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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

In our organization and with our partners, email is the vast majority of our communications for doing business from ordering, quoting, and updates. Having an email security solution from a trusted brand is key. Great solution if you use a lot of email communications. Not as important if your company uses other forms of communications.
Victor Lau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange is very well suited for larger organizations that have offices spread across the globe. This way all staff can still access their mailboxes from any where. But for smaller individual offices, it may be more advantageous to just sign on to a web service to access email instead of Microsoft Exchange.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Secure Email Gateway

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.4
Microsoft Exchange
7.2
Anti-malware
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.1
Microsoft Exchange
6.7
Cusomizability
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.2
Microsoft Exchange
7.3
Data Loss Protection
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.7
Microsoft Exchange
7.9
Threat Detection
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.5
Microsoft Exchange
7.0
Sandboxing
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.0
Microsoft Exchange
6.1
End-to-End Encryption
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.7
Microsoft Exchange
7.3
Management Tools
Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.4
Microsoft Exchange
8.2

Pros

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

  • Antispam
  • Phishing protection
  • Email Antivirus
  • DLP
  • Graymail prevention
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

  • [Microsoft] Exchange is the gold standard for Corporate email. It is flawless in maintaining and delivering email to all of our users. It has been around so long the thing it does the best is just work. Most of the flaws and bugs are already out of the system.
  • The GUI management tools for MS Exchange, whether Online or on-premise, are fairly well documented and for the most part fairly easy to use.
  • [Microsoft] Exchange gives you the option to have an all in one box solution. Its not recommended but for smaller shops its a nice alternative to a more extensive setup that requires multiple servers.
  • If sized correctly, MS Exchanges is fine tuned out of the box to be fairly quick and responsive as to email delivery.
Jeffrey Rudacille | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

  • Managing multiple Cisco ESA without additional hardware
  • More mail policy template for email security best practice
  • Lowering the price
Budi Ezeddin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

  • Some of our customers have asked for a feature called 'plus addressing'. This is widely used in the Linux/Gmail email systems but is not available on Exchange.
  • Inbox rules. The basics are there, however, there is some need for a more robust method of catching and sorting email. Some rule editors include a RegEx editor that would allow for this.
  • As of a few years ago, MS has been focusing more on their development efforts on their cloud solution and now so much on the on-premises application. Most feel that the new features do not make it to the on-prem application, forcing corporations to migrate to the cloud.
  • Anti-SPAM and AntiVirus. MS Exchange has never done a great job of keeping the bad email out of the system. This has opened up an opportunity for other companies to take advantage of selling an email firewall to catch a bad email before reaching Exchange.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security) 8.7
Based on 4 answers
I would overall give this product a 10 out of 10. I don't see many flaws at all and it does what it's meant to do and helps put my clients' minds at ease when sending personal information via email. This software allows you to send secure emails to those intended to receive them. This helps not only myself but also clients feel safe when emailing secure documents that contain personal and financial information.
Robert Marinaro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security) 8.5
Based on 5 answers
It provides us with another layer of defense and has proven to be a great asset and return on investment. Nothing is perfect but this is definitely something to evaluate if you are in the market looking to implement a new email gateway solution or upgrade from something that you already have in place.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange 8.0
Based on 15 answers
We have a good enterprise agreement with Microsoft which affords us quick phone support. I have found the support staff knowledgeable and prompt with a solution when required. At times it may be difficult to schedule a call back, this is mainly due to our need for calls early in the morning which happens to be during a shift change at Microsoft support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

Cisco [Email Security] is the most mature for email security solution. They also gave us special discount
Budi Ezeddin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

There is nothing I've seen in any organization I've been part of in over 20 years that's been used in place as the corporate solution for email. The standardization of Exchange across nearly all major corporations and government agencies is near complete I not really aware of any viable alternatives. There is Yahoo or Google, but these are not used by anyone I've worked for so no really things to compare against.
Mark Metz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

  • Email availability got better.
  • Less SPAM & less false positives.
  • Clean emails from viruses.
  • Lots of phishing attacks were stopped.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Exchange

  • There have been hiccups and downtime with our on-premise installation but overall the local installation has saved us money in the long run versus paying a monthly fee for ~125 mailboxes.
  • Our internet service likes to take mid-day breaks every so often. Having a local Exchange server allows us to continue to communicate internally and manage meetings, presentation, and other events at our site.
  • Despite the overall good that Exchange has provided our organization it is a time suck. Managing the server, spam appliance, backups, and storage space is a constant battle and has taken away from some of our other initiatives. This is not specific to Exchange but any on-premise email server.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)

General

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

Microsoft Exchange

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.3
Microsoft Exchange
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.6
Microsoft Exchange
9.0

Usability

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.7
Microsoft Exchange

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Email (formerly Cisco Email Security)
8.5
Microsoft Exchange
8.0

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