Product Comparison

Barracuda Essentials vs Mimecast

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness
Reporting and Logging
Admin Features
End User Features

Summary

Review date: December 7th 2018

Snapshot: Essentials stops spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks.

What is Barracuda Essentials?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, archiving and encryption. The email protection is a secure gateway, which blocks email threats before they enter your network. This package is aimed at giving small and medium sized organisations one solution for email security and data protection.

For: Small to midsized organisations looking for a low cost email security solution with strong protection, archiving, continuity and encryption.

Not For: Large organisations looking for granular admin control and advanced zero-day threat protection.

Barracuda Essentials Features:

  • Feature rich hosted email security offering comprehensive protection
  • Granular policy controls for admins
  • Virus scanning, spam scoring and real time analysis means there is robust filtering
  • Advanced Threat Protection and URL scanning included in the core service (other vendors charge for this)
  • Integrates with Office 365, making it a good ‘complimentary service’
  • Cost effective pricing
  • Strong technical support and management features
  • Host of Barracuda products which can be integrated including Sentinel service, which provides multi-layered protection against phishing and business email compromise
  • Outbound Filtering and encryption help to protect business against data loss
  • Additional services included such as Archiving and Continuity
  • Allows option for users to choose where their own data is located
  • Recommend by customers

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Essentials is a market leading Email Secure Gateway platform. Its core focus is giving smaller and medium sized companies a whole range of great features alongside traditional email security such as encryption and archiving. It offers strong protection against spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks. This platform also offers Continuity, meaning that you can continue to use it even if your email network foes down. The product can also be easily integrated with a range of other Barracuda products, like the AI powered Advanced Threat Protection Service Barracuda Sentinel. This will be ideal for businesses who need multi-layered protection from email threats. The service has a range of security features and admin controls and is easy to use, although admins may need support with the more granular policies.

There is strong value for money with this service. There are multiple features offered at a low cost, which makes it well suited to small and midsized organisations looking for strong phishing protection. We would recommend small companies consider Barracuda essentials for its features, pricing and technical support.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness
Reporting and Logging
Admin Features
End User Features

Summary

Review date: November 20th 2018

Snapshot: Mimecast blocks spear-phishing malware, spam and zero-day attacks.

Who are Mimecast?

Mimecast is one of the largest global email cyber security vendors. They have a large suite of cloud based security applications to protect organisations from email and web based security threats. Their Email Security product is aimed at enterprise level customers. It utilizes multiple detection engines to provide protection from phishing, malware, spam and zero day attacks. This platform is a Secure Email Gateway, meaning it blocks potentially dangerous emails before they enter your network.

For: Enterprise organizations that need strong, reliable protection from phishing attacks and spam, with a range of end user controls.

Not For: Smaller organizations who want a low cost solution to spam, or customers looking for advanced phishing protection within their network.

Mimecast Features:

  • Impersonation Protection blocks phishing attempts and spam
  • Popular email service, with high levels of customer satisfaction
  • High – level threat protection features including attachment sandboxing and URL protection
  • Large threat database monitoring billions of emails ensures that threat protection is up to date
  • Robust spam filtering, with guaranteed 99% spam rate detection
  • Comprehensive real time reports over your email network, including all inbound and outbound traffic
  • Self-service tools for end users, such as allowing them to block senders
  • Fully featured but easy to administer service, offering a web based dashboard from which all policies are managed
  • Email Continuity available if the email network goes down, with 100% service availability SLA
  • Includes an Email Archiving option, as well as secure messaging and large file sending

Expert Insight:

Mimecast offers a market leading (premium priced?) Email Security platform. This platform works as a secure gateway, meaning that it blocks threats before they enter an email network. This is a very robust service, which offers a range of advanced features that will help businesses to secure themselves against email threats. This is platform offers strong protection against spear-phishing, malware, spam and zero-day attacks. It offers real time malware defence and attachment sandboxing. Spam filtering is strong, with Mimecast offering an SLA on 99% of spam blocked. Mimecast offers a range of logs to give you real time visibility over your email network. With this platform administrators have fine-grade control over all levels of email security. End users also get controls to block senders, helping to reduce the burden on IT. Email Archiving, and Continuity and Large File Sending can be purchased as add-ons.

This platform is very popular among customers, with high levels of customer satisfaction and retention. The service is expensive and so is more suitable for larger enterprises who need the strongest level of email protection. However, the adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ rings true with Mimecast Email Security, as it is one of the strongest, fully featured email security platforms available. Organizations with a big security budget, looking for the strongest protection they can get, should consider this service.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness
Reporting and Logging
Admin Features
End User Features

Summary

Review date: December 7th 2018

Snapshot: Essentials stops spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks.

