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

Find out in this report how the two Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Secure Network Analytics vs. Kentik report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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  • "The pricing is very good. It's less expensive than many of the tools out there."
  • "The pricing is high."
  • "Their licensing model is antiquated. I'm not a fan of their licensing model. We have to pay for licensing based on four different things. You have to pay based on the number of unique IPs, the number of logs that we send through Recall and Stream, and the size of our environment. They need to simplify their licensing down to just one thing. It should be based on the amount of data, the number of devices, or something else, but there should be just one thing for everything. That's what they need to base their licensing on. Cost-wise, they're not cheap. They were definitely the most expensive option, but you get what you pay for. They're not the cheapest option."
  • "From a pricing perspective, they are very commercially competitive. From a licensing perspective, just be conscious that some of their future cloud solutions come with additional subscriptions. Also, if you're outside of the US, you will get charged freight for the device back to your country."
  • "Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio."
  • "Vectra's licensing model could scale to our research network, which has multiple, 100-gigabit links."
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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:The two platforms take a fundamentally different approach to NDR. Corelight is limited to use cases that require the… more »
    Top Answer:Cognito Streams gives you a detailed view of what happens in the network in the form of rich metadata. It is just a… more »
    Top Answer:Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.
    Top Answer:StealthWatch lets me see the ports running in and out and the country. It has excellent reporting, telemetry, and… 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… more »
    Top Answer:One of the valuable features is the intuitive nature of building out reports, and then triggering actions based on… more »
    Top Answer:Without speaking directly about numbers, it's about the cost of a cross-connect, per device per month. Of course, some… more »
    Top Answer:I believe they're already working on this, but I would love for them to create better integrations from network flow… more »
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    Also Known As
    Vectra Networks, Vectra AI NDR
    Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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    Overview

    Vectra threat detection and response is a complete cybersecurity platform that collects, detects, and prioritizes security alerts. The Cognito platform for Network Detection and Response (NDR) detects and responds to attacks inside cloud, data center, Internet of Things, and enterprise networks. The platform also provides automated response capabilities for low-level threats and escalates more severe anomalies to security personnel.

    Cognito captures data for multiple relevant sources and enriches it with context and security insights. It starts by deploying sensors across different networks in datacenters, IoT, or enterprise networks. The algorithm extracts relevant metadata from network and cloud traffic. The information can also be non-security information that can help investigation. 

    The data is enriched with security context to support critical use cases, such as threat detection, investigation, hunting and compliance. The platform is machine learning-based, which enables it to adapt to any new and current threat scenario. It detects, clusters, prioritizes, and anticipates attacks by using identity and host-level enforcement. 

    With the Vectra platform, a person can investigate 50 threats in just two hours. By prioritizing alerts and leveraging threat intelligence, it provides faster results.Vectra solves today’s security challenges for network detection and response. 

    One of Vectra’s best features is the emphasis they put in pairing research and data science for security insights. It offers behavior codification with unsupervised, supervised, and deep learning models. 

    The pricing is according to a subscription model with a free trial available.Vectra is available for Office 365, Azure AD and AWS Brain.

    Features of Vectra AI

    • AI-based threat detection and response. 
    • Detects attacks in real time with behavior-based threat detection. 
    • Consolidates and correlates thousands of events, detecting threats. 
    • Enriches threat investigation with a chain of evidence and data science security insights. 
    • Machine learning techniques, including deep learning and neural networks. 
    • Gives visibility into cyberattackers and analyzes all network traffic. 
    • Continuous updates with new threat detection algorithms. 
    • Provides encryption at rest and in transit. For the AWS version, it offers AES-256 encryption via AWS Key Management Service. 
    • Guaranteed availability according to the SLA of the service selected. 
    • Does not connect to public sector networks. 

    Benefits of Vectra AI

    • Behavioral models use AI to find unknown attackers. 
    • Context increases the accuracy of threat hunting. 
    • Allows for proactive action by prioritizing the most relevant information. 
    • Provides a clear picture and extensive context for investigations. 
    • Aids decision-making in the incident response process. 
    • Helps working with large datasets by capturing metadata at scale. 
    • Automates time-consuming analysis. 
    • Reduces the security analysts’ workloads on threat investigations. 

    Other advantages of Vectra services include that they can be deployed in the public, private, or hybrid cloud. Support is available via email or online ticketing with an average of 4 hours of response. Phone support is available 24/7. 

    Vectra provides full on-site and online training and documentation. Regarding the user interface, it supports several types of web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. However, it is not available for mobile devices.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Here’s what PeerSpot users of Vectra AI have to say about it:

    "One of the core features is that Vectra AI triages threats and correlates them with compromised host devices. From a visibility perspective, we can better track the threat across the network. Instead of us potentially finding one device that has been impacted without Vectra AI, it will give us the visibility of everywhere that threat went. Therefore, visibility has increased for us." - Dave W., Operations Manager at a healthcare company

    "It does a reliable job of parsing out the logs of all the network traffic so that we can ingest them into our SIEM and utilize them for threat hunting and case investigations. It is pretty robust and reliable. The administration time that we spend maintaining it or troubleshooting it is very low.” - T.S., Senior Security Engineer at a manufacturing company

    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.

    Kentik's AIOps Network Traffic Intelligence platform unifies network operations, performance, security, and business intelligence. 

    With a purpose-built big data engine delivered as public or private SaaS, Kentik captures a high-resolution view of actual network traffic data and enriches it with critical application and business data, so every network event or analysis can be tied to revenue & costs, customer & user experience, performance & risk.

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    Sample Customers
    Tribune Media Group, Barry University, Aruba Networks, Good Technology, Riverbed, Santa Clara University, Securities Exchange, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
    Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
    Pandora, Yelp, Neustar, Box, University of Washington, Zoom, Tata, and Cogent. 
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Mining And Metals Company13%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government8%
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    Healthcare Company22%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Comms Service Provider43%
    University14%
    Media Company14%
    Music Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise76%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Network Traffic Analysis (NTA)
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    Cisco Secure Network Analytics is ranked 3rd in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 10 reviews while Kentik is ranked 56th in Network Monitoring Software. Cisco Secure Network Analytics is rated 8.2, while Kentik is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Secure Network Analytics writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". On the other hand, Cisco Secure Network Analytics is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, ThousandEyes, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and Cisco Secure Cloud Analytics, whereas Kentik is most compared with ThousandEyes, Arbor DDoS, SolarWinds NPM, Plixer Scrutinizer and PRTG Network Monitor.

    We monitor all Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.