Proofpoint Essentials

COMPANY: Proofpoint

Proofpoint Essentials is a complete, cloud-based security and compliance solution. It combines email security and continuity with optional encryption and archiving. Together, these capabilities protect SMEs from today’s advanced threats, compliance risks and digital fraud.

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Proofpoint Essentials Review

Review date: February 14th 2019

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.

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Proofpoint Vendor Overview

Proofpoint is a next-generation cybersecurity company that protects your people, data and brand against advanced threats and compliance risks. Built on the cloud and the world's most advanced intelligence platform, our solutions help you effectively detect and block targeted attacks and respond quickly to suspected compromises.

Employees on LinkedIn 2335
Glassdoor Rating (273 reviews)
Founded 2002
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA, US
Support Team Location(s) US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, China & Japan
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Proofpoint Essentials Features

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Proofpoint Essentials Features

Feature Description
Threat Protection Anti-virus, spam filtering, content filtering, outbound filtering, imposter email protection, sandboxing, attachment defence, social media account protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness No SLA, but customers report filtering is excellent
Reporting and Logging Comprehensive reporting and email logs
Admin Features AD integration, email classification, content control for social media, robust filter rules engine, per user controls and quarantine access
End User Features 24/7 emergency inbox to provide users email access when normal mail environment is unavailable
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Threat Protection
Spam Filtering Effectiveness
Reporting and Logging
Admin Features
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