CrowdStrike Falcon 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
"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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"The scalability is good.""The CS falcon agent is a lightweight agent compared with other agents of EDR products.""We have a small IT Team, and this allows us to get sleep at night, knowing that someone else is taking care of any incidents that occur.""Probably the most valuable thing to me is the real-time response piece. The fact that I can connect to an endpoint as long as it is on the Internet, no matter where it is globally. I can remove files from the endpoint, drop files on the endpoint, stop processes, reboot it, run custom scripts, and deploy software. Pretty much no other tool can do all that.""All the features are beneficial.""As an EDR tool, we can integrate log management and event management. The solution deals with threats automatically, that's the advantage.""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.""From what we have seen, it is very scalable. We have recently acquired a company where someone had a ransomware attack when we joined networks. Within the course of just a few days, we were able to easily get CrowdStrike rolled out to about 300 machines. That also included the removal of that company's legacy anti-malware tool."

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"The performance is good.""We find that their technical support team is always accessible and willing to assist.""Trend Micro Deep Security is a complete solution and all the threat management has been taken care of.""Aside from the basic antivirus features, there are additional features such as vulnerability protection, firewall, etc. which are helpful.""Technical support is good.""It is stable and we have not faced any challenges during the rolled out""The solution is quite secure.""We've found stability to be great so far."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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 GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""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.""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.""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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"I would also like to see the endpoint firewall component produce some level of logging and feedback.""The installation process for this software needs to be simplified.""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.""CrowdStrike should provide better visibility in its reporting. There should be more forensic details about detected threats.""They should provide us with good visibility for everything.""The malware analysis could be improved, as that's what we use the solution for the most and that change would make it a better EDR tool.""Tighter integration around XDR could be included.""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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"Some of the reporting and integrations could be more robust.""It should have XDR and EDR integration. It would be nice if they can tie it up with an XDR or EDR.""I would like to see better pricing. The pricing could be lower.""The product isn't very user-friendly.""Post-implementation is time-consuming. You have to do monitoring, and that takes time. After you set up everything, it's not a full-fledged implementation. You have to keep on monitoring and configuring.""The risk is very complex. We need our tools to be more intelligent, more automated, more detectable.""I think more work could be done on Deep Security's ability to handle dynamic threat scenarios.""Their support should be improved. We need support in the UAE, but it is always going to some other country or region, and the time schedule is not suitable for us."

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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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  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "The solution is considerably cheaper than other similar solutions."
  • "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."
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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
    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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    Midsize Enterprise23%
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    Small Business21%
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    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
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    CrowdStrike Falcon is ranked 2nd in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 50 reviews while Trend Micro Deep Security is ranked 1st in Virtualization Security with 28 reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon is rated 8.8, while Trend Micro Deep Security 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 Trend Micro Deep Security writes "Scalable and secure with an easy initial setup". CrowdStrike Falcon 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.

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