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Pros
"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.""There are a lot of features with benefits, including discovery, investigation, and putting controls around things. You can't say that you like the investigation part but not the discovery. Everything is correlated; that's how the tool works.""If your business requirements are relatively simple, it can get the job done.""The general usability of the solution is very straightforward.""The feature that helps us in detecting the sensitive information being shared has been very useful. In addition, the feature that allows MCAS to apply policies with SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive is being used predominantly.""It's very easy to install and it includes the Intune portal from Microsoft where I can control all the devices from one place.""I like the web GUI/the management interface. I also like the security of Microsoft. As compared to other manufacturers, it's less complex and easy to understand and work with.""It is very easy to use, which is what we look for in these types of solutions."

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"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.""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.""SecureX enables us to have all the threat intelligence and threat event data in one place.""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.""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 automation and orchestration tools are the most valuable features.""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.""The ability to create firewalls online has been most valuable including the ability to create rules."

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"The most valuable features of Splunk Phantom are the easy integration with other solutions, including other Splunk solutions. The most important playbooks we need on a market come already on the Frontend. However, nowadays, Splunk changed its name, it's not Frontend anymore, it's Splunk Store. This is a very strong point.""I'm just a beginner on the solution and it's pretty easy for me to use.""I like the integration capabilities of Phantom. It has a lot of integrations with other products. Its searching methodologies are also good. It is also easy to understand and easy to create playbooks.""The customization continues to be excellent.""I have found all the security automation platform features of Splunk Phantom to be good. The Automation playbook development is highly useful.""The automation part of the product is great.""So far, the interface is very easy to use.""The most valuable feature of Splunk Phantom that stands out is it has a great SOAR. The automation and orchestration module is highly mature. A lot of use cases are on user entity and behavioral analytics (UEBA), which is artificial intelligence and machine learning-based (AIML)."

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Cons
"There are some features, such as user navigation content filtering, that are disabled by default, and it probably makes sense to enable them by default.""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.""I believe it's only set to be integrated with Microsoft Defender for identity and identity protection. I would like to see it available for use with something like Office 365 Defender. I don't think it's integrated with that yet.""I want them to enhance in-session policy.""There are challenges with detection and there are challenges with false-positive rates.""The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better.""Sometimes the support is actually lacking.""They should continue integration with all other Microsoft security-related products. The integration with all the other products is still ongoing."

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"For us, the biggest sticking point is that the product is not being designed for multi-tenancy use at present, from an MSP perspective.""The automation and orchestration could be simpler. It could be that all the other parts are that easy to use so that these stick out as a negative, but that's the trickiest part for us. The workflows within the orchestration are just a bit more difficult.""I'm not sure that I would call it a bug, but sometimes the solution is a little slow.""The documentation can be improved and the on-prem integration. The set of applications that it was integrated with wasn't comprehensive.""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.""what's missing right now is the multi-tenant capability.""Remediation stuff could be integrated into the product's automation.""They could put in more third-party [integrations]... also more playbooks, out-of-the-box, for automation [would be helpful]."

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"The Splunk Phantom platform was not designed specifically for case management which is why this area needs improvement.""I haven't used it fully, but based on my usage, I could not find simulation tools and features. It currently lacks simulation features, which are important for me for creating a playbook. It is also very expensive for my region.""We've had trouble implementing the solution with Microsoft products. There seems to be an integration gap.""The scalability could be better.""It would be ideal if we could automate processes even more.""Splunk Phantom can improve IoT/OT security-related case studies or your use cases. Their integration with identity and access management (IAM) solutions is a bit shaky. They don't have good integration with a lot of IAM solutions. They do have good capability in terms of user access management internally, but even with privileged user access, they have a good module. However, if they have to integrate with solutions, such as CyberArk or IBM IAM solutions they are lacking, the visibility of user access is not that much.""Splunk Phantom has room to improve its offering for small-sized customers. The price is not fair for smaller-sized customers.""In the beginning, we couldn't find any specific documents for every function. It wasn't easy to navigate to what we needed."

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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."
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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."
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  • "I don't know the exact price, but for my region, it is very expensive."
  • "The price of Splunk Phantom is reasonable."
  • "Splunk Phantom follows very flat pricing and most of the time it's very high when compared to the other competitors. They can improve their pricing. The licensing model is a subscription and is consumption-based."
  • "The price of Splunk Phantom is based on the number of people using it. Once you increase the users, the prices go goes up. The customer receives a license for the user that is going to operate it in their environment."
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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:The most valuable feature of Splunk Phantom that stands out is it has a great SOAR. The automation and orchestration… more »
    Top Answer:Splunk Phantom follows very flat pricing and most of the time it's very high when compared to the other competitors… more »
    Top Answer:Splunk Phantom can improve IoT/OT security-related case studies or your use cases. Their integration with identity and… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    MS Cloud App Security, Microsoft Cloud App Security
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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."

    Phantom enables teams to work smarter by executing automated actions across their security infrastructure in seconds, versus hours or more if performed manually. Teams can codify workflows into Phantom’s automated playbooks using the visual editor (no coding required) or the integrated Python development environment. By offloading these repetitive tasks, teams can focus their attention on making the most mission-critical decisions.
    Orchestration
    Phantom is the connective tissue that lets existing security tools work better together. By connecting and coordinating complex workflows across the SOC’s team and tools, Phantom ensures that each part of the SOC’s layered defense is actively participating in a unified defense strategy. Powerful abstraction allows teams to focus on what they need to accomplish, while the platform translates that into tool-specific actions.
    Incident Response
    Phantom helps security teams investigate and respond to threats faster. Using Phantom’s automated detection, investigation, and response capabilities, teams can execute response actions at machine speed, reduce malware dwell time and lower their overall mean time to resolve (MTTR). And now with Phantom on Splunk Mobile, analysts can use their mobile device to respond to security incidents while on-the-go. Phantom’s event and case management functionality can further streamline security operations. Case-related data and activity are easily accessible from one central repository. It’s easy to chat with other team members about an event or case, and assign events and tasks to the appropriate team member.

    Offer
    Learn more about Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
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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
    Recorded Future, Blackstone
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Educational Organization29%
    Government14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Engineering Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Media Company14%
    Educational Organization14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider46%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company3%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise37%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise30%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Cisco SecureX is ranked 5th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 8 reviews while Splunk Phantom is ranked 3rd in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 8 reviews. Cisco SecureX is rated 8.8, while Splunk Phantom is rated 8.4. 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 Splunk Phantom writes "Very stable with a straightforward setup and good performance". Cisco SecureX is most compared with Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet FortiSOAR, Microsoft 365 Defender, Trend Micro XDR and Microsoft Defender for Cloud, whereas Splunk Phantom is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR, ServiceNow Security Operations, IBM Resilient, Fortinet FortiSOAR and Siemplify.

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