Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR vs Trend Micro Deep Security comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 31, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: All CrowdStrike Falcon users report the initial setup to be straightforward, as do most Trend Micro Deep Security reviewers.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their high level of security.

    CrowdStrike Falcon users report being very satisfied with its performance, scalability, and reliability. A few CrowdStrike Falcon users would like to see better reporting abilities and improvements to the dashboard’s user interface.

    Trend Micro Deep Security users like the product’s automated virtual patching. Several Trend Micro Deep Security users mention that the tool isn’t very user-friendly.
  • Pricing: Most CrowdStrike Falcon users feel that the price of the product is fair. In contrast, most Trend Micro Deep Security users say that the price of the product is high.
  • ROI: CrowdStrike Falcon users report a significant ROI. Trend Micro Deep Security reviewers do not explicitly mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: All CrowdStrike Falcon reviewers and most Trend Micro Deep Security reviewers report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: CrowdStrike Falcon is the clear winner in this comparison. It is stable, easy to use, and high performing. In addition, it is easier to deploy and less expensive than Trend Micro Deep Security.

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Q&A Highlights
Question: Is Crowdstrike Falcon better than Trend Micro Deep Security?
Answer: I can't say one way or the other for sure, but, having experienced Trend Micro in the past from an endpoint perspective they have their own way of doing things. They certainly didn't catch everything that even basic a/v like SEP did and they had a very convoluted setup and system configuration. Not sure on how falcon compares but cost wise Trend would probably be the cheap option while Falcon would be more expensive but easier to work in/with.
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Pros
"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.""The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this product is that there is a lot more malware slipping through my email filters than I expected.""The threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great.""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.""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.""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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"I value the overall behavior analysis of CrowdStrike. The engine of this product is what drew us to this solution.""The most valuable feature of CrowdStrike Falcon is its accuracy.""I like the dashboard nature of it. Everything is clickable, linkable, and information is easy to obtain and find. How it presents that information is probably the biggest win as far as the information correlation aspect. The presentation of it is very good.""It has definitely minimized resources. When everything was on-prem, there was a lot more work maintaining it. One of the big value tickets: I don't have lists of hundreds of exceptions for certain applications that I have to maintain, add, delete, and move. The very nature of the product has lessened my workload considerably.""There are two things which customers really like about CrowdStrike. If they buy managed services from CrowdStrike, it offers them detection of security issues in one minute. If you buy their professional services, they offer insurance where you can claim up to $5 million if there's a breach. This is a huge upsell for customers.""The features we showcase to potential customers are prevention, malware protection, zero-day protection, and application scripting. Vulnerability assessment is another valuable feature.""The CS falcon agent is a lightweight agent compared with other agents of EDR products.""The most valuable features in CrowdStrike Falcon are the full EDR with antivirus, hunting, reporting, and RTR remote control."

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"Deep Security is a good product for managing a few servers.""Patch management is most valuable. The major selling point of Deep Security is that it is based on the cloud. Deep Security is for the servers and databases of data centers, and generally, for patch management, you have to shut down the machines, and then you have to restart them. So, they need shutdown time, which is a cost. Big enterprises don't want to shut down their database or their data center for any kind of patch. Deep Security creates a wall and downloads all patches. You install it on the cloud. So, it saves your server from any kind of intrusion or any kind of penetration, and whenever you get a chance or time, in six, eight, or nine months, you can physically download or install all those patches in one go. So, it saves you time. It also saves your shutdown time and keeps your data center safe.""Deep Security provides us with a lot of reassurance about security threats. You don't have to worry about a patch not being there in the software. You're confident that all the patches and vulnerabilities are taken care of.""It serves its purpose and works well.""You can scale the solution to different versions.""Deep Security's most valuable features are antivirus and host intrusion detection.""The initial setup was straightforward.""Support and threat prevention are the most valuable features of this solution."

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Cons
"It could be improved in connection with artificial intelligence and IoT.""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.""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.""They could improve the main dashboard to more clearly show me the things that I want to see. When I open the dashboard right now, I see a million things and they are not always the things that I need.""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.""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.""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.""This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports."

