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We performed a comparison between Cisco Secure Network Analytics and RSA NetWitness Network 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. RSA NetWitness Network report (Updated: September 2022).
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The dashboard gives me a scoring system that allows me to prioritize things that I should look at. I may not necessarily care so much about one event, whereas if I have a single botnet detection or a brute force attack, I really want to get on top of those.""It has helped us to organize our security. We get a better overview on what is happening on the network, which has helped us get quicker responses to users. If we see malicious activity, then we can quickly take action on it. Previously, we weren't getting an overview as fast as we are now, so we can now provide a quicker response.""It keeps up with the network traffic, which is a good thing. It provides more context to plain alerts compared to using an older system. So, it helps an analyst reduce the information overload.""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.""The key feature for me for Detect for Office 365 is that it can also concentrate all the information and detection at one point, the same as the network solution does. This is the key feature for me because, while accessing data from Office 365 is possible using Microsoft interfaces, they are not really user-friendly and are quite confusing to use. But Detect for Office 365 is aggregating all the info, and it's only the interesting stuff.""The most valuable feature for Cognito Detect, the main solution, is that external IDS's create a lot of alerts. When I say a lot of alerts I really mean a lot of alerts. Vectra, on the other hand, contextualizes everything, reducing the number of alerts and pinpointing only the things of interest. This is a key feature for me. Because of this, a non-trained analyst can use it almost right away.""The administrative privilege detection feature is the most valuable feature. The admin accounts are often highly accessible to the high-risk component of the environment. If those accounts are compromised or are being used in a suspicious manner, that's high-fidelity events for us to look into.""Cognito Streams gives you a detailed view of what happens in the network in the form of rich metadata. It is just a super easy way to capture network traffic for important protocols, giving us an advantage. This is very helpful on a day-to-day basis."

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"It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""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 sudden changes and the alarms go through the PLC parts. I can see all the ports running on that trunk.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""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.""We find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen.""From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it.""If you are using Darktrace or NAC solutions you can integrate Stealthwatch.""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."

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"It is very easy to use, and its usability is great. The use cases are also very easy. The visualizations of the use cases are magnificent. You cannot find this in any other solution. From my point of view, it is great.""The log correlation is good.""The interface of this solution is very flexible and easy to use.""The most valuable feature of RSA NetWitness Network is the single unified dashboard from which you can manage all the different products of RSA. Additionally, the integration with native applications is good."

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Cons
"I'd like to be able to get granular reports and to be able to output them into formats that are customizable and more useful. The reporting GUI is lacking.""I would like to see data processed onshore. Right now, the cloud components, like Office 365, must be processed on servers outside of Australia. I would like to see a future adoption of onshore processing.""In comparison with a lot of systems I used in the past, the false positives are really a burden because they are taking a lot of time at this moment.""Vectra is still limited to packet management. It's only monitoring packet exchanges. While it can see a lot of things, it can't see everything, depending on where it's deployed. It has its limits and that's why I still have my SIEM.""I would like more integrations with IOCs and threats currently on the Internet. I would also like to know which threats are based on zero-day attacks, current botnets, etc. Therefore, I would like more information on external threats.""Integration with other security components needs improvement. It should have true integration as opposed to just being a separate pane of glass.""The main improvement I can see would be to integrate with more external solutions.""If you hit a certain number of rules, triage filters, or groups, the UX responds more slowly. However, we have a complex network and a lot of rules. So, our setup might not be a typical implementation example. We even had UX engineers onsite, and they looked at issues, improvements, and user feedback. Since then, it has gotten a lot better, they even built in features that we specifically requested for our company."

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

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"Its price could be improved. It is an expensive product. Its training is also too expensive. It would be great if they can have a better pricing scheme for the training.""We would like to see the hunting and investigation features of this solution improved, in order to provide better visibility of issues.""RSA NetWitness Network could improve on integration with non-native application integration.""The deployment process is complex. I don't know why, but this solution will suddenly stop working. Logs stop coming. Often, one thing or another stops working. Most of the time, one of my team members is working with troubleshooting and working with technical support. Log passing is also one of the biggest challenge."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "The pricing is not very economical. It is a quite costly product for India. One thing is that when you purchase it, you have to purchase a module separately."
  • "We are on a three-year contract to use RSA NetWitness Network."
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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:It is very easy to use, and its usability is great. The use cases are also very easy. The visualizations of the use… more »
    Top Answer:Its price could be improved. It is an expensive product. Its training is also too expensive. It would be great if they… more »
    Top Answer:It is our all-in-one platform for logs and packets for our network and for EDR.
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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.

    RSA NetWitness® Network exposes network data to enhance a security
    team’s capabilities to detect and respond to today’s advanced threats. RSA
    NetWitness Network provides immediate deep visibility for rapid detection,
    efficient investigation and forensics, in order to reduce dwell time. With
    unparalleled speed for real-time behavior analytics, RSA patented technology
    accelerates detection and investigation of threats as they traverse your
    network. RSA NetWitness Network provides real-time visibility into all your
    network traffic—on premises, in the cloud and across virtual environments.
    RSA NetWitness Network enables threat hunting with streamlined workflows
    and integrated, automated investigation tools that analysts use to hunt
    and monitor the timing and movements of threat actors. Through a unique
    combination of behavioral analytics, data science techniques and threat
    intelligence, RSA NetWitness Network detects known and unknown attacks
    that put organizations at 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
    Busan Bank, Banorte Bank, Eastern Bank
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Mining And Metals Company13%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government8%
    REVIEWERS
    Healthcare Company22%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise76%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Secure Network Analytics vs. RSA NetWitness Network
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Secure Network Analytics vs. RSA NetWitness Network and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Secure Network Analytics is ranked 3rd in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 10 reviews while RSA NetWitness Network is ranked 10th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 4 reviews. Cisco Secure Network Analytics is rated 8.2, while RSA NetWitness Network is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Secure Network Analytics writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of RSA NetWitness Network writes "Log correlation is good, but the solution is slow and there are many licensing complications". 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 RSA NetWitness Network is most compared with Darktrace, Corelight, ExtraHop Reveal(x) and SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. See our Cisco Secure Network Analytics vs. RSA NetWitness Network report.

    See our list of best Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) vendors and best Network Detection and Response (NDR) vendors.

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