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We performed a comparison between Malwarebytes and Sophos Intercept X based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Malwarebytes vs. Sophos Intercept X Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"Among the most valuable features are the exclusions. And on the scalability side, we can integrate well with the SIEM orchestration engine and a number of applications that are proprietary or open source.""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 threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"I was very satisfied with Malwarebytes in terms of its antivirus abilities.""The central management of devices from different sites is a very good feature; this has made them much easier to manage.""When it comes to frontend protections, it has some of the best definitions. In addition, they do traditional signature and heuristic detection a lot better than Microsoft and some other players in that space.""Malwarebytes is a comprehensive solution for keeping endpoints safe and secure from intruders, viruses, malware and so on.""The endpoint protection and response that allows us to restore a machine back to a pre-infected state are the most valuable features.""It's very versatile and thorough.""Provides successful ransomware shut down operations.""Being able to cloud manage it from just a cloud login is valuable. We can get to it from anywhere, which is really helpful. The fact that we can remediate from the cloud console is one of our favorite features."

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"Solution for endpoint detection and response, with good stability and scalability. Users also benefit from email protection and data loss prevention.""The solution is easy to install.""Ransomware protection is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The most valuable feature is the CryptoGuard in Sophos. In a case of a ransomware attack, this feature comes into action to protect us.""I consider the heuristics to be most valuable, the fact that the solution does not work solely on signatures.""One of the best use cases involves synchronized security staff, which allows us to manage both the firewall and the anti-virus features from the cloud.""The stability on offer is fine.""The updates and a lot of the day-to-day fiddling that you would have to do with it, can all be done from the cloud so it's easy to manage, and very easy to administer."

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Cons
"The Linux agent is a simple offline classic agent, and it doesn't support Secure Boot, which is important to have on a Linux machine. The Linux agent has conflicts with other solutions, including the Exploit Prevention system found in Windows servers. We didn't find a fix during troubleshooting, and Cisco couldn't offer one either. Eventually, we had to shut down the Exploit Prevention system. We didn't like that as we always want a solution that can fit smoothly into the setup without causing problems, especially where security is concerned. The tool also caused CPU spikes on our production machine, and we were seriously considering moving to another product.""This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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.""In terms of the user experience, if the UX design could be much simpler [that would improve things]... if they could make it more intuitive for someone who is not an engineer so that they still can read what's going on in their webpage and understand, that would be something."

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"I would like to see a little more detail in the log. So, when an event occurs, I'd like to know not just when it happened and on what device, but what activity was taking place on the machine at the time so that we can drill down. If we get a false positive, we have to do a lot of research and go back and forth with our end-users to know why it was a false positive. So, having a little more detail around detections and events would probably be my most asked feature.""We have noticed that when the solution is doing the scanning, all the scanning activities make the device heavier. It slows down your machine.""It would be better if updates could be downloaded, and deployed, on-premises to avoid low bandwidth causing issues.""It's not good in search hunting.""We had a little performance problem with the solution, but that's been resolved. Since then, it's been running well.""Strictly in terms of cyber security, the release cycle should be quarterly, at most. It shouldn't be more frequent than that because, for one thing, keeping up with tech support is difficult.""Malwarebytes is too simplistic. From a SOC IR perspective, it doesn't give you very much data around it. It doesn't tie things or provide SHA-1 and SHA-256 detection information, which makes it hard to do an additional investigation.""The EPP solution lacks the sophisticated artificial intelligence required for automating reports and letting you know about things in real-time. It stops a suspicious activity in real-time, but it doesn't let you know in real-time. You have to look at a report, and then you find out that something is wrong. You have to manually kick off a scan. With the Advanced EDR solutions, Malwarebytes has the ability to alert you in real-time, but they still don't do automatic remediation or quarantining of devices. That is something that you still have to do manually. So, the endpoint protection piece, which is just like their basic endpoint protection, lacks AI. For the advanced detection and response piece, there is an add-on that comes with it, but it still doesn't go far enough in terms of automatic remediation of viruses. It won't separate that virus from your network if something happens. You have to manually go there and do it."

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"When I use a proxy, I can bypass Sophos, which is an area that needs improvement.""This solution is not in the high ratings on many of the top review sites. This solution has to be near the top for me to continue using it.""The after sales service and support could be improved.""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.""The performance is very slow and should be faster.""I would like to see better support for virtual and desktop infrastructures.""Intercept X needs more reporting and device management features, so I can get messages from PCs that let me know if I need to do something with them.""When we load Intercept X, it puts a load on the device. When it is scanning, it slows down the device. A system with basic specifications completely slows down till the scan is complete. They should improve this part."

