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Pros
"It's very easy to install and it includes the Intune portal from Microsoft where I can control all the devices from one place.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its monitoring.""The ability to prevent users from using certain applications is one of the most valuable features. It doesn't require any configuration for implementation from the client perspective. It just works right away and gives you the information you need.""We have become more aware of what services our users are using, how often they are using them, and what data is being sent out of the organization and to which services. So, it is really a lot about visibility and helping us make decisions based on that. It drives some of our policy decisions for adding extra security controls.""Better logging allows us to find problems and take appropriate steps to lock them out.""Everything from Microsoft is integrated. You receive regular reports on them all. You can push your reports, logs, and security alerts, which are all integrated. It is crucial that these solutions work natively together to deliver coordinated detection and response across our environment.""The general usability of the solution is very straightforward.""Threat detection is its key feature, and that's why we use this tool. It gives an alert if a PC is attacked or there is any kind of anomaly, such as there is a spike in sending emails or we see an unauthorized website being accessed. So, it keeps us on our toes. We get to know that there is something wrong, and we can isolate the user and find any issues with it. So, threat detection is very robust in this tool."

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"The automation and orchestration tools are the most valuable features.""Using SecureX, a tool provided by Cisco, we can easily integrate it with many of our other Cisco products such as Cisco ISE and many networking devices.""The forensics are amazing because when you have enrichment, and the solutions talk with each other, when you need it, you have the ability to know everything in the organization: when, why, whatever.""The ability to create firewalls online has been most valuable including the ability to create rules.""The most valuable feature is its ability to manage all the applications and visibility. For example, if there is malware, spam, or another component that wants to attack the company in my servers, network, or applications, then SecureX will react to the problem.""I like that I don't have to jump around to five different products and log into five different places to view the data that it returns.""SecureX takes all the separate pieces of security within your company, adds in intelligence from different sites and services on the internet, and makes them work together.""One of the most valuable features is the simplicity of deploying SecureX. It's very easy to do that and then you gain very detailed visibility into everything that's going on in your network and, obviously, at the device level. There's just a wealth of information that you can pull from all of these products that are part of SecureX. You know exactly if you have an issue or not."

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"The initial setup is straightforward.""It has a quick detection and response time.""The reputation of the brand is very good.""It's great that the solution is integrated with FortiAnalyzer."

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Cons
"I want them to enhance in-session policy.""The response time could be better. It will be helpful if the alerts are even more proactive and we can see more data. Currently, the data is a little bit weak. It is not complete. I can't just see it and completely know which user or which device it is. It takes some effort and time on my part to investigate and isolate a user. It would be great if it is more user-friendly or easy for people to understand.""In the future, I would like to see more plug-and-play capabilities that use AI to tell you what needs to be done. It would be helpful if it scanned our devices and made security suggestions, on a configuration basis.""This service would be better if it had a separate license, only for this service, that could be used to track usage.""I would like to see them include more features in the older licenses. There are some features that are not available, such as preventing or analyzing cloud attacks.""Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps' initial setup was quite technical but we were prepared. The time of the implementation depends on the job and how many users are being set up.""There are challenges with detection and there are challenges with false-positive rates.""Sometimes the support is actually lacking."

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"They could expand into more areas. The more third-parties that we have tied into it, the better. The capabilities are there. As they just continue to involve the product, the more things that you can look into, then the more analytics that you can get. Also, the more data that we can get, then the better off we will be.""The documentation can be improved and the on-prem integration. The set of applications that it was integrated with wasn't comprehensive.""They could put in more third-party [integrations]... also more playbooks, out-of-the-box, for automation [would be helpful].""If they could make the Cisco Umbrella piece a little bit more advanced or easier to manage, that would help. We use it for filtering and when you compare it to a normal content filter, it lacks some functionality.""I'm not sure that I would call it a bug, but sometimes the solution is a little slow.""For us, the biggest sticking point is that the product is not being designed for multi-tenancy use at present, from an MSP perspective.""Remediation stuff could be integrated into the product's automation.""The front-end work controls the new algorithm and the firewall rules. The search feature of these rules could be improved."