What is Barracuda Essentials?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, archiving and encryption. The email protection is a secure gateway, which blocks email threats before they enter your network. This package is aimed at giving small and medium sized organisations one solution for email security and data protection.

For: Small to midsized organisations looking for a low cost email security solution with strong protection, archiving, continuity and encryption.

Not For: Large organisations looking for granular admin control and advanced zero-day threat protection.

Barracuda Essentials Features:

  • Feature rich hosted email security offering comprehensive protection
  • Granular policy controls for admins
  • Virus scanning, spam scoring and real time analysis means there is robust filtering
  • Advanced Threat Protection and URL scanning included in the core service (other vendors charge for this)
  • Integrates with Office 365, making it a good ‘complimentary service’
  • Cost effective pricing
  • Strong technical support and management features
  • Host of Barracuda products which can be integrated including Sentinel service, which provides multi-layered protection against phishing and business email compromise
  • Outbound Filtering and encryption help to protect business against data loss
  • Additional services included such as Archiving and Continuity
  • Allows option for users to choose where their own data is located
  • Recommend by customers

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Essentials is a market leading Email Secure Gateway platform. Its core focus is giving smaller and medium sized companies a whole range of great features alongside traditional email security such as encryption and archiving. It offers strong protection against spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks. This platform also offers Continuity, meaning that you can continue to use it even if your email network foes down. The product can also be easily integrated with a range of other Barracuda products, like the AI powered Advanced Threat Protection Service Barracuda Sentinel. This will be ideal for businesses who need multi-layered protection from email threats. The service has a range of security features and admin controls and is easy to use, although admins may need support with the more granular policies.

There is strong value for money with this service. There are multiple features offered at a low cost, which makes it well suited to small and midsized organisations looking for strong phishing protection. We would recommend small companies consider Barracuda essentials for its features, pricing and technical support.

Overall Score
Threat Protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness
Reporting and Logging
Admin Features
End User Features

Summary

Review date: November 20th 2018

Snapshot: Mimecast blocks spear-phishing malware, spam and zero-day attacks.

Who are Mimecast?

Mimecast is one of the largest global email cyber security vendors. They have a large suite of cloud based security applications to protect organisations from email and web based security threats. Their Email Security product is aimed at enterprise level customers. It utilizes multiple detection engines to provide protection from phishing, malware, spam and zero day attacks. This platform is a Secure Email Gateway, meaning it blocks potentially dangerous emails before they enter your network.

For: Enterprise organizations that need strong, reliable protection from phishing attacks and spam, with a range of end user controls.

Not For: Smaller organizations who want a low cost solution to spam, or customers looking for advanced phishing protection within their network.

Mimecast Features:

  • Impersonation Protection blocks phishing attempts and spam
  • Popular email service, with high levels of customer satisfaction
  • High – level threat protection features including attachment sandboxing and URL protection
  • Large threat database monitoring billions of emails ensures that threat protection is up to date
  • Robust spam filtering, with guaranteed 99% spam rate detection
  • Comprehensive real time reports over your email network, including all inbound and outbound traffic
  • Self-service tools for end users, such as allowing them to block senders
  • Fully featured but easy to administer service, offering a web based dashboard from which all policies are managed
  • Email Continuity available if the email network goes down, with 100% service availability SLA
  • Includes an Email Archiving option, as well as secure messaging and large file sending

Expert Insight:

Mimecast offers a market leading (premium priced?) Email Security platform. This platform works as a secure gateway, meaning that it blocks threats before they enter an email network. This is a very robust service, which offers a range of advanced features that will help businesses to secure themselves against email threats. This is platform offers strong protection against spear-phishing, malware, spam and zero-day attacks. It offers real time malware defence and attachment sandboxing. Spam filtering is strong, with Mimecast offering an SLA on 99% of spam blocked. Mimecast offers a range of logs to give you real time visibility over your email network. With this platform administrators have fine-grade control over all levels of email security. End users also get controls to block senders, helping to reduce the burden on IT. Email Archiving, and Continuity and Large File Sending can be purchased as add-ons.

This platform is very popular among customers, with high levels of customer satisfaction and retention. The service is expensive and so is more suitable for larger enterprises who need the strongest level of email protection. However, the adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ rings true with Mimecast Email Security, as it is one of the strongest, fully featured email security platforms available. Organizations with a big security budget, looking for the strongest protection they can get, should consider this service.