Product Comparison

Barracuda Essentials vs Sophos Email Security

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: Sophos offers predictive email security to stop ransomware, spam and phishing attacks.

Who are Sophos?

Sophos are a cybersecurity vendor from the UK serving more than 100 million users around the world. They offer multiple security solutions across endpoint, web, mobile and email. Their email security solution is a cloud based secure gateway, which blocks threats before they enter an email network. Their platform aims to protect businesses from ransomware, spam and phishing attacks with predictive email security. They have a focus on ease of use, with the service delivered through a single management console, while still offering advanced features for mid-sized to enterprise-level organizations.

For: Mid-sized to large organisations looking for strong email protection at a competitive price.

Not For: Small organisations looking for the easiest to use email protection, who require less advanced features.

Sophos Email Security Features:

  • Comprehensive email security solution with strong protection against ransomware spam and phishing
  • Cost effective pricing, with easy to use admin console
  • ‘Follow the sun’ support team operating 24/7 in the UK, US, and Australia.
  • Comprehensive threat protection features including inbound and outbound message scanning, anti-virus filters and time-of-click URL protection
  • Good admin controls and user quarantine options
  • Deployment is flexible and service works with G-suite, Office 365 and Exchange
  • Good end user self-service portal which can be managed by admin controls
  • Comprehensive audits and logs
  • Suitable for MSPS with flexible deployment and low cost pricing

Expert Insight:

The Sophos email protection platform offers businesses strong threat protection against emerging email threats with predictive security systems. They are a good solution for stopping ransomware, spam and phishing attacks. They offer a good range of threat protection features such as time of click URL protection and both admin and user quarantines. The advanced and granular features mean that this is not the easiest to use, but it does offer strong threat protection at a competitive price point. It also has flexible end user controls which can help to keep email security running smoothly while taking the pressure off IT departments.

Sophos offers a high quality email protection solution. There are strong threat protection features and reporting. It’s a competitively priced service, but advanced features mean that is better suited to mid-sized to large organisation who need advanced 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: Sophos offers predictive email security to stop ransomware, spam and phishing attacks.

Who are Sophos?

Sophos are a cybersecurity vendor from the UK serving more than 100 million users around the world. They offer multiple security solutions across endpoint, web, mobile and email. Their email security solution is a cloud based secure gateway, which blocks threats before they enter an email network. Their platform aims to protect businesses from ransomware, spam and phishing attacks with predictive email security. They have a focus on ease of use, with the service delivered through a single management console, while still offering advanced features for mid-sized to enterprise-level organizations.

For: Mid-sized to large organisations looking for strong email protection at a competitive price.

Not For: Small organisations looking for the easiest to use email protection, who require less advanced features.

Sophos Email Security Features:

  • Comprehensive email security solution with strong protection against ransomware spam and phishing
  • Cost effective pricing, with easy to use admin console
  • ‘Follow the sun’ support team operating 24/7 in the UK, US, and Australia.
  • Comprehensive threat protection features including inbound and outbound message scanning, anti-virus filters and time-of-click URL protection
  • Good admin controls and user quarantine options
  • Deployment is flexible and service works with G-suite, Office 365 and Exchange
  • Good end user self-service portal which can be managed by admin controls
  • Comprehensive audits and logs
  • Suitable for MSPS with flexible deployment and low cost pricing

Expert Insight:

The Sophos email protection platform offers businesses strong threat protection against emerging email threats with predictive security systems. They are a good solution for stopping ransomware, spam and phishing attacks. They offer a good range of threat protection features such as time of click URL protection and both admin and user quarantines. The advanced and granular features mean that this is not the easiest to use, but it does offer strong threat protection at a competitive price point. It also has flexible end user controls which can help to keep email security running smoothly while taking the pressure off IT departments.

Sophos offers a high quality email protection solution. There are strong threat protection features and reporting. It’s a competitively priced service, but advanced features mean that is better suited to mid-sized to large organisation who need advanced protection.