Essentials: Medium and Small Business Cybersecurity

Email Security and Protection

Proofpoint Essentials delivers a cost-effective and easy-to-manage medium and small business cybersecurity solution. Essentials is specifically designed for small businesses (SMBs) and protects your organization from a comprehensive range of advanced security threats by including additional benefits, such as security awareness training, data loss prevention, email continuity, archiving, and social media protection.

Our simple and intuitive interface reduces your administrative workload and integrates seamlessly with your existing Microsoft 365 environment.


Enterprise-level security, right-sized for your business

Advanced Email Security

Proofpoint Essentials uses the same AI-powered detection technology that secures more than 75% of Fortune 100 businesses to protect your greatest security risk: your people.

Essentials enterprise-class protection stops the threats targeting small businesses. These include spam, phishing, business email compromise (BEC) and imposter emails, ransomware and malware.

With Essentials, you get:

  • Multilayered anti-spam and anti-virus security
  • Advanced protection against malicious URLs and attachments through dynamic sandboxing
  • Intelligent BEC detection for non-payload threats, such as supplier fraud and account compromise

Complete Information Protection

Losing information and exposing customers to potential data breaches can be incredibly costly and damage your company’s public image. Proofpoint Essentials reduces the risk, severity, and total number of data loss incidents for SMBs.

Proofpoint Essentials data loss prevention (DLP) and email encryption keeps your information secure from internal and external threats.

  • Detect outbound data exfiltration and automate compliance and remediation
  • Implement policy filters that immediately identify and encrypt sensitive content
  • Compose and respond to encrypted emails without leaving your inbox
  • Access pre-built dictionaries and SmartSearch identifiers that include PII, PHI, Financial, and GDPR terms

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Security Awareness Training

Creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness is crucial for organizations of all sizes.

Proofpoint Essentials Security Awareness Training does more than train your users. It helps them identify, resist, and report threats before the damage is done. This makes them a strong last line of defense against attackers.

  • Simulate phishing attacks with customizable email templates based on real-world examples curated by our Threat Intelligence team
  • Deploy engaging training content, created for small business cybersecurity, in more than 40 languages
  • Understand your risk with in-depth visibility into employee interactions with simulated attacks and assignments

User-friendly Platform

Manage your medium and small-business cybersecurity software from a single, cloud-based admin console that provides ultimate control and flexibility.

Proofpoint Essentials reduces overall complexity for administrators. At the same time, it gives you the visibility you need to understand your unique threat landscape. This helps you make better cybersecurity decisions.

  • An intuitive interface gives detailed visibility into specific threats targeting your organization
  • Fully cloud hosted: updates are automatic with no hardware to install
  • Manage all users from a single portal with per-user controls and quarantine access
  • Includes robust filter rules engine for inbound and outbound mail flow
Social media monitoring

Quickly identify malicious social media account takeovers and prevent future attacks from spreading unwanted content that damages your brand.

Business continuity

Proofpoint Essentials provides continuity functions through our 24/7 emergency inbox. We make sure that your critical email always gets through, even during a partial network failure.

Archiving and compliance

Manage your data and maintain easy access for discovery purposes, all while reducing costs and freeing your company from storage limits, with Proofpoint Essentials’ 10-year cloud archive.

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Flexibility that fits your needs

Proofpoint understands that no two organizations are alike, and security requirements may differ. That’s why Proofpoint Essentials offers flexible packages available for any sized budget. This allows you to choose the security features that fit your organization’s unique needs.

If combining advanced email security and security awareness training is your goal, our best-selling Proofpoint Essentials—Threat Protection Bundle provides you with the greatest value and most complete protection.

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Become an MSP partner

Are you a Managed Service Provider (MSP) wanting to partner with Proofpoint and offer Essentials to your customers?

Proofpoint allows you to skip deployment inefficiencies and get your clients protected fast—with full protection in as little as 30 minutes.

  • Grow your business and create new revenue streams
  • Simplify management with a single, multi-tenant admin console
  • Choose from flexible package options with white-labeling available
  • Only pay for what you need with consumptive monthly billing
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More security, less management

Learn more about Proofpoint Essentials, and how this cost-effective and easy-to-deploy email protection platform makes us the leader for small business cybersecurity.

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