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"I would like them to improve the correlation of data in the search algorithms. When we run an investigation, malware, phishing, etc., I want to look at multiple endpoints at once to correlate that data to see the likenesses, e.g., how are they not alike or what systems and processes are running across those systems? I don't want to have to run the same search in their Spotlight module five, 10, 15, or 100 times to get 100 different results, copy that data out, and then correlate it on my own. In a very simple way, I want to be able to load up a comma-delimited list giving me the spotlight data on these X amount of hosts, letting me search for it quickly. We have had to go back to CrowdStrike, and say, "Our search are taking far too long for even one host." They did bump up the cores and that did improve performance, but it is still kind of slow to get that Spotlight data. That is probably our biggest pain point. I think that needs some help. I understand this kind of information access is probably not the easiest thing to do. It is probably a big ask depending on how their back-end is setup.""On the firewall management side, there should be more granularity. There should also be more granularity for device control. Everything else is brilliant.""The skillsets needed to run CrowdStrike Falcon are extensive if you want to get the most value out of the tool.""CrowdStrike Suites and the way that it bundles things can be a bit challenging. It should be easier to integrate with the other stuff that they sell or be included with what they sell. We have one piece, then they are talking about another piece on vulnerability management all of the sudden, and we don't own that piece. We can see it in the console, but nothing shows up. It simply appears within the tool as an option, but we can't use it without purchasing it.""For CrowdStrike to work, all the machines need to have an internet connection. This makes it challenging to assist customers without an internet connection. We would like to have a mechanism or relay to make this possible.""In a future release, I would like to see more integrations for data breaches and security features.""The overall cost of CrowdStrike Falcon could be reduced.""I would like to see a more accurate integration and an option to check the local machine."

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"We'd like to see extended capacity in the on-premises versions.""We want to see improved authentication.""Trend Micro Deep Security security and scalability could be improved.""Pricing is on the expensive side and could be more affordable. The technical support for Trend Micro Deep Security also needs improvement.""I would like to see better pricing. The pricing could be lower.""I think more work could be done on Deep Security's ability to handle dynamic threat scenarios.""The price could be reduced.""Trend Micro is scalable if you have the budget for it."

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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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  • "There is a license for this solution and there are extra features you can purchase."
  • "We are paying approximately $50,000 each month, it's definitely expensive."
  • "It is a very expensive solution. It would be nice if they lower its price. Its license is based on the machines."
  • "The pricing is okay. Deep Security is single-server license-based, so it will work based on how many licenses you have procured. There is a yearly subscription for each license."
  • "We pay a yearly fee of between $10,000 and $15,000."
  • "There is a subscription cost to use this product."
  • "We don't pay any licensing fees."
  • "Most of it is annual at this stage."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    Kirk Stephen - PeerSpot reviewerKirk Stephen
    User

    Having previously run a penetration testing company, I can tell you that the general feedback I have from professional hackers is that CrowdStrike Falcon does make their job a lot more difficult. 


    The "traditional" players in the endpoint protection market e.g. Trend Micro, Symantec and McAfee they generally view as trivial to bypass.

    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.
    Top Answer:The GUI needs improvement, it's not good. There are false positives in emails. At times, the emails are blocked and… more »
    Top Answer:Cortex XDR by Palo Alto vs. CrowdStrike Falcon Both Cortex XDR and Crowd Strike Falcon offer cloud-based solutions… more »
    Top Answer:Both of these products perform similarly and have many outstanding attributes. CrowdStrike Falcon offers an amazing… more »
    Top Answer:The CrowdStrike solution delivers a lot of information about incidents. It has a very light sensor that will never push… more »
    Top Answer:I like that Crowdstrike allows me to easily correlate data between my firewalls. What’s most useful for my needs is the… more »
    Top Answer:Trend Micro Deep Security offers a lot of features. It guarantees security for your data center, cloud, and containers -… more »
    Top Answer:The traceback feature in XDR is amazing. You can trace back an attack. You can playback where an attack actually… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    CrowdStrike Falcon, CrowdStrike Falcon XDR
    Deep Security
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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

    Trend Micro Deep Security is a powerful server security solution for physical, virtual, and cloud servers. It protects data centers and cloud operations from breaches and business disruptions without making use of emergency patching. This centrally managed platform ensures regulatory compliance and speeds up the return on investment (ROI) for virtualization and cloud initiatives.

