Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs FireEye Endpoint Security comparison

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Updated on Sep 1, 2022

We performed a comparison between CrowdStrike Falcon and FireEye Endpoint Security based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions indicate that setup, installation, and deployment are straightforward and easy to complete.
  • Features: CrowdStrike Falcon users like the easy to obtain information via a fully transparent dashboard process. CrowdStrike OverWatch feature is always running, collecting data and reporting on any anomalies and suspicious behavior in real time with little impact on the organization's resources. Users would like to see improved integrations at lower costs.

    Users find FireEye Endpoint Security stable, robust, and scales easily. The exploit guard, logon tracker, and malware protection make this a very robust EDR solution. It is a lightweight solution that is easy to use and provides excellent containment and triage agent features. Users would like to see better integration with Linux. Some users experienced many false positives and discovered some incidents that were never detected.
  • Pricing: Some CrowdStrike Falcon users feel the price is reasonable, while others feel the solution is expensive. FireEye Endpoint Security users feel it is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are happy with the level of service and support they have received.

Comparison Results: Users find CrowdStrike Falcon to be a complete, reliable EDR tool with robust reporting, hunting, and antivirus capabilities. The real-time capabilities of protecting and connecting to endpoints make it a leader in the endpoint security marketplace.

To learn more, read our detailed Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs. FireEye Endpoint Security Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: How does Crowdstrike Falcon compare with FireEye Endpoint Security?
Answer: The Crowdstrike Falcon program has a simple to use user interface, making it both an easy to use as well as an effective program. Its graphical design is such that it makes an extremely useful tool for securing computers from malware and viruses. All of the information that you need is gathered in a central location for careful analysis. It is also easy to navigate, which is a big plus in its favor. Crowdstrike Falcon also offers the ability to access its protective software anywhere on the planet that has a connection to the internet. This makes it an easily accessible anti-malware program. The cloud component of the program makes it especially useful for large organizations. In a world where remote work is a crucial addition to companies of various sizes, unlimited access to software that can secure the future of their organization is crucial. A large staff will now have the ability to continue their business without the fear of malicious actors. A further aspect of the program which is impressive is its ability to both provide real-time data and at the same time keep the hardware running at normal speed. It maximizes security while not sacrificing the speed of the work that the user is trying to accomplish. These two aspects make Crowdstrike Falcon the type of program that has a clear advantage over its competitors. FireEye Endpoint Security offers its users the ability to integrate itself with other environments and software. This provides a level of flexibility that is valuable in any sort of software, much less an anti-viral program. It also has a simplicity of use and precision in spotting unknown malware. All of these qualities make it a pretty effective piece of software. However, FireEye does not offer a cloud option like Crowdstrike Falcon does. This serves to limit its usefulness to companies that operate remotely. Conclusion Crowdstrike Falcon definitely offers a flexible and versatile program that has much to offer for the relatively low price being paid. FireEye Endpoint Security lacks the cloud compatibility of Crowdstrike Falcon. Overall, Crowdstrike Falcon seems to be the far more effective software.
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Pros
"Definitely, the best feature for Cisco Secure Endpoint is the integration with Talos. On the backend, Talos checks all the signatures, all the malware, and for any attacks going on around the world... Because Secure Endpoint has a connection to it, we get protected by it right then and there.""Another of my favorite features is called the Device Trajectory, where it shows everything that's going on, on a computer. It shows the point in time when a virus is downloaded, so you can see if the user was surfing the internet or had a program open. It shows every running process and file access on the computer and saves it like a snapshot when it detects something malicious. It also has a File Trajectory, so you can even see if that file has been found on any of your other computers that have AMP.""The most valuable feature is its threat protection and data privacy, including its cyber attack and data protection, as we need to cover and protect data on user devices.""Device Trajectory is one of the most valuable features. We're able to dig in and really understand how things came to be and where to focus our efforts.""The integration with other Cisco products seemed to be really effective. We had Umbrella in place and we were using AnyConnect as well as Firepower. Once a threat was detected, being able to do the threat lookups and the live tracking was really useful.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""I'm only using the AMP (advanced malware protection) which is protecting my file system from all the malicious things that might happen. It should protect all kinds of things that might happen on the servers, things that I cannot see.""appreciate the File Trajectory feature, as it's excellent for an analyst or mobile analyst. I can track everything that happens on our server from my PC or device. Integration with SecureX is a welcome feature because it connects Cisco's integrated security portfolio with our complete infrastructure. Sandboxing is helpful, and integration with the Cisco environment is excellent as we use many of their products, and that's very valuable for us."

