Azure Firewall vs Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence comparison

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We performed a comparison between Azure Firewall and Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Microsoft Security Suite solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Azure Firewall vs. Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence Report (Updated: January 2024).
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"One of the best features is that it natively integrates with Azure Services and tools. When you have a third-party offering, that is not the case. But Azure Firewall provides a comprehensive and seamless security solution for your Azure resources.""I think that one of the best features is definitely the premium version, along with the IDPs in terms of the intrusion detection and prevention system.""All its features are good. That's why we recommend it.""The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive.""I like its order management feature. It doesn't have the kind of threat intelligence that Palo Alto has, but the order management makes it much simpler to know the difference.""It's auto-scalable, which is a great feature.""Azure's cost-effectiveness is its major advantage.""In terms of the reporting, it's beautiful. It integrates with Azure monitoring and with Azure policies. That piece is a big help. You can set governing policies and you can use the application firewall, as well as the Azure Firewall, to enforce those policies."

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"Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is a user-friendly software. It has efficient antivirus features.""The product's initial setup phase was straightforward.""I rate the tool's stability a ten out of ten.""The global review and remediation of malicious code is probably the most valuable feature.""The tool can proactively detect potential incidents.""I value how Threat Intelligence integrates with the different platforms in Microsoft.""It is very scalable. There are approximately 2,000 endpoints and up to 200 servers in our company.""The technical support services are excellent."

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"It has fewer features than you can get from other firewalls, like anti-spam and anti-phishing. Those kinds of things are not included. It only includes IDS and IDB.""You have to have a defined IP range within your network to associate it with your network. The problem is you have to plan ahead of time if you expect to use the firewall in the future so that you don't have to reconfigure your subnets or that specific IP range. Other than that, I don't any issues. I use it for basic configuration for a single application, so I really don't try to leverage it for multiple applications where I might find some complexity or challenges.""The development area and QA area could be improved. With those improvements, we can improve projects and take even less time to implement them.""The threat intelligence part could be better. I don't see why our customers have to get an additional solution with Azure Firewall. It would be great if they made it on par with Palo Alto.""The threat intelligence aspect of this particular firewall is not at par with other providers.""There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive.""For larger enterprises, they need to adjust the scalability.""There is room for further integration of AI into the system."

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"I would like to see more AI features and capabilities.""Microsoft itself is a major target for attacks and threats due to its size and popularity. That could be considered Microsoft's Achilles heel.""It would be beneficial to enhance the pricing structure and make it more affordable.""Having up-to-date documentation and real-time reflections in all portals would be beneficial to keep users informed about any changes. Additionally, the frequent changes in Microsoft's UI and the movement of features between different products in the set pose difficulties.""Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence should integrate with different platforms.""I would like to see more integration with other solutions. For example, integration well with Microsoft but not with other solutions.""There could be AI functionality included for features like reporting and dashboard preparation.""The stability of the product is an area of concern where improvements are required."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Azure Firewall is more expensive. If Microsoft can make Azure Firewall cheaper, I can see that all clients will think of using it. One client used FortiGate because it is much cheaper. Some clients ask me for Cisco, but in the cloud estimate, I found its cost is the same as Azure Firewall."
  • "Azure Firewall is quite an expensive product."
  • "The licensing module is good."
  • "The total cost of ownership is much less than Palo Alto, Cisco, or any other brand."
  • "It is pay-as-you-go. So, you pay based on the usage. If I remember it well, there is a basic fee, and there is a traffic fee. It is not per month. It is per hour or something like that. It is not so expensive."
  • "Azure Firewalls operate on a pay-as-you-go model, similar to cloud services."
  • "The solution is cheaper than other brands. My company has an enterprise contract and we finally got a good price with Azure."
  • "Azure Firewall comes with Azure native services. We did not buy any kind of license for it. Whether you have a free subscription or a pay-as-you-go model, you can deploy the Azure Firewall service... The amount that you use will determine how much you pay."
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  • "Considering Microsoft is constantly changing licensing, I would give it a seven out of ten. It can be difficult to get your head around it, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)."
  • "They offer two license plans: Microsoft Defender for endpoints and Microsoft Defender for businesses."
  • "The product’s pricing is worth it."
  • "The solution can be licensed, but most users would already have it in their Office 365 license."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "The tool is expensive as a stand-alone solution. However, it is not cheap when you purchase it as a bundle."
  • "I rate the product's price a six or seven on a scale of one to ten, where one is expensive, and ten is cheap."
  • "I use the product's default version, which is a free one and not the licensed version."
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    Azure Firewall is a user-friendly, intuitive, cloud-native firewall security solution that provides top-of-the-industry threat protection for all your Azure Virtual Network resources. Azure Firewall is constantly and thoroughly analyzing all traffic and data packets, making it a very valuable and secure fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability. Azure Firewall allows users to create virtual IP addresses and provides for secure DDoS protection for the virtual machines on your network. It also provides fast and efficient east-west and north-south traffic security.

