CrowdStrike Falcon vs Intercept X Endpoint comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Apr 6, 2022

We performed a comparison between Crowdstrike Falcon and Sophos Intercept X based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Some Sophos Intercept X users found the deployment to be complex and noted that there is definitely a learning curve, while others, who have previous experience, found the deployment to be very easy. In contrast, Crowdstrike Falcon users all agree that deployment is simple and easy.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. Sophos Intercept X users say it is easy to manage and administer, it has synchronized security, and good spam and web filtering features. Some users of Sophos Intercept X suggest that the product could benefit from better deployment on the cloud, while a few other reviewers mention that the solution does not handle USB products very well.

    Crowdstrike Falcon users say the UI is simple, the activity dashboard is very helpful, and the monitoring is fantastic. They also like the machine learning capabilities, and say that the detection is very reliable. A few reviewers mention that the reporting needs improvement and it would be good to have some more offline scanning abilities.
  • Pricing: Some users of Sophos Intercept X say the pricing is reasonable and even offers three different tiers, but other reviewers say they would prefer it if the price was lower. The majority of Crowdstrike Falcon users say the pricing is fair.
  • Service and Support: The majority of Sophos Intercept X reviewers say service and support have been very good and responsive, but some would like to see faster response times. Most users of Crowdstrike Falcon have been very satisfied with the technical support.
  • ROI: Sophos Intercept X reviewers do not mention ROI. Crowdstrike Falcon reviewers say they have definitely seen a positive ROI from the solution.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, the two products are very similar. Crowdstrike Falcon comes out ahead in this comparison simply because it is easier to deploy than Sophos Intercept X.

To learn more, read our detailed CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"The summarization of emails is a valuable feature.""The solution is well integrated with applications. It is easy to maintain and administer.""Microsoft 365 Defender is a stable solution.""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.""We can automate routine tasks and write scripts to carry out difficult tasks, which makes things easier for us.""We are connected to Microsoft and have every laptop enrolled. This acts as an endpoint. The tool helps me check security and compliance. I can also check what a device is doing.""The most valuable features are spam filtering, attachment filtering, and antivirus protection."

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"The detection is very reliable. Also, OverWatch is a great feature.""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.""The ability to execute real-time response, or, that you can connect to the agent and see exactly what processes are operating, is the most important feature of this solution.""The automatic alert feature is the most important feature of the solution.""Scalability hasn't been an issue for us.""It helps us to identify the threats according to the behavior of any process that is running on any particular system. It helps immensely to identify any malicious behavior on any endpoints.""The CS falcon agent is a lightweight agent compared with other agents of EDR products."

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"The key factor that attracted me to Sophos Intercept X was the multi-platform. I have multiple clients that have mixed environments of Mac and Windows. I am able to deliver a standard solution, regardless of the platform.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""It is stable and has a good price. I find it very good.""The most valuable feature is that it literally works. We have reduced a lot of complaints after switching to Sophos.""The solution is overall quite good, the services are performing well. It is very good for those who are using standard PC configurations. It does not block their system up by taking up a lot of resources.""It's quite simple to use and user friendly.""We most value the price and interface quality with Sophos Intercept X. We focus on solution quality.""The solution's initial setup process was straightforward."

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"The price could be better. It'll also help if they can continuously update and upgrade the solution. Every day there's a new virus uploaded into the network, and we have to keep updating it to identify all these things.""While the XDR platform offers valuable functionalities, it falls short of other solutions in its ability to deliver a cohesive identity experience.""Improving scalability, especially for very large tenants, could be beneficial for Microsoft Defender XDR.""I personally have not seen much evidence of how Defender can enhance the story of zero trust for enterprises.""It would be highly beneficial if CoPilot could identify anomalies within the network and notify the IT team.""From an integration standpoint, it is always improving overall. With Security Copilot coming out, as partners, we are waiting for the GDAP support so that we can actually see Security Copilot on behalf of customers if they subscribe to it.""The Defender agent itself is more compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11. Other than these two lines, there are so many compatibility issues. Security is not only about Microsoft. The core technical aspects of it are quite good, but it would be good if they can better support non-Microsoft solutions in terms of putting the agents directly into VMware and other virtualization solutions. There should be more emphasis on RHEL and other operating systems that we use, other than Windows, in the server category.""Offboarding latency should be reduced. Even after a device has been successfully offboarded using a particular offboarding script, it still shows up as onboarded."