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"The CS falcon agent is a lightweight agent compared with other agents of EDR products.""The OverWatch is the most valuable feature to me. It's a 24x7 monitoring service, and when they see anything suspicious in my environment, they will investigate.""It's ability to do threat hunting is really great, quite robust, and even allows you to do hygiene stuff.""I like the Overwatch feature the most.""This solution consistently releases improvements. They have communicated their next two years of development which is powerful and covers all of our needs.""I have found the connection to search the hosts for detections very useful in CrowdStrike Falcon.""CrowdStrike enables the infrastructure managers to visualize all the events and get information about the network.""The 10 hours a week that we are freeing up from having to manage and monitor our AV solution has really allowed us to focus on other areas of the business. This has been a huge return on investment."

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"It is easy to use, flexible, and stable. Because it is a cloud-based solution and it integrates all endpoints of the cloud, we can do an IOC-based search. It can search the entire enterprise and tell us the endpoints that are possibly compromised.""The response part of EDR was most valuable. We used that to separate the endpoint from the network. We utilized the solution during the instant response. We were also utilizing advanced malware detection capabilities, but we benefited the most from its help with the response.""It's a stable solution with good performance.""It has a feature called Isolation. If a device is compromised, we can connect it to our SOC, and no one would be able to access it. This way we can limit the damage to the network while we are investigating.""It is a really strong solution for endpoint security.""FireEye Endpoint Security's scalability is awesome. I think it is one of the best on that front.""A great console with a user-friendly GUI.""If the network has seen something, we can use that to put a block to all the endpoints."

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Cons
"This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""The GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""The Linux agent is a simple offline classic agent, and it doesn't support Secure Boot, which is important to have on a Linux machine. The Linux agent has conflicts with other solutions, including the Exploit Prevention system found in Windows servers. We didn't find a fix during troubleshooting, and Cisco couldn't offer one either. Eventually, we had to shut down the Exploit Prevention system. We didn't like that as we always want a solution that can fit smoothly into the setup without causing problems, especially where security is concerned. The tool also caused CPU spikes on our production machine, and we were seriously considering moving to another product.""In terms of the user experience, if the UX design could be much simpler [that would improve things]... if they could make it more intuitive for someone who is not an engineer so that they still can read what's going on in their webpage and understand, that would be something.""We don't have issues. We think that Cisco covers all of the security aspects on the market. They continue to innovate in the right way.""The thing I hate the most, which they have not fixed, is when it creates duplicate entries within a console. If you have a computer and you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or you upgrade your agent from version 6 to 7, it creates a new instance in there instead of updating the information. Instead of paying a license for one computer, I have to license two computers until I manually go in, search for all the duplicate entries, and clean them out myself.""An easier way to do deduplication of machines, or be alerted to the fact that there's more than one instance of a machine, would be useful... That way you could get a more accurate device count, so you're not having an inflated number.""In Orbital, there are tons of prebuilt queries, but there is not a lot of information in lay terms. There isn't enough information to help us with what we're looking for and why we are looking for it with this query. There are probably a dozen queries in there that really focus on what I need to focus on, but they are not always easy to find the first time through."

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"The console is a little cluttered and at times, finding what you're looking for is not intuitive.""It would be nice if they did have some sort of Active Directory tie-in, whether that be Azure or on-prem. Sometimes, it is difficult for us to determine if we are missing any endpoints or servers in CrowdStrike. We honestly don't have a great inventory, but it would be nice if CrowdStrike had a way to say this is everything in your environment, Active Directory-wise, and this is what doesn't have sensors. They try to do that now with a function that they have built-in, but I have been unsuccessful in having it help us identify what needs a sensor. So, better visibility of what doesn't have a sensor in our environment would be helpful.""The technical support could improve because I am in India and the support I receive is from the UK or Australia. It is difficult to manage the time difference. The service could be faster. However, when we do have the support they are knowledgeable.""CrowdStrike costs a little more than its competitors.""Sometimes CrowdStrike changes the GUI, and they need to be better at informing us and providing guidance concerning that.""The installation process for this software needs to be simplified.""CrowdStrike Falcon could improve by adding manual scanning or serverless scanning. It is not available at this time.""The technical support team often just replies to an issue with a link to an article rather than actually calling back and talking to someone and making sure the problem is solved. To me, that's kind of weak."

