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"The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""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.""It has an intuitive, clear graphical interface where you can deploy your policies and understand the overall flow. There are a lot of things that you cannot handle on the graphic interface, like message filters. For this, you need to go to a lower level where you have more power, like command line interface. So, this solution has the best of both worlds. There are not a lot of bells and whistles. It is more practical with access to most features that you can configure.""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 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 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."

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"Fortinet FortiMail is easy to use and the detection rate is very good. You can customize content filters and profiles are done easily. Additionally, there is a sandbox integration feature that is good.""Fortinet FortiMail's most valuable features are its performance and security.""The deployment is simple and once up and running it is easy to manage.""I am satisfied with both the scalability and the stability of this solution.""The integration with FortiSandbox is good, and something that we utilize often.""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 number of false positives is minimal."

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Cons
"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.""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 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.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""The Forged Email Detection feature needs improvement, particularly with domain. The sensors are not that good and the rules sets are unclear.""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.""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."

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"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.""The support could be faster because we've been receiving complaints from customers, they say that when they raise a ticket, it doesn't take 24 hours to respond, sometimes the support responds after three days. This is a lot of time.""The statistics and BI in general could be improved.""It can be easier to configure or connect to the cloud to report on the attachments.""It is not easy to install.""High Availability needs improvement.""My customers frequently ask to have detailed documentation for FortiMail and FortiWeb as they have in FortiGate. What they currently have is not enough."

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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 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."
  • "The pricing is good."
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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:Compared to other similar products, this is an expensive solution.
    Top Answer:They need to improve the malware in the product. I am not satisfied with Clearswift because of the lack of customer… more »
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiMail's most valuable features are its performance and security.
    Top Answer:It could continue to improve the user experience. It is not easy to install.
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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.

    Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway (SEG) offers cyber-attack protection and outbound data loss prevention for secure email collaboration. With its legacy in the MIMEsweeper for SMTP technology, the Clearswift SEG incorporates the latest in inbound threat protection (Sophos and/or Kaspersky AV), a multi-layer spam defence mechanism, multiple encryption options, deep content inspection control on size and types of attachments and Adaptive Redaction features.

    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
    Volusion County Schools
    Magromer Cueros y Pieles S.A.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government15%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Email Security
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Proofpoint, Cisco, Microsoft and others in Email Security. Updated: June 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is ranked 25th in Email Security with 1 review while Fortinet FortiMail is ranked 5th in Email Security with 16 reviews. Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiMail is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway writes "Stable, but malware needs improvement and customer support is poor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail writes "The GUI is easy to use, setup is simple, and support is responsive". Clearswift SECURE Email Gateway is most compared with Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Forcepoint Email Security, whereas Fortinet FortiMail is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection and Proofpoint Email Protection.

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