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We performed a comparison between Fortinet FortiSOAR and Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Fortinet FortiSOAR vs. Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Pros
"I like the KQL query. It simplifies getting data from the table and seeing the logs. All you need to know are the table names. It's quite easy to build use cases by using KQL.""Another area where it is helping us is in creating a single dashboard for our environment. We can collect all the logs into a log analytics workset and run queries on top of it. We get all the results in the dashboard. Even a layman can understand this stuff. The way Microsoft presents it is really incredible.""Microsoft Sentinel provides the capability to integrate different log sources. On top of having several data connectors in place, you can also do integration with a threat intelligence platform to enhance and enrich the data that's available. You can collect as many logs and build all the use cases.""Sentinel has features that have helped improve our security poster. It helped us in going ahead and identifying the gaps via analysis and focusing on the key elements.""The automation rules and playbooks are the most useful that I've seen. A number of other places segregate the automation and playbook as separate tools, whereas Microsoft is a SIEM and SOAR tool in one.""Sentinel is a Microsoft product, so they provide very robust use cases and analytic groups, which are very beneficial for the security team. I also like the ability to integrate data sources into the software for on-premise and cloud-based solutions.""The most valuable feature is the onboarding of the workloads. You can see all that has been onboarded in your account on the dashboards.""It's easy to use. It's a very good product. It can easily ingest data from anywhere. It has an easily understandable language to perform actions."

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"The solution is easy to implement and includes 450 built-in connectors.""Fortinet FortiSOAR is a very interactive and user-friendly solution.""The reputation of the brand is very good.""The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiSOAR is the playbook, which has to be defined to apply the policies.""The good news is that FortiSOAR is not hard to maintain. If you prepared well and deployed strong initially, then maintenance will take half an hour every other week, not more than that. A single person can do it.""The initial setup is straightforward.""It has a quick detection and response time.""The product can be automated for network security purposes. The solution offers a great security automation response."

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"The automation is excellent.""Palo Alto has gotten the investigators more presence to actually go in the report because being that the platform will email the investigator that it's been assigned to, now the investigators will jump in there and start going through the review process a lot quicker.""The solution is user-friendly and easy to configure.""I have no complaints about Cortex's stability.""The automation part and the playbook creation part are awesome. The way it is responding to the customers and incidents is also very good. In the SOC environment, I guess it will carry out around 50% of the work.""The solution is easy to deploy.""The solution provides threat intelligence with EDR.""The most valuable features are the orchestration because of the way in which it coordinates the loss from all the devices and it provides us with a high-level overview of the critical log information."

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Cons
"While I appreciate the UI itself and the vast amount of information available on the platform, I'm finding the overall user experience to be frustrating due to frequent disconnections and the requirement to repeatedly re-authenticate.""The solution could improve the playbooks.""It has been a challenge with Azure Sentinel to onboard the Syslog server from FortiGate. Azure Sentinel can work better on that shift between the Syslog server and a firewall.""I would like to see more AI used in processes.""The performance could be improved. If I create 15 to 20 lines for a single-use case in KQL, sometimes it takes more time to execute. If I create use cases within a certain timeline, the result will show in .01 seconds. A complex query takes more time to get results.""Improvement-wise, I would like to see more integration with third-party solutions or old-school antivirus products that have some kind of logging capability. I wouldn't mind having that exposed within Sentinel. We do have situations where certain companies have bought licensing or have made an investment in a product, and that product will be there for the next two or three years. To be able to view information from those legacy products would be great. We can then better leverage the Sentinel solution and its capabilities.""When it comes to ingesting Azure native log sources, some of the log sources are specific to the subscription, and it is not always very clear.""The solution could be more user-friendly; some query languages are required to operate it."

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"The area that needs improvement is integration with multiple third-party vendors.""Fortinet's tech support overall is not great when they are at their best.""Technical support could be improved.""Fortinet FortiSOAR should improve its analysis.""The solution’s pricing could be improved.""The UI design of the solution needs to be changed since it can get difficult for a newbie to operate.""The technology and integrations are important so should continue to be enhanced.""I don't currently see where the solution is lacking features. For us and for our clients it works very well and we're pleased with it."

