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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiMail Cloud and Microsoft Defender for Office 365 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.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiMail Cloud vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"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 malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""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.""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."

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"The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.""The deployment is simple.""The scanners with FortiMail are valuable."

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"Some of the valuable features on the email side are anti-phishing, anti-malware, and Safe Links.""I would say that 90% of the spam and phishing attack emails get blocked right off the bat.""The most valuable feature is the integration. It's a single console, so we don't have to switch around between multiple products. Another valuable feature is the ease of operations and maintenance.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.""Safe attachments, safe links, policies, and the ability to protect from zero-day threats are the most valuable features.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a stable solution.""Does a thorough job of examining email and URLs for malicious content.""The basic features are okay and I'm satisfied with the Defender."

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Cons
"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.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""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.""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."

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"I can't see the feedback to the FortiMail gateway.""It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox access for end-users.""They could look at strengthening anti-spam with the newly observed domains."

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"It would be better if it were more scalable. It depends on the architecture, but we would like to make it more scalable for both data centers.""We need a separate license and we don't know how to get the license that is required.""The visibility for the weaknesses in the system and unauthorized access can be improved.""Configuration requires going to a lot of places rather than just accessing one tab.""The custom alerts have to improve a lot.""In one of the reports I can get the exact place where a vulnerable file resides. But for that, I need to explicitly go into the device and check. If they could include that file part in the report, without my having to go to the device itself, that would help.""There needs to be an improvement in integrating the product to work across multiple operating systems, and to have better support for non-Microsoft file types.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 could improve by giving customers information on techniques to prevent threats. For example, information about best practices on how to protect their own devices against hackers and scammers, such as educational information or training. This would help others have a better understanding of cyber security. Additionally, there can be more security features added."

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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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  • "I see how manageable and flexible the licenses are."
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  • "It's a user-base subscription."
  • "From the pricing point of view, like any other product in the market, there is scope for negotiation."
  • "Defender is a little bit more expensive as compared to others. We are in the manufacturing environment. So, we don't have a high budget for all of our endpoint devices. Its cost is a major concern for us."
  • "For licensing, it's usually a yearly package for customers who are subscribed to Office 365, but they can also pay on a monthly basis."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is an add-on to the Office license. Many customers are purchasing this solution."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system."
  • "The solution saves money so we have seen a return on investment."
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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:The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.
    Top Answer:It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox… more »
    Top Answer:We use this solution to block spoofing. We are MSPs and we provide services to many companies that are running… more »
    Top Answer:Threat Explorer is one of the features that I very much like because it is a real-time report that allows you to… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Microsoft Defender for Office 365. If you already have a deployment method, like CCM or something… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement with the UI. The company should focus on adding threats that the solution is currently… more »
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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.

    Email has long been a favorite attack vector of cyber criminals and is often an early stage of advanced threats. But not only do you need to keep threats from getting in, you need to keep data from getting out. Fortinet’s email security solution has the highly effective, yet easy to use inbound and outbound protection you need. It comes in a large range of offerings to fit any size organization or service provider. Plus, unmatched flexibility in deployment modes and form factors means it fits perfectly in any environment.

    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 protects all of Office 365 against advanced threats like business email compromise and credential phishing, and automatically investigates and remediates attacks. With Defender for O365 you get Integrated threat protection for all of Office 365 that gives you:

    - Native protection for Office 365 with built-in protection that simplifies administration, lowers total cost of ownership, and boosts productivity.

    - Unparalleled scale and effectiveness with powerful automated workflows to improve SecOps efficiency.

    - A complete solution for collaboration that protects you from attacks across the kill chain.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Offer
    Learn more about Cisco Secure Email
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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
    Top Industries
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    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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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Performing Arts9%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    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 Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiMail Cloud vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortinet FortiMail Cloud vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,757 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is ranked 20th in Email Security with 3 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is ranked 1st in Email Security with 15 reviews. Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiMail Cloud writes "Good filtering to block spoofing, supports sandboxing, and it is easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 writes "Essential security capabilities, plenty of email protection, and enhanced data loss prevention". Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection and Sophos Email, whereas Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail and Secure Email Threat Defense. See our Fortinet FortiMail Cloud vs. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 report.

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