Proofpoint Essentials

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Proofpoint Essentials


Proofpoint Essentials is designed for MSPs to protect their customers from spam, viruses and data loss.


Small and Midsized organizations looking for strong email protection with optional archiving and compliance at cost effective 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 and is sold through resellers and MSPs.

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

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.

Expert Insights suggest that organizations requiring robust protection from email threats use a secure email gateway in conjunction with a separate post delivery protection solution to ensure robust protection from phishing attacks.

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Profile: Proofpoint Essentials

Email Security Gateway
Sunnyvale, CA, US
Cloud, MX Record Redirection
Starting Price:
$1.50 to $5.33 user/month, 4 different versions
Suitable For:
Designed for MSPs

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User Reviews

IT Consultant


Consulting, Myself Only

Used the product for: Less than 6 months

May 12, 2019


"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, 25-100 employees

Used the product for: 2+ years

May 8, 2019


"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......