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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

The Barracuda Email Security Gateway is a robust and feature rich platform, does the job it's supposed to do and integrates into existing networks easily. It is not cheap, but valuable performance never is. It is one of the truly "set it and forget it" appliances in my tool set.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

We have both scenarios where we can describe that. For example, in the HQ, where we have about 3,000 users, Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance is the ideal solution, because we can consolidate all the Internet access, policies, rules, etc. in the same box. However, if you have small offices with a few users, it's hard to justify one big and expensive box that could cost more than the whole office infrastructure.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Secure Email Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.0
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Anti-malware
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.3
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Cusomizability
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
6.7
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Data Loss Protection
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
7.9
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Threat Detection
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.3
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Sandboxing
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.2
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
End-to-End Encryption
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.7
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
Management Tools
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.2
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Pros

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

  • ESS has a simple interface for both users and administrators.
  • The "Manage Quarantine" button in each email is a direct sign-on link, so users don't have to remember their password to manage their quarantine (this is GOLD, Jerry!).
  • The baseline functionality (catching spam/malware/phishing/malware attachments/malformed PDFs etc) is super-solid, with few false positives and few false negatives.
Bear Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

  • SMA gave us central control over multiple servers, simplifying management.
  • Performance of the Appliance VM exceeded that of our old physical appliance-based solution.
  • Convenient licensing for virtualized environments that allows easy scaling.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

  • You need to take time in adding your contacts to a whitelist so that you don't miss an email.
  • I recommend changing the time interval; Barracuda notifies you that you have quarantined emails as we were only getting 1 per day and we missed some urgent emails.
  • The quarantine folder is web based, we'd prefer it to have been an add-in for Outlook.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

  • The default metrics on the dashboard visualization are not that useful. It is not much customizable too. Some of the dashboard features like load, volume, etc. can have a hide option.
  • The false negatives are more than false positives. A lot of the times, it verdicts the same email as malicious and non-malicious. This can be reduced.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The WebUI leaves a bit to be desired, it is utilitarian in nature. Operationally it just works. Install. Setup, wall away knowing your protected.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Because it's one of those products you almost don't realize it exists from the end user. From the administrator perspective, you can do everything on its web interface and it's very intuitive to manage, once you know the concepts behind identities, acls, etc. Also, once you build the control structure, I mean, you link 'local' groups with your own Active Directory groups, as we did here, you don't need to be managing those things on the appliance itself.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is robust and flawless. This is a non-issue, its always up & running and fail-over protection is available for restarts or upgrades.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The WebUI is the only piece I find lacking on the Barracuda ESK. Its is not the fastest and is fairly utilitarian in its approach. The Outlook plug-in, while not in wide use here, causes zero slowdown in Outlook or the Barracuda ESG.
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 8.9
Based on 7 answers
Barracuda customer support is great. Most of the time when I can an actual tech support representative answers, not some person that will just take a message. If one is not available I will receive a call back in a very short time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) 7.1
Based on 4 answers
Our experience with Cisco's support was terrible. Other than the fact that they don't respond to service-related emails with urgency, they also keep on changing the policies that affected us. Recently, they came up with a new look for the same software, which was insanely slow. Renewal of keys for the old interface took months. Overall, the support was not very friendly from the users' point of view.
Kuntal Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Through this application, I can keep my computer and system safe during its time of use and it is very helpful when detecting any threat as it has done in my system since its installation, I no longer have any problem due to the damage to my software since Barracuda protects my computer without any problem. In addition to everything with its functionalities, our company has been able to benefit successfully since our teams are in their most optimal operation, giving them better benefit and long duration and not worrying about any type of hacking, thanks to Barracuda we can be calm whenever we navigate in the network without being infected by malware.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Websense has more resources devoted to categorizing the internet. The product is one of the best and most expensive. The Cisco WSA isn't as experienced, but is also significantly cheaper. Its an active product line getting investment and improvements. It is worth a look. Don't pay for features you don't need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

  • Allows us to set it and forget it. We don't have to worry about patch or upgrade to a newer version. Barracuda does it all for us.
  • DLP has been great. That's a risk which is hard to monitor but Barracuda does it effortlessly.
Rick Sherman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

  • Security! Security! Security! We are financial company that work with very sensitive information. A lot of unsafe traffic was blocked on the Cisco IronPort WSA over years of using it. We did not earn on it but absolutely sure that we did not lose 'gazillion' of dollars being infected or scammed.
  • Easy to configure and use, no need to teach new personnel how work with this product (hopefully saving time = saving money).
  • Unfortunately the price of license subscription made financial managers push IT dept. to look for something cheaper.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.0
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
9.0

Usability

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.0
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
10.0
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Performance

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
6.0
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

Support Rating

Barracuda Email Security Gateway
8.9
Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)
7.1

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