Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks vs NetWitness XDR comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Jul 7, 2023

We performed a comparison between NetWitness XDR and NetWitness XDR based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Features: NetWitness XDR is commended for its prompt threat response, seamless integration capabilities, and user behavior analytics. Users say NetWitness XDR could improve its threat intelligence and investigation. Some suggested updates to its reporting engine. Cortex XDR presents an intuitive interface, advanced identification of risks, expandability, and compatibility with various other solutions. Meanwhile, Cortex XDR could use enhancements in hard disk encryption, security integration, and customer education.

  • Service and Support: NetWitness XDR provides effective 24/7 technical support. While some were satisfied with the response times, others experienced delays of up to 48 hours. Some customers were impressed with Palo Alto’s support, while others reported mixed experiences.

  • Ease of Deployment: Some users found the initial setup of NetWitness uncomplicated, but others faced challenges. Some users thought Cortex XDR’s deployment was fast and straightforward, while others consider it to be a complex and time-consuming task that requires thorough planning.

  • Pricing: The total cost of NetWitness XDR depends on the environment and the number of endpoints. Larger users can receive discounts, but users say the solution might be too pricey for smaller companies. NetWitness XDR provides various licenses, including some that feature premium support. Some reviewers said Cortex XDR is expensive, but others said it was reasonable for the robust feature set Cortex offers.

  • ROI: NetWitness XDR has demonstrated positive outcomes by improving threat detection capabilities and facilitating digital forensics. Cortex XDR creates value by ensuring system and data security rather than a financial return on investment.

Comparison Results: Our users prefer Cortex XDR over NetWitness XDR. Users praise Cortex XDR for its user-friendly interface, ease of use, and comprehensive threat detection capabilities. They also appreciate its stability, scalability, and seamless integration with other solutions. NetWitness XDR users have encountered issues with slow performance, and configuration problems. They say NetWitness needs improvements in threat intelligence and reporting. While Cortex XDR has been praised for its reasonable pricing, NetWitness XDR is considered expensive. Cortex XDR offers a superior experience with robust features and better value for the investment.

To learn more, read our detailed Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks vs. NetWitness XDR Report (Updated: May 2024).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
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"Microsoft Defender's most critical component is its CASB solution. It has many built-in policies that can improve your organization's cloud security posture. It's effective regardless of where your users are, which is critical because most users are working from home. It's cloud-based, so nothing is on-premise.""The comprehensiveness of Microsoft's threat detection is good.""Scanning, vulnerability reporting, and the dashboard are the most valuable features.""Microsoft XDR's system of analysis and investigation is super convenient for our customers. It integrates with other Microsoft solutions like Defender for 365 to protect email traffic from malicious external web links and phishing.""Microsoft 365 Defender's most valuable feature is the ability to control the shadow IP.""We can automate routine tasks and write scripts to carry out difficult tasks, which makes things easier for us.""Within advanced threat hunting, the tables that have already been defined by Microsoft are helpful. In the advanced threat hunting tab, there were different tables, and one of the tables was related to device info, device alert, and device events. That was very helpful. Another feature that I liked but didn't have access to was deep analysis.""The visibility into threats is also very impressive because Microsoft helps you predict things and provides analytics to help you really improve your security. And all of this technology works across the domain, so it is pretty helpful in terms of threat analytics."

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"They did what they said. This solution could apply to any scenario.""It'll not slow down your system when compared to others.""Cortex XDR's most valuable feature is its intelligence-based dashboards.""Has great threat detection capabilities.""The protection offered by this product is good, as is the endpoint reporting.""WildFire AI is the best option for this product.""Best solution for avoiding security breaches, malware attacks, and other kinds of security issues.""Since they've done their most recent update, the ease to isolate endpoints is valuable. If we find one where there is a virus on it, we can easily isolate it. We don't even have to contact the user. We don't have to manually take them off the network. We can easily isolate them."

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"Technical support is knowledgeable.""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.""It's a scalable solution. We have around five to eight customers using RSA NetWitness Endpoint, and we hope to increase the number of users.""This solution allows us to locate the malware in real-time.""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.""NetWitness Endpoint's most valuable features are its interoperability across many different operating systems and the ease of pivoting from network to endpoint via a single console.""Ability to isolate the machine when there are malicious files.""We've contacted technical support several times. They've been very good. They have been able to help us resolve our issues."

