Vendor: SonicWall
Price: $200 Hosted email security with 24/7 support for 10 user/year.
Contact: sonicwall.com

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Strengths:
Provides cloud-based threat defense, email continuity, DLP, and compliance with the most up-to-date protection against common and emergent attacks.
Weakness:
None that we found.
Verdict:
If safeguarding your network with the latest protection is something that you aspire to have, then SonicWall’s Hosted Email Security or Email Security Appliance should be on your shortlist of products to consider.

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Summary

SonicWall Hosted Email Security provides multilayered, inbound and outbound protection from advanced threats with advanced protection techniques like Adversarial Bayesian filtering. SonicWall subsequently enforces data loss prevention and compliance policies.

It leverages real-time threat intelligence feeds from more than one million security sensors deployed globally as part of the SonicWall Cloud Platform. It has been designed to meet the needs of any organization, regardless of size, and is available as a cloud-based email security solution, application, virtual appliance or as a software add-on for Windows based servers.

Split-mode architecture is a unique feature that can be leveraged for companies with larger environments that need to be able to scale. This uses a control center and remote analyzers placed in a demilitarized zone. When using split-mode, the configurations are the same as when using the all-in-one architectural layout. The remote analyzers accept and scan all mail, deciding whether it is safe. If deemed unsafe, threats are defined as likely or definite and quarantined in Junk Box. Split-mode comes with the ability to easily expand, add redundancy, and add performance. Split gives the ability to expand, add redundancy, and add performance. You can have multiple paths placed anywhere for customized separations, like geographic locations for example. As with the rest of the platform, settings can be very granular and applied to each path separately. Paths can even be assigned to different analyzers.

Capture Advanced Threat Protection is a cloud-based, multi-engine sandbox that features realtime, deep memory inspection of data utilizing AI to block dangerous files or email before they reach your network. This fine-grained, user-transparent inspection of SMTP traffic forces any attachments to expose any and all malicious content without having to go through a dormant period or wait to identify certain malicious characteristics. According to an internal study, Capture blocks, on average, 8-10 new variants of malware within a single year.

Policy filters come with out-of-the-box options and options for customization with flexible conditions, like setting the desired level of filtering aggressiveness and configurable categories.

The customizable dashboard displays a high-level overview with charts and graphs that can be exported in the form of detailed reports, so no additional reporting programs are necessary. Those looking for more detailed information can drill down into the reports and charts for deeper insights.

Pricing begins at $200. 24/7 phone support is bundled with built-in escalation mechanisms is offered with all the security subscription option (one month, one year and three years). Web support is offered through the customer management platform with FAQs and a knowledgebase.

On-premises appliance pricing is offered with three different models and up-front costs: Low pricing (model ESA5000) $1,500. Mid pricing option (model ESA7000) $7,000. High pricing option (model ESA9000) $18,000. Virtual appliance is priced at $600. The Windows-based software offering is priced at $250.

Tested by Matthew McMurray