BigID vs Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks comparison


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Categories and Ranking

Ranking in Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Data Governance (7th), Data Privacy Management Software (3rd)
Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto N...
Ranking in Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Web Application Firewall (WAF) (5th), Container Security (1st), Cloud Workload Protection Platforms (CWPP) (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (1st), Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPP) (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) category, the mindshare of BigID is 16.1%, up from 7.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is 40.6%, down from 53.1% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)
Unique Categories:
Data Governance
Data Privacy Management Software
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Container Security

Featured Reviews

AravindM - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 30, 2024
Quickly processes millions of data points, enables integration with new or unknown products via API connection and offers various scan types
The interface has been updated and looks good. Earlier, it was bit outdated. One concern I have with BigID is regarding certain scans, like the multi-scan. The issue is that we can stop and retrieve these scans, but once they start, they go through an enumeration process. This process doesn't show an exact timeline, so we can't estimate its duration. In previous versions, I believe there was an estimated time for this process, but the new update seems to have removed it. The other concern is the price. The comprehensive support and features come at a premium cost. Additionally, deployment and access for all users could be improved. Currently, it seems to be centralized, and perhaps it could be deployed for individual devices as well.
Krishnakumar M - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 4, 2024
Drastically reduces vulnerabilities and provides a single pane of glass
Prisma Cloud helps reduce vulnerabilities. The number of vulnerabilities is less. If you have 1,200 vulnerabilities, after implementing Prisma Cloud, the number is drastically reduced to 500. That is one of the key advantages of using Prisma Cloud. You can see its benefits within a month. Prisma Cloud helps to identify all the vulnerabilities in modern scenarios. For traditional scenarios, we have enough products, but a solution like Prisma Cloud helps to identify vulnerabilities in containerized environments and modern traffic scenarios. It helps with run-time security and east-west traffic. Prisma Cloud helps secure the entire cloud-native development lifecycle, across build, deploy, and run. I would rate it an eight out of ten for this. As an enterprise architect, I seek three capabilities from a solution. It should be preventative. It should be corrective, and it should be detective. Prisma Cloud is good in these aspects. I would rate it an eight out of ten for these capabilities. Palo Alto DSPM's discovery and data classification processes are comprehensive. I would rate it an eight out of ten for comprehensiveness. For data security, we have a DLP solution. We have a separate solution. We never use Palo Alto for that. Palo Alto DSPM provides us with insights into the content it has discovered. It also provides automated discovery of new data assets as they onboard and a prioritized list of all the data security posture issues in our environment. The security provided by Prisma Cloud is important for our customers, especially for our banking and finance customers. We are a service company. We never use any of these products. I am a security architect. I am the one responsible for assessing and finding the right product and then deploying the product with the help of my engineering team. Prisma Cloud definitely reduces complexity. We can see the issues or vulnerabilities that have been there for a while. We get good clarity on why they have been there and how to resolve them. Palo Alto is very good at this, and they make complex work quick and easy. Prisma Cloud drastically reduces the number of vulnerabilities in the organization. There can be 60% to 70% reduction. It also depends on the industry again. For the web-based industry, where the company is providing solutions through the internet, such as share market or banking companies, it is very helpful. Production companies rarely use online solutions. With the reduction in vulnerabilities, the security cost automatically reduces. There is an indirect impact on an organization's cost.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The tool's most valuable feature is correlation. Using BigID's data classification capabilities has strengthened our data security. It lets me classify and connect data, which helps me manage data at various classification levels."
"I like BigID's in-depth discovery and scanning capabilities, especially for unstructured data. This feature is a standout compared to competitors. The tool's data classification capabilities are impressive. It offers custom classifiers and a blend of regular exploration and artificial intelligence, making it a next-generation solution. This enhances data security, and its security posture management is straightforward and user-friendly."
"One of the most valuable things in a data-focused world is a tool, a technology that's data-centric, not trying to master data management or whatever else. It's a source of truth for what data an organization holds, giving it the ability to catalog, categorize, and understand its data."
"The data classification offered by the tool can help companies improve their security strategy"
"BigID offers different scan types for data discovery. The most powerful one is the full scan, which scans both data and metadata. However, the metadata scan is faster in comparison."
"The features that I have found most valuable are the user experience, the credentialing, and that BigID is user friendly. Additionally, you can deploy to several other Microsoft platforms and you can use it for other things, like a bigger element or a report."
"BigID integrates well with our other products."
"BigID's scanning feature is its most valuable component."
"The Twistlock vulnerability scanning tool is its most valuable feature. It provides us insight into security vulnerabilities, running inside both on-premise and public cloud-based container platforms. It is filling a gap that we have with traditional vulnerability scanning tools, where we don't have the ability to scan inside containers."
"Visibility is a key feature. Integration with other technologies across the board, whether they are Palo Alto technologies, Windows technologies, or cloud technologies, is probably the biggest thing."
"The most valuable features of the solution are areas like compliance and asset inventories, along with runtime protection."
"Integrating with a CI/CD pipeline and incorporating a vulnerability assessment process are highly effective features, especially when combined with runtime protection."
"I would say Twistlock is a fairly sophisticated tool."
"You can also integrate with Amazon Managed Services. You can also get a snapshot in time, whether that's over a 24-hour period, seven days, or a month, to determine what the estate might look like at a certain point in time and generate reports from that for vulnerability management forums."
"Prisma Cloud's monitoring features such as the compute compliance dashboard and the vulnerability dashboard, where we can get a clear visualization of their docker, have also been valuable. We can get layer-by-layer information that helps us see exactly where it's noncompliant. They update the dashboards quite frequently."
"It is a good solution. Each team should utilize it. Every good organization is now moving towards or trying to be provider agnostic, so if you are using multiple providers, you should at least give Prisma Cloud a try."