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"Technical support could be improved.""The solution doesn't connect well with the network devices.""The area that needs improvement is integration with multiple third-party vendors.""I have found that Fortinet FortiSOAR needs a lot of improvement. The Orchestration needs to be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Our clients normally use the Microsoft E1 licensing, which is renewed yearly."
  • "The pricing is a little bit high but right now, we are okay with it because of the compatibility with Office 365, Teams, and Azure AD."
  • "I'm not totally involved in the pricing part, but I think its pricing is quite aggressive, and its price is quite similar to Netskope. Netskope has separate licensing fees or additional charges if you want to monitor certain SaaS services, whereas, with MCAS, you get 5,000 applications with their Office 365. It is all bundled, and there's no cost for using that. You only have the operational costs. In the country I am in, it is a bit difficult to get people with the required skill sets."
  • "Its pricing is on the higher side. Its price is definitely very high for a small-scale company. As an enterprise client, we do get benefits from Microsoft. We get a discounted price because of the number of users we have in our company. We have a premier package, and with that, we do get a lot of discounts. There are no additional costs. It only comes in the top-tier packages. Generally, the top-tier license is the best license that you can get for your organization. If you want, you can buy it separately, but that's not a good idea."
  • "The price could be better and should be reconsidered."
  • "It is a little bit expensive. When you want to have the complete package with Office 365, Defender, and everything else, it is expensive."
  • "We are an MST and we do not pay for the solution. However, the price of the solution could be better."
  • "The cost could be improved when you need to pay for anything. For example, refreshing files takes time to load, though it may be my Internet. To improve the refresh time, Microsoft says that we need to pay for a Premium license, and I don't like paying for things that help make a solution better."
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  • "For the value you get, the pricing of the solution is excellent."
  • "You can spend less money for another solution, but if you really want to have a good solution you have to pay. We are happy that we are getting such a good solution for what we are spending."
  • "The pricing is competitive, especially for education institutions. Licensing can be a little bit difficult to navigate, especially with resellers with Cisco, but for us it has been pretty easy."
  • "The product is absolutely free to any customer. As such, the only thing one must keep in mind is that as long as he already has one Cisco security product, irregardless of what that product is, SecureX is available for free."
  • "It comes free with all Cisco products. So, it is a good price."
  • "It would be nice if they had a different pricing model. Most of our budget for projects goes towards Cisco."
  • "The pricing is the best part of this solution. It is free if you buy Umbrella or Duo Security. It is also a good solution."
  • "It is free. It can't get any better than that."
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  • "Pricing is fine compared to other solutions."
  • "The price of the product should be lower. The brand value that Fortinet has, it has the reputation of being a reasonably priced product, and they have an enormous customer base in India. Most of the SME market is covered by FortiGate firewalls. It becomes an easy way for consultants, such as us, or even system integrators, to open the door with the Fortinet product lines."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
    Top Answer:It's very easy to install and it includes the Intune portal from Microsoft where I can control all the devices from one… more »
    Top Answer:It's expensive because we have to pay for an M365 license and it is included in the package.
    Top Answer:SecureX enables us to have all the threat intelligence and threat event data in one place.
    Top Answer:The product is absolutely free to any customer that already has one Cisco security product. If one only wants to make… more »
    Top Answer:This is a relatively new offering from Cisco and some time is needed for the evolutionary development of the platform… more »
    Top Answer:It has a quick detection and response time.
    Top Answer:Pricing is fine compared to other solutions.
    Top Answer:The area that needs improvement is integration with multiple third-party vendors. For example, if you have customers who… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    MS Cloud App Security, Microsoft Cloud App Security
    CyberSponse, FortiSOAR
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    Overview

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics. With Microsoft Cloud App Security, you can: 

    - Manage, control, and audit apps to streamline cloud access security

    - Mange your access to resources to discover shadow IT and understand your digital information estate

    - Use real-time controls to enable threat protection on all the access points that touch your environment

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

    Cisco SecureX is an integrated security platform that connects the breadth of Cisco's integrated security portfolio and the customer's infrastructure to create a consistent experience. The solution unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens your security across network, endpoints, cloud, and applications. Cisco SecureX is embedded within every Cisco Security product and supports integrations with SIEM and SOAR, so customers will not need to replace any solution or worry about layering on new technology.

    Cisco SecureX Features

    Cisco SecureX has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Unified overview: Cisco SecureX offers key metrics on transactions and threats for network, endpoints, cloud and applications. In addition, the SecureX interface is integrated into all Cisco Security technologies.
    • Automation and an increase in operational efficiency: With Cisco SecureX, you gain better automation of workflows for products of the Cisco Security portfolio and third parties, allowing you to focus on other more important tasks. By eliminating manual work (through automatic identification of threats using analytical data of Cisco Talos and other sources), the solution helps your organization save a significant amount of time.
    • Security strengthening: Cisco SecureX makes it easy to compare analytical data from a set of various sources with the telemetry received from network, endpoints, e-mail, cloud, and third-party products.

    Cisco SecureX Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Cisco SecureX include:

    • Secure every business endeavor with an open, integrated platform that has out-of-the-box interoperability and scales to meet security needs.
    • Advance your security maturity level using existing resources.
    • Turn security from a blocker into an enabler. Cisco SecureX allows you to add new security capabilities for the threat landscape.
    • Maximize your operational efficiency, helping you get the most from your security investments.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Cisco SecureX users.

    PeerSpot user Wouter H., Technical Team Lead Network & Security at Missing Piece BV, shares several reasons why he thinks the solution is fantastic. In his opinion, “SecureX takes all the separate pieces of security within your company, adds in intelligence from different sites and services on the internet, and makes them work together. If an email is received on a machine and malware is being executed, it can be put into lockdown mode. The fact that you can have a single solution that combines endpoint intelligence with email intelligence, firewalls, and publicly available intelligence is really helpful. Also, SecureX provides us with contextual awareness throughout our security ecosystem. Before SecureX, things that were not possible, or that would take days, now literally take seconds to find out.

