Microsoft Exchange Online Protection vs TitanHQ SpamTitan comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Exchange Online Protection and TitanHQ SpamTitan based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Anti-Malware Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Exchange Online Protection vs. TitanHQ SpamTitan Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"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.""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.""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.""There is a huge return compared to if we didn't have a gateway appliance, as far as blocking malicious emails.""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.""Anti-Spam and Advanced Malware Protection are the most valuable features... and we also have the option to block Zero-day attacks.""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."

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"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.""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.""It has a really nice web-based administration console.""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 all running in the backend, so it doesn't affect the app functionality.""It's definitely scalable."

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"The way we can customize filters is excellent. Other solutions tend to be restrictive with their specific profiles, but with SpamTitan, we can create them from scratch.""The solution works really well. For a small nonprofit like us who don't have a large server footprint and rely heavily on cloud services, this is great for all our emails and the mobile workforce that we have. This is a great way to manage the traffic, hopefully keep our people from getting the phishing emails and stuff like that, helping to mitigate the risks.""One of the most valuable features is that it's very straightforward. It's a really simple interface. With our previous products, you could spend a week, if not more, training on those products just to figure out the interface. With SpamTitan it took an hour or two or three, tops.""The solution is not hard to manage.""The key differentiator of TitanHQ for its partners is the Sandboxing Service. The email filtering will open up any attachments and run them through two antivirus sandboxes before they reach you. You can pretty much guarantee there's not going to be a virus in them. I've not seen anyone else do that.""The mail scanning is most valuable. They've been very good. We've used other ones, and everything else seems to be substandard than this. The other thing that I found helpful with SpamTitan was the ability to import rules from other appliances.""The solution keeps a copy of inbound and outbound messages for a period, which is a handy feature. It makes it easier to determine precisely what is happening with an email, where it came from, why it isn't routing correctly, why it is or isn't being flagged etc. If an end user forwards us a problematic email, the header information can be lost, making it harder to figure out what's happening.""SpamTitan is a product that saves us time. The less spam that you have, the more time you have because you're not digging through the mail that hits your inbox."

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"The configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations.""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 Forged Email Detection feature needs improvement, particularly with domain. The sensors are not that good and the rules sets are unclear.""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.""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.""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.""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.""The UI is definitely one area of improvement because it doesn't match other interfaces and the navigation can be a little clunky."

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"The price of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection could be reduced to make it more competitive.""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.""The security features could be better.""Some features, like encryption, are not available.""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.""Microsoft has some training portals, but more could be developed."

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"I believe the product is configured for the US or European market, not the Latin American market, and the scoring system is a little too strict for our market. Most companies in Latin America don't even have proper domain configuration, which can cause their emails to be filtered as spam. They might not have DMARC or SDF configuration, so we often have to change the scoring threshold to let legitimate emails through. It's not SpamTitan's fault, but the optimization isn't the greatest considering our market.""Its GUI can definitely be improved. As the administrator of the product, the GUI isn't very logically built. If you need something, you don't have one menu where you can say, "Well, this relates to our customers," and manage everything for your customers in that interface. The naming and placement of some of the menus need improvement. For example, if I'm looking for a log to take a look at what has passed through the filter of a specific customer, I get these ZIP-packed files that I can't use for anything. I have to look under history instead. The naming of some of the features is off by a lot.""There are some minor technical aspects of the portals and management interface that could be improved, but there's nothing that prevents us from doing the job. BitDefender and similar products allow you to dive deeply into all the customers from a single console. Currently, I can only see our company on the console and not any of the customers. I have to log in somewhere else to see the customers, so that multi-tenancy is something I would like to see.""There was a situation in which I needed to change the cloud server. From SpamTitan, I had to specify which server we were on for the integration into Office 365 and I actually only found that out because there was a problem. It would have been better if they had advised us of that first.""False positives may be an area for improvement. It's very rare that we see false negatives, but false positives might be an area where I, myself, could put some more effort into looking at the settings... Perhaps that's something in the user interface that isn't hugely clear.""The admin user interface is very granular. Anyone who is in IT can relate to the statement: "With anything granular, there is going to be a little bit of complexity." It can be difficult, on a layer-by-layer basis, to wrap your head around it. Because the administration interface is so granular, some of the categories and some of the settings end up in really odd places. It's hard to figure out where a certain setting is sometimes.""I'm not 100% sure how well they scan certain attachments.""As a Danish company, it would be great to see a Danish translation for the UI."

