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Find out what your peers are saying about Proofpoint Email Protection vs. SonicWall Email Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"I love the Advanced Malware Protection feature. It works very well... The appliance has more security such as SDF, DKIM, DMARC, and encryption.""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.""The most valuable features are Advanced Malware Protection, URL filtering, and of course Reputation Filtering.""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 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.""The malicious URL scanning, as well as the anti-malware features, have been really useful for us in our environment.""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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"They have customized security rules, mature rules, anti-virus protection, as well as email authentication similar to SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.""Provides better control over emails, especially those sent via Office 365 on the cloud.""Its anti-phishing functionality is the most valuable. Certainly, the biggest problem I have is phishing.""The most valuable features are the business email compromise protection and targeted attack prevention.""I like all the features with Proofpoint, such as how it filters the spam and marketing mail, lost reality mail, blocks phishing attacks, blocks malicious attachments, and stops phishing links. Also it can defend against the business email compromise impersonation technique. It is a complete solution for all email attacks. It filters for the bad, malicious attachments. If there is any executable file, it can be deleted. It is a good, complete solution.""It's detection of true positives are great, as it's cloud based it's very scalable and stable.""The solution offers very good flexibility. You can blacklist or whitelist with ease.""The solution scales quite well."

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"There are no wasted extras and the interface is really simple.""The most valuable feature is that it protects from spam.""The most valuable features are the anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-virus, and anti-spoofing."

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Cons
"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 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.""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.""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.""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 reporting functionality needs to be improved.""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 configuration UI should be made more intuitive. Currently, it takes a while to understand how to do the basic configurations."

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"I would want better spear phishing protection in the essentials package.""They do not have an on-demand scan for the internal viruses and internal users, and they don't have a scan for the exchange server against viruses and spam as Symantec does.""The incident reporting on offer needs to be improved. It's lacking right now. It should be on the platform somewhere.""It's scalable, but the devil's in the details — you have to know your email volumes.""It has too many screens. It is kind of a conglomeration of products. In other words, they built product A, product B, and product C, and they are yet to integrate them into a single administrative console. I would certainly like to see a more seamless administrative interface. I would also like to see them include more bang for the buck, by including features like email fraud protection, rather than making their product so piecemeal, where you are buying little pieces. I agree with the idea of having multiple tiers or layers, but maybe as small, medium, and large, as opposed to an a la carte menu.""The Secure Mail aspect should have an Outlook add-in, instead of an external dashboard that outside users have to access.""The reporting section could be enhanced. I like some reports but if they could allow us to create custom reports with more flexibility it would enhance the reports more.""The largest complaint that we hear from our customers is that there is no local support."

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"The reporting needs improvement.""A lot of spoofed emails are still coming to the end-user, so the configuration for this option needs to be improved.""Updates could be released more frequently."

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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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  • "Annually, it costs us about $92,000. This is pretty much what it costs us. There is no additional cost."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "Proofpoint is fairly expensive."
  • "The licensing is basically $8/user."
  • "It is multiple times more expensive, which made it very much less attractive."
  • "Pricing has recently been increased and the cost is a downside"
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  • "When compared with Cisco, it is very well priced. Cisco is very expensive."
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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 Basic Email Coverage is pretty close to the same price as the Extended Email Security of other companies. To start… more »
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    It was easier to use Microsoft than Proofpoint. We had some issues with their sales consultant. We got into a dispute… more »
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    There are no wasted extras and the interface is really simple.
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    Licensing costs are middle of the road; not the cheapest, but not the most expensive. I think it would be helpful if… more »
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    I'd like to see updates released more frequently and it would be helpful if the solution could catch ransomware more… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Cisco Email Security, IronPort, Cisco Email Security, ESA, Email Security Appliances
    Proofpoint Enterprise Protection
    Dell SonicWALL Email Security Platform, SonicWall Hosted Email Security
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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.

    Proofpoint Email Protection stops malware and non-malware threats such as impostor email (also known as email fraud). Deployed as a cloud service or on-premises, it provides granular filtering to control bulk "graymail" and other unwanted email. And business continuity capabilities keep email communications flowing, even when your email server fails.

    SonicWALL Email Security Platform offers powerful protection to keep email threats out. And sensitive data in. With innovative protection techniques for both inbound and outbound email plus unique management tools, the Email Security platform delivers superior email protection today while standing ready to stop the new attacks of tomorrow.
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    Sample Customers
    SUNY Old Westbury, CoxHealth, City of Fullerton, Indra
    Blocket, University of Waterloo, Lincoln Memorial University, WellSpan Health, U-Haul, Carestream Health, Westinghouse
    Star Kay White, Locala Community Partnerships
    Top Industries
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    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Retailer14%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    University29%
    Consumer Goods Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Construction Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company17%
    University13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise41%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business88%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Proofpoint Email Protection vs. SonicWall Email Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Proofpoint Email Protection is ranked 2nd in Email Security with 12 reviews while SonicWall Email Security is ranked 21st in Email Security with 3 reviews. Proofpoint Email Protection is rated 8.8, while SonicWall Email Security is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Proofpoint Email Protection writes "Flexible, very secure, and offers excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall Email Security writes "Many valuable features with user friendly interface; updates should be released more frequently". Proofpoint Email Protection is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection, Fortinet FortiMail and KnowBe4, whereas SonicWall Email Security is most compared with Barracuda Email Security Gateway, Fortinet FortiMail, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Avanan. See our Proofpoint Email Protection vs. SonicWall Email Security report.

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