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"The abundance of sub-dashboards and sub-areas within the main dashboard can be confusing, even if it all technically makes sense.""I would like more of the features in Defender for 365 to be included in the smaller licenses. Even if I buy a small license and don't need everything, security shouldn't be a question. Security is one of the main aspects of all projects from our side, so it would be nice to have more features in the smaller licenses.""At times, when we have an incident email and we click on the link for that incident, it opens a pop-up, but there is nothing. It has happened a couple of times.""At times, there may be delays in the execution of certain actions and their effects.""In the beginning, it's difficult to navigate the system because it is quite large. Just trying to find your way and understand how the system works can be hard. After spending quite a lot of time searching it's a lot easier, but I wish it were a bit more user-friendly when you're trying to find things.""The only problem I find is that the use cases are built-in. There is no template available that you can modify according to your organization's standards. What they give is very generic, the market standard, but that might not be applicable to every organization.""I personally have not seen much evidence of how Defender can enhance the story of zero trust for enterprises.""There are other SIEM solutions that are easier to use, mainly based on the creation of rules, use cases, and groups."

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"Managing the product should be easier.""The server sometimes stops continuously to check things so it would be helpful to receive access updates or technical reasons.""There are some third-party solutions that are difficult to integrate with, which is something that can be improved.""The dashboard could use some significant improvement, just making it more useful with more information. It has a limited amount of information right now. It is customizable, but I'd love to see a better out-of-box dashboard.""It's very time-consuming to log support issues and the people that answer the tickets aren't very knowledgeable.""We would also like to have advanced tech protection and email scanning.""Cortex XDR could be improved with more GUI features.""If they had pulse rate detection, it would be better."

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"When analyzing something, you have to click several times. It requires a lot of effort to find something.""The contamination feature could be improved.""The integration of the solution needs to be improved. The dashboard needs lots of updates as well. In the next release, we would like to see advanced fraud detection features.""I would like to see Security Orchestration and Response Automation (SOAR) integration.""We would like to see the hunting and investigation features of this solution improved, in order to provide better visibility of issues.""The solution lacks a reporting engine.""RSA NetWitness Network could improve on integration with non-native application integration.""NetWitness Endpoint's blocking feature does not work properly - if there's a malicious process, it's not possible to kill it via a custom rule unless and until it's flagged as malicious."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solutions price is fair for what they offer."
  • "The price could be better. Normally, the costs depend on the country you're located in for the license. When we were in the initial stage, we went with the E5 license they call premium standard. It cost us around $5.20 per month for four users."
  • "The price of the solution is high compared to others and we have lost some customers because of it."
  • "Microsoft is not competitive with the pricing of the solution. The competitors are able to offer lower discounts. The price of the solution is higher."
  • "We have a lot of problems in Latin America regarding the price of Microsoft 365 Defender, because the relationship between dollars and the money of the different countries, it's is a lot. Many customers that have small businesses say that they would like the solution but it is too expensive. However, large companies do not find the cost an issue."
  • "The most valuable licensing option is expensive, so pricing could be improved. Licensing options for this solution also need to be consolidated, because they frequently change."
  • "Microsoft should provide lower-level licensing options. They should do it in such a way that even an individual could purchase a license, and it should be entirely flexible."
  • "They have moved from a licensing model to pay-per-use... The question is: What happens if, for any reason, there's not enough budget to accept this model? That could be a great problem."
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  • "I feel it is fairly priced."
  • "The pricing seems fair, and I do like the licensing model. You use wherever they are, and it is elastic."
  • "We didn't have to pay any additional fee for the cloud instance. It just came with the renewal, which was nice."
  • "It is "expensive" and flexible."
  • "Traps pays for itself within the first 16 months of a three-year subscription. This is attributed to OPEX savings, as security teams spent less time trying to identify and isolate malware for analysis as a result of a reduction in malware incidents, false positives, and breach avoidance."
  • "I did PoCs on products called Cylance and CrowdStrike. Although, I consider these products and they were also good, when it come to cost and budgetary factors, Traps has been proven to be better than the other two products. It is quite cost-effective and delivers all the entire solution which we require."
  • "It is cost-effective compared to similar solutions. It fits for the small businesses through to the big businesses."
  • "The return on investment is from the user side because we have seen the performance of it increase the delivery time of the product if we are using too many web-based and on-premise applications. In indirect ways, we saw the return of investment in terms of performance and user satisfaction increase."
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  • "With RSA, there is flexibility in choosing the service, products, and the range that meets your requirement, as well as they are flexible in terms of pricing."
  • "They can easily adjust if you have the requirements which are required. If you have a budget cut or a budget constraint, they can bend."
  • "It is highly scalable. It can be bought based on your requirements."
  • "I do not have any opinion on the pricing or licensing of the product."
  • "The cost depends on the number of endpoints that you want to monitor, but it is not expensive."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "The price of the solution depends on the environment. If the environment is large then it will cost more. However, the larger the environment with more endpoints, you will receive an increased discount. If the environment is very small, then you might think it is expensive. It is always better to buy in bulk to receive a discount. The minimum number of assets is usually 500, with discounts on 1000 and 2000."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
    Cyvera, Cortex XDR, Palo Alto Networks Traps
    RSA ECAT, NetWitness Network
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    Microsoft Defender XDR is a comprehensive security solution designed to protect against threats in the Microsoft 365 environment. 