    Trend Micro Deep Security is offered as software or as a service. The solution includes integrated modules such as anti-malware, web reputation, firewall, intrusion prevention, integrity monitoring, and log inspection. Trend Micro Deep Security is a single, multifunction agent that can be deployed across all settings and streamlines security operations by providing a single management dashboard for all capabilities.

    Trend Micro Deep Security works with cloud systems including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and VMware vCloud Air to extend data center security standards to cloud-based applications.

    Trend Micro Deep Security Features

    Trend Micro Deep Security has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Server virtualization: Trend Micro Deep Security allows you to secure your virtual environment while gaining the benefits of virtualization, such as increased efficiencies and ROI. Security that is virtualization-aware preserves productivity and allows for higher VM densities.
    • Desktop virtualization: Trend Micro Deep Security provides the best security for a wide range of virtual desktop scenarios. Its anti-malware, intrusion prevention, web application protection, firewall, and other security features are optimized for VMware VDI environments. This ensures that the virtual desktops and underlying host are not impacted by a security agent.
    • VMware NSX integration: The integration of NSX within the Trend Micro Deep Security platform improves security deployment automation while also enhancing virtual environment protection. Trend Micro Deep Security enhances the advantages of micro-segmentation by adding security policies and capabilities that follow VMs everywhere they go.
    • Virtual patching: Virtual patching solutions from Trend Micro Deep Security provide immediate security while removing the challenges of emergency patching, repeated patch cycles, and costly system downtime. Virtual patching with Trend Micro Deep Security keeps your servers and endpoints secure while lowering the risk of breach disclosure costs.
    • Cloud protection: Agentless and agent-based deployments from Trend Micro Deep Security give various cloud implementation options with cross-cloud administration. This protects your servers, applications, and data.
    • Virtualization security: Trend Micro Deep Security protects virtual desktops and servers from zero-day malware and network-based threats. This can reduce the impact of resource inefficiencies and emergency patching.
    • Cloud security: Service providers and modern data center managers can use Trend Micro Deep Security to deliver a safe multi-tenant cloud environment with security policies that can be extended to cloud workloads and managed centrally with consistent, context-aware policies.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Trend Micro Deep Security stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust data and loss prevention feature and its patch management, which saves users money. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    One PeerSpot reviewer, a Senior Security Advisor at a healthcare company, writes, “DLP, Data Loss Prevention, and the complexity of how we manage the console and how this client, or this tool, will notify us when there is something going wrong within the server and endpoint, is good.”

    Nadeem S., CEO at Haniya Technologies, notes of the solution, “Patch management is most valuable. The major selling point of Deep Security is that it is based on the cloud. Deep Security is for the servers and databases of data centers, and generally, for patch management, you have to shut down the machines, and then you have to restart them. So, they need shutdown time, which is a cost.”

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    Heritage Bank, Mobile County Schools, NHL University, Thunder Bay Regional, Yokogawa Electric, Sam Houston State University, First Financial Bank
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    Healthcare Company11%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business22%
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    Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR is ranked 2nd in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 56 reviews while Trend Micro Deep Security is ranked 1st in Virtualization Security with 27 reviews. Crowdstrike Falcon Endpoint Security and XDR is rated 8.6, while Trend Micro Deep 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 Trend Micro Deep Security writes "Scalable and secure with an easy initial setup". 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 Trend Micro Deep Security is most compared with Trend Micro Apex One, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Carbon Black CB Defense, SentinelOne and Symantec Endpoint Security.

    We monitor all EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) 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.