Intercept X Endpoint vs Microsoft Defender for Endpoint comparison


Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 16, 2022

Categories and Ranking

Intercept X Endpoint
Ranking in Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)
Ranking in Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
ZTNA (10th), Managed Detection and Response (MDR) (9th), Extended Detection and Response (XDR) (8th), Ransomware Protection (3rd)
Microsoft Defender for Endp...
Ranking in Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)
Ranking in Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (2nd), Anti-Malware Tools (1st), Microsoft Security Suite (6th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) category, the mindshare of Intercept X Endpoint is 1.9%, down from 6.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is 12.2%, down from 16.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)
Unique Categories:
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
Anti-Malware Tools

Featured Reviews

Michael Mcdonald. - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 6, 2020
Comes with an option to switch off an endpoint, and does what it's supposed to do and better than anyone else
I find the security heartbeat feature with synchronized security very useful. It's a very nice feature that allows you to basically switch off an endpoint. When an endpoint has got a virus or something like that, or it's infected or compromised, you can isolate it from the network, but only if you've got an XG Firewall as well. It also provides ease of use. It is the only antivirus that can recognize 25 out of the 36 ransomware and virus techniques that have been often used in terms of the behavior base using heuristics. It's beautiful, utterly amazing. No other antivirus can do that.
Doug Kinzinger - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 28, 2023
Has good reporting and logging features
Defender should be more accessible for small and medium-sized businesses. You have some organizations that maybe have a hundred employees, and they're focused on making their widgets. That's their nine-to-five every day. They're not thinking about that security side, but maybe they're already invested in 365 or the Azure ecosystem and having Defender as an add-on makes sense from a price perspective. It's easy to deploy, but it could be easier for some of those smaller businesses to onboard endpoints. The onboarding and deployment could be more user-friendly, and there is room to grow in some of the reports. I don't want them to be oversimplified or overly complex, but there is room for improvement in the reporting it can do. It's relatively minor.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is less hash-based than competitors."
"I am impressed with the tool's common dashboard feature. The solution is also easy to deploy and manage. Reporting is also easy with the software."
"The solution's initial setup process was straightforward."
"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 helps with internal alerts, application access, and triggering support teams."
"The most valuable feature is the CryptoGuard in Sophos. In a case of a ransomware attack, this feature comes into action to protect us."
"The most valuable features of Intercept X are server lockdown, auto-remediation, and encryption monitoring."
"The Managed Detection and Response service provided by Intercept X Endpoint is highly valuable. With a team of 600-700 individuals monitoring systems, they swiftly respond to attacks, either informing us to isolate or directly removing threats. This full MDR service is especially recommended for sectors like finance, where data security is critical. The deep learning technology within Intercept X Endpoint enhances our security posture by analyzing behaviors and algorithms to differentiate between legitimate users and threats, effectively preventing attacks on our network infrastructure."
"Its simplicity is the most valuable. It also has very good integration. We like it."
"Real-time detection and cloud-based delivery of detections are highly efficient."
"The intelligence mechanisms are good."
"It's really stable. I've used a lot of stuff, a lot of products, like ESET and Kaspersky. None of them are comparable with this one. This one is much better."
"It is stable and easy to use. Everything is okay, and there are no performance issues."
"Because it has been integrated with the OS, we get the entire software inventories, and we even get access to the registries. Those are the primary features."
"It depends on the licensing. Most of the customers have got at least a 365 E3 license, and they can use most of the features of Windows 10 Defender. So, anyone who has got an enterprise license can start using those features. Some of the customers have got E5 licenses, and they can use all advanced features. Customers with E5 licenses use the advanced site protection (ATP) features and web content filtering without going via a proxy, which gives the benefit of replacing the proxy. They can get the benefit of MCAS and integration with Intune and the endpoint manager. It is a kind of single platform for all 365 technologies. It helps customers in managing everything through a unified portal."
"Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is free and part of the licensing stack of other Microsoft products."


"Installing Sophos Intercept X was not as straightforward, as we had to ask support and had to work with an integrator, though the process didn't take much time, e.g. it was completed within one hour."
"The majority of our systems are MacBooks and their solution release cycle is slow to endorsing or support the MacBook's latest OS or hardware platform. For example, when Sophos macOS Big Sur version 11 was released, it took them a while to support this version of OS. A similar situation occurred when the MacBook M1 hardware CPU was released. They have not fully supported the native M1 CPU to this day. They need to speed up the solutions release cycle."
"There are not any solutions that are a 10 out of 10. A 10 would be perfect protection with no impact on the performance of the device. This is not the case, there is some impact on the performance of the device."
"I recommend that Intercept X Endpoint should include a patch assessment feature. Various vendors offer virtual patching solutions, which could be a game-changer, especially for the financial sector where frequent service restarts are challenging. These solutions allow patching servers without the need for restarts. Incorporating these features into Intercept X Endpoint would enhance its effectiveness in securing endpoints and servers."
"The graphical interface could improve. Additionally, adding less expensive mobile device support would be helpful. Other solutions have this feature."
"The solution is expensive, and it could be made cheaper."
"I would like to see better support for virtual and desktop infrastructures."
"We had some initial problems with our deployment, and they were more around uninstalling Sophos Basic and installing Sophos Intercept X. We had some challenges with some of the uninstallation scripts. They can improve the deployment of Sophos Intercept X when there is already an existing Sophos version. They can also provide more information in the form of best practices and lessons learned from previous findings. A knowledge base with this type of information would be helpful."
"The GUI is very complex and could be more user friendly."
"The frequency of the patching, and the frequency of the updates, are not included with the free version."
"More integration with different platforms is an area for improvement for this product, and should be included in its next release."
"I would like to see fewer pop messages and alerts."
"This solution needs to move beyond relying on virus definitions alone and protect the system using behavioral analysis of the processes that are running."
"It's not quite a mature solution just yet. It needs more time to grow and develop."
"We need better support to learn about the product. Documentation is available, but we need some kind of training program so that we can get a better understanding of the product."
"Defender is free for one year. Once that year is over, we will switch to Kaspersky."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It was fairly and reasonably priced."
"You can purchase a license for one to three years."
"The price of this solution is reasonable."
"It's not bad, but compared to competitors, it's a little bit on the high side. The price could be more competitive."
"The price is pretty good."
"Its price depends on the scenario. It is very expensive, but it is not more expensive than other vendors. The price of Check Point and other vendors is much higher than Sophos."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing ten out of ten."
"Its cost is good."
"The cost is competitive and reasonable because most of the expense is log analytics, storage, and data consumption and ingestion. These things can be throttled and controlled, so they are highly flexible. Defender has a lot of advantages over competing products."
"The solution comes as a part of Windows 10 and it is covered under its license."
"The price is higher than others because it is doing more than what the others are doing."
"The solution is included with Microsoft Windows."
"Buying individual point products would've cost us a lot more money than one integrated solution that also capitalizes on Teams Voice and things of that nature. Given our size, buying individual products would have easily cost us a million dollars."
"Most people don't realize M365/E5 licenses are an amazing deal. They think "Oh, it's expensive," and I'll ask, "Compared to what?" If you don't have it you will have to buy licenses for multiple products to fill the same security space that you would have gotten with the Microsoft product. Go figure out how much it costs you per product, per user, and then come back and tell me how things add up financially."
"It is affordable and comes in the Office 365 bundle."
"We sell this product as part of Office 365 and it is not expensive."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
Educational Organization
Manufacturing Company
Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business

Questions from the Community

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Also Known As

Sophos Intercept X
Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, MS Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender Antivirus

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