    It offers robust security measures, comprehensive threat detection capabilities, and an efficient incident response system. With seamless integration with other Microsoft products and a user-friendly interface, it simplifies security management tasks. 

    Users have found it effective in detecting and preventing various types of attacks, such as phishing attempts, malware infections, and data breaches.

    Watch the Microsoft demo video here: Microsoft Defender XDR demo video.

    Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is the first threat detection and response software to combine both visibility across all types of data as well as autonomous machine learning analytics. Threat detection very often requires analysts to divide their attention among many different data streams. This platform unifies a vast variety of data flows, which allows analysts to assess threats from a single location. Users can now maintain a level of visibility that other threat detection programs simply cannot offer. This level of transparency lends itself to both quick identification of problems that arise and the equally quick development of a potential solution.

    Cortex XDR’s machine learning works on many different levels to detect and prevent threats. It is constantly scanning for threats and vulnerabilities. The solution can scan up to 5.4 billion IP addresses in three-quarters of an hour. This allows it to spot weak points in the system and notify administrators long before hackers can take advantage of vulnerabilities. Once the Artificial Intelligence (AI) discovers an issue or an area where an issue could potentially take place the system creates a log of the information and subsequently sends an alert to system administrators. The AI takes the information that it has gathered and uses it to assign threat levels to the issues that it detects. Following this, a human analyst will be assigned to manually assess the issue and deal with it accordingly. You can set it to automatically respond to the threat by isolating the issue while analysts investigate it.

    Benefits of Cortex XDR

    Some of Cortex XDR’s benefits include:

    • The use of advanced AI analytics, behavior analytics, and custom-made detection to detect advanced threats before they occur.
    • The ability to group similar threat alerts, reducing incoming alerts by as much as 98%. This allows analysts to avoid being overwhelmed by the volume of incoming alerts.
    • The ability to investigate threats as much as 8 times faster than would be possible with other software. The machine learning, when coupled with the unified data stream that Cortex XDR collects, significantly increases the ability to more quickly discover the root cause of a threat.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks software stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to isolate threats while enabling them to be studied and the way that the software combines all of the data that it gathers into a single, more complete picture than other solutions offer.

    PeerSpot users note the effectiveness of these features. A network designer at a computer software company wrote, “The solution has a very helpful isolation feature. If any system gets compromised, with one click I can access the system and isolate it from other networks, and then go into further forensic investigation of the current threat without compromising anything else.”

    Jeff W., Vice President/CTO at Sinnott Wolach Technology Group, noted, “The ability to kind of stitch everything together and see the actual complete picture is very useful. I guess you'd call it a playbook. Some people call it the forensics analysis of what was happening on particular endpoints when they detected some malicious behavior, and what transpired before that to cause that. It is also very user friendly.”

    Using a centralized combination of network and endpoint analysis, behavioral analysis, data science techniques and threat intelligence, NetWitness XDR helps analysts detect and resolve known and unknown attacks while automating and orchestrating the incident response lifecycle. With these capabilities on one platform, security teams can collapse disparate tools and data into a powerful, blazingly fast user interface.

    Sample Customers
    Accenture, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
    CBI Health Group, University Honda, VakifBank
    ADP, Ameritas, Partners Healthcare
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Security Firm9%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise35%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise18%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks vs. NetWitness XDR
    May 2024
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    Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is ranked 4th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 80 reviews while NetWitness XDR is ranked 17th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 15 reviews. Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is rated 8.4, while NetWitness XDR is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks writes "Perfect correlation and XDR capabilities for network traffic plus endpoint security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetWitness XDR writes "Beneficial single unified dashboard, good native application integration, and high availability". Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon, Darktrace, Symantec Endpoint Security and Trellix Endpoint Security, whereas NetWitness XDR is most compared with Darktrace, ExtraHop Reveal(x), CrowdStrike Falcon, SentinelOne Singularity Complete and Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR. See our Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks vs. NetWitness XDR report.

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