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We are currently Postini users and are looking to move to a new product to battle incoming spam and viruses, and encrypt sensitive data leaving the university as well as outbound spam filtering. We have narrowed our search to Proofpoint, Barracuda, McAfee, and Axway. I looking for input from other Universities who are using one of these products to get real world feedback. Thanks, Bryan McLaughlin Information Security Officer Creighton University bmclaughlin@creighton.edu

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Bryan, I think I've mentioned here before that we're a long time user of the Proofpoint email encryption product. We have it in our outbound email stream, but not in-bound (so no spam or virus filtering). We have been extremely happy with the product so far, and I'm trying to convince our network folks to put Proofpoint behind our Barracudas as a test to see how effective the Barracudas are. We tend to see a lot of spam and viruses making it through, and Proofpoint claims they are more effective than Barracuda. On the encryption side, we have a "Send Securely" button within Outlook that users can click to designate that an email should go out encrypted. If they forget to do that and send out sensitive information, the Regulatory Compliance functionality within Proofpoint can identify that and automatically encrypt. We have it configured to then send an email to the sender to let them know that the email was encrypted (as a "teachable moment".) Also, one unintended benefit that we've found for our Proofpoint implementation is that it's been very effective in catching replies to phishing emails. Catching someone trying to send out their password and not allowing that to go out is much better than cleaning up a compromised mailbox. I'd be happy to talk to you at length about Proofpoint if you have other questions. Sherry Callahan Director, Information Security University of Kansas Medical Center (913) 588-0966 | scallahan@kumc.edu
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Hi, Bryan, Have you use "sender domain authentication" and Outbound Port 25 Blocking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_authentication http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_25_blocking#Port_25_blocking (2012/11/10 4:40), McLaughlin, Bryan S. wrote: > We are currently Postini users and are looking to move to a new product to battle incoming spam and viruses, and encrypt sensitive data leaving the university as well as outbound spam filtering. We have narrowed our search to Proofpoint, Barracuda, McAfee, and Axway. I looking for input from other Universities who are using one of these products to get real world feedback. > > Thanks, > > Bryan McLaughlin > Information Security Officer > Creighton University > bmclaughlin@creighton.edu > ============================================================= Katsuya Uchida, Professor, Ph. D. (Mr.) Professor Emeritus, Institute of Information Security, (Graduate School in Japan) http://www.uchidak.com/ (Jpn/Eng) Mail: uchidak@gol.com Skype: uchidak_jpn Twitter: WoodyTokyo =============================================================

We’ve been using Proofpoint for nine years now on both inbound and outbound E-mail.  It’s been highly effective, with few false positives.  There is little administrative overhead involved in running it – just monitoring and responding to the small number of false negatives and false positives.

 

We also have the optional encryption and regulatory compliance modules.  Our IT Security teams handle the day-to-day operation of those, but from what I know they look good.

 

In our initial evaluation against another product, the deciding factor was the quality of support provided.  Since that time, Proofpoint’s support has been consistently responsive and effective.

 

I’ll be more than happy to discuss details of our experience, if anyone is interested.

 

Tom Greer  (tg04@txstate.edu)

Core Systems

Texas State University

 

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