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Overview

Protect your Microsoft investment with Proofpoint

Proofpoint stops modern email threats, more accurately with continuous detection and analysis, pre-delivery to post-delivery to click time, throughout the entire email delivery lifecycle. It’s time to enhance your Microsoft 365 security to better protect your people and business with Proofpoint.

1K
leading organizations around the world are empowered by Proofpoint
1%
of the Fortune 100 trust Proofpoint to enhance Microsoft security in spite of using Microsoft 365 E5 security
1%
of the Fortune 1000 supplement Microsoft security with Proofpoint in spite of using Microsoft 365 E5 security
Why Proofpoint

Microsoft can’t protect itself, So, how can they protect you?

"Microsoft’s security culture was inadequate and requires an overhaul."

- Department of Homeland Security

In a recent report, the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) found Microsoft’s “cascade of security failures” resulted in a catastrophic breach.

Choose a cybersecurity provide that delivers people-centric security. Choose Proofpoint.

10 Microsoft breaches and counting.
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Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

 

With Proofpoint, your organization can strengthen your Microsoft 365 security today.

Don’t buy the hype—what Microsoft doesn’t offer you

Microsoft 365 E3 native email security capabilities are inept against commoditized email threats like phishing, malware and ransomware. Microsoft’s solution? Sell you more Microsoft. Microsoft 365 E5 add-on capabilities, including Defender, are ineffective against modern threats, such as advanced credential phishing, business email compromise (BEC) and socially engineered attacks. So, don’t buy the Microsoft consolidation hype.

 

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

Why customers choose Proofpoint over Microsoft

Superior detection efficacy

Microsoft on average misses more than 30% of all threats targeting organizations. Bad actors are easily bypassing native and add-on Microsoft 365 security controls, including MFA, and exploiting its outdated capabilities. Microsoft is ineffective against modern threats, forcing frequent and cumbersome updates just to maintain basic email protections. Microsoft delivers poor detection effectiveness, high false positives and is highly complex to operate and maintain.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

Proofpoint provides continuous detection and analysis pre- and post-delivery through click time, giving you superior end-to-end threat protection. Our high-fidelity detection stack uses advanced AI, machine learning (ML), large language models (LLMs) and industry-leading threat intelligence to detect the most advanced email threats. With Proofpoint, you get 99.99% email detection efficacy, lower false positives, and an easy-to-use and easy-to-operate solution.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

AI-driven Threat Protection

Microsoft struggles to detect and mitigate modern email threats, such as credential phishing, business email compromise (BEC) and socially engineered attacks. Microsoft’s static detection and analysis capabilities lead to poor threat detection and leaves your organization open to compromise. While Microsoft promotes generative AI to improve your security, it doesn’t work well. It delivers inferior threat detection to your organization at a higher cost.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

Proofpoint has an AI-powered, multilayered detection stack that combines threat intelligence, static and dynamic threat analysis, behavioral AI, semantic analysis LLM, and predictive URL analysis and sandboxing to identify and stop modern threats in their tracks. With over two decades of AI/ML experience and more than 250 (and counting) AI patents, we deliver superior threat detection and end-to-end protection against modern email threats.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

People and threat visibility

Microsoft can’t protect what it can’t see. With a lack of campaign and threat insights, no threat campaign correlation and no people risk visibility, Microsoft is blind to your biggest organizational risk: your people. Because they can’t identify people-based risk, Microsoft is in the dark to campaigns targeting your organization, and most important, your people being targeted.

Proofpoint tracks threat trends, correlates campaign insights and automates threat forensics to allow you to better understand the type of threats impacting your organization. Combined with our Very Attacked People™ (VAPs) visibility, we allow you to see which threats are targeting your users and how threat actors are attacking them. This allows you to quickly identify the users most at risk and potentially compromised, so you can take immediate remediation actions.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft at a glance:

People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Email Hygiene

Connection filter

Inbound email authentication

Basic email hygiene (AV/AS)

Basic fraud protection (domain spoofing, display name and more)

Advanced BEC protection

 

Contextual email warning tags

 

User-report message automation

Email message hold

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Advanced Email Threats

Basic attachment reputation

Basic attachment sandboxing

Basic URL rewrite

Comprehensive URL sandboxing (pre- and post-delivery)

 

Manual message remediation

Basic automatic message remediation (URLs and attachments)

Browser isolation (Very Attacked People)

 

Semantic analysis LLM detection (pre-delivery)

 

Advanced QR code detection and analysis (scan all inbound URLs pre-delivery)

 

Misdirected email and attachments

 

Comprehensive campaign and threat insights

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Identity and Account Takeover Threats

Agentless threat detection

 

Deception-based threat detection

 

Automated reset of malicious user account configuration changes in M365

 

Sophisticated account takeover detection

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Supplier Risk Threats

Compromised vendor account identification and alerting

 

Supplier compromised account risk scoring

 

Adaptive controls (isolation) for compromised supplier accounts and Very Attacked People

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
 

Secure transactional email from internal applications and SaaS providers

 

DMARC compliance of transactional email via DKIM-signing

 

Application email regulatory compliance via encryption and data loss prevention

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Visibility and Reporting

Delivered threat alerting

Forensics/IOCs (URLs and attachments)

 

Campaign correlation

 

Threat actor analytics, reports and trending

 

SaaS application visibility

People risk explorer

 

Adaptive controls to combat targeting trends

 

Executive threat summarization

Condemnation threat summarization

 

Comprehensive identity vulnerability discovery and remediation, including cloud services and endpoints

 

Attack path visibility to prioritize risk remediation

 

