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Symantec Brightmail Gateway vs Sophos Puremessage

Created: 28 Sep 2010 • Updated: 29 Oct 2010 | 4 comments
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Comparison about Symantec Brightmail Gateway.. Any advantages and disadvantages of the products?

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TSE-JDavis's picture

I am not very aware of this product, but from their website it looks like it is more similar to our Mail Security products for Exchange and Domino that install on the mail server. It does not look like a gateway product that sits between the outside world and your Mail Server.

Their Sophos Email Appliances look more like the Brightmail Gateway. What I cannot see is if they offer virtualization of this product, like we do for the Brightmail Gateway. This makes it much easier for customers to maintain the hardware with their chosen vendor and have multiple appliances on the same physical machine and integrating it into their existing virtual environment which has become very popular.

Cricket17's picture

Agree, PureMessage is a mail server add-on.  Which Symantec also sells.  It's not a gateway product.

SBG is probably compareable to

The do have a encrypted mail solution - encrypted PDFs.  This is different than the TLS Brightmail provides.

akottas's picture

Brightmail Gateway's key differentiation is around antispam and antivirus effectiveness and accuracy (blocking more spam with fewer false positives) that leverage the breadth and depth of the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, as well as strong DLP policies, robust LDAP integration, rich reporting, and ties into other Symantec products such as Enterprise Vault, Symantec Data Loss Prevention, and Symantec PGP.

For encrypted email beyond TLS, Brightmail Gateway offers a hosted encryption service, Symantec Content Encryption, leveraging the Symantec Hosted Services infrastructure, and can also integrate into the market-leading PGP Universal Gateway offering.

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Product Name Symantec Brightmail Gateway Sophos Email Security and Data Protection

Protection Reliable and effective antivirus protection, including zero-day protection Effectively guard against evolving and new zero-day threats with Sophos's unique real-time Behavioral Genotype malware engine

Content Filtering Advanced content filtering, data loss prevention, and encryption protect sensitive client data and valuable confidential information Prevent accidental loss of sensitive information with unique and simple Data Loss Protection (DLP)

Spam Filtering Protects messaging infrastructure and helps ensure business uptime and user productivity by reducing spam volume and keeping email secure. Fit Email Security and Data Protection solutions around the way you work, harnessing their unparalleled ease-of-use and flexibility

Data Loss Prevention Protects company reputation and manages risks associated with data loss, internal governance, and regulatory compliance.  

Administration Comprehensive reporting featuring a dashboard, executive summary and detailed reports demonstrating efficacy and impact while proactively highlighting threat trends and potential compliance issues  

Appliance Symantec Brightmail Gateway appliances feature integrated, award-winning antispam, antivirus, advanced content filtering, and data loss prevention technologies to protect against email-borne threats and control the flow of sensitive data at the SMTP gateway.  

Reports Reduces administrative costs by removing the complexity of multiple consoles, disparate policies, and incompatible logging and reporting, while demonstrating efficacy and impact of messaging security.  

LDAP High-Performance LDAP Integration – New LDAP integration architecture scales support for recipient validation, authentication, address resolution, and email routing based on a company’s LDAP infrastructure to very large enterprise deployments.  

Spam Quarantine Robust Spam Quarantine Architecture – New Spam Quarantine architecture leverages high-speed disk access to improve performance and increase scalability by up to two orders of magnitude.