Intercept X Endpoint vs Microsoft Defender for Endpoint comparison

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Updated on Mar 16, 2022

We performed a comparison between Microsoft Defender For Endpoint 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: Users of Microsoft Defender For Endpoint provide mixed reviews regarding the solution’s deployment. There are some reviewers who say that the setup is easy and straightforward, while other users feel that the initial setup can be complex (especially in regards to the configuration of extra parts), and the deployment can take up to a few months depending on the size of the organization.

    Users of Sophos Intercept X felt the same; Some users found the deployment to be complex and noted that there is definitely a learning curve, while others who have had previous experience found the deployment to be very easy.
  • Features: Valuable features of Microsoft Defender For Endpoint include holistic integration with all Defender products and MCAS, data leak prevention, high stability, attack surface reduction controls, exploit prevention control, application control, scalability, ransomware, and auto-remediation as well as manual-remediation. There are certain things that users find are lacking. Some users mention that other vendors provide a lot more customization when it comes to integration; Others say they encountered some misbehavior between Microsoft Office Suite and Defender; Still other users feel the GUI could be better optimized, the monitoring could be better, onboarding could be a little faster, log collection could be easier, and that the dashboard could be more streamlined. Some reviewers have also experienced some issues with scalability.

    Valuable features of Sophos Intercept X include easy management, easy administration, reliability, synchronized security, a Linux version option, great scalability and stability, behavioral, non-signature-based threat detection, spam filtering features, web filtering, client isolation for use cases, manuscript response, EDR (Enhanced Data Detection and Response), and DLP (Data Loss Prevention). Some users of Sophos Intercept X say that areas that need improvement include deployment on the cloud (which currently needs to be done manually), and that if you have several different components you are dealing with, each is managed under a different umbrella. Other users mention that when there is an event generated by either the firewall or Intercept X and the originating IP address is the same, they should be merged into a single event rather than two. One other helpful opinion by a user noted that the product does not handle USB products very well.
  • Pricing: Microsoft Defender For Endpoint users say the pricing is good. 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.
  • Service and Support: Users of Microsoft Defender For Endpoint have the opinion that service and support are just average. A few users of Sophos Intercept X say they feel the same and wish there were faster response times, while other users of Sophos Intercept X say they have been very good, responsive, and adept.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Sophos Intercept X comes out on top. While the Microsoft Defender For Endpoint solution is good, it lacks in certain areas that Sophos Intercept X don’t have to worry about. Overall, users of Sophos Intercept X have mainly positive feedback on the product, agreeing that its set of features is excellent.

To learn more, read our detailed Intercept X Endpoint vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The features that I have found most valuable are the ability to customize it and to reduce its size. It lets you run in a very small window in terms of memory and resources on legacy cash registers.""The main thing is that I feel safe. Because the processes that have been used to get a handle on the attackers are much better than other competitors""Fortinet has helped free up around 20 percent of our staff's time to help us out.""The console is easy to read. I also like the scanning part and the ability to move assets from one to the other.""The price is low and quite competitive with others.""The most valuable feature is the analysis, because of the beta structure.""Forensics is a valuable feature of Fortinet FortiEDR.""The setup is pretty simple."

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"The most valuable features of Sophos Intercept X are the minimal configuration needed for the end user and the central view of all the endpoints. There are plenty of tools to control and manage the endpoints. Additionally, there is the capability of connecting the endpoint to the CLI.""It is a very scalable solution.""The product efficiently prevents data leakages.""The most valuable feature of Sophos Intercept X is cloud management.""The dashboard is user-friendly.""Machine learning is used to detect the threat and it does so by prioritizing the suspicious activities.""It is stable.""The stability on offer is fine."

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"It does not make Windows slow, as compared to all of the third part antiviruses.""It's effective against most types of infection, and the firewall is perfect for protection.""Defender works in the background monitoring the traffic for viruses.""Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is scalable. Currently, we have 600,000 users in our organization.""Microsoft Defender for Endpoint comes pre-installed in Microsoft Windows.""Easy to understand and easy to set up endpoint security solution. It's a multifeatured product with web content filtering and automated investigation features. It also has a fantastic vulnerability management dashboard.""User-friendly, offering safety and security.""We had Norton Antivirus before, and with Norton, we didn't have a way to centrally manage a lot of features. Defender allowed us to deploy it from our Office 365 admin console. That is probably the biggest thing that made us go with Defender."