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"In terms of improvement, it needs to be more modular. It's not. When you're working in layouts and you create specific apps within layouts, there's no portability right now in order to reuse that code across multiple layouts. I can't take a tab and say I want to use this tab on these other layouts. I have to physically go in there and recreate it from scratch, which is maddening.""I would love to see more flexibility on what we can display and design on the dashboards.""The user interface could be a bit better.""The tool’s multi-tenancy feature must be improved.""It is not a very scalable solution.""Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR lacks to offer SIEM functionalities currently.""I would like to see Cortex become less dependent on Active Directory and group policies to manage the deployment. Maybe I need to update my understanding of how to deploy it, but that's the way I know how to use it.""The dashboard performance could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It comes with a Microsoft subscription which the customer has, so they don't have to invest somewhere else."
  • "It is a consumption-based license model. bands at 100, 200, 400 GB per day etc. Azure Sentinel Pricing | Microsoft Azure"
  • "Good monthly operational cost model for the detection and response outcomes delivered, M365 logs don't count toward the limits which is a good benefit."
  • "I have had mixed feedback. At one point, I heard a client say that it sometimes seems more expensive. Most of the clients are on Office 365 or M365, and they are forced to take Azure SIEM because of the integration."
  • "It is kind of like a sliding scale. There are different tiers of pricing that go from $100 per day up to $3,500 per day. So, it just kind of depends on how much data is being stored. There can be additional costs to the standard license other than the additional data. It just kind of depends on what other services you're spinning up in Azure, or if you're using something like Azure log analytics."
  • "I am just paying for the log space with Azure Sentinel. It costs us about $2,000 a month. Most of the logs are free. We are only paying money for Azure Firewall logs because email logs or Azure AD logs are free to use for us."
  • "Sentinel is a bit expensive. If you can figure a way of configuring it to meet your needs, then you can find a way around the cost."
  • "Azure Sentinel is very costly, or at least it appears to be very costly. The costs vary based on your ingestion and your retention charges."
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  • "Pricing is fine compared to other solutions."
  • "The price of the product should be lower. The brand value that Fortinet has, it has the reputation of being a reasonably priced product, and they have an enormous customer base in India. Most of the SME market is covered by FortiGate firewalls. It becomes an easy way for consultants, such as us, or even system integrators, to open the door with the Fortinet product lines."
  • "The solution offers both licensing and subscription models that are similar in price to other products."
  • "Considering all the features of Fortinet FortiSOAR, I think it has a good price."
  • "If you compare Fortinet FortiSOAR's price with the prices of the market leader, Palo Alto, then it can be considered a cheaper product."
  • "Fortinet FortiSOAR is expensive."
  • "Fortinet FortiSOAR is an expensive solution."
  • "Since Africa is struggling with foreign exchange, the solution is pretty expensive there."
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  • "There is a perception that it is priced very high compared to other solutions."
  • "From the cost perspective, I have heard that its price is a bit high as compared to other similar products."
  • "There is a yearly license required for this solution and it is expensive."
  • "It is approx $10,000 or $20,000 per year for two user licenses."
  • "When I first looked at Demisto, it had a price tag of $250,000 but when we finally purchased it, it was $345,000."
  • "The price of Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is expensive."
  • "The price of Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is comparable to other solutions in the market."
  • "The solution is based on an annual licensing model that is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Yes, Azure Sentinel is a SIEM on the Cloud. Multiple data sources can be uploaded and analyzed with Azure Sentinel and… more »
    Top Answer:It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for… more »
    Top Answer:We like that Azure Sentinel does not require as much maintenance as legacy SIEMs that are on-premises. Azure Sentinel is… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Fortinet FortiSOAR is the playbook, which has to be defined to apply the policies.
    Top Answer:Fortinet FortiSOAR's dashboard is not easy to understand.
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    Top Answer:The solution is complicated to learn. Customers find it difficult to learn how the solution works. We need professionals… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Azure Sentinel
    CyberSponse, FortiSOAR
    Demisto Enterprise, Cortex XSOAR, Demisto
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    Overview

    Microsoft Sentinel is a scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution that lets you see and stop threats before they cause harm. Microsoft Sentinel delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response. Eliminate security infrastructure setup and maintenance, and elastically scale to meet your security needs—while reducing IT costs. With Microsoft Sentinel, you can:

    - Collect data at cloud scale—across all users, devices, applications, and infrastructure, both on-premises and in multiple clouds

    - Detect previously uncovered threats and minimize false positives using analytics and unparalleled threat intelligence from Microsoft

    - Investigate threats with AI and hunt suspicious activities at scale, tapping into decades of cybersecurity work at Microsoft

    - Respond to incidents rapidly with built-in orchestration and automation of common tasks

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

    Fortinet FortiSOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) is a comprehensive security operations platform created to help SOC teams effectively respond to the growing volume of alarms, repetitive manual tasks, and resource shortage. This patented and customizable security operations workbench provides companies with automated playbooks, incident triaging, and real-time remediation to identify, defend, and counter threats. FortiSOAR effortlessly integrates with more than 350 security products and performs more than 3,000 actions to increase SOC team productivity. With this solution, response times are accelerated, containment is simplified, and mitigation times are cut from hours to seconds.

    Fortinet FortiSOAR Features

    Fortinet FortiSOAR has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Streamlined, role-based incident management: With the help of FortiSOAR's Enterprise Role-Based Incident Management solution, businesses can handle sensitive data in accordance with SOC rules and guidelines while maintaining strong field level role-based access control.
    • Visual Playbook Builder: FortiSOAR's Visual Playbook Designer enables SOC teams to efficiently create, build, debug, control, and deploy playbooks.
    • Truly multi-tenant: FortiSOAR is a truly distributed multi-tenant solution with a scalable, resilient, secure, and distributed architecture that enables MSSPs to offer MDR-like services while supporting operations in regional and global SOC environments.