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"To simplify the budgeting process for our clients, CrowdStrike should consider offering bundled packages that include essential features.""The ability to receive text alerts natively in the console would be kind of cool.""The performance could be better.""A year and a half ago or more, if you put in a support request by email, then it wasn't timely addressed. It could be a day to three days before you received a response, which was a bit frustrating. There was a lot of customer feedback around this issue, which has been greatly refined.""CrowdStrike Falcon could improve the EDR functionality. Once the functionality of the solution improves, it will be even better in the market and able to compete with Carbon Black.""If we have a dashboard capability to uninstall agents, I think that would be great.""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.""It is cloud-based, and this does make some weary of the data being held on the cloud. Privacy requirements must be taken into account."

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"In terms of the site-to-site VPN elements, they tend to concentrate. It's quite simple when there are Meraki devices at both ends of the VPN but if there is another user at one end, on another device, it can be a bit tricky. So they could really simplify that process a bit.""I would like to have a built-in firewall, rather than having to integrate one.""Sophos Intercept X could improve on its setup process. They could make it easier to have a baseline set up for the system, or at least provide more understanding of what the baseline is when you first install it. This could be a matter of lack of training on my part, but it's difficult to receive training on solutions that are not Cisco. Cisco is the only vendor with classes or courses.""Through Sophos Central I would like to see the ability to zero in and produce a report about the challenges being faced by a particular machine and user, to know if a virus is appearing only on that specific machine or also on others.""From the management side, we receive detailed information. Sophos has many features, such as Threat Hunting but that comes with the XDR version of the solution. There's Sophos Intercept X and then there's Sophos Intercept X with XDR technology. We bought the XDR and then now the MTR, Managed Threat Response version available too. They have different packages for clients which gives them different options to pick from. If Sophos could combine more features into one package it would be beneficial.""We've had difficulty with uninstalling the solution. When we try to uninstall an old version of the basic Sophos Antivirus, it doesn't seem to uninstall completely.""There is room for improvement in terms of stability and updates.""We are considering switching from this solution as a result of the closer integration needed between the firewall systems and the EDR."

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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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  • "The pricing will depend upon your volume of usage."
  • "I would like them to further reduce the price, because it is quite pricey at the moment."
  • "Purchasing the product through the AWS Marketplace is just a click away. Since we were using the on-premise version of the product, we continued on the cloud by purchasing it through the AWS Marketplace."
  • "I do not have experience with the cost or licensing of the product."
  • "The other administrator and I can log in to check the exact details of what happened, what was running, and what caused the detection. We know exactly what was happening on the end users PC and we can tell if it's something that we actually need or something that's malicious."
  • "We are at about $60,000 per year."
  • "This solution has a very competitive price."
  • "Our company pays approximately US$ 65,000 annually for 900 machines."
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  • "We renew the license for one year at $10,000."
  • "The price is pretty good."
  • "When you start going to the EDR technologies and the MTR, it is a little bit expensive. It's a very good technology, and obviously, you're going to pay for it, but the pricing could do a little bit of work."
  • "We were able to eliminate the ransomware using the one-month, full-featured trial license."
  • "Licensing is based on the number of users. They give a discount for editors who are considered as important members. From what I know, Sophos products are not expensive. If you have a license extension, you just need to contact the editor or partner to change the mode of licensing or extend the license to cover more people."
  • "Intercept X for endpoints is around $35 per user per year. The server version is $95 per server per year."
  • "I find the pricing to be a little bit expensive, although it is acceptable, for now."
  • "The price of this product should be reduced because it is a little high."
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
    CrowdStrike Falcon, CrowdStrike Falcon XDR
    Sophos Intercept X
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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.

