Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs. Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Barracuda Email Security Gateway is designed to protect against inbound malware, spam, phishing, and Denial of Service attacks, and ensure that business productivity isn’t impacted by attacks through the email system.N/A
Proofpoint Essentials
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Proofpoint Essentials provides protection against spam, phishing and other email threats, as well as social media protection, user roles and restrictions, and other protections oriented around the needs of small business.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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Secure Email Gateway
Comparison of Secure Email Gateway features of Product A and Product B
Barracuda Email Security Gateway
6.4
15 Ratings
27% below category average
Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business
9.7
2 Ratings
14% above category average
Anti-malware6.915 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Customizability5.013 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Data Loss Protection7.311 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Threat Detection6.315 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Sandboxing6.09 Ratings10.01 Ratings
End-to-End Encryption7.812 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Management Tools5.715 Ratings9.02 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Barracuda Email Security GatewayProofpoint Essentials for Small Business
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(23 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.4
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Barracuda Email Security GatewayProofpoint Essentials for Small Business
Likelihood to Recommend
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
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.
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Proofpoint
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.
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Pros
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • 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.
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Proofpoint
  • For basic protection, the Solution has an Antivirus, Zero hours Filtering, and Impostor protection.
  • Targeted attacks - URL and Attachment Defense.
  • Content filtering.
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Cons
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • 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.
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Proofpoint
  • I don't have [a lot] of bad things to say about the software its all positives in my book
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Usability
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
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
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Proofpoint
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Reliability and Availability
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Availability is robust and flawless. This is a non-issue, its always up & running and fail-over protection is available for restarts or upgrades.
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Proofpoint
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Performance
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
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.
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Proofpoint
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Support Rating
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
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.
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Proofpoint
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Alternatives Considered
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
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.
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Proofpoint
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.
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Return on Investment
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
  • 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.
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Proofpoint
  • 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.
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