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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

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

Secure Email Gateway

9.5

Proofpoint Essentials

95%
6.2

Sophos Email

62%
Proofpoint Essentials for Small Business ranks higher in 7/7 features

Anti-malware

9.5
95%
2 Ratings
4.9
49%
15 Ratings

Cusomizability

8.8
88%
2 Ratings
4.5
45%
15 Ratings

Data Loss Protection

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
11 Ratings

Threat Detection

9.5
95%
2 Ratings
4.8
48%
14 Ratings

Sandboxing

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.1
71%
10 Ratings

End-to-End Encryption

9.8
98%
2 Ratings
8.4
84%
13 Ratings

Management Tools

9.2
92%
2 Ratings
5.1
51%
15 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Proofpoint Essentials

100%
3 Ratings
4.8

Sophos Email

48%
18 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings
2.1

Sophos Email

21%
2 Ratings

Usability

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sophos Email

82%
9 Ratings

Support Rating

Proofpoint Essentials

N/A
0 Ratings
6.8

Sophos Email

68%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Sophos

If trying to ensure the email is secure from a certain degree of threats like spam, ransomware and even phishing attacks than Sophos Secure Email Gateway is the answer. In our organization, it's been implemented and none of the security incidents related to those attacks that rooted from email is reported. And Sophos Secure Email Gateway has one of the best email encryption methods we found on the market.
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Pros

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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Sophos

  • We could customize it to have a certain level of workflow. We manage to enforce certain email (based on key-phrases) to be quarantined before send it to the recipient. And the email needs to be approved (manually) before being released.
  • For certain type (using regex) of email, we will encrypt it if it's sent outside our organization domain.
  • Scalable
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Cons

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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Sophos

  • Rules processing does not perform impersonation filtering properly. For example, if the email gets classified as spam the impersonation rule is not processed against it. This means your users will release these quarantined emails to their inboxes. Impersonation rules should be a top-level rule.
  • The product boasts it has AI and advanced processing but regularly lets credential harvesting emails through constantly. URL filtering does not block them and when they are reported it takes up to an hour to block the malicious URL in the filtering. This is too slow since users typically are clicking on these links in emails within minutes
  • Support is nonchalant with no sense of urgency. They don't follow simple requests for contact hours and will reach out to you hours after your day has ended. Support engineers agree with you that the product fails to meet standards and think this is an ok thing.
  • Emails will get rejected by unknown filters and require research to be done against logs by Sophos support. This is absurd, if an email is blocked it should not require a support ticket for investigating
  • The processing of rules is inconsistent. The same email from the same email address and same IP address is classified as SPAM for some and allowed for others
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Pricing Details

Proofpoint Essentials

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Proofpoint Essentials editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Sophos Email

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sophos Email editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Proofpoint

      No answers on this topic

      Sophos

      It was easy to use and easy to implement. You don't need previous knowledge on the products, after we got this up and running, it took us hours to put everything together. The transition was easy and seamless.
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      Usability

      Proofpoint

      No answers on this topic

      Sophos

      It's mostly great and for policies and features, it does everything we would ask it to and more. The only thing keeping it from being a 10 is the lack of granularity in the reporting, which is actually an issue within Sophos Central as a whole. The ability to drill down from dashboards into accurate, detailed data would be very helpful at times.
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      Support Rating

      Proofpoint

      No answers on this topic

      Sophos

      Each time we're contacting Sophos Email Support we are getting a very quick answer and when it is urgent the local team can even do an escalation in such way to handle the situation in urgency; once done, we are called the same day, sometimes the same hour to see how to help us unblock our issue and find a way out.
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      Alternatives Considered

      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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      Sophos

      I have only tried Sophos Email, and I find it to be a very useful tool, as it protects against information leakage such as fraudulent emails, cloud sandboxing and quarantine, which are essential functions and the product works excellent.
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      Return on Investment

      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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      Sophos

      • Sophos Email has been protecting our users, including the administrative branch, who are the target of attacks most frequently.
      • Every month Sophos Email stops about 100,000 malicious emails. We calculate that if these attacks have saved the company time, it prevents us from having a lot of support staff to attend to the cases.
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