Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] vs Microsoft Exchange Online Protection comparison

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We performed a comparison between Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] and Microsoft Exchange Online Protection based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""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 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 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.""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."

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"Using Forcepoint, we have created policies and rules for any suspicious mail. It is blocked and only released by an admin's approval.""I like how versatile the options are. For example, we can set it where we are able to access and browse Facebook but we are denied the ability to post photos. There is also that ability integrate with Office 365 - SharePoint app.""We have found the product to be stable.""Unlike other competitors, it doesn't cause any performance issues.""It's easier to deploy than other options.""The most valuable features of Forcepoint Email Security are the integration with other solutions. It provides a more secure infrastructure and views for the customers from the DLP. You can work on URLs, files, and advanced inspections that will protect the customers.""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.""The email and the web filter aspects of the solution are the most valuable features."

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"It has a really nice web-based administration console.""It's all running in the backend, so it doesn't affect the app functionality.""We like the holding facility that is available for potentially suspicious URL's. This allows a real-time review to be performed before the email reaches a users inbox.""What I like most about Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is its integration with Windows, so we have one central view for all alerts and incidents.""It's definitely scalable.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is the accidental release of information protection capabilities. Additionally, the solution is easy to use.""It is an easy solution."

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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 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 Forged Email Detection feature needs improvement, particularly with domain. The sensors are not that good and the rules sets are unclear.""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 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 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.""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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"This solution could be improved by providing further functionality to reduce or to block ransom attacks, cross-site scripting and man-in-the-middle attacks.""The pricing could always be just a little bit better.""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.""Forcepoint Email Security is stable, but it could be improved.""Customer support could be better.""I would like for deployment to be simplified.""An area for improvement in Forcepoint Email Security is technical support. The agents need to be more knowledgeable. The support also needs to be faster.""Technical support is lacking. It could be a lot better."

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"Having orchestration features added to Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, particularly automation and remediation, would be quite useful.""I think the implementation could be more streamlined.""The security features could be better.""Microsoft has some training portals, but more could be developed.""The price of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection could be reduced to make it more competitive.""Some features, like encryption, are not available.""We would like the solution to have more in-built intelligence in the way that it reviews potential security risks, rather than our team constantly having to update the policies."

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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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  • "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."
  • "My company pays for Forcepoint Email Security licensing annually."
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  • "The price could be lower."
  • "The solution is priced high and could be less expensive compared to other solutions."
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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:While improvement is always possible, I can't speak to exact features that need to be added. Technical support is… more »
    Top Answer:We are customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with the product. I'd rate the solution at an… more »
    Top Answer:Forcepoint Email Security is a good solution, and I don't have any issues with it. I found anti-spam and anti-spyware… more »
    Top Answer:It's all running in the backend, so it doesn't affect the app functionality.
    Top Answer:The product needs more granularity. Some features, like encryption, are not available.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    Websense Email Security
    Microsoft EOP, MS Exchange Online Protection
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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.

    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.

    Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is the cloud-based filtering service that helps protect your organization against spam and malware. EOP is included in all Microsoft 365 organizations with Exchange Online mailboxes.

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Alphawest, Amadori, AudioNova, Betsson, Confartigianato Vicenza, Davies Turner, iGATE, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Landa Digital Printing, Northern California Bank, Scavolini, Toyota
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Media Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] is ranked unranked in Email Security with 9 reviews while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is ranked 12th in Email Security with 7 reviews. Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] is rated 7.8, while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] writes "Provides visibility into what's going on and reduces spam, but there should be more focus on threats, spam, and support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection writes "Easy to deploy and user-friendly with simple dashboards". Forcepoint Email Security [EOL] is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Barracuda Email Security Gateway and FireEye Email Security, whereas Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Fortinet FortiMail and Barracuda Essentials.

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