Product Comparison

Barracuda Essentials vs Proofpoint Essentials

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: October 30th 2018

Snapshot: Proofpoint Essentials protects businesses from phishing, viruses and data loss.

What is Proofpoint Essentials?

Proofpoint is a cyber security what protects organizations against advanced threats and data loss. They offer cloud based security solutions to help you detect and block targeted attacks. Proofpoint Essentials is an all in one email security solution. It offers email protection at the gateway, which stops threats from entering your email network. It also offers Continuity, Management and encryption and archiving as additional modules. Proofpoint Essentials is aimed at small to midsized organizations and is sold through resellers and MSPs.

For: Small and Midsized organizations looking for strong email protection with archiving and compliance at cost effective pricing.

Not For: Large organizations looking for advanced and granular email security for a large number of users.

Proofpoint Essentials Features:

  • Enhanced email security with signature based anti-virus and phishing protection
  • Strong threat protection with content filtering, outbound filtering and attachment defence
  • Continuity is included with the core service, with archiving and encryption available as add-ons
  • URL and attachment defence helps to block email threats from entering networks.
  • Advanced and Pro modules contain social media account protection to help businesses who have been hacked on social media
  • Comprehensive reports and logs give businesses more control and awareness of their email security
  • Management features include multi-level logins, domain management and active directory integration mean this service is easy to administer
  • Robust filter rules engine means admins can control email security settings

Expert Insight:

Proofpoint Essentials is a strong solution for email protection, encryption, archiving and continuity as a single platform. Proofpoint has excellent security research, which ensure that this platform offers a high level of threat protection. Spam filtering is also robust. The platform has a good range of management features, and is cost effective, with many features such as Continuity included in the core service, whereas it is normally a bolt-on purchase. There are also a good range of reports and logs to give you more control and awareness over your email network.

Proofpoint Essentials have had system stability issues in the past, partly caused by a large growth in the user base of the service. However, it appears that these issues have now been fully resolved. The administrator console, while being fully featured could be modernized to improve ease of use. Proofpoint Essentials offers strong threat protection and a range of features at cost effective pricing. This makes it an ideal solution for small to medium sized companies looking for an easy to administer service that offers strong protection.

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: October 30th 2018

Snapshot: Proofpoint Essentials protects businesses from phishing, viruses and data loss.

What is Proofpoint Essentials?

Proofpoint is a cyber security what protects organizations against advanced threats and data loss. They offer cloud based security solutions to help you detect and block targeted attacks. Proofpoint Essentials is an all in one email security solution. It offers email protection at the gateway, which stops threats from entering your email network. It also offers Continuity, Management and encryption and archiving as additional modules. Proofpoint Essentials is aimed at small to midsized organizations and is sold through resellers and MSPs.

For: Small and Midsized organizations looking for strong email protection with archiving and compliance at cost effective pricing.

Not For: Large organizations looking for advanced and granular email security for a large number of users.

Proofpoint Essentials Features:

  • Enhanced email security with signature based anti-virus and phishing protection
  • Strong threat protection with content filtering, outbound filtering and attachment defence
  • Continuity is included with the core service, with archiving and encryption available as add-ons
  • URL and attachment defence helps to block email threats from entering networks.
  • Advanced and Pro modules contain social media account protection to help businesses who have been hacked on social media
  • Comprehensive reports and logs give businesses more control and awareness of their email security
  • Management features include multi-level logins, domain management and active directory integration mean this service is easy to administer
  • Robust filter rules engine means admins can control email security settings

Expert Insight:

Proofpoint Essentials is a strong solution for email protection, encryption, archiving and continuity as a single platform. Proofpoint has excellent security research, which ensure that this platform offers a high level of threat protection. Spam filtering is also robust. The platform has a good range of management features, and is cost effective, with many features such as Continuity included in the core service, whereas it is normally a bolt-on purchase. There are also a good range of reports and logs to give you more control and awareness over your email network.

Proofpoint Essentials have had system stability issues in the past, partly caused by a large growth in the user base of the service. However, it appears that these issues have now been fully resolved. The administrator console, while being fully featured could be modernized to improve ease of use. Proofpoint Essentials offers strong threat protection and a range of features at cost effective pricing. This makes it an ideal solution for small to medium sized companies looking for an easy to administer service that offers strong protection.