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"FortiEDR can be improved by providing more detailed reporting.""To improve Fortinet, we need to see more features and technology areas at the endpoint level introduced.""We'd like to see more one-to-one product presentations for the distribution channels.""The support needs improvement.""The solution's installation from a central installation server could be improved because the engineers had a little bit of trouble getting it installed from a central location.""The solution should address emerging threats like SQL injection.""Once, we had an event that was locked and blocked, but information about it came to us two or three days later.""The EDR console should have more extensive reporting. You shouldn't need to purchase FortiAnalyzer. It should be included in the EDR part. The security adviser cloud platform could be improved with more options for exclusive or intensive rules for devices."

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"I would like to see better support for virtual and desktop infrastructures.""Stability-wise, we had issues with some clients which had to be dealt with manually. The issue was with that installation part.""It consumes a lot of resources, and something needs to be done for that.""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.""The tool should be made compatible with Linux and Microsoft operating systems.""The solution's pricing could be better.""Better protection in the endpoint, server, and mobile is needed.""The graphical interface could improve. Additionally, adding less expensive mobile device support would be helpful. Other solutions have this feature."

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"Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can improve by making the reporting faster. It takes some time to reflect back to the administration portal of what has been updated. For example, out of 100 Computers, approximately 90 computers received updates, but when you check the administration portal over one or two days, you will only see 75, even though 90 were updated.""It should support non-Windows products better. Microsoft is now one of the leading vendors in the security area. So, they should be product-independent.""The solution could always be more secure.""The solution can be more user-friendly.""There are likely some technical improvements or features that could be added, however, I cannot say, off the top of my head, what they would be.""I have accounts for administrators and corporate employees, but I also have accounts for students. I can't split these types of accounts. I need a separate configuration for both... I need to research how I can get alerts for only the administrative machines.""Defender is free for one year. Once that year is over, we will switch to Kaspersky.""On the Mac OS platform, there is no parity between Windows and Mac OS. The solution is very feature-rich and very well-integrated into Windows, and I guess baked into Windows 10 and Windows 11. Whereas, on the Mac OS platform, there is still some work there to give it a more feature-reach platform."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is comprable to other endpoint security solutions."
  • "The pricing is typical for enterprises and fairly priced."
  • "I'm not familiar with pricing, but it looks a bit costly compared to other vendors I think."
  • "The pricing is good."
  • "I would rate the solution's pricing an eight out of ten."
  • "The hardware costs about €100,000 and about €20,000 annually for access."
  • "Fortinet FortiEDR has a yearly subscription."
  • "It's not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
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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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  • "I don't know the standalone costs. It is my understanding that the M365 E5 is $56 a month or something close to that pricing. That would be for the full suite. Just Defender might be $8 a month. I can't say for sure."
  • "The solution comes free with Microsoft Windows 10."
  • "When customers haven't deployed the solution and don't have licenses, it can be expensive to start from scratch."
  • "I do not have to purchase antivirus solutions anymore because Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is integrated into Windows and comes free."
  • "It came with Windows."
  • "We pay a yearly license for Microsoft Defender. We also have a support contract with them."
  • "The solution is free with Windows."
  • "You do not need to pay any additional costs for antivirus and anti-malware solutions for endpoint protection."
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    Also Known As
    enSilo, FortiEDR
    Sophos Intercept X
    Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, MS Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Learn More

    Fortinet FortiEDR is a real-time endpoint protection, detection, and automated response solution. Its primary purpose is to detect advanced threats to stop breaches and ransomware damage. It is designed to do so in real time, even on an already compromised device, allowing you to respond and remediate incidents automatically so your data can remain protected.

