Product Comparison

Cisco Registered Envelope Service vs Office Message Encryption

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Encryption Methods
Customizable Policy
Ease of Use for End Users
Auditing and Reporting

Summary

Review date: October 11th 2018

Snapshot: Offers enhanced security and controls for email encryption.

What is the Cisco Registered Envelope Service?

The Cisco Registered Envelope Service is an email encryption tool which is fully compliant and offers many customisable features and policies to end users. It has a focus on giving end users more control over the email they send. End users are given the ability to recall messages, expire them, and disable forwarding, all within their existing email platform. The solution is available as a desktop plug in and as email mobile app. The encryption service works via recipients opening encrypted emails after verifying their identity through a secure web portal. End users can manually encrypt emails and emails can be encrypted according to admin policies.

For: Customers looking for secure web portal type encryption with end user controls within existing email clients.

Not For:**Enterprise customers** looking for a comprehensive range of different encryption methods.

Features:

  • Platform is cloud based and so easy to deploy and manage, working within existing email platforms
  • Ensures businesses are taking proactive steps to increasing email security and meets compliance requirements
  • Multiple end user controls offered that are accessed within the existing email client, including requesting read receipts, setting up message expiration dates and controlling replying/forwarding
  • Emails can be automatically encrypted via policies** configured by admins
  • End users can manually encrypt emails with a button within the existing email client
  • Audits and reports offered to show where encrypted emails are being sent
  • Easy to use for end users

Expert Insight:

Cisco Registered Envelope Service is one of the most all rounded products in the Email Encryption category. It has great customisable policies for admins and the service is one of the best available for giving end users features. Senders can encrypt their own messages manually as well set forwarding rules, recall messages and set expiration dates all from their own inbox. The service is easy to deploy for admins and easy to use for end users, operating within their existing email platform on desktop and with an app on mobile. There are also good reporting and auditing tools offered.

While offering multiple end users controls and admin policies, this platform does only offer one type of encryption method. However, if your organizations is looking for secure web portal type encryption with a range of end user controls and admin polices, the Cisco Registered Envelope service is a platform you should consider.

Overall Score
Encryption Methods
Customizable Policy
Ease of Use for End Users
Auditing and Reporting

Summary

Review date: October 15th 2018

Snapshot: End to end email encryption within O365.

What is Office 365 Message Encryption?

Office Message Encryption is Microsoft’s new email encryption service. It works directly within Outlook on Office 365 and aims to help businesses protect sensitive emails, stay in control of their data, and become compliant with their security needs. Recipients of encrypted messages who are in Office 365 will be able to read those messages seamlessly in Outlook. Users that receive encrypted messages on other email clients can view the messages in the OME portal.

For: SMBs looking for easy to use email encryption without using a third party solution.

Not For: Companies looking for advanced reporting capabilities or auditing and reports.

Features:

  • Allows sending of encrypted emails both inside and outside an organisation, with contacts who do not use O365 able to easily log in and view encrypted email
  • Low pricing for cost effective email encryption
  • Easy for end users to send and access encrypted email as it operates out of Office, so there is no third party functionality for them to lean
  • Easy to configure functionality for admins to set policies over which emails are encrypted
  • Easy to implement, being fully integrated with Office 365
  • End users have access to controls over encrypted email they send with policies such as blocking forwarding, and custom policies can be created
  • Secure gateway requires a users normal Microsoft account and password as the key to the email, so accessing encrypted messages is easy

Expert Insight:

Office Message Encryption is a new encryption service, and currently a relatively basic one. The secure web portal used to encrypt emails is an effective security measure which will protect sensitive emails, however it may not be as secure as alternative service which require a separate password to the one used to access the users email account. The service is easily implemented, and easy for end users to navigate. There are also some customisable policies for encrypted emails, such as end users being able to choose if they want the encrypted email to be forwarded or not. But this is a bare bones service. There are much less customisable policies offered than competitors, who generally offer the ability to stop copying and pasting and have attachment protection.

Microsoft do offer custom policies, but these can be complicated to make, and many of the features you may wish to build come as standard with other services. For example, the process to revoke the rights to encrypted email is much more complicated on Microsoft’s service than competitors like Mimecast, which allows this through a click of a button in Outlook. There is also no reporting or analytics of the encryption service offered at present.

This service is not as fully featured as competitors and will therefore appeal to O365 customers requiring a basic and easy to use email encryption service. However, for organizations requiring more advanced features, companies should consider trialling a more fully featured encryption service.

