Key Findings – The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security Q2 2019

Key Findings - The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security Q2 2019

Disclaimer: The opinions described in this article belong to the researchers and editors of The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 report. Solutions Review does not expressly condone any individual solution or solution provider.

Cambridge, MA-based analyst house Forrester Research has recently released the latest iteration of its flagship Wave Report; this report is entitled “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019.”

In their 32 criterion evaluation of email security providers, Forrester researchers Joseph Blankenship, Stephanie Balaouras, Madeline Cyr, and Peggy Dostie identified the 12 most significant vendors in the market.

The 12 solution providers listed in the Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 include Barracuda, Cisco, Clearswift, Forcepoint, Microsoft, Mimecast, Proofpoint, Retarus, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and Zix.

The Wave Report describes Forrester’s findings; specifically, it examines how each provider meets its researchers’ evaluation criteria. Additionally, with this information, Forrester’s researchers place each vendor on their Wave graph. The graph, in turn, positions each vendor as Leaders, Strong Performers, Contenders, or Challengers in relation to one another.

The editors of Solutions Review read the Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 report. Overall, here’s what we found:

The Key Capabilities in Enterprise Email Security

Within the Forrester Wave Report, the researchers outline some of the key capabilities of modern email security solutions. Enterprises can benefit from understanding which capabilities receive the most attention and which influenced placement decisions.

Indeed, enterprises can’t afford to ignore their email security. As described by Forrester, email contributes to or directly facilitates critical business processes. However, this reliance also leaves it vulnerable to various species of cyber attack. Commonly, emails fall prey to credential phishing attempts, malware, spam, and business email compromise.

Therefore, Forrester ranks anti-phishing, malicious URL detection, and data loss prevention as the most significant email security capabilities.

Also, Forrester provides a deep analysis of why these capabilities matter to business-level cybersecurity. For example, malicious URL detection helps to prevent users from visiting malicious sites in the first place. It can detect a malicious URL in an email body or in an attachment and recognize compromised legitimate domains.

Given the success rates of phishing attacks, your enterprise can’t afford to ignore these capabilities. Even a single clicked malicious URL can compromise your entire enterprise.

5 Leaders in The Forrester Wave Report

Of the 12 providers Forrester selects to the Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019, they named 5 as Leaders. The 5 Leaders are:


Forrester notes Symantec for its delivery options, security capability integration, and for its ease of use and customer support.

Trend Micro

Trend Micro received recognition for their over two decades in email security. Additionally, it works to prevent email impersonation and detecting fake logins sites.


Barracuda’s AI-based solution offers next-gen firewalls, web application firewalls, and data protection. Also, it offers phishing simulation and training.


According to Forrester, Proofpoint customers praise its overall performance and data loss capabilities. They also offer security automation and orchestration.


Cisco integrates its email security solution through enterprise ecosystems; moreover, it works to expand its authentication and data loss prevention features.

You can download the full Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 here. Also, if you would like to learn more about different forms of endpoint security, you can check out our 2019 Buyer’s Guide. 

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