82 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
7 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business ranks higher in 1 feature set: Secure Email Gateway

Secure Email Gateway

6.7

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

67%
9.4

Proofpoint Essentials

94%
Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business ranks higher in 7/7 features

Anti-malware

7.3
73%
15 Ratings
9.2
92%
2 Ratings

Cusomizability

5.4
54%
13 Ratings
8.6
86%
2 Ratings

Data Loss Protection

7.4
74%
11 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Threat Detection

6.7
67%
15 Ratings
9.2
92%
2 Ratings

Sandboxing

6.1
61%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

End-to-End Encryption

7.9
79%
12 Ratings
9.6
96%
2 Ratings

Management Tools

6.3
63%
15 Ratings
9.4
94%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.5

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

75%
23 Ratings
10.0

Proofpoint Essentials

100%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.5

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

85%
2 Ratings

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

10.0

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

100%
1 Rating

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

6.0

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

60%
1 Rating

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.9

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

99%
8 Ratings

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Good combination when using their other products like an incident response. When using automated workflows, this makes creating sender policies a breeze. Unfortunately, this can also be done too well as it may filter out valid emails and to resend or place them back into users' mailbox isn't an easy thing to do even if you attempt to resend through the Email Security Gateway.
Andrew Nakamura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Proofpoint Essentials

I would definitely recommend it for fast and easy deployment with no need of constant managing solution. It is a solid solution that will do all what you need for the email security. Especially when you have a small IT team or even do not have enough experienced specialists to handle email security questions - Proofpoint is what I would recommend to use. I gave it 9 of 10 points only because of the price, you can find find more cheap solutions on the market.
Valeryi Mezentsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Proofpoint Essentials

  • For basic protection, the Solution has an Antivirus, Zero hours Filtering, and Impostor protection.
  • Targeted attacks - URL and Attachment Defense.
  • Content filtering.
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

Proofpoint Essentials

  • I don't have [a lot] of bad things to say about the software its all positives in my book
Daniel Merkl | 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

Starting Price

Proofpoint Essentials

General

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

Starting Price

Usability

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 8.5
Based on 2 answers
So far we have had limited problems the one's we have had we can attribute to poor user judgement not our gateway failing. One of the best features is the Barracuda is intuitive to choices we make on blocking or rejecting emails which is a great feature. lessens are need to repetitively enter the same information
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Proofpoint Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Proofpoint Essentials

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

Proofpoint Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda Email Security Gateway 9.9
Based on 8 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

Proofpoint Essentials

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Barracuda Email Security Gateway

Barracuda integrates well with Office 365 and mail flow is great. It was the first solution we found that was part of a greater suite to fit all the requirements we had. With the Email Security gateway being in the cloud, it required no extra hardware but also nothing new installed on an endpoint as some solutions require.
Justin Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer

Proofpoint Essentials

As already wrote, Proofpoint is perfect solution to be deployed quickly without requiring any additional resources or services.Good email tracking logs, excellent reporting features. Great filtering mechanism. Cost effective pricing.
Valeryi Mezentsev | 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

Proofpoint Essentials

  • Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business has a simplified management.
  • It has a Basic Archive and Legal Hold & eDiscovery Management.
  • Integrated DLP that gives benefits to any organization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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