Proofpoint followed up its acquisition of NetCitadel this year, as well as Sendmail and Armorize Technologies last year, with the announcement October 23 of an agreement to acquire social media security provider Nexgate for $35m. Nexgate, founded in 2011, has a set of products designed to identify and inventory a company’s social media accounts. It also provides tools for managing those accounts – such as update/approve workflows and keeping trusted configurations in place – and provides monitoring to avoid problematic social updates associated with a company’s brand (e.g., updates from outside hackers or from disgruntled/inept employees).
Proofpoint is most often cited under email security solutions in the Wave 17 study, reflecting the company’s early and best-known value proposition, capturing about 6% of responses under anti-spam/email security. Proofpoint has a number of offerings under this umbrella, including email security, email encryption, message archiving and data-loss prevention (DLP) solutions around outbound messaging, offered via both on-premises and SaaS-based delivery.
Quotes from security managers about Proofpoint from the Wave 17 Information Security Study included the following:
- “Don’t know if we’ll renew Proofpoint or go to Microsoft 365. Feedback I’ve gotten – it [Microsoft] may be adequate but not as feature-capable as Proofpoint, but [offers] tighter integration in 365 environment. Biggest pro is no cost, cheaper. I question their ability to truly protect the environment as well as some of the established brands in that space.” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
- “We will evaluate Proofpoint. We have to see. Proofpoint, we had just the basic conversation. When salespeople move their lips, they’re lying, so we have to see. Proofpoint may close some potential gaps.” – LE, Education
- “Doing a POC to move. I am an original Postini person who won’t buy into Google, so we’re evaluating Proofpoint.” – MSE, Telecom/Technology
- “Proofpoint’s record management and archiving is quite exciting for me.” – MSE, Education