Microsoft Exchange vs. Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft Exchange
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Microsoft Exchange is a secure email / messaging gateway with file archiving and encryption / data loss capability, available as a hosted service (Exchange Online) or installed (Exchange Server).N/A
Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP) helps organizations efficiently detect, mitigate and respond to known and unknown advanced threats that target people and VIPs through email. TAP provides unparalleled effectiveness in stopping targeted attacks that use polymorphic malware, weaponized documents and credential-stealing phishing techniques to obtain sensitive information. TAP seamlessly integrates with the Proofpoint secure email gateway (Proofpoint Email Protection) to deliver best…N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Microsoft ExchangeProofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Considered Both Products
Microsoft Exchange
Chose Microsoft Exchange
Office 365 has hosted Microsoft email that is powered by Exchange but which is run completely in the Microsoft cloud and paid for by monthly subscription. Microsoft Exchange, on the other hand, is hosted on-premise and inside your own network. They both work the same way and do …
Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Chose Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
We felt like both Mimecast and ProofPoint solutions are comparable, but ProofPoint has higher ratings. We wanted the best available solution to protect our people from the largest attach vector.
Top Pros
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Features
Microsoft ExchangeProofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Secure Email Gateway
Comparison of Secure Email Gateway features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Exchange
8.1
84 Ratings
4% below category average
Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
-
Ratings
Anti-malware8.167 Ratings00 Ratings
Cusomizability7.979 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Loss Protection8.769 Ratings00 Ratings
Threat Detection8.068 Ratings00 Ratings
Sandboxing7.448 Ratings00 Ratings
End-to-End Encryption8.268 Ratings00 Ratings
Management Tools8.381 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft ExchangeProofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(102 ratings)
8.8
(41 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(3 ratings)
5.3
(3 ratings)
Usability
9.2
(2 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.8
(23 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.9
(4 ratings)
Configurability
7.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft ExchangeProofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Microsoft Exchange Server is the sole option if storing emails locally is a must. If you're a startup in need of an email hosting service, I recommend Microsoft 365. Exchange Server has lost its reputation for security in recent years, and I don't think it's a suitable fit if you don't have a managed staff, either in-house or externally provided. Backups must be set up and tested, additional spam filtering software is required, and ongoing security updates must be applied.
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Proofpoint
I think it is well suited for any organization. It truly gives good insight on the email campaigns that are hitting your company, as well as the people that are being targeted the most and also VIP users such as executives or even other people in IT, cyber, or administrators.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • As we have a large user base of 11,000 users we use MailTips to avoid people getting confused with people with similar names in the organization.
  • The integration between Teams Meeting and Resource booking is generally very good. The Scheduling Assistance makes it easy to scan calendars and find free periods to provisionally scheduled events.
  • Marking yourself as Out of the Office and busy is easy, as is sharing your calendar within the team/organization or individuals.
  • Voicemail integration and the ability to receive missed chats in your inbox are highly used and useful.
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Proofpoint
  • Impostor email detection is a fantastic feature and works very well.
  • The sandbox feature helps to ensure confidence that their evaluation of the email threat is valid.
  • Easy to use (and understand) dashboard make identifying and managing email threats a breeze.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • The two main factors for the better reliability & Uptime of internally hosted Exchange Server depends on Exchange Server configuration and the level of investment the organization is willing to provide for hosting the Exchange Server On-Premise Environment. As the data is stored in the organization’s hardware, any disaster may lead to the loss of email and servers.
  • Losing data might affect business continuity and rebuilding it can be costly.
  • Security remains a major concern.
  • Security of data loss is main concern. To ensure that, organization needs to configure networks, systems and Exchange platform against possible threats.
  • Hardware and license costs are high.
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Proofpoint
  • Their admin web GUI is cumbersome and unclear in many ways. The learning curve is steep so you have to stay up on things yourself whenever a new feature or service is added.
  • They sometimes add a feature to their toolbox without informing their customers. This is true even when the feature added does not cost extra.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
It is the best, and perhaps only, email solution worth considering.
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Proofpoint
Not my decision, but I have made it very clear this product does not perform. I have emails from our users on how bad it is after switching to it.
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Usability
Microsoft
Microsoft Exchange is well suited for inexperienced Messaging Admins and veterans alike. If you have no idea of the fundamentals of modern email (SMTP, mail headers, MX Records, SPF/DKIM, Encryption, etc.) and just need to get people's mailboxes and calendars the support they need, you can use it with confidence. If you are an old pro and want to leverage and dovetail your Powershell and AD with Exchange, you will be rewarded for your efforts.
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Proofpoint
Simple to configure and very straightforward dashboard. Within days of implementation, we were using the dashboard to reduce our response time.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
Exchange is setup with multiple servers behind load balancers to provide high availability.
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Proofpoint
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Performance
Microsoft
I would say it's the best email product I've experienced.
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Proofpoint
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Support Rating
Microsoft
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.
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Proofpoint
Generally have had good response and resolution time with knowledgeable technicians, and if needed the ticket is moved to someone with more expertise to better address the issue. Have used the ticketing portal, phone, as well as the beta chat feature (permanent please!)
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
Implementation/conversion can be quite complex and, unless you have certified Exchange administrators in-house, you should strongly consider a 3rd party consultant for this implementation.
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Proofpoint
Proofpoint managed the installation and made it very simple. We had a dedicated installation engineer who checked in on use periodically after go-live to ensure that there were no issue.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Microsoft Exchange Product The best cloud-based enterprise-grade archiving platform with a host of features that enable files to be securely archived and retrieved with advanced search options. This tool is very easy to use and has a User-friendly interface. It is a highly reliable platform that allows all employees to automatically store their data without any limitations. It offers a cost-effective solution with customized policy management. We are happy that the customer support team is always fast and concerned, and the product's uninterrupted service experience. It is very good that it stores data in real-time without losing it, even in the event of a disaster. The cost-effective solution and integration with other tools are seamless.
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Proofpoint
Besides using the default native protection in the email product itself, we have not looked closely at other email security products. But going with Proofpoint is the right choice. When our leadership team has concerns about malware attacks, we just tell them that we have the security in place using Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection for Email. And we don't just tell them, we provide them the reports coming out of Proofpoint which show the threats being blocked and the metrics.
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Scalability
Microsoft
The only time Exchange has failed us is when we did something to cause the failure.
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Proofpoint
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It has been an important factor in allowing seamless communication with clients and scheduling business meetings, which in turn works in the company's favor.
  • Haven't noticed any negative impact Exchange has had on our ROI. The support team is also responsive and helpful.
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Proofpoint
  • Saves IT time when an attack is successful and isn't reported in a timely manner or at all until damages are done. IT has to spend less time and effort because we are able to stop it before it spreads.
  • Protecting business resources and assets is a huge positive impact. TAP allows us to better protect our business and information within.
  • The only negative thing is that it doesn't automatically handle these attacks - but that is what TRAP is for! I wish Proofpoint bundled TAP and TRAP.
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