    Azure Firewall is a managed, cloud-based network security service built to protect your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a fully stateful firewall as a service with built-in high availability and unrestricted cloud scalability.

    Azure Firewall has two significant offerings, Standard and Premium.

    Azure Firewall Standard works directly with Microsoft Cyber Security and supplies excellent L3-L7 filtering and threat awareness. The proactive real-time threat awareness will quickly alert you and immediately deny all traffic to and from any known problematic or suspicious domains or IP addresses. Microsoft Cyber Security is updated continually to protect against all new and known potential threats at all times. To learn more about Azure Firewall Standard, click here.

    Azure Firewall Premium provides everything the standard version does, and additionally adds extra levels of data encryption, network intrusion detection, extended URL filtering, and Web category filters. To learn more about the added features of Azure Firewall Premium, click here.

    Key Benefits and Features of Azure Firewall:

    • High availability - You do not need load balancers with Azure Firewall; it's already built in and ready to go.
    • Self-scalability - Azure Firewall is intuitive and will auto-scale as needed based on traffic flow to be ready for peak traffic times.
    • Threat awareness - Using Microsoft Cyber Security to filter traffic, Azure Firewall will deny any known problematic threats to keep your network safe.
    • Additional IP addresses - You can securely add up to 250 public IP addresses with Azure Firewall
    • Improved web category filtering - You can set up specific protocols to allow or deny categories within websites that are deemed inappropriate for use within your network. You have the ability to organize categories based on a defined set of descriptions.

    What our real users have to say:

    Many PeerSpot users found Azure Firewall to be very user-friendly and easy to use. They liked that it offers seamless integration to the cloud and were especially pleased with the threat filtering options.

    Regarding integration and threat intelligence, our users wrote:

    “The most valuable feature is the integration into the overall cloud platform.”

    The most valuable feature is threat intelligence. It is based on filtering and can identify multiple threats.”

    I think that one of the best features is definitely the premium version, along with the IDPs in terms of the intrusion detection and prevention system.”

    Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is a comprehensive security solution that provides organizations with real-time insights into the latest cyber threats. Leveraging advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, it offers proactive threat detection and response, enabling businesses to stay one step ahead of attackers. With Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence, organizations gain access to a vast array of threat intelligence data, including indicators of compromise (IOCs), security incidents, and emerging threats. This data is collected from a wide range of sources, such as Microsoft's global sensor network, industry partners, and security researchers, ensuring comprehensive coverage and accuracy. The solution's advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms analyze this threat intelligence data in real-time, identifying patterns, trends, and anomalies that may indicate a potential security breach. By continuously monitoring the network and endpoints, Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence can quickly detect and respond to threats, minimizing the impact of attacks and reducing the time to remediation. 

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    Financial Services Firm24%
    Manufacturing Company12%
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    Small Business26%
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    Large Enterprise63%
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    Azure Firewall vs. Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence
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    Azure Firewall is ranked 11th in Microsoft Security Suite with 11 reviews while Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is ranked 16th in Microsoft Security Suite with 21 reviews. Azure Firewall is rated 7.2, while Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Firewall writes "Made our solution safer, more scalable, but manual configuration for deployment could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence writes "A native Microsoft solution the provides great ROI and continuously improves its offering". Azure Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate-VM, Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks VM-Series, Check Point NGFW and Microsoft Defender for Cloud, whereas Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, STAXX, ThreatConnect Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP), Cisco Threat Grid and Microsoft Defender for Office 365. See our Azure Firewall vs. Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence report.

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