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Cisco Stealthwatch Room for Improvement

JD
Enterprise Information Security Architect at a agriculture with 5,001-10,000 employees

An issue that we are having is that people have tools to do a security analysis of network traffic and people have tools that do NetFlow analysis, but typically the security tools do the NetFlow as well. We need the security piece and there are many good NetFlow tools out there, but they don't have that. I feel like they didn't segregate the product classes enough.

When you're doing research, you are looking for network traffic analysis, not NetFlow tools or network performance monitoring. This is the type of thing that I have been running into. You have to search for something that sounds very much like the other things, but it's not.

Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run. It is for their own performance and to support their own tools, including machine learning. It's as though you have to buy this hardware stack, and I feel that contributes to the price. This is versus having my collected data and then feeding it up into the cloud. I feel like a lot of monitoring tools or a lot of analysis tools are going that route. I don't think that StealthWatch is there, yet. It isn't good when you get to the point where you need to buy a huge stack of hardware. Instead, I just pay a license for how much data I send to the cloud. It is maintained there and that way, year after year I don't have to buy new hardware when it goes end-of-life.

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MP
Senior Security Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Cisco Stealthwatch can improve by having bundled packages for popular add-ons. It would be a lot easier for people implementing it, have let's say a better way to use the product.

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Mark Lavine - PeerSpot reviewer
Airway Transportation Service Specialist at Federal Aviation Administration

We didn't want to encrypt all the traffic, but there are certain things that we needed to pull out. Eventually, we determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required.

ExtraHop and Vectra both leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning. With Cisco, it looks like you have to do some provisioning. When it's pulling out, it doesn't automatically detect certain things that you're looking for. It didn't automatically pull certain communications out of the traffic so and we had to do some manual configurations to pull this stuff out. Overall, that's really the only thing. We didn't see anything else wrong with it other than that. It seemed like a pretty good product.

In the next release, I would like to see more artificial intelligence as far as pulling out certain packets in the traffic because it's an NDR that monitors your traffic, and because there's so much traffic in general. For us, when we serve hedge funds, most of them have a lot of stuff going on their network. Transactions, talking to clients, customers, all the rest of this stuff over the wire. They've got data feeds from several sources as well — Bloomberg, Reuters. Monitoring all of that coming in and out of their network is a lot of work. I would like to have seen more artificial intelligence to detect more anomalous behavior in the network.

A UBA feature that profiles user behaviors would also be a nice addition. They have an app, but that's not a UBA feature. It just monitors all the endpoints, etc.

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JC
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best. Stealthwatch was purchased from a company called Lancope and the look and feel of the tool is a little different from some of Cisco's other security tools. There could be a little bit more machine learning type capability built into it. Some competitors are coming out with material in that area and there's a significant amount of competition moving to AI that could potentially give the competition an edge if Cisco doesn't maintain investment.

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Gerald Jimenez - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Operations Supervisor at Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

There could be better integration on the programming side, which uses Python. StealthWatch could provide a template for Python to manage the switches. For example, it would be nice if StealthWatch bounced a port automatically it detected something anomalous.

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MM
PMO Department at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Stealthwatch is still maturing in AI. It uses artificial intelligence for predictions, but AI still needs to mature. It is in a phase where you get 95% correct detection. As its AI engine learns more, it will become more accurate. This is applicable to all the devices that are using AI because they support both supervised and unsupervised machine learning. The accuracy in the case of supervised machine learning is dependent on the data you feed into the box. The accuracy in the case of unsupervised machine learning is dependent on the algorithm. The algorithm matures depending on retrospective learning, and this is how it is able to detect zero-day attacks.

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VS
Network and Security with 10,001+ employees

I can't speak to any missing features. It works well for us overall. 

It's not great as a standalone solution.

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ML
National Offering Lead - Security Practice at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

Their response capability and the ability to push out responses along with changes in the network is important. This is something lacking, they don't have a lot of that, it's a passive tool.

Cisco Stealthwatch is reliant on NetFlow and IT6. If this platform could integrate with other sources of knowledge and true threat intelligence it would help them.

It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good.

Cisco's ISE NAC is more of a detection and analytics tool. There are several pivots where it allows you to push policy, but those integrations are not very strong. It's an area that needs some improvement or attention.

Anything that they could do that would be a more action-oriented process out of Stealthwatch and pushing into the network program would be valuable.

The interface is an area that needs a bit more work, it's always been clunky.

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JB
Ingenieria at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We don't really see any limitations on the product. Overall, it's been good.

We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.

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JS
Senior Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Cisco could improve the administration for the customers.

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