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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 cost may be something in the ballpark of $20-25 a year per computer."
  • "Its cost is around $60 a machine. The cost of the total solution for 250 people is about $8,500 a year. If we add EDR to it, it will bring that cost up to about $15,000. The cost for Carbon Black is about $25,000, which is $10,000 more, but you get all AI functions with it."
  • "I would say that it's affordable. It costs much less than Sentinel One, CrowdStrike, or anything of that nature. But, at the same time, you are getting what you pay for. So I would say it's one of the best when you're comparing traditional NextGen AVs like Webroot that aren't the best in the bunch."
  • "It is really expensive. We've got between 30 and 40 licenses every year, and for the number of licenses that we have, we're finding that Malwarebytes on average costs between $900 and $1,000 more per year than comparable options. We're paying about $3,300 per year for these licenses. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fee."
  • "Its licensing is annual. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fee."
  • "I believe the retail price is between $40 and $50 per copy."
  • "The licensing is per seat, with clients being a little less expensive than servers. If we need more licenses, we can accomplish that within a day. As Malwarebytes adds new features to their product, such as DNS filtering and a patching module, they want to charge us more even though we're a premium user, which isn't ideal."
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  • "The pricing is average for software like this, but you can purchase additional services if you wish."
  • "Compared to other solutions, such as CrowdStrike, we are most certainly happy with its pricing. We did a three year-business deal."
  • "I am not sure about the cost. I would guess it to be between $50 to $60 per license. This would be the cost of the overall subscription. There is no additional fee."
  • "Licensing costs are not expensive."
  • "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."
  • "You can purchase a license for one to three years."
  • "Price-wise, it is good. Currently, we have a three-year plan."
  • "We are happy with the pricing across all Sophos products."
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    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:Malwarebytes is a comprehensive solution for keeping endpoints safe and secure from intruders, viruses, malware and so… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing is per seat, with clients being a little less expensive than servers. If we need more licenses, we can… more »
    Top Answer:We had a little performance problem with the solution, but that's been resolved. Since then, it's been running well. The… more »
    Top Answer:I like that Crowdstrike Falcon allows me to easily correlate data between my firewalls. Its detection and machine… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Intercept X its ability to stay ahead of the infection. By the time the ransomware spreads… more »
    Top Answer:We have paid for three years of licensing. It is expensive, however, for what you getting out of it, from the firewall… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    Intercept X
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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."

    Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection is delivered via Malwarebytes cloud-based endpoint management platform, is an advanced threat prevention solution for endpoints that uses a layered approach with multiple detection techniques. Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection employs multiple techniques to identify and defend against attacks at all stages of the attack chain using a highly effective mix of signature-less and matching-technology layers working both pre- and post-execution. Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection leverages our Linking Engine technology to remove all traces of infections and related artifacts - not just the primary threat payload. Its Endpoint Protection technology reduces the vulnerability surface, making the endpoint more resilient.

    Sophos Intercept X is an EPP (endpoint protection for business) tool that uses deep learning malware detection, exploit prevention, anti-ransomware, and more, to stop attacks. The solution has key security capabilities to protect your company’s endpoints. Sophos Intercept X is a well-thought-out and designed solution that is comprehensive. Large companies with an IT team and many endpoints to protect are the most suitable for this solution.

    Sophos Intercept X Features

    Sophos Intercept X has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Malware detection: The Sophos Intercept X platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) to proactively identify malware threats.
    • Anti-ransomware and exploit prevention: Sophos Intercept X designed solutions for CryptoGuard and exploit prevention.
    • EDR and managed threat response: The Threat Analysis Center is Sophos Intercept X’s endpoint detection and response product. The Threat Analysis Center breaks down where the threat originated and maps out its attack chain. It also suggests next steps, helping you quickly isolate compromised endpoints to stop an attack from spreading.
    • Central console: The platform comes with Sophos Central, a web-based console centralizing all endpoint security capabilities into one interface. This feature allows you to set security policies, alerts, and other configurations from a single location.
    • Reporting and analytics: Its analytics help IT teams monitor the health of networks and create greater effectiveness in identifying security issues. The reports help proactively flag security flaws, such as unprotected endpoints, before an attack strikes. Some reports include scheduling abilities as well.

    Sophos Intercept X Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Sophos Intercept X. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Extensive collection of security products: Sophos offers an extensive collection of security products, making it a complete tool for all of your security needs.
    • Separate dashboards: The solution’s separate dashboards can accommodate your company’s diverse products. The dashboards include graphs and alerts detailing the status of your network.
    • Intuitive interface: The solution’s interface is intuitive and clearly labels the platform’s various features. This makes navigation simple and quick when jumping between functionality from endpoint protection to email security management.
    • Useful resources: The Sophos portal provides a lot of help content, including an online self-serve knowledge base with articles and how-to video walkthroughs. In addition, the platform conveniently links you to relevant help content directly within Sophos Central.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sophos Intercept X is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its ease of management, effective blocking capabilities, and good security.

    A President at a tech vendor says, "The updates and a lot of the day-to-day fiddling that you would have to do with it, can all be done from the cloud so it's easy to manage, and very easy to administer."

    PeerSpot reviewer Ashis D., Hybrid Cloud Engineer at a tech services company, comments, “So far, the solution has met all our expectations. It's blocked malicious websites effectively and stopped people from going to places online that they shouldn't be going to. It's automatic. We simply took the default settings and we were finding people right away that were going to illicit sites, and we were able to see that easily in the console. The package we use also comes with spam filtering features, which are quite useful.”

    Mike P., Senior CyberSecurity Architect and Mentor at BlueTeamAssess LLC, states, "The most valuable feature of Intercept X is 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 I could go in and get it back."

    An Information Systems Coordinator at an insurance company mentions, “It's very good at security and protection. It offers very good reports.”

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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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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Energy/Utilities Company22%
    Retailer11%
    Real Estate/Law Firm11%
    Legal Firm11%
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    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise20%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Buyer's Guide
    Malwarebytes vs. Sophos Intercept X
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Malwarebytes vs. Sophos Intercept X and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Malwarebytes is ranked 28th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 11 reviews while Sophos Intercept X is ranked 8th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 53 reviews. Malwarebytes is rated 7.6, while Sophos Intercept X is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Malwarebytes writes "I can access it from anywhere and remediate quickly from the cloud console, but there should be a little more detail around detections and events and better pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Intercept X writes "Great reporting and good training with a pretty straightforward setup". Malwarebytes is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, CrowdStrike Falcon, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, whereas Sophos Intercept X is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, CrowdStrike Falcon, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and ESET Endpoint Security. See our Malwarebytes vs. Sophos Intercept X report.

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