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Proofpoint Essentials

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Proofpoint Essentials

Snapshot

Proofpoint Essentials is designed for small and medium sized enterprises to protect their customers from spam, viruses and data loss.

For

Small and Midsized organizations looking for strong email protection with optional archiving and compliance. Competitive pricing.

What is Proofpoint Essentials?

Proofpoint is a cyber security vendor 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.

Features of Proofpoint Essential?

  • 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
  • Simple deployment for Exchange, Office 365 and Google G Suite mail platforms
  • Integrates directly with Azure providing integrated adminstration for Office 365 and Exchange customers
  • Over 36,000 end customers, including 18,000+ customers on Office 365
  • Eligible Resellers and MSPs of Proofpoint Essentials get a free 50-user not for resale license of the Proofpoint Essentials Professional package.

Expert Insight:

Proofpoint Essentials is a strong solution for email protection, encryption, archiving and continuity, delivered as a single platform, with a single admin console. Proofpoint has excellent security research, ensuring they deliver strong threat protection, which has consistently scored highly for accuracy in tests against competitors. Proofpoint provides effectively blocks spam, with granular admin control over the strength of the spam filters.

Essentials is a cost-effective solution, with many features such as archiving and encryption included as part of the Business package that would otherwise be expensive add-ons. Essentials provides a range of reports and logs to give you more control and awareness over your email network. Proofpoint’s admin console is modern, providing granular controls and improved threat reporting.

With Essentials, Proofpoint provides smaller and mid-sized organizations with enterprise class email security. It’s an ideal solution for smaller teams and for MSPs, with easy set-up, deployment, and competitive pricing.

Proofpoint Essentials: The Key Features for MSPs and Resellers

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Profile: Proofpoint Essentials

Category:
Email Security Gateway
Vendor:
Proofpoint
Website:
proofpoint.com
Founded:
2002
HQ:
Sunnyvale, CA, US
Deployment:
Cloud, MX Record Redirection
Starting Price:
$1.50 to $5.33 user/month, 4 different versions
Suitable For:
Small and medium sized enterprises, Resellers & MSPs

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User Reviews

Managing Director

MSP

IT Security, 2-9 employees

Used the product for: Free trial

Oct 2, 2019

4.5

"Managing Director"

What did you like best when using this solution?

Capabilites of accurate anti Spam Filtering, excellent management capabilities, easiness of setup.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

Initially we had a lot of false positives, we needed to disable bulk-email quarantine but we are still receving a lot of bulk email so we need to futher tune the level of anti-spam filtering.

Describe your over overall experience with Proofpoint Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

Indeed, it did.

IT Manager

Existing Customer

Software, 250-500 employees

Used the product for: 2+ years

Oct 1, 2019

5.0

"Protects with multi-layered protection"

What did you like best when using this solution?

End users are protected with multiple layers of spam and virus filtering. Blocks almost all spam emails. End users like the daily quarantine reports which provides them clear visibility of which spam emails have been stopped. I like the real-time analysis when users click on URL's contained in an email. This has prevented several attempted phishing attacks.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

The system doesn't allow split routing of email. You cant configure PPE to deliver email to the email server local to the end user. However, we are moving to Office 365 so this will become a non-issue.

Describe your over overall experience with Proofpoint Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

Impressive service that works quietly in the background with minimal day-to-day management. When purchasing, we looked at Proofpoint and Mimecast. We selected the Proofpoint Professional Package which was a third cheaper than the equivilant Mimecast M2A package.

Network Operations Manager

Existing Customer

Industrial Machinery, 500-1,000 employees

Used the product for: Less than 6 months

Aug 30, 2019

5.0

"We now have clean email!"

What did you like best when using this solution?

We implemented Proofpoint Essentials to replace a Barracuda appliance. Barracuda was letting through too much spam and since cutting over to Proofpoint, we have had a massive increase in the amount of spam stopped. Things we like about Proofpoint:
- Integrates directly with Azure and sync's across our users every hour
- Powerful spam filter, we now have clean email!
- We have over 55 domain names and its easy for our admin team to add new domain names on to Proofpoint for filtering
- End users like the spam quaratine reports. From the reports, end users have control over allowing or blocking senders. Also end users can login to their portal via the spam report
- Good pricing. We have 445 users and snagged a great price

What did you dislike about using this solution?

The need to publish a TXT record on each domain name to verify it on Proofpoint.

Describe your over overall experience with Proofpoint Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

Proofpoint has done a great job in protecting our business from email threats. The service is unobtrusive and end users are happy with its spam filtering. Unlike Barracuda, we no longer have to whitelist senders - Proofpoint is able to work out what is clean email and what is spam.

IT Consultant

Reseller

Consulting, Myself Only

Used the product for: Less than 6 months

May 12, 2019

4.5

"Great protection, great price, backed by an industry-leading solution"

What did you like best when using this solution?

Essentials uses the same best-in-class filters and features (attachment defense and TAP) as its Enterprise sibling, with an easier to use and friendlier UI (which is in beta as of May 2019). It's also quite granular on its settings and the new threat dashboard is a welcome addition. Super easy to deploy and get started.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

Some of the components have not been updated to the new version and have some weird quirks such as releasing multiple emails from quarantine, reclassifying multiple emails, automatic reports and report exporting.

While not work-stopping, they can be annoying. However, they are stated to be rebuilt in 2H 2019.

As another reviewer said, changes such as new users are applied at the top of the hour and are not instant.

Describe your over overall experience with Proofpoint Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

It is a great product for businesses that want the same level of protection as the Enterprise sibling at a much more affordable price-point without sacrificing a lot of features.

Looking forward to see how they incorporate their Cloudmark acquisition into their filters. I'm a big fan of Proofpoint and their mission and would highly recommend it if you're looking for a simple to use, but powerful solution.

Technical Director

MSP

MSP, 25-100 employees

Used the product for: 2+ years

May 8, 2019

4.0

"Proofpoint Essentials"

What did you like best when using this solution?

The feature list is impressive with attachment defence, URL re-writing and Azure AD integration along with standard LDAPS integration. The solution does a good job of blocking spam and viruses and the URL and Attachment defence protect you long after the email has been sent. It's easy to deploy and setup and the portal is quick.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

The logs are not instantly updated which doesn't cause a major issue but something to be aware of. Changes such as new users are applied at the top of the hour and are not instant. The licensing model is a challenge however - your processes need to be spot on to remove users from the system to prevent being billed and that's worse when LDAPS is used as it picks up all sorts of users from AD.

Describe your over overall experience with Proofpoint Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

The product works well and is technically good. The licensing model sucks however......