    CrowdStrike Falcon offers advanced threat detection, real-time visibility, easy interface, and responsive customer support. It enhances workflow and efficiency, promotes collaboration, streamlines processes, and boosts productivity. With features like incident response options, customizable alerts, and proactive threat hunting, it helps protect organizations from malware and ransomware attacks.

    Sophos Intercept X Endpoint is a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that combines the power of artificial intelligence (AI) with Sophos' deep expertise in cybersecurity to provide unmatched protection against sophisticated cyber threats, including ransomware, malware, exploits, and zero-day vulnerabilities. Sophos Intercept X Endpoint stands out for its innovative approach to endpoint security, leveraging advanced technologies and expert services to provide comprehensive protection. Its focus on prevention, detection, and response, combined with ease of use and scalability, makes it a preferred choice for organizations looking to strengthen their cybersecurity defenses.

    Harness the Power of a Deep Learning Neural Network

    Achieve unmatched endpoint threat prevention. Intercept X uses deep learning, an advanced form of machine learning to detect both known and unknown malware without relying on signatures.

    Deep learning makes Intercept X smarter, more scalable, and more effective against never-seen-before threats. Intercept X leverages deep learning to outperform endpoint security solutions that use traditional machine learning or signature-based detection alone.

    Stop Ransomware in Its Tracks

    Block ransomware attacks before they wreak havoc on your organization. Intercept X with XDR includes anti-ransomware technology that detects malicious encryption processes and shuts them down before they can spread across your network. It prevents both file-based and master boot record ransomware.

    Any files that were encrypted are rolled back to a safe state, meaning your employees can continue working uninterrupted, with minimal impact to business continuity. You get detailed post-cleanup information, so you can see where the threat got in, what it touched, and when it was blocked.

    Intelligent Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

    The first EDR designed for security analysts and IT administrators

    Intercept X Advanced with EDR allows you to ask any question about what has happened in the past, and what is happening now on your endpoints. Hunt threats to detect active adversaries, or leverage for IT operations to maintain IT security hygiene. When an issue is found remotely respond with precision. By starting with the strongest protection, Intercept X stops breaches before they start. It cuts down the number of items to investigate and saves you time.

    • The strongest protection combined with powerful EDR
    • Add expertise, not headcount
    • Built for IT operations and threat hunting

    Extended Detection and Response (XDR)

    Intercept X Advanced with XDR is the industry’s only XDR solution that synchronizes native endpoint, server, firewall, email, cloud and O365 security. Get a holistic view of your organization’s environment with the richest data set and deep analysis for threat detection, investigation and response for both dedicated SOC teams and IT admins.

    • Cross reference indicators of comprise from multiple data sources to quickly identify, pinpoint and neutralize a threat
    • Use ATP and IPS events from the firewall to investigate suspect hosts and identify unprotected devices across your estate
    • Understand office network issues and which application is causing them
    • Identify unmanaged, guest and IoT devices across your organization’s environment

    Managed Detection and Response

    • Threat Hunting - Proactive 24/7 hunting by our elite team of threat analysts. Determine the potential impact and context of threats to your business.
    • Response - Initiates actions to remotely disrupt, contain, and neutralize threats on your behalf to stop even the most sophisticated threats
    • Continuous Improvement - Get actionable advice for addressing the root cause of recurring incidents to stop them for occurring again
    Sample Customers
    Accenture, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
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    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
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    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company19%
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    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company12%
    Real Estate/Law Firm6%
    Computer Software Company19%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
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    Buyer's Guide
    CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    CrowdStrike Falcon is ranked 3rd in Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) with 107 reviews while Intercept X Endpoint is ranked 7th in Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) with 101 reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon is rated 8.8, while Intercept X Endpoint is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of CrowdStrike Falcon writes "Easy to set up with good behavior-based analysis but needs a single-click recovery option". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Intercept X Endpoint writes "A standard offering with good threat analysis but reduces machine performance". CrowdStrike Falcon is most compared with Darktrace, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Trend Micro Deep Security, Trend Vision One and SentinelOne Singularity Complete, whereas Intercept X Endpoint is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, SentinelOne Singularity Complete, Fortinet FortiClient and Fortinet FortiEDR. See our CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint report.

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