Sophos Email Security and Data Protection
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Sophos Email Security earned top grades across the board, with users giving it high marks where it counted most, detecting and blocking spam, phishing, viruses and spyware. Available as software or an appliance, the product is now bundled with email encryption. Readers also praised its ease of use and integration with messaging applications.
Cisco's line of IronPort appliances was a strong contender. Long a leader in enterprise email security, IronPort particularly impressed readers with its integration qualities. The C-series and high-end X-series appliances also performed exceptionally in antispam and threat detection, and was very well regarded in every evaluation criteria in this category.
Websense Email Security
Finishing third in this competitive category is no mean feat, as Websense Email Security earned high marks across the board, with no discernable weak points in readers' judgments. As with the other two email security winners, Websense's product impressed with its ability to block spam and phishing attacks and detect email-borne viruses and spyware.
"Both enterprises and SMBs are turning to hosted email security services. Thus far, SMBs more than enterprises, but there is definitely a growing interest in enterprises to outsource email security. In terms of products, still anti-spam is of the greatest demand. For enterprises, we see more demand for deep content filtering and DLP functionality." -- Chenxi Wang, principal analyst, Forrester research
2009 READERS' CHOICE AWARDS
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