    Michal S., Infrastructure Engineer at a media company, says, “SecureX provides many measurements and has a really good dashboard. Working with it you are able to see things very clearly and you have every detail on a single display. That saves us money and time.” He also adds, “It brings all our data into a central point. It also shows us many data connections between many of our environments. SecureX gives you really good information about potential risks. You are able to find the source of a risk, a potential risk from a user or a machine.”

    Blair A., Technology Director at Shawnee Heights USD #450, explains, "One of the most valuable features is the simplicity of deploying SecureX. It's very easy to do that and then you gain very detailed visibility into everything that's going on in your network and, obviously, at the device level. There's just a wealth of information that you can pull from all of these products that are part of SecureX. You know exactly if you have an issue or not."

    Fortinet FortiSOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) is a comprehensive security operations platform created to help SOC teams effectively respond to the growing volume of alarms, repetitive manual tasks, and resource shortage. This patented and customizable security operations workbench provides companies with automated playbooks, incident triaging, and real-time remediation to identify, defend, and counter threats. FortiSOAR effortlessly integrates with more than 350 security products and performs more than 3,000 actions to increase SOC team productivity. With this solution, response times are accelerated, containment is simplified, and mitigation times are cut from hours to seconds.

    Fortinet FortiSOAR Features

    Fortinet FortiSOAR has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Streamlined, role-based incident management: With the help of FortiSOAR's Enterprise Role-Based Incident Management solution, businesses can handle sensitive data in accordance with SOC rules and guidelines while maintaining strong field level role-based access control.
    • Visual Playbook Builder: FortiSOAR's Visual Playbook Designer enables SOC teams to efficiently create, build, debug, control, and deploy playbooks.
    • Truly multi-tenant: FortiSOAR is a truly distributed multi-tenant solution with a scalable, resilient, secure, and distributed architecture that enables MSSPs to offer MDR-like services while supporting operations in regional and global SOC environments.

    Fortinet FortiSOAR Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Fortinet FortiSOAR. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Manage security alerts, incidents, indicators, assets, and tasks using a streamlined, user-friendly GUI.
    • By eliminating false positives and concentrating solely on the important alerts, the SOC team can work more productively.
    • Track ROI, MTTD, and MTTR with configurable reports and dashboards.
    • Automate using the Visual Playbook Designer's 3,000+ actions for automated workflows and connections and 350+ security platform integrations.
    • Reduce human error by using concise, auditable playbooks and custom modules to handle constantly changing investigative requirements.
    • From a single, collaborative console, scale your network security solution with a multi-tenant distributed architecture.
    • Detect real threats with automatic false positive filtering and forecast similar threats and campaigns with FortiSOAR's ML-powered recommendation engine.
    • Reduce repetitive activities by using automation, incident correlation, threat intelligence, and vulnerability data.
    • Utilize the built-in Incident War Room to streamline crisis management and collaborative P1 incident investigations.
    • Reduce the time it takes to find security incidents from hours to seconds.
    • Use the FortiSOAR mobile app to keep informed and make important decisions while you're on the go.
    • Utilizing the Connector Builder Wizard, you can quickly create and edit connectors within the product's user interface.
    • Flexible deployment options: VM, hosted, or cloud. Available on FortiCloud, AWS, Azure, and as management extensions on FAZ/FMG.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a Vice President of Global Technology Infrastructure Automation at a financial services firm, notes of the product, “The most valuable feature is its centralization as you don't want to be going to different locations to correlate items or to piece anything together to derive meaningful insights.”

    Zaidoon A., sales product manager at Nourneti, writes, “I like that the solution is integrated with FortiAnalyzer. The solution is scalable. The solution is stable.”

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    Sample Customers
    Customers for Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps include Accenture, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and Nakilat.
    NHS, Rackspace, UNC Pembroke, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Missing Piece
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Educational Organization29%
    Government14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Engineering Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Media Company13%
    Educational Organization13%
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    Comms Service Provider46%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company3%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise37%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise55%
    Large Enterprise27%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Extended Detection and Response (XDR)
    July 2022
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    Cisco SecureX is ranked 5th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 10 reviews while Fortinet FortiSOAR is ranked 10th in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 4 reviews. Cisco SecureX is rated 9.0, while Fortinet FortiSOAR is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SecureX writes "Combines multiple sources of security intelligence, making it easy to correlate events in our environment with those outside of it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSOAR writes "Accessible with good centralization and a straightforward initial setup". Cisco SecureX is most compared with Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, Splunk Phantom, Microsoft 365 Defender, Trend Micro XDR and Microsoft Defender for Cloud, whereas Fortinet FortiSOAR is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR, Splunk Phantom, IBM Resilient, ServiceNow Security Operations and SECDO Platform.

    We monitor all Extended Detection and Response (XDR) 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.