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"Malware detection can be better. It doesn't have support and detection for the recent malware, but it has a compensatory control where it can do the behavior-based assessment and alert you when there is something malicious or unexpected. For example, when a certain user is executing the privilege command, which is not normal. These dynamic detections are good, and they compensate for malware detection.""The solution can be expensive.""Most of these types of solutions including others, such as Carbon Black and FortiEDR, all have the same features. However, Carbon Black is the leader when it comes to being robust and user-friendly and this solution should improve in those areas to stay more competitive.""Search feature could be made more user-friendly.""It has very good integrations. However, its integration with Palo Alto was not good, and they seem to be working on it at the backend. It is not very resource-hungry, but it can be even better in terms of resource utilization. It could be improved in terms of efficiency, memory sizing, and disk consumption by agents.""They have something called Managed Detection and Response. They get intel from their customers, and that intel is shared with the rest of FireEye's customers. I want to subscribe to their intel, but that is not available to us.""In some cases, the detection part was not accurate enough. We opened a few cases for the vendor to help us with some miscategorized findings on the endpoints. There were some false positive detections, and we had to work with the vendor to get them tested. We even had some incidents that were not detected. It was a black box type of solution for us.""There should be better integration between the ePolicy Orchestrator and FireEye console. The integration of both consoles should be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing."
  • "We have a license for 3,000 users and if we get up to 3,100 users, it doesn't stop working, but on the next renewal date you're supposed to go in there and add that extra 100 licenses. It's really good that they let you grow and expand and then pay for it. Sometimes, with other products, you overuse a license and they just don't work."
  • "Cisco Secure Endpoint is not too expensive and it's not cheap. It's quite fair."
  • "The price is very fair to the customer."
  • "...the licensing needs to be improved. All the product features we need are there. It's just a matter of the complexity and the different offerings and trying to figure things out."
  • "The pricing and licensing fees are okay."
  • "Because we do see the value of what it's bringing, I think they have priced it well."
  • "The solution is highly affordable; I believe we pay $2 or $3 per endpoint. It's significantly cheaper than the competitors on the market."
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  • "We bought a very small number of licenses, then ran it for a year. We bought a 100 licenses for a year, so we didn't actually do a proof of concept. We just bought them. Then, the next year, we bought 10,000 licenses."
  • "It is an expensive product, but I think it is well worth the investment."
  • "The pricing is not bad. It's on the higher end of the market, but you get what you pay for."
  • "The pricing is definitely high but you get what you pay for, and it's not so high that it prices itself out of the market."
  • "The pricing and licensing are fairly good. It is definitely not a cheap product, but I have felt that it is worth the money that we spent. So, we have discussed it in the past, and were like, "Yes, it is probably pricier than some other solutions, but we also feel they really are the leader. We are very comfortable with their level of expertise. So, it's kind of worth the price that we pay.""
  • "With respect to pricing, my suggestion to others is to evaluate the environment and purchase what you need."
  • "The pricing and licensing are reasonable. I don't think we are getting charged more than what it is worth. It is fair, but I do not like how it is a la carte. I realize they do that so other organizations can buy and get the agent, getting it cheaper than you could otherwise. However, if you want the main core package, which has all the main features with the exception of maybe the multi-cloud protections, that can get pricier for an organization. So, you have to pick and choose what you want. I do not care for a la carte pricing."
  • "Pricing and licensing seem to be in line with what they offer. We are a smaller organization, so pricing is important. Obviously, we would make a business case if it is something we really needed or felt that we needed. So, the pricing is in line with what we are getting from a product standpoint."
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  • "It was an annual fee. There was just one overall fee."
  • "It is not so cheap in comparison to Sophos and other solutions."
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    Answers from the Community
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    John Johny Restrepo Hernández - PeerSpot reviewerJohn Johny Restrepo Hernández
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    Hello, I think it doesn't make sense to just compare device protection and automated response security solutions, it's missing to protect identities, devices, and insider access. I think: The best and most valuable option is Microsoft.

    Microsoft 365 Defender is a unified pre- and post-breach enterprise defense suite that natively coordinates detection, prevention, investigation, and response across endpoints, identities, email, and applications to provide integrated protection against sophisticated attacks.

    With the integrated Microsoft 365 Defender solution, security professionals can stitch together the threat signals that each of these products receive and determine the full scope and impact of the threat; how it entered the environment, what it's affected, and how it's currently impacting the organization. Microsoft 365 Defender takes automatic action to prevent or stop the attack and self-heal affected mailboxes, endpoints, and user identities.

