems, Magyar Telekom
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Financial Services Firm33%
    Media Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Maritime Company11%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Security Firm14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Secure Email Threat Defense
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Secure Email Threat Defense and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,757 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is ranked 12th in Email Security with 18 reviews while Secure Email Threat Defense is ranked 13th in Email Security with 7 reviews. Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is rated 7.8, while Secure Email Threat Defense is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade writes "Cost efficient with good security and great accuracy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Secure Email Threat Defense writes "Can quickly identify, track, tag, and categorize internal emails. Reporting accessibly via the main dashboard would be a great addition". Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail, Sophos Email, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, whereas Secure Email Threat Defense is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Proofpoint Email Protection, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection and Armorblox. See our Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade vs. Secure Email Threat Defense report.

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