Full attack sequence timeline view

 

Suspected compromised supplier account insights

 

Spoofed supplier domain visibility

 

Global supplier high-risk rankings

 

Comprehensive suspicious domain visibility

 

Complete email domain visibility (hijacked domains, domain abuse rate, DMARC, SPF, DKIM pass rates and more)

 

Supplier DMARC record validation visibility (Nexus Supplier Risk Explorer)

 

Supplier DMRAC message volume and message visibility from lookalike supplier domains (Nexus Supplier Risk Explorer)

 
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Training

Security awareness training

(Limitied)
People Protection Feature Comparison
Proofpoint Complete
Microsoft 365 E5
Email Hygiene

Connection filter

Inbound email authentication

Basic email hygiene (AV/AS)

Basic fraud protection (domain spoofing, display name and more)

Advanced BEC protection

 

Contextual email warning tags

 

User-report message automation

Email message hold

 
Advanced Email Threats

Basic attachment reputation

Basic attachment sandboxing

Basic URL rewrite

Comprehensive URL sandboxing (pre- and post-delivery)

 

Manual message remediation

Basic automatic message remediation (URLs and attachments)

Browser isolation (Very Attacked People)

 

Semantic analysis LLM detection (pre-delivery)

 

Advanced QR code detection and analysis (scan all inbound URLs pre-delivery)

 

Misdirected email and attachments

 

Comprehensive campaign and threat insights

 
Identity and Account Takeover Threats

Agentless threat detection

 

Deception-based threat detection

 

Automated reset of malicious user account configuration changes in M365

 

Sophisticated account takeover detection

 
Supplier Risk Threats

Compromised vendor account identification and alerting

 

Supplier compromised account risk scoring

 

Adaptive controls (isolation) for compromised supplier accounts and Very Attacked People

 
 

Secure transactional email from internal applications and SaaS providers

 

DMARC compliance of transactional email via DKIM-signing

 

Application email regulatory compliance via encryption and data loss prevention

 
Visibility and Reporting

Delivered threat alerting

Forensics/IOCs (URLs and attachments)

 

Campaign correlation

 

Threat actor analytics, reports and trending

 

SaaS application visibility

People risk explorer

 

Adaptive controls to combat targeting trends

 

Executive threat summarization

Condemnation threat summarization

 

Comprehensive identity vulnerability discovery and remediation, including cloud services and endpoints

 

Attack path visibility to prioritize risk remediation

 

Full attack sequence timeline view

 

Suspected compromised supplier account insights

 

Spoofed supplier domain visibility

 

Global supplier high-risk rankings

 

Comprehensive suspicious domain visibility

 

Complete email domain visibility (hijacked domains, domain abuse rate, DMARC, SPF, DKIM pass rates and more)

 

Supplier DMARC record validation visibility (Nexus Supplier Risk Explorer)

 

Supplier DMRAC message volume and message visibility from lookalike supplier domains (Nexus Supplier Risk Explorer)

 
Training

Security awareness training

(Limited)
The Proof

Proofpoint is the proven leader.

At Proofpoint, our mission is to protect your people and your business. Microsoft’s mission is to sell you more Microsoft. Microsoft email security is outdated, ineffective and they know it, so they sell you more solutions. Unlike Microsoft, Proofpoint provides a complete email security solution that provides you with end-to-end protection against known and unknown threats. It’s no wonder why 83% of the Fortune 100 trust Proofpoint to enhance Microsoft native security.

 

"However, we (Forrester) dinged Microsoft on inconsistencies in reporting across dashboards and on the number of malicious emails that continue to reach inboxes despite the arsenal of well-regarded detection and response capabilities the vendor brings to bear."
- Forrester Wave

Forrester: Leader, strategy and current offering

Proofpoint ranked #1 in G2's Summer 2023 Email Security Report

Best Relationship Enterprise Summer 2023
Momentum Leader Summer 2023
Proofpoint G2 Leader Summer 2023 badge
G2 Awards
G2 Awards
Resources

We’re recognized as an industry leader by leading analyst firms and customers alike.

Forrester Wave
Resource
Proofpoint Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2023
Frost Radar
Resource
Proofpoint Recognized as Market Leader in Growth and Innovation in Frost Radar™: Email Security, 2022
More Reasons

Microsoft is complex to run—and complex to maintain

Microsoft email security is nice and shiny, but it’s a nightmare to operate and maintain. The allure of Microsoft fades quickly when you consider its risks. It has hidden costs and complexities that burdened organizations in terms of maintenance, operational efficiencies, customer support and total cost of ownership (TCO).

Unlike Microsoft, Proofpoint provides you with an easy-to-use and an easy-to-operate solution while delivering superior operational efficiencies, and lower risks and total cost of ownership.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

 

Better together with Proofpoint

Microsoft talks a big game about safeguarding people, data and infrastructure. What they really mean is: We only protect Microsoft applications, systems and infrastructure, such as Microsoft 365,Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and others. Microsoft doesn’t secure and integrate with leading third-party cybersecurity vendors. Why would they? They want you to buy more Microsoft solutions.

Proofpoint vs. Microsoft

Unlike Microsoft, Proofpoint integrates and supports a rich ecosystem of leading cybersecurity vendors, such as CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks, CyberArk, Okta, SailPoint, and even Microsoft Defender and Sentinel. Our API-based integrations combine endpoint, network and identity intelligence with Proofpoint threat intelligence, behavioral AI and machine learning. This provides you with enhanced security coverage, advanced threat detection and remediation, and lower operational costs.

Securing your Microsoft 365 security is simple and straightforward with Proofpoint.

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