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Executive Summary
Updated on March 17, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Most CrowdStrike Falcon reviewers agreed that its deployment is a simple and quick process. Only one user reported the manual sensor deployment to be time-consuming. Darktrace reviewers also found the installation process to be quick and straightforward.

  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. CrowdStrike Falcon users note the high level of threat detection. A few reviewers had difficulties with integrations and felt that CrowdStrike Falcon’s user interface needed improvements.

    Darktrace users praise the artificial intelligence of the tool and its data collection. A small number of Darktrace users felt that detection and response at the endpoint level was lacking.

  • Pricing: Most CrowdStrike Falcon users agree that the price is reasonable for what the product offers. Darktrace users feel the pricing is a bit high. Both products offer users the option of paying only for specific services.

  • Service and Support: Both solutions received very positive reviews for their technical support services.

Comparison Results: Both products received very positive reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon users appear more satisfied with its security levels and with the price of the product.

To learn more, read our detailed CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Darktrace report (Updated: July 2022).
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Pros
"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 entirety of our network infrastructure is Cisco and the most valuable feature is the integration.""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 most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""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.""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.""It is extensive in terms of providing visibility and insights into threats. It allows for research into a threat, and you can chart your progress on how you're resolving it.""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."

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"The CS falcon agent is a lightweight agent compared with other agents of EDR products.""The most valuable feature is the indicator of compromise, which show you what file was either quarantined or removed.""CrowdStrike Falcon is effortless to use, and it's a cloud-specific platform. You only need to deploy the light agents on the licensed endpoints, and you're ready to work. Your dashboards will tell you the number of the endpoints being protected and the incidents. There are also incident dashboards with alerts that will tell you about the details.""The Protect functionality on the laptops provides great visibility into what's occurring, and the cloud management of the platform is what we needed.""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.""I value the overall behavior analysis of CrowdStrike. The engine of this product is what drew us to this solution.""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.""As an EDR tool, we can integrate log management and event management. The solution deals with threats automatically, that's the advantage."

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"Darktrace is very useful for us because it has a large number of models for detecting threats.""The main valuable feature is that we don't need a lot of analysts. With few analysts, we have all the network monitored, 24/7.""I like the Antigena feature in Darktrace, as it offers immediate response and is helpful.""It is a stable solution.""The most valuable feature of Darktrace and the most valuable feature is the artificial intelligence module because that is the tool that determines automatically if there is any risk or not in the network.""It provides a comprehensive, detailed view of network activity and whatever is happening inside it.""The initial setup is simple.""In terms of features, the data or information they collect and unsupervised machine learning are very valuable. Its unsupervised machine learning has reduced our team's effort. Both Darktrace and Vectra work on unsupervised machine learning that learns the behavior or develops a profile on its own, which allows our security team to do some other tasks rather than spending time on Darktrace or Vectra. Because of unsupervised machine learning, its detection capability is quite good. Along with that, if we utilize the integration feature properly, the automated incident response capability of Darktrace is quite useful."

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Cons
"The GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""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.""It could be improved in connection with artificial intelligence and IoT.""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.""I would like to see integration with Cisco Analytics.""We had a lot of noise at the beginning, and we had to turn it down based on exclusions, application whitelisting, and excluding unknown benign applications. Cisco should understand the need for continuous updates on the custom Cisco exclusions and the custom applications that come out-of-the-box with the AMP for Endpoints."

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"In a future release, I would like to see more integrations for data breaches and security features.""If we have a dashboard capability to uninstall agents, I think that would be great.""I think there's an opportunity to enhance the AI or at least the traps to say, if something changes from this baseline, let us know and flag it.""On the firewall management side, there should be more granularity. There should also be more granularity for device control. Everything else is brilliant.""The Integration with tools, SOC tools, could be better.""This solution could be improved with greater scope for admins to make changes to the solution.""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.""There are some aspects of the UI that could use some improvement, e.g., working in groups. I build a group, then I have to manually assign prevention policies, update policies, etc., but there is no function to copy that group. So, if I wanted to make a subgroup for troubleshooting or divide workstations into groups of laptops and desktops, then I have to manually build a brand new group. I can't just copy a build from one to another. Additionally, in order to do any work within a group, I have to first do the work on the respective prevention policy page or individual policy page, then remove the group if the group is assigned to a different prevention policy, remove the prevention policy, and then add the new one in. So, it can get a little hectic. It would be easier if I could add and remove things from the group page rather than having to go into the policy pages to do it."

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"A reporting portal could be a great addition to help customize reports.""The user interface and the configuration are a bit complex and should be improved or simplified.""The solution could be easier to use.""Getting logs from different sources can be a challenge.""The interface and dashboards could be improved for ease-of-use.""This product needs more in terms of prevention. The detection capabilities work well but once a threat has been detected, Darktrace should work to prevent it from doing anything malicious.""It would be helpful if they could recognize incidents and simplify the customer's challenge to identify what is happening.""It can have more integration with orchestration or event management solutions. They can provide more knowledge or research information for analysts for investigating cases and detecting anomalies in networks."