    Fortinet FortiSOAR Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Fortinet FortiSOAR. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Manage security alerts, incidents, indicators, assets, and tasks using a streamlined, user-friendly GUI.
    • By eliminating false positives and concentrating solely on the important alerts, the SOC team can work more productively.
    • Track ROI, MTTD, and MTTR with configurable reports and dashboards.
    • Automate using the Visual Playbook Designer's 3,000+ actions for automated workflows and connections and 350+ security platform integrations.
    • Reduce human error by using concise, auditable playbooks and custom modules to handle constantly changing investigative requirements.
    • From a single, collaborative console, scale your network security solution with a multi-tenant distributed architecture.
    • Detect real threats with automatic false positive filtering and forecast similar threats and campaigns with FortiSOAR's ML-powered recommendation engine.
    • Reduce repetitive activities by using automation, incident correlation, threat intelligence, and vulnerability data.
    • Utilize the built-in Incident War Room to streamline crisis management and collaborative P1 incident investigations.
    • Reduce the time it takes to find security incidents from hours to seconds.
    • Use the FortiSOAR mobile app to keep informed and make important decisions while you're on the go.
    • Utilizing the Connector Builder Wizard, you can quickly create and edit connectors within the product's user interface.
    • Flexible deployment options: VM, hosted, or cloud. Available on FortiCloud, AWS, Azure, and as management extensions on FAZ/FMG.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a Vice President of Global Technology Infrastructure Automation at a financial services firm, notes of the product, “The most valuable feature is its centralization as you don't want to be going to different locations to correlate items or to piece anything together to derive meaningful insights.”

    Zaidoon A., sales product manager at Nourneti, writes, “I like that the solution is integrated with FortiAnalyzer. The solution is scalable. The solution is stable.”

    Palo Alto Networks delivers a complete solution that helps Tier-1 through Tier-3 analysts and SOC managers to optimize the entire incident life cycle while auto documenting and journaling all the evidence. More than 100+ integrations enable security orchestration workflows for incident management and other critical security operation tasks.

    Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is a piece of Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response software that redefines what it means for a program to orchestrate security in an automated manner. It is a next-generation solution that offers all of the features of dozens of siloed security operations center tools in one place. Cortex XSOAR combines case management, automation, real-time collaboration, and threat intelligence management to create a platform that can handle all aspects of system security. Teams that make use of Cortex XSOAR can expect to cut the number of issues that they will have to deal with by 75%. At the same time, the speed at which they resolve those issues that slip through will rise by 90%.

    Cortex XSOAR ensures that all of the IT and security tools that you employ function as a unified system. It does this by employing hundreds of integrations that allow you to run a wide variety of programs at once without ever worrying about them interfering with each other. These integrations are limited only by your imagination. They can be used immediately as they are, if that is what you need. However, they can also be customized according to the requirements of your system. This approach provides you with the maximum levels of both flexibility and utility.

    The model that this platform uses is based on a machine learning algorithm. The level of automation allows you to provide more than an unchanging and inflexible blanket of coverage. Cortex XSOAR takes all of the data that it gathers and uses it to expand its protective capabilities. This creates recommendations that you can use to create a threat playbook that can be deployed uniformly throughout your organization.


    Benefits of Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR

    Some of Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR’s benefits include:

    • The ability to have all of your data collected in a single location. Valuable time can be saved now that everything that security analysts need to know in order to diagnose and react to threats has been centralized.
    • Security operations center tasks can be automated. This allows you to assign management and analyst staff to the most essential tasks. The effectiveness of your organization will be increased, which will result in a rise in your company’s overall security and productivity.
    • Many kinds of data can be stitched together by this platform. Network, endpoint, cloud, and identity data can be combined to offer a more complete picture of the threats that are discovered.
    • Integrated threat intelligence management can notify you about threats in real time. Now you can diagnose and address issues as they arise. You can also assign values to the threats so that your resources are being used in the most effective manner possible.


    Reviews from Real Users

    Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR’s centralized monitoring interface and automation are two features that help it stand out. This might help explain why one quarter of the Fortune 500 companies choose Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR over the competition.

    Peerspot users note the effectiveness of these features. One user wrote, “We were looking for a single pane of glass type of solution that would allow us to physically be in one appliance - be able to work in concert with other servers that we have within our environment. We wanted orchestration and automation. The single pane of glass was the most important part.” Another noted, "The automation part and the playbook creation part are awesome. The way it is responding to the customers and incidents is also very good. In the SOC environment, I guess it will carry out around 50% of the work."

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    Buyer's Guide
    Fortinet FortiSOAR vs. Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR
    May 2024
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    Fortinet FortiSOAR is ranked 10th in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 12 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is ranked 2nd in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 42 reviews. Fortinet FortiSOAR is rated 7.4, while Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiSOAR writes "A stable solution that has a number of available connectors and is simple to automate". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR writes "Enables the investigators to go through the review process a lot quicker". Fortinet FortiSOAR is most compared with Splunk SOAR, Swimlane, Cisco SecureX, ServiceNow Security Operations and SECDO Platform, whereas Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR is most compared with Cortex XSIAM, Splunk SOAR, Swimlane, ServiceNow Security Operations and IBM Resilient. See our Fortinet FortiSOAR vs. Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR report.

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