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"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 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.""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.""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."

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"We can control this solution from the cloud and are able to access it from wherever we are.""The product helps reduce the number of malicious emails reaching the user's inbox.""The auto-remediation feature is valuable.""FireEye is good for malware depicting and security.""What I find most valuable with the solution is that it can integrate with cloud solutions, such as Google and Microsoft. Additionally, the solution is easy to use."

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"FortiMail is extremely flexible and very easy to learn. Compared to other email security products that we've tried, it is mainly the ease of configuration that makes FortiMail valuable to us.""Troubleshooting is very simple because you can see where the email was not delivered and why it would be considered as spam.""The deployment is simple and once up and running it is easy to manage.""The number of false positives is minimal.""The integration with FortiSandbox is good, and something that we utilize often.""When combining this solution with other Fortinet products, such as FortiGate, it integrates well and provides a comprehensive protection package.""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.""The solution can scale."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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 reporting functionality needs to be improved.""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."

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"The solution needs better support.""If they want to be the primary or best solution, they need to have better email management features.""The spam detection feature could be better.""I would like the solution to be able to automatically quarantine the malicious emails before getting to the user's mailbox and continue with regular email operations. This could result in the user clicking the email before the purge operation is completed.""The custom tailoring is limited."

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"I don't know if it is possible, but I would like to see Artificial Intelligence and machine learning introduced.""Fortinet FortiMail could improve general user management. There are no password policies for users.""My customers frequently ask to have detailed documentation for FortiMail and FortiWeb as they have in FortiGate. What they currently have is not enough.""The infrastructure could be improved.""The solution could improve by making the UI more user-friendly and increasing spam and threat detection capabilities.""Maybe FortiMail's integration could be better.""An additional feature that could be added is a pop-up screen notifying you that an email has been blocked, without having to double click on it to take you there it could provide you with a summary explaining why it was on hold or why was it spam when you hover over it with your cursor.""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."

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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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  • "The solution requires a license to be purchased for every user."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis."
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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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    FireEye is good for malware depicting and security.
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    If they want to be as primary or best solution, they need to have better email management features. SMTP handling is… more »
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    I used the solution as a secondary security assessment gateway.
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    Fortinet FortiMail is easy to use and the detection rate is very good. You can customize content filters and profiles… more »
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    There is either an annual or six-month charge to use this solution. Fortinet FortiMail is cheaper than Proofpoint or… more »
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    My customers frequently ask to have detailed documentation for FortiMail and FortiWeb as they have in FortiGate. What… 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.

    FireEye Email Security delivers dynamic defense to detect attacks from the very first time they're seen and blocks the most dangerous cyber threats including malware-laden attachments and URLs, credential phishing sites and business email compromise attacks. Email-borne cyber attacks are targeted, automated and hidden amongst millions of messages, easily morphing before signatures can be created.

    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
    Northshore Utility District, Luz Technologies, Air Academy Federal Credit Union, Bank Gutmann, Bank of Thailand, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, State of Missouri, City and County of San Francisco, Denver Public Schools, Vodafone, Go Auto, Stater Bros. Market
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Transportation Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company3%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise19%
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    FireEye Email Security is ranked 9th in Email Security with 5 reviews while Fortinet FortiMail is ranked 3rd in Email Security with 13 reviews. FireEye Email Security is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiMail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of FireEye Email Security writes "Easy to set up with good stability and great anti-spam features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail writes "User-friendly, multi-platform, easy to setup and troubleshoot". FireEye Email Security is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Forcepoint Email Security, DMARC Compass and Symantec Messaging Gateway, whereas Fortinet FortiMail is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Fortinet FortiMail Cloud, Proofpoint Email Protection and Check Point Anti-Spam and Email Security Software Blade. See our FireEye Email Security vs. Fortinet FortiMail report.

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