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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."
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  • "The pricing could be reduced. If it was more reasonable that would be great."
  • "Our licensing fees were between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, which was pretty expensive for a small business."
  • "When comparing to Microsoft, CrowdStrike Falcon is more expensive."
  • "All I can say about the licensing cost is that it's negotiable."
  • "The price is too high."
  • "The pricing is good and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "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."
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  • "The pricing is a little high compared to the competition."
  • "Our customers feel that the price of Darktrace is quite high compared to other solutions."
  • "The pricing is very flexible for Darktrace. Sometimes, a customer does not have the appropriate budget, but Darktrace can handle that. They offer monthly payments, so the customer can acquire the solution very easily."
  • "When it comes to large installations, it can be expensive, but for small accounts it's fine."
  • "It is a very expensive product."
  • "It is expensive. I don't have the price for other competitors."
  • "This solution is expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is not cheap. It is not a one-time purchase, there is a subscription that needs to be paid every one to five years depending on your choice. It is expensive but you can reduce the price by only using the services that you want."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    reviewer1405356 - PeerSpot reviewerreviewer1405356 (Consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees)
    MSP

    Hi @reviewer1799568,


    Most of these comparisons are opinions and some tests are done in specific conditions that might not suit or reflect your organization's needs and roadmap. Ultimately, the cost of a mistake is a data breach and not just an audit finding or operational discomfort.


    I mention this because there are no viable shortcuts. I suggest you test the solutions thoroughly in your own environment to see what works for you.


    The gaming floor is hopefully "air-gapped" and the solution should respect that segregation and still provide great security and visibility. One of the challenges is security updates.


    For such an environment you would need comprehensive AI and machine learning. I suggest you look at the difference between IOC and IOA.


    IOA vs IOC: Defining & Understanding The Differences | CrowdStrike. (Please also check other sources).


    Good luck and stay safe!  

    Carsten Dan Petersen - PeerSpot reviewerCarsten Dan Petersen
    Reseller

    Hi. 

    I am told that Darktrace is a complimentary product that doesn't do any endpoint protection.

    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:Which solution is better depends on which is more suitable specifically for your company. Darktrace, for example, is… more »
    Top Answer:The models, triggers, and alerts are customizable.
    Top Answer:Prior to negotiating, Darktrace offered their appliance and service for $80,000 per year. I suggest negotiating either… more »
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    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
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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

    Darktrace is a world leader in Autonomous Cyber AI and offers several different desirable tools available to provide a wide array of outstanding support and superior threat security. Darktrace works with many different popular solutions, such as Microsoft 365, Azure, AWS, and many more.

    Darktrace offers many different products to keep every type of business enterprise safe.

    Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System is uniquely designed to learn the status quo of your operating system and is thereby quickly able to discover any anomalies, abusive behavior, and potential cyber threats and stop them immediately before there is any threat to your organization. With Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System, you have complete transparency across your entire operational system. Darktrace utilizes intuitive self-learning to discover potential new known attacks externally and also locate any internal threats. Darktrace is intuitively self-adapting and will quickly learn the best way to keep your critical systems safe at all times, even as your business changes and grows.

    Darktrace offers an Industrial Immune System, which is specifically designed to understand the unique technologies of industrial systems and aggressively protect the integrity and durability of those ecosystems. You will get full transparency of OT, IT, and industrial IoT.

    Darktrace Antigena combines the best of the Autonomous Response technology to keep your enterprise ecosystems safe at all times. Darktrace Antigena has the decision-making ability to easily identify suspicious behavior and can stop in-progress threats such as cyber-attacks, ransomware, and threats to your cloud or proprietary infrastructure. Darktrace Antigena will provide protection to keep your systems safe and avoid any downtime or negative impact on your organization's productivity.

    Darktrace Cyber AI Analyst works as an investigative solution that instantly rates, interprets, and reports on the entire range of potential security threats. Darktrace Cyber AI Analyst uses an intuitive analysis process to investigate 100% of all potential threats. Each and every threat is rated and a response plan is created to direct your teams on the best possible course of action needed to immediately resolve the issue. Darktrace AI Analyst also handles Zero-day malware and ransomware. The automated threat investigation can work faster to develop a plan, follow issues, and investigate than any human component. Darktrace AI will save time and money by adding an additional supplemental layer of security to your organization.

    Darktrace provides outstanding enterprise-wide cyber defense to more than 5,500 organizations worldwide that rely on Darktrace daily to keep their business ecosystems running at maximum efficiency and productivity without any unplanned downtime within the overall business operation. Darktrace has a super-fast, machine-speed defense supported by the unique Autonomous Response that can take some of the pressure off of your security team and at the same time mount an aggressive fightback continuing to develop a safer defense every day.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Imad A., Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company, says, “"I have found the most valuable features to be artificial intelligence for cybersecurity, advanced machine learning capabilities, enterprise Immune System, Antigena Network, and Antigena Email. The way the solution detects the threat over the network before it spreads is very good. It notifies you of what the threat is exactly doing and gives you all the details about the execution of that application that had created the threat over your network."

    A Security Engineer at a real estate/law firm states, "The Antigena feature is most valuable. Once it learns your environment, Antigena can step in and block a denial of service attack, a ransomware attack, or just about anything that doesn't belong in the environment. It can detect any type of attack that hits the environment because it understands what normal looks like for the network. It is very useful for an autonomous response."







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    Buyer's Guide
    EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business)
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    CrowdStrike Falcon is ranked 1st in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 49 reviews while Darktrace is ranked 1st in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) with 30 reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon is rated 8.8, while Darktrace is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of CrowdStrike Falcon writes "Speeds up the data collection for our phishing playbooks dramatically". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Darktrace writes "A 10/10 solution with an awesome interface, good stability and scalability, flexible pricing, and good support". CrowdStrike Falcon is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, Carbon Black CB Defense and Trend Micro XDR, whereas Darktrace is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, Vectra AI, SentinelOne, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and ExtraHop Reveal(x).

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