    Microsoft 365 Defender services includes:
    1. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, is an enterprise endpoint security platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats.
    2. Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Plan 1 protects email and collaboration from zero-day malware, phish, and business email compromise,  Plan 2 adds post-breach investigation, hunting, and response, as well as automation, and simulation (for training).
    3. Microsoft Defender for Identity, a cloud service that helps protect your enterprise hybrid environments from multiple types of advanced targeted cyber-attacks and insider threats.
    4. Microsoft Cloud App Security, is a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) that operates on multiple clouds. It provides rich visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics to identify and combat cyber threats across all your cloud services.

    If the end customer already has Microsoft 365 in companies or educational institutions, they already have the collaboration tools, only the security and endpoint management tools should be added, all with Microsoft 365 E5/A5, no more investment is being made, it is being consolidated, visibility is gained, responses are automated, the fatigue of operating so many security events that you do not have the time or personnel to review them decrease.

    I hope this has generated value for you.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.
    Top Answer:Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing.
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    Overview

    Cisco Secure Endpoint is a cloud-managed endpoint security solution that provides advanced protection against viruses, malware, and other cyber threats by detecting, preventing, and responding to threats. Cisco Secure Endpoint is managed online via a web-based management console and can be deployed on a variety of platforms. It protects endpoints, networks, emails, and web traffic.

    In a world of evolving threats, it’s necessary to put security above everything. Cisco Secure Endpoint provides you with the scope, scale, and capabilities to attain effective security with its integrated portfolio and industry-leading threat intelligence. Cisco Secure Endpoint continuously tracks and analyzes files and file activities across your systems - both remote and on premises - and compares these events to other events that occurred before or during past attacks. If a file exhibits malicious behavior, the tool sends an alert which enables you to stop a potential threat from succeeding.

    Key Capabilities of Cisco Secure Endpoint

    • Multi-layered protection: Cisco Secure Endpoint combines behavioral analytics, machine learning, and signature-based techniques to prevent threats from compromising your endpoints.

    • Powerful EDR capabilities: Reduce attack surface using advanced endpoint and extended detection and response, threat hunting, and endpoint isolation.

    • Dynamic malware analysis: Identify and block attacks in real time.

    • Simplified investigations: Advanced search capabilities help you get the information you need about your endpoints fast.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Secure Endpoint stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to enable developers to easily secure their endpoints with one single operation using its management console and its advanced alerting techniques.

    Tim C., an IT manager at Van Der Meer Consulting, writes, "The solution makes it possible to see a threat once and block it everywhere across all endpoints and the entire security platform. It has the ability to block right down to the file and application level across all devices based on policies, such as, blacklisting and whitelisting of software and applications. This is good. Its strength is the ability to identify threats very quickly, then lock them and the network down and block the threats across the organization and all devices, which is what you want. You don't want to be spending time working out how to block something. You want to block something very quickly, letting that flow through to all the devices and avoiding the same scenario on different operating systems."

    Wouter H., a technical team lead network & security at Missing Piece BV, notes, "Any alert that we get is an actionable alert. Immediately, there is information that we can just click through, see the point in time, what happened, what caused it, and what automatic actions were taken. We can then choose to take any manual actions, if we want, or start our investigation. We're no longer looking at digging into information or wading through hundreds of incidents. There's a list which says where the status is assigned, e.g., under investigation or investigation finished. That is all in the console. It has taken away a lot of the administration, which we would normally be doing, and integrated it into the console for us."

    CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all delivered via a single lightweight agent. 

    Many of the world’s largest organizations already put their trust in CrowdStrike, including three of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, five of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers, and three of the top 10 energy companies.

    Request a free trial here: https://go.crowdstrike.com/try-falcon-prevent

    FireEye Endpoint Security is an integrated endpoint solution that detects, prevents and responds effectively to known malware and threats traditional anti-virus endpoint security products miss. It expands endpoint visibility and provides contextual frontline intelligence to help analysts automate protection, quickly determine the exact scope and level of any attack activity and adapt defenses as needed.

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    Buyer's Guide
    Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs. FireEye Endpoint Security
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs. FireEye Endpoint Security and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR is ranked 2nd in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 56 reviews while FireEye Endpoint Security is ranked 14th in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 9 reviews. Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR is rated 8.6, while FireEye Endpoint Security is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR writes "Speeds up the data collection for our phishing playbooks dramatically". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FireEye Endpoint Security writes "Enables us to do IOC-based search across the enterprise and isolate compromised devices". Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, Darktrace, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Trend Micro XDR, whereas FireEye Endpoint Security is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Darktrace, SentinelOne, Symantec Endpoint Detection and Response and McAfee MVISION Endpoint Detection and Response. See our Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs. FireEye Endpoint Security report.

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