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: September 2023).
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"The attack simulation is excellent; initially, this feature wasn't very robust, but Microsoft improved what we could achieve with it. We can now customize our practice phishing emails and include our company logo, for example. Attack simulation also helps integrate with third-party solutions where applicable and provides an overview of our security architecture through testing. The summary includes areas for improvement in our protection and what steps we need to take to get there.""The visibility into threats that 365 Defender provides is really good. You get a full review of your security system and what can be improved. In the Microsoft 365 Defender portal the first page gives you a really big summary of which security policies you are following and what can be improved.""Microsoft 365 Defender's most valuable feature is the ability to control the shadow IP.""All of the security components are valuable including, antiphishing, antispam, and stage three antivirus.""Having a single pane of glass for all Microsoft security services makes everything much easier. A security analyst can go to a single portal and see everything in one view. The integration of everything into one portal is a huge benefit.""It's a very scalable tool that can be used in a very small environment or in a very large environment. Everything can be managed from a simple dashboard and can be scaled up or down depending on the customer's environment.""The most valuable feature is the DLP because that's where we can have an added data protection layer and extend it not just to emails but to the documents that users are working on. We can make sure that sensitive data is tagged and flagged if unauthorized parties are using it.""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."

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"It's very easy to set up.""Overall, what I found most valuable in CrowdStrike Falcon is its good mechanism. It also has a good reporting feature. CrowdStrike Falcon is an invaluable tool because, through it, you can take quick action, for example, when an OS is missing specific patches.""The EDR is amazing and ease of integration with Splunk is a big plus. Integration with BigQuery is also a plus for me and workflow creation is easy. Overall, CrowdStrike Falcon is a great product.""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 features we showcase to potential customers are prevention, malware protection, zero-day protection, and application scripting. Vulnerability assessment is another valuable feature.""I like the Overwatch feature the most.""The most valuable features of CrowdStrike Falcon are the AI in detecting and real-time detections.""The solution is silent and sits on your system as one single agent."

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"The most valuable feature of Intercept X its ability to stay ahead of the infection. By the time the ransomware spreads to the next machine in line, the data has already been encrypted on that workstation. It didn't matter what the ransomware did because could go in and get it back.""The dashboard is user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is that it literally works. We have reduced a lot of complaints after switching to Sophos.""The most valuable features of Sophos Intercept X are the ease of use and the policy options that are simple to understand. Overall, the protection is good.""Intercept X's smart prevention it's very good as so are its machine learning capabilities for troubleshooting channels and files.""It is one of the best in terms of technicality.""Sophos Intercept X is a very effective solution and its being cloud-based is a benefit. Wherever my users are, I can apply policies to them. In the era of mobility, when users are out of the office or they're in different locations, it doesn't matter.""The stability on offer is fine."

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"The support from Microsoft could improve. There are times I have to wait for a response from a qualified specialist.""In the future, it would be beneficial for Microsoft to consider making the product more user-friendly or simplified for those who are interested in using it. Currently, it requires a high level of technical expertise, making it challenging for beginners or less experienced individuals.""What could be improved in Microsoft 365 Defender is its licensing, e.g. it should be more consolidated and would be good if it has some optimizations. Improving the alerts and notifications, in terms of adding more details, would also be good for this solution.""Intrusion detection and prevention would be great to have with 365 Defender.""The biggest thing that is missing in the system is the handling of third-party applications. Microsoft keeps ignoring the world where most of my users prefer to work with Google Chrome. It enables you to apply updates and fixes for Edge, but you cannot do that for Chrome or Mozilla or Firefox.""The dashboard should be easier to use. There is also improvement needed in the reporting when it comes to exporting or scheduling reports.""The interface could be improved. For example, if you want to do a phishing simulation for your employees, it can take a while to figure out what to do. The interface is a bit messy and could be updated. It isn't too bad, but doing some things can be a long process.""There is definitely scope for improvement in the automation area. Because the solution is a SaaS platform, we don't have the overall ability to automate stuff.... There is no direct way to go ahead because it's a SaaS platform."

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"Tighter integration around XDR could be included.""We can do a threat analysis of any machine at any time, but that threat analysis is very limited.""CS Falcon sensing capabilities for non-domain machines should be enhanced since the agent doesn't detect the neighbor's IP Address and/or any anomaly which was identified in the network for the non-domain machine.""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.""This solution is relatively expensive.""The overall cost of CrowdStrike Falcon could be reduced.""CrowdStrike Falcon could improve by adding manual scanning or serverless scanning. It is not available at this time.""The performance could be better."

