Azure Firewall Manager vs Microsoft Defender for Cloud comparison

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"The most valuable feature of Azure Firewall Manager is the testing and configuration.""The tool's support is good.""It is easy to install and does not require any plugins for your browser.""The solution is very easy to set up.""The solution has improved our organization with its firewall."

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"It works seamlessly on the Azure platform because it's a Microsoft app. Its setup is similar, so if you already have a Microsoft account, it just flows into it.""It has seamless integration with any of the services I mentioned, on Azure, such as IaaS platforms, virtual machines, applications, or databases, because it's an in-house product from Microsoft within the Azure ecosystem.""It's got a lot of great features.""One important security feature is the incident alerts. Now, with all these cyberattacks, there are a lot of incident alerts that get triggered. It is very difficult to keep monitoring everything automatically, instead our organization is utilizing the automated use case that we get from Microsoft. That has helped bring down the manual work for a lot of things.""The most valuable features are ransomware protection and access controls. The solution has helped us secure some folders on our systems from unauthorized modifications.""Good compliance policies.""The most valuable features of this solution are the remote workforce capabilities and the general experience of the remote workforce.""Using Security Center, you have a full view, at any given time, of what's deployed, and that is something that is very useful."

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"The solution can improve the integration with open-source tools.""There should be a simple one-click deployment for a firewall, rather than a set of setup instructions that include steps such as the DNS configuration, et cetera.""The tool's security features need to improve. It needs also to include a monitoring system for logs. It is also complicated to find a query on the Azure firewall.""We could do only one-way NAT-ing, where the traffic comes from outside to internal, to Azure, which is fine. However, when we actually do NAT-ed traffic to hit the firewall, that way is not working.""The price is okay. This said, the solution is certainly expensive in comparison with other cloud services."

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"Customizing some of the compliance requirements based on individual needs seems like the biggest area of improvement. There should be an option to turn specific controls on and off based on how your solution is configured.""Azure Security Center takes a long time to update, compared to the on-premises version of Microsoft Defender.""There is no perfect product in the world and there are always features that can be added.""Another thing that could be improved was that they could recommend processes on how to react to alerts, or recommend best practices based on how other organizations do things if they receive an alert about XYZ.""As an analyst, there is no way to configure or create a playbook to automate the process of flagging suspicious domains.""Consistency is the area where the most improvement is needed. For example, there are some areas where the UI is not uniform across the board.""Microsoft can improve the pricing by offering a plan that is more cost-effective for small and medium organizations.""Microsoft sources most of their threat intelligence internally, but I think they should open themselves up to bodies that provide feel intelligence to build a better engine. There may be threats out there that they don't report because their team is not doing anything on that and they don't have arrangements with another party that is involved in that research."

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  • "The solution is certainly expensive in comparison with other cloud services."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable but it is reasonable for the features."
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  • "I'm not privy to that information, but I know it's probably close to a million dollars a year."
  • "We are using the free version of the Azure Security Center."
  • "Azure Defender is a bit pricey. The price could be lower."
  • "This is a worldwide service and depending on the country, there will be different prices."
  • "Security Center charges $15 per resource for any workload that you onboard into it. They charge per VM or per data-base server or per application. It's not like Microsoft 365 licensing, where there are levels like E3 and E5. Security Center is pretty straightforward."
  • "There is a helpful cost-reducing option that allows you to integrate production subscriptions with non-production subscriptions."
  • "Its pricing is a little bit high in terms of Azure Security Center, but the good thing is that we don't need to maintain and deploy it. So, while the pricing is high, it is native to Azure which is why we prefer using this tool."
  • "I am not involved in this area. However, I believe its price is okay because even small customers are using Azure Security Center. I don't think it is very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Azure Firewall Manager is the testing and configuration.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is reasonable but it is reasonable for the features.
    Top Answer:The solution can improve the integration with open-source tools.
    Top Answer:Azure Security Center is very easy to use, integrates well, and gives very good visibility on what is happening across your ecosystem. It also has great remote workforce capabilities and supports a… more »
    Top Answer:The entire Defender Suite is tightly coupled, integrated, and collaborative.
    Top Answer:Our clients complain about the cost of Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Microsoft needs to bring the cost down. What we're doing to their detriment is simply lowering the amount of log retention we're… more »
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft Azure Security Center, Azure Security Center, Microsoft ASC, Azure Defender
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    Azure Firewall Manager is a security management service that provides central security policy and route management for cloud-based security perimeters.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a comprehensive security solution that provides advanced threat protection for cloud workloads. It offers real-time visibility into the security posture of cloud environments, enabling organizations to quickly identify and respond to potential threats. With its advanced machine learning capabilities, Microsoft Defender for Cloud can detect and block sophisticated attacks, including zero-day exploits and fileless malware.

    The solution also provides automated remediation capabilities, allowing security teams to quickly and easily respond to security incidents. With Microsoft Defender for Cloud, organizations can ensure the security and compliance of their cloud workloads, while reducing the burden on their security teams.

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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Consumer Goods Company10%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm10%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Azure Firewall Manager is ranked 29th in Microsoft Security Suite with 2 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is ranked 2nd in Microsoft Security Suite with 23 reviews. Azure Firewall Manager is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall Manager writes "Useful testing, simple configuration, and scales well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud writes "The portal provides you auditing and logging capabilities". Azure Firewall Manager is most compared with Azure Firewall, AWS Firewall Manager, Palo Alto Networks Panorama and FortiGate Cloud-Native Firewall (FortiGate CNF), whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud is most compared with AWS GuardDuty, Microsoft Defender XDR, Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft Sentinel and Wiz.

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