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"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.""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.""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.""One of the most valuable features is all the correlation that it does using AI and machine learning. An example would be alerting on a host and then alerting on other things, like abnormal behavior, that it has noticed coming from the same host. It's valuable because we're a very lean team.""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 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.""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."

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"It's easy to set up. The deployment takes one or two days. You need to collect the data from a device and then direct it to the portal.""Overall, the implementation is very good.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""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.""From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it.""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."

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"When it comes to the ability to scale up the product, this is suitable for small medium and large environments,""I have found the AppResponse, which is a packet capture solution, very good. It gives you the ability to drill down back in time. You've got all the packets there. You can troubleshoot it later, not immediately. It's very interesting.""We really like the scalability capabilities.""The most valuable feature is performance monitoring."

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Cons
"Integration with other security components needs improvement. It should have true integration as opposed to just being a separate pane of glass.""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.""It does a little bit of packet capture on alert so you can look at the packet capture activity going on, but it doesn't collect a whole lot of data. Sometimes it's only one or two frames, sometimes it does collect more. That's why they have the addition of their Recall platform, because that really does help expand the capability.""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.""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.""The false positives and the tuning side of it is something that could use improvement. But that could be from our side.""The main improvement I can see would be to integrate with more external solutions.""Some of their integrations with other sources of data, like external threat feeds, took a bit more work than I had hoped to get integrated."

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"It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good.""We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""Cisco could improve the administration for the customers.""The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best.""We determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required.""Cisco Stealthwatch can improve by having bundled packages for popular add-ons. It would be a lot easier for people implementing it, have let's say a better way to use the product.""Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run.""Stealthwatch is still maturing in AI. It uses artificial intelligence for predictions, but AI still needs to mature. It is in a phase where you get 95% correct detection. As its AI engine learns more, it will become more accurate. This is applicable to all the devices that are using AI because they support both supervised and unsupervised machine learning. The accuracy in the case of supervised machine learning is dependent on the data you feed into the box. The accuracy in the case of unsupervised machine learning is dependent on the algorithm. The algorithm matures depending on retrospective learning, and this is how it is able to detect zero-day attacks."

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"Technical support needs to be more responsive.""The initial setup is straightforward, but you have to know a little about the product. It's not for everybody to just plug and play. If you know how the solution is implemented then it is straightforward.""The AI features should be addressed in respect of the analysis and intelligence that must be supported and delivered in the tool to predigest the large amounts of data.""The pricing is on the higher side of things. If they could lower it, that would be ideal."

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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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  • "The price is a little bit high, especially because we have to pay an import tax."
  • "The solution is no more expensive than other products."
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    Questions from the Community
    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: 
    If you hit a certain number of rules, triage filters, or groups, the UX responds more slowly. However, we have a complex… more »
    Top Answer: 
    It provides good visibility to the customers. People are still evaluating it, but it provides visibility and helps them… more »
    Top Answer: 
    It has a subscription model. There is yearly support, and there is also three-year support. It depends on what the… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Stealthwatch is still maturing in AI. It uses artificial intelligence for predictions, but AI still needs to mature. It… more »
    Top Answer: 
    When it comes to the ability to scale up the product, this is suitable for small medium and large environments,
    Top Answer: 
    The solution is no more expensive than other products. At the end of the day all solutions are always expensive. It all… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The AI features should be addressed in respect of the analysis and intelligence that must be supported and delivered in… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Vectra Networks, Vectra AI NDR
    Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
    OPNET SteelCentral AppResponse, ACE Live, OPNET, AppResponse Xpert
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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

    Cisco Stealthwatch uses NetFlow to provide visibility across the network, data center, branch offices, and cloud. Its advanced security analytics uncover stealthy attacks on the extended network. Stealthwatch helps you use your existing network as a security sensor and enforcer to dramatically improve your threat defense.

    Riverbed® AppResponse delivers full stack application analysis—from packets to web pages to end-user experience—letting you observe all network and application interactions as they cross the wire, whether they are encrypted or not. Using powerful, flexible network and application analytics and workflows, AppResponse speeds problem diagnosis and resolution, helping you get to answers fast

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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
    N11.com, OneMain Financial, China Bank, Halkbank, Kaust
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer19%
    University13%
    Mining And Metals Company13%
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Healthcare Company23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise78%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Network Traffic Analysis (NTA)
    May 2022
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    Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 4th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 8 reviews while Riverbed AppResponse is ranked 21st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 4 reviews. Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.2, while Riverbed AppResponse is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Stealthwatch writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Riverbed AppResponse writes "Has modules to troubleshoot web applications, database transactions, and unified communications, all in one". Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, ThousandEyes, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention and Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, whereas Riverbed AppResponse is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics, SolarWinds NPM, Wireshark and Zabbix.

    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.