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"The deployment part needs to be improved.""I'm not clear on what features need improvement. Everything is mostly fine.""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.""Better protection in the endpoint, server, and mobile is needed.""There is room for improvement in terms of stability and updates.""We are not able to merge the sub-estates. If we create multiple sub-states and there may be instances where a user is in a different sub-state, it may not be possible for us to relocate that user from one sub-state to another through the console. We have to merge them manually which is not ideal.""There should be a report including a flowchart or diagram. It will be useful to evaluate the software’s effectiveness.""They should keep doing what they're doing. Both of them have entered the EDR/MDR space, and they're keeping up with their competitors. I have a hard time understanding why their capabilities aren't garnering more attention."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Its licensing and pricing are handled by someone else. My role is limited to incidents or issues with the portal, but you get what you pay for. It is worth the cost."
  • "The solution is affordable, and we haven't been hit with any hidden costs. The subscription model is straightforward, and it's easy to understand how much additional features cost. If we need to cancel a license or feature, we do that well in advance to avoid being charged for it, but overall, the pricing and licensing are simple and easy."
  • "I would like to have more security features in the lower licenses because not every customer is able to buy E5 licenses. The bundling isn't always easy for our customers to understand. Compared to other tools, it's a good price."
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  • "The price of CrowdStrike Falcon could be better. It is very expensive, we pay approximately $900 per month for the licenses. There are not any additional fees."
  • "The cost of CrowdStrike Falcon could be reduced. It is quite expensive if you compare it to other solutions, such as Blue Coat, Symantec, McAfee, or Kaspersky."
  • "There is an annual license required to use this solution."
  • "We are on an annual subscription for the solution. There are not any additional costs."
  • "Annual licensing."
  • "The price of CrowdStrike Falcon is reasonable."
  • "The licensing model is straightforward. We choose the features we want and we then can download the package we want."
  • "There is no license required to use this solution."
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  • "You can pay monthly, but most of our customers choose annual subscriptions because they are less expensive."
  • "Licensing fees are paid monthly."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution."
  • "It's not bad, but compared to competitors, it's a little bit on the high side. The price could be more competitive."
  • "They offer both monthly and yearly licenses."
  • "The price of Sophos Intercept X is competitive."
  • "Its price is reasonable."
  • "I have found the price of Sophos Intercept X to be reasonable."
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
    CrowdStrike Falcon, CrowdStrike Falcon XDR
    Sophos Intercept X
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    Microsoft 365 Defender, part of Microsoft’s XDR solution, leverages the Microsoft 365 security portfolio to automatically analyze threat data across domains, building a complete picture of each attack in a single dashboard. With this breadth and depth of clarity defenders can now focus on critical threats and hunt for sophisticated breaches, trusting that the powerful automation in Microsoft 365 Defender detects and stops attacks anywhere in the kill chain and returns the organization to a secure state.

    - Reduce signal noise by viewing prioritized incidents in a single dashboard. 

    - Use the automated investigation capabilities to spend less time on detection and response.

    - Take care of routine and complex remediation with Microsoft 365 Defender by auto-healing affected assets.

    - Hunt across all your data, leveraging your organizational knowledge with custom queries. 

    - Develop custom detection and response tools for long-term protection and improved security posture.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    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.

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    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
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    Get Fast and Easy Protection Against All Threats

    Protect your organization from all threats - not just malware - even when computers and servers aren’t connected to the internet. Start your free trial and deploy CrowdStrike Falcon within minutes to start receiving full threat protection.

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    Manufacturing Company25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Buyer's Guide
    CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    CrowdStrike Falcon is ranked 3rd in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 50 reviews while Intercept X Endpoint is ranked 5th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 27 reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon is rated 8.6, while Intercept X Endpoint is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of CrowdStrike Falcon writes "Robust threat hunting and great ability to do on-keyboard remote response and quarantining of devices". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Intercept X Endpoint writes "Complete solution, scales well, is reliable, has competitive pricing, and has excellent technical support". CrowdStrike Falcon is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Darktrace, Trend Micro Deep Security, SentinelOne Singularity Complete and Trend Micro XDR, whereas Intercept X Endpoint is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne Singularity Complete, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Bitdefender GravityZone EDR. See our CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Intercept X Endpoint report.

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