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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 could be lower."
  • "The solution is priced high and could be less expensive compared to other solutions."
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  • "The price of this solution is low. When you do purchase everything is included in the licensing cost."
  • "We are on a per-user or per-mailbox monthly subscription. We are happy with the price of the solution. When comparing it to other solutions it is much cheaper."
  • "The cluster was an additional cost. We had to get some more licenses to get to that level. It's well worth it because it means peace of mind for everyone."
  • "Compared to all of the others, including the solution we used previously, SpamTitan is cheaper."
  • "The price is good by today's standards. You actually get what you pay for."
  • "The price was great compared to other solutions that we looked at the time."
  • "Our pricing has pretty much stayed somewhat the same. Sure, there has been an increase or two that keeps up with inflation, but that is everybody. When we switched from AppRiver to SpamTitan, we saved about 20%. That is $1,000 to $2,000 a month. We went to SpamTitan and WebTitan. It was $1,000 savings a month for SpamTitan and another $1,500 a month savings for WebTitan."
  • "It is very good. We actually ended up saving money from our previous solution."
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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: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.
    Top Answer:The solution is not hard to manage.
    Top Answer:The price of this solution is low. When you do purchase everything is included in the licensing cost.
    Top Answer:The solution is very slow, it crashes and we have difficulties getting emails. In an upcoming release, I would like to… more »
    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    Microsoft EOP, MS Exchange Online Protection
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    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.

    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.

    TitanHQ SpamTitan is a next-generation robust anti-spam service that protects today’s businesses by blocking spam, spoofing, zero-day attacks, phishing, malware, and more from users' emails. SpamTitan uses the most intuitive AI-driven threat protection to keep users' networks safe and secure at all times.

    TitanHQ SpamTitan Key Features:

    TitanHQ SpamTitan has many valuable key features. Some of its most useful features include:

    • Protection: TitanHQ SpamTitan works seamlessly to improve users' Office 365 security against malicious malware by using a next-generation intuitive in-depth defense approach. SpamTitan will also scan all inbound emails with robust anti-virus protection to intercept spear phishing and whaling.
    • Sandboxing: SpamTitan provides users with behavior analysis and machine learning to improve security teams' ability to safely stop suspicious files from reaching users' email inboxes.
    • Email blocking: SpamTitan is able to effectively block 99.99% of malware, spam, ransomware, and viruses. Users have the option to use blacklist or whitelist protocols, recipient verifications, outbound scanning, and additional advanced intuitive reporting to ensure email processes are secure at all times.
    • Zero Day protection: SpamTitan uses AI-driven intuitive global technology to accurately predict and anticipate potential risks or threats, continually delivering a secure solution for business email systems. The solution also provides robust data leak prevention protocols to negate any internal organizational data loss.

    Reviews from Real Users

    The solution saves employees' time. Many of our faculty are physicians who don't have much time to check their emails, especially if they need to scroll through and delete spam mail, which can hide important messages. A cleaner inbox is easier to use and saves time, probably an hour a week per user. That might not sound like much, but we had physicians with inboxes so full of spam they stopped checking their emails, which is no longer the case. Our catch rate is up significantly, and our false positives have dropped considerably, saving the end user time.” - A PeerSpot user who is a DevOps Director at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

    “I can't tell you the number of times that their web interface has saved me. I had server issues but I still needed to be able to look at what emails I would have received if my email server had been working correctly. SpamTitan has a reporting functionality that showed me what emails would have been sent. I could actually see the content of those emails. For me, several times, that has been a real lifesaver.” - Walter H., An Enterprise Architect at Unified System Solutions, Ltd.

    “Its algorithms are doing a very good job in terms of the false positive rate. We have some regular mail that gets caught and some spam mail that gets through, but they're just balancing the line between spam and regular mail. We do catch a lot of spam, the amount of spam on an average day ranges from 65-85%. The Link Lock also reduces the risk when clicking on a link in an email, it removes a lot of concern about harmful links.” - A PeerSpot user who is a Cloud & Infrastructure consultant at a tech services company.

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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
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    De Montfort University, Scope Services, Park County School District, NRC, Quality Smith, Toyota, CarTrawler, Videotron
    Top Industries
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Construction Company16%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business69%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Exchange Online Protection vs. TitanHQ SpamTitan
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Exchange Online Protection vs. TitanHQ SpamTitan and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is ranked 8th in Anti-Malware Tools with 7 reviews while TitanHQ SpamTitan is ranked 3rd in Anti-Malware Tools with 62 reviews. Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is rated 8.8, while TitanHQ SpamTitan is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft Exchange Online Protection writes "Easy to deploy and user-friendly with simple dashboards". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TitanHQ SpamTitan writes "We can block entire domains and subdomains with a click, and reduced junk mail saves time of every employee". Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is most compared with Proofpoint Email Protection, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Mimecast Email Security with Targeted Threat Protection and Fortinet FortiMail, whereas TitanHQ SpamTitan is most compared with Barracuda Essentials, Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Proofpoint Email Protection, Fortinet FortiMail and Sophos Email. See our Microsoft Exchange Online Protection vs. TitanHQ SpamTitan report.

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