    Fortinet FortiEDR Features

    Fortinet FortiEDR has many valuable key features, including:

    • Easily customizable
    • Real-time proactive risk mitigation & IoT security
    • Pre-infection protection
    • Post-infection protection
    • Track applications and ratings
    • Reduce the attack surface with risk-based proactive policies
    • Achieve analysis of entire log history
    • Optional managed detection and response (MDR) service

    Fortinet FortiEDR Benefits

    Some of the key benefits of using Fortinet FortiEDR include:

    • Protection: Fortinet FortiEDR provides proactive, real-time, automated endpoint protection with the orchestrated incident response across platforms. It stops the breach with real-time postinfection blocking to protect data from exfiltration and ransomware encryption.

    • Single unified console: Fortinet FortiEDR has a single unified console with an intuitive interface, which makes management easier. The solution automates mundane endpoint security tasks so your employees don’t need to do it.

    • Cost savings: With Fortinet FortiEDR you can eliminate post-breach operational expenses and breach damage costs.

    • Flexibility: Fortinet FortiEDR can be deployed on premises or on a secure cloud instance. With Fortinet FortiEDR, endpoints are protected both on- and off-line.

    • Scalability: Because Fortinet can be deployed quickly and has a small footprint, it is easy to scale up to protect hundreds of thousand endpoints.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Fortinet FortiEDR users.

    An Owner at a security firm says, "The features that I have found most valuable are the ability to customize it and to reduce its size. It lets you run in a very small window in terms of memory and resources on legacy cash registers. The customer has literally about 800 cash registers. That was the use case for Fortinet FortiEDR - to get that down into a tiny space. The only way to do that was to use this product because it had that ability to unbundle services that were a surplus.”

    Chandan M., Chief Technical Officer at Provision Technologies LLP, mentions, “The ease of deployment and configuration is valuable. It's very easy compared to other vendors like Sophos. Sophos' configuration is complex. Fortinet is a lot easier to understand. You don't need a lot of admin knowledge to do the configuration.” He also adds, “The security is also very good and the firewall response is good.”

    Harpreet S., Information Technology Support Specialist at Chemtrade Logistics, explains, "It notifies us if there's any suspicious file on any PC. If any execution or similar kind of thing is happening, it just alerts us. It doesn't only alert. It also blocks the execution until we allow it. We check whether the execution is legitimate or not, and then approve it or keep it blocked. This gives us a little bit of control over this mechanism. Fortinet FortiEDR is also very straightforward and easy to maintain."

    DeAndre V., Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm, states, “The dashboard is easy to follow and use. The deployment and uninstalling were easy. I like the detailed information about the path of a file that might be suspicious. Being able to check that out was easy to follow. Exceptions are easy to create and the interface is easy to follow with a nice appearance.

    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

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a comprehensive security solution that provides advanced threat protection for organizations. It offers real-time protection against various types of cyber threats, including malware, viruses, ransomware, and phishing attacks.

    With its powerful machine-learning capabilities, it can detect and block sophisticated attacks before they can cause any harm. The solution also includes endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities, allowing organizations to quickly investigate and respond to security incidents. It provides detailed insights into the attack timeline, enabling security teams to understand the scope and impact of an incident.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint also offers proactive threat hunting, allowing organizations to proactively search for and identify potential threats within their network. It integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft security solutions, such as Microsoft 365 Defender, to provide a unified and holistic security approach. With its centralized management console, organizations can easily deploy, configure, and monitor the security solution across their entire network.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a robust and scalable security solution that helps organizations protect their endpoints and data from evolving cyber threats.
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    Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Technology, Enterprise, Manufacturing ... 
    Flexible Systems
    Petrofrac, Metro CSG, Christus Health
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Pharma/Biotech Company6%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization6%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Educational Organization20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise22%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Intercept X Endpoint vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Intercept X Endpoint vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Intercept X Endpoint is ranked 5th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 27 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is ranked 1st in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 96 reviews. Intercept X Endpoint is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Intercept X Endpoint writes "Complete solution, scales well, is reliable, has competitive pricing, and has excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint writes "You can access all your security data and telemetry from a single pane of glass". Intercept X Endpoint is most compared with SentinelOne Singularity Complete, CrowdStrike Falcon, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Seqrite Endpoint Security, whereas Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is most compared with Symantec Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, SentinelOne Singularity Complete and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks. See our Intercept X Endpoint vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint report.

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