"BigID is making some forays into the GRC space, and that's a natural progression. I'd like to see that improve so that data governance is better, data risk is identified, and the ability to control and mitigate it."
"The tool currently lacks security features."
"Improvement could be made in data consent management and data privacy impact assessment."
"BigID is expensive. I prefer McAfee."
"In terms of what could be improved, when you're looking in a BigID file, you cannot really get the whole file. You have to export it to download it to another platform that allows you to completely view it, or run a program. That was one of the things that was really a disappointing point for me. Not to be able to view everything. There's a lot more data, but you can't get it all at once."
"The challenge we encountered was with data connection across multiple databases. We struggled with configuring the data connection successfully. However, with the assistance of dynamic teams, we resolved this issue."
"One concern I have with BigID is regarding certain scans, like the multi-scan. The issue is that we can stop and retrieve these scans, but once they start, they go through an enumeration process."
"More classifications about different states are needed"
"It would be ideal if they could somehow reduce the deployment time."
"The dashboard can be created at the user level instead of the cloud account level, which will help save time."
"The IM security has room for improvement."
"In terms of improvement, there are some small things like hardening and making sure the Linux resources are deployed well but that's more at an operational level."
"There needs to be a mechanism that allows me to manually configure compliance more easily."
"We would like it to have more features from the risk and compliance perspectives."
"They need to make the settings more flexible to fit our internal policies about data. We didn't want developers to see some data, but we wanted them to have access to the console because it was going to help them... It was a pain to have to set up the access to some languages and some data."
"It can be too expensive for small companies."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The pricing depends. If you have thousands of data sources to connect and manage, and you struggled with an MDM package in the past, you'll find BigID valuable and even cheap. But if you're a small business, it's probably not the right tool for you."
"I think that BigID's pricing is very reasonable."
"The solution is expensive."
"The product is expensive, but so are all competitor tools"
"The solution is not licensed per user but rather based on capacity. For instance, organizations with large amounts of data, such as 50 GB or more, are the ones that typically qualify for BigID."
"The pricing and licensing are expensive compared to the other offerings that we considered."
"From my exposure so far, they have been really flexible on whatever your current state is, with a view to what the future state might be. There's no hard sell. They "get" the journey that you're on, and they're trying to help you embrace cloud security, governance, and compliance as you go."
"The pricing and the licensing are both very fair... The biggest advice I would give in terms of costs would be to try to understand what the growth is going to look like. That's really been our biggest struggle, that we don't have an idea of what our future growth is going to be on the platform. We go from X number of licenses to Y number of licenses without a plan on how we're going to get from A to B, and a lot of that comes as a bit of a surprise. It can make budgeting a real challenge for it."
"The product is very expensive, but the cost is a necessary evil; I don't know how we could have any kind of cloud presence without this type of monitoring. The pricing is calculated by module and resource usage. Ultimately, it saves us money in the amount of time we would spend uncovering what it uncovers, and we might not make the required discoveries without it anyway. Prisma offers incredible value, though I wish it were cheaper."
"Prisma Cloud Enterprise is a costly solution. You need a license for all the components. At the same time, you have everything under one roof, so I think it's still justified."
"Although the cost can be high, the value is worth the price tag."
"Prisma Cloud licensing works on credits."
"Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks is a highly expensive solution."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Insurance Company
Manufacturing Company
Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about BigID?
I like BigID's in-depth discovery and scanning capabilities, especially for unstructured data. This feature is a standout compared to competitors. The tool's data classification capabilities are i...
What needs improvement with BigID?
The interface has been updated and looks good. Earlier, it was bit outdated. One concern I have with BigID is regarding certain scans, like the multi-scan. The issue is that we can stop and retriev...
What is your primary use case for BigID?
I work in an area focused on data protection. Currently, in my practice, more than five to six projects use BigID. In the client's data source, there may be sensitive information. Each country has ...
What is your primary use case for Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks ?
Prisma Cloud helps support DevSecOps methodologies, making those responsibilities easier to manage.
What Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform do you recommend?
We like Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, since it offers us incredible visibility into our entire cloud system. We are able to easily see where our container vulnerabilities lie and and where cl...
What do you think of Aqua Security vs Prisma Cloud?
Aqua Security is easy to use and very manageable. Its main focus is on Kubernetes and Docker. Security is a very valuable feature and their speed of integration is very good. The initial setup was ...

Also Known As

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Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud, Prisma Public Cloud, RedLock Cloud 360, RedLock, Twistlock, Aporeto



Sample Customers

Home Depot, Grant Thornton LLP, Cimpress, Fidelity Investments
Amgen, Genpact, Western Asset, Zipongo, Proofpoint, NerdWallet, Axfood, 21st Century Fox, Veeva Systems, Reinsurance Group of America
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