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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 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 the ability to tell us, after an email has been delivered, where else it went, once it got inside. Maybe it's something we wanted it to stop and it didn't stop it, but it notified us later that it was something that it should have stopped. It can give us a trajectory of all the other places that it went internally and it can tell us what files were transferred as well.""The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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.""I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""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 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."

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"The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.""The most valuable features are the low price and its ability to integrate with other Fortinet products.""FortiMail Cloud is very fast."

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"It has a really nice web-based administration console."

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Cons
"The reporting functionality needs to be improved.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky.""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.""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.""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 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.""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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"It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox access for end-users.""Networking should be simplified.""The downside of this solution is that it is difficult to implement policies on FortiMail."

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"I think the implementation could be more streamlined."

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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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  • "You only have to purchase one license for multiple participants."
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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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    The most valuable features are filtering and sandboxing.
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    It is slightly difficult to configure FortiMail in the cloud with Exchange on-premise, especially the quarantine mailbox… more »
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    We use this solution to block spoofing. We are MSPs and we provide services to many companies that are running… more »
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    It has a really nice web-based administration console.
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    It kind of has a heavy footprint — in terms of an implementation footprint. I think the implementation could be more… more »
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    Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    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.

    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.

    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
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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    Top Industries
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    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government5%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    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 Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is ranked 13th in Email Security with 3 reviews while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is ranked 10th in Email Security with 1 review. Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is rated 10.0. 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 Exchange Online Protection writes "Protects our customers from spammers". Fortinet FortiMail Cloud is most compared with Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Proofpoint Email Protection and Symantec Messaging Gateway, whereas Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Proofpoint Email Protection, Symantec Messaging Gateway, Sophos Email and Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security.

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