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We performed a comparison between Arbor DDoS and Cisco Secure Network Analytics based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The auto-mitigation, that signaling feature, where it automatically raises an alarm that a line is under attack, is important. The upstream service provider will then do something to reduce the load on our internet lines. The fact that it's automated means I don't have to sit and always be looking at threats coming through. It does it almost automatically, without any intervention by me.""The artificial intelligence feature is most appreciated. This solution can lower the throughput and clear the traffic, which is something really important for us. It also provides good protection. It is user-friendly, and its integration has also been really fast. We have many critical applications, and it was easy to integrate Arbor DDoS with our website, mobile application, and web banking.""The most valuable feature is mitigation, which can blackhole the IP.""Companies that live from their presence on the internet will get a very high return on investment from Arbor.""The most valuable features include the traffic categorization and control of the traffic. The filtering of the traffic is very precise. When you want to stop some traffic, you precisely stop that traffic.""I like all the features together as a whole.""There were huge attacks in October, around 62 attacks at 30 gigabits per second, at one of our banks. We used Arbor DDoS to mitigate these attacks, and it performed great.""Arbor DDoS's best feature is that we can put the certificates in, and it will look at layer seven and the encrypted traffic and do the required signaling."

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"If you are using Darktrace or NAC solutions you can integrate Stealthwatch.""Cisco Stealthwatch has predefined alerts for different types of security issues that might happen in the network. Whether it's PCs or servers that are used for botnets or Bitcoin mining we receive the alerts automatically. This functionality is what we receive from the solution out of the box.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it.""It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""It provides good visibility to the customers. People are still evaluating it, but it provides visibility and helps them to take action to remediate and mitigate the issues that are highlighted on the dashboard. It has good integration with the Cisco switching platform.""Overall, the implementation is very good.""We find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen."

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Cons
"They should improve the reporting section and make it a little bit more detailed. I would like to have much better and more detailed reports.""The solution could be more granular to include logs per second and enhanced pipeline monitoring for router licenses.""An improvement would be to provide information on how pricing is done on different customer levels.""Arbor's SSL decryption is confusing and needs external cards to be installed in the devices. This is not the best solution from an architectural point of view for protecting HTTPS and every other protocol that is SSL encrypted.""The regional support here in African could improve, such as marketing and account managers.""Implementation could be better.""An improvement to Arbor DDoS would be to make evaluation licenses and virtual machines available.""An issue which needs to be addressed concerns information I received of attacks on the radar and Arbor, allegedly, not taking any action."

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"Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run.""It's not great as a standalone solution.""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.""We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""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.""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.""It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good.""The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution is a bit costly if you're a small organization, but I think it's worth the price that they are charging."
  • "Arbor DDoS is quite expensive, but all these solutions are expensive because they deal with confidential information."
  • "We do not use the Arbor Cloud DDoS solution because it is too costly."
  • "You need to find a way to get a good offering from Arbor by negotiating a price. That is the challenge."
  • "There is room for improvement with the pricing. It is an expensive solution. The issue with the pricing is more the way it is built. Right now we're paying per router, and there's a limitation there. I would like to see bundle-pricing where there is an overall solution cost."
  • "The licensing of a complete Arbor solution, including fire-walling and unified site management, can get expensive."
  • "The price of this solution is a little high in the African market, it should be lower."
  • "The price is a little high."
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  • "This is an expensive product. We have quit paying for support because we don't want to have to upgrade it and keep paying for it."
  • "It has a subscription model. There is yearly support, and there is also three-year support. It depends on what the customers want."
  • "There are additional licenses needed for the number of so-called network flows. It's hard to plan the number of flows you need in the network, this is a problem. The price of the Cisco Stealthwatch is relatively inexpensive"
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would say if it’s an ISP that will build a scrubbing center, Netscout/Arbor is a good solution. In all other solutions, Imperva is a great choice.
    Top Answer:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
    Top Answer:The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks.
    Top Answer:StealthWatch lets me see the ports running in and out and the country. It has excellent reporting, telemetry, and artificial intelligence features. With the telemetry, I can set thresholds to detect… more »
    Top Answer:We have a three-year contract with Cisco, including 24/7 online support. There are no additional costs.
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    Also Known As
    Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
    Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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    Overview

    Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT, is driven to protect the infrastructure and ecosystem of the internet. It is the principle upon which we were founded in 2000; and remains the common thread that runs through all that we do today. Arbor’s approach is rooted in the study of network traffic. Arbor’s suite of visibility, DDoS protection and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through our ATLAS infrastructure. Sourced from more than 300 service provider customers, ATLAS delivers intelligence based on insight into approximately 1/3 of global internet traffic. Supported by Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT), smart workflows and rich user context, Arbor’s network insights help customers see, understand, and solve the most complex and consequential security challenges facing their organizations.

    With Arbor DDoS you can automatically identify and stop all types of DDoS attacks and other cyber threats before they impact the availability of business-critical services.


    Arbor DDoS is an intelligently automated combination of in-cloud and on-premises DDoS attack protection that is continuously backed by global threat intelligence and expertise.

    Arbor DDoS Features and Benefits:

    • Global DDoS Protection: Arbor DDoS is an all-in-one solution offering carrier-agnostic, global DDoS protection that is backed by world-class security intelligence as well as industry leading DDoS protection products.
    • Worldwide scrubbing centers: Arbor DDoS offers comprehensive protection from the largest DDoS attacks.
    • Cloud Only and/or Hybrid Protection: The solution provides the flexibility to design comprehensive DDoS protection that fits your specific environment. It can be deployed as a cloud-only and/or an intelligent combination of in-cloud and on-premise DDoS protection.
    • Global Threat Intelligence: Arbor DDoS protection is continuously armed with the latest global threat intelligence from Netscout’s response team.
    • Automated DDoS Attack Detection and Mitigation: DDoS attacks can be automatically detected and routed to Arbor Cloud global scrubbing centers for mitigation.
    • Managed Services: To manage and optimize your on-premise DDoS protection, you can rely upon the industry-leading expertise of Arbor Networks.
    • Multi-layered Approach: As part of a layered approach to DDoS protection, Arbor Cloud provides in-cloud protection from advanced and high-volume DDoS attacks, all without interrupting access to your applications or services. Arbor Cloud’s automated or on-demand traffic scrubbing service defends against volumetric DDoS attacks that are too large to be mitigated on premises.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Below are some of the many reasons why PeerSpot users are giving Arbor DDoS an 8 out of 10 rating:

    "We use it not only for DDoS detection and protection, but we also use it for traffic analysis and capacity planning as well. We've also been able to extend the use of it to other security measures within our company, the front-line defense, not only for DDoS, but for any kind of scanning malware that may be picked up. It's also used for outbound attacks, which has helped us mitigate those and lower our bandwidth costs.” - Roman L, Sr. Security Engineer at Rackspace

    "We have taken on the Arbor Cloud subscription, which is really useful because you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity. This is a really good feature of Arbor that is available.” - Assistant General Manager at a comms service provider

    “It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler." - Erik N., Product Manager, MSx Security Services at TPx Communications

    Outsmart emerging threats in your digital business with industry-leading machine learning and behavioral modeling provided by Secure Network Analytics (formerly Stealthwatch). Know who is on the network and what they are doing using telemetry from your network infrastructure. Detect advanced threats and respond to them quickly. Protect critical data with smarter network segmentation. And do it all with an agentless solution that grows with your business.

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    Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
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    Comms Service Provider59%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Media Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Healthcare Company22%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business13%
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    Large Enterprise77%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    November 2022
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    Arbor DDoS is ranked 1st in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 16 reviews while Cisco Secure Network Analytics is ranked 4th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 9 reviews. Arbor DDoS is rated 8.6, while Cisco Secure Network Analytics is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Arbor DDoS writes "The Cloud subscription makes the scalability limitless and you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Secure Network Analytics writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". Arbor DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Radware DefensePro, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Corero and Akamai Prolexic Routed, whereas Cisco Secure Network Analytics is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, ThousandEyes and Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention.

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