Overall Score
Encryption Methods
Customizable Policy
Ease of Use for End Users
Auditing and Reporting

Summary

Review date: October 11th 2018

Snapshot: Offers enhanced security and controls for email encryption.

What is the Cisco Registered Envelope Service?

The Cisco Registered Envelope Service is an email encryption tool which is fully compliant and offers many customisable features and policies to end users. It has a focus on giving end users more control over the email they send. End users are given the ability to recall messages, expire them, and disable forwarding, all within their existing email platform. The solution is available as a desktop plug in and as email mobile app. The encryption service works via recipients opening encrypted emails after verifying their identity through a secure web portal. End users can manually encrypt emails and emails can be encrypted according to admin policies.

For: Customers looking for secure web portal type encryption with end user controls within existing email clients.

Not For:**Enterprise customers** looking for a comprehensive range of different encryption methods.

Features:

  • Platform is cloud based and so easy to deploy and manage, working within existing email platforms
  • Ensures businesses are taking proactive steps to increasing email security and meets compliance requirements
  • Multiple end user controls offered that are accessed within the existing email client, including requesting read receipts, setting up message expiration dates and controlling replying/forwarding
  • Emails can be automatically encrypted via policies** configured by admins
  • End users can manually encrypt emails with a button within the existing email client
  • Audits and reports offered to show where encrypted emails are being sent
  • Easy to use for end users

Expert Insight:

Cisco Registered Envelope Service is one of the most all rounded products in the Email Encryption category. It has great customisable policies for admins and the service is one of the best available for giving end users features. Senders can encrypt their own messages manually as well set forwarding rules, recall messages and set expiration dates all from their own inbox. The service is easy to deploy for admins and easy to use for end users, operating within their existing email platform on desktop and with an app on mobile. There are also good reporting and auditing tools offered.

While offering multiple end users controls and admin policies, this platform does only offer one type of encryption method. However, if your organizations is looking for secure web portal type encryption with a range of end user controls and admin polices, the Cisco Registered Envelope service is a platform you should consider.

Overall Score
Encryption Methods
Customizable Policy
Ease of Use for End Users
Auditing and Reporting

Summary

Review date: October 15th 2018

Snapshot: End to end email encryption within O365.

What is Office 365 Message Encryption?

Office Message Encryption is Microsoft’s new email encryption service. It works directly within Outlook on Office 365 and aims to help businesses protect sensitive emails, stay in control of their data, and become compliant with their security needs. Recipients of encrypted messages who are in Office 365 will be able to read those messages seamlessly in Outlook. Users that receive encrypted messages on other email clients can view the messages in the OME portal.

For: SMBs looking for easy to use email encryption without using a third party solution.

Not For: Companies looking for advanced reporting capabilities or auditing and reports.

Features:

  • Allows sending of encrypted emails both inside and outside an organisation, with contacts who do not use O365 able to easily log in and view encrypted email
  • Low pricing for cost effective email encryption
  • Easy for end users to send and access encrypted email as it operates out of Office, so there is no third party functionality for them to lean
  • Easy to configure functionality for admins to set policies over which emails are encrypted
  • Easy to implement, being fully integrated with Office 365
  • End users have access to controls over encrypted email they send with policies such as blocking forwarding, and custom policies can be created
  • Secure gateway requires a users normal Microsoft account and password as the key to the email, so accessing encrypted messages is easy

Expert Insight:

Office Message Encryption is a new encryption service, and currently a relatively basic one. The secure web portal used to encrypt emails is an effective security measure which will protect sensitive emails, however it may not be as secure as alternative service which require a separate password to the one used to access the users email account. The service is easily implemented, and easy for end users to navigate. There are also some customisable policies for encrypted emails, such as end users being able to choose if they want the encrypted email to be forwarded or not. But this is a bare bones service. There are much less customisable policies offered than competitors, who generally offer the ability to stop copying and pasting and have attachment protection.

Microsoft do offer custom policies, but these can be complicated to make, and many of the features you may wish to build come as standard with other services. For example, the process to revoke the rights to encrypted email is much more complicated on Microsoft’s service than competitors like Mimecast, which allows this through a click of a button in Outlook. There is also no reporting or analytics of the encryption service offered at present.

This service is not as fully featured as competitors and will therefore appeal to O365 customers requiring a basic and easy to use email encryption service. However, for organizations requiring more advanced features, companies should consider trialling a more fully featured encryption service.