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We performed a comparison between Mandiant Advantage and Microsoft Defender XDR based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Mandiant Advantage vs. Microsoft Defender XDR Report (Updated: March 2024).
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"It is so valuable to have someone performing these functions outside of our business hours when we don't have staff in the building. We've seen a lot of solid metrics on the amount of malware that it's detecting and resolving. We're pleased with it so far.""The advantage of the solution is being able to go look up threat actors and get a lot of detailed information about different attacks and different tactics and general information about threats.""The feature I have found most valuable is directory monitoring. We experienced an instance of threat actors trying to ensure a complex and massive attack against our customer's infrastructure on the forum. That is, they were animating people on a formum. The solution alerted us to this two days ahead of the attack, which gave us plenty of time to prepare for it."

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"Microsoft 365 Defender is a stable solution.""The integration between all the Defender products is the most valuable feature.""Defender XDR has a feature called the timeline that lets you track all activities. It helps a lot with investigations.""The best feature is threat hunting. There are a lot of other features I like, such as the alert mechanism. The chain alert mechanism has a huge impact. It combines all the alerts into one incident and automatically correlates them with AI.""The integration with other Microsoft solutions is the most valuable feature.""The unified view of the threat landscape on a central dashboard is the most valuable feature.""The product is very easy to use.""The most valuable features of Microsoft 365 Defender are the combination of all the capabilities and centralized management."

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"I think that the data query that is used for data cloud language should be improved. It's really hard to query actual data from the platform.""They could have better support. Now that they've merged, they are moving towards a portal system, which isn't very helpful.""Mandiant's on-prem client is too processor-intensive, so it's putting a strain on the local device's CPU. When a scan is running on the device, the other processing tasks slow to a crawl. We're still trying to figure out the correct settings for the client."

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"The logs could be better.""The cost can be high if you want to build custom license packages. Another area for improvement is the policies. In Azure, we need to implement policies in JSON format, but in 365 Defender 365, it would be helpful to use a different format so we can customize the platform.""There should be better information for experts on features in the solution. What I see when reading about features in Microsoft 365 Defender is that it is always general information. If Microsoft could go deeper into details for the experts about how to use the tools, usage of it would be more familiar and it would be easier to use.""At times, there may be delays in the execution of certain actions and their effects.""The price could be better. It'll also help if they can continuously update and upgrade the solution. Every day there's a new virus uploaded into the network, and we have to keep updating it to identify all these things.""The support team is not competent or responsive.""From an integration standpoint, it is always improving overall. With Security Copilot coming out, as partners, we are waiting for the GDAP support so that we can actually see Security Copilot on behalf of customers if they subscribe to it.""The only problem I find is that the use cases are built-in. There is no template available that you can modify according to your organization's standards. What they give is very generic, the market standard, but that might not be applicable to every organization."

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  • "The solutions price is fair for what they offer."
  • "The price could be better. Normally, the costs depend on the country you're located in for the license. When we were in the initial stage, we went with the E5 license they call premium standard. It cost us around $5.20 per month for four users."
  • "The price of the solution is high compared to others and we have lost some customers because of it."
  • "Microsoft is not competitive with the pricing of the solution. The competitors are able to offer lower discounts. The price of the solution is higher."
  • "We have a lot of problems in Latin America regarding the price of Microsoft 365 Defender, because the relationship between dollars and the money of the different countries, it's is a lot. Many customers that have small businesses say that they would like the solution but it is too expensive. However, large companies do not find the cost an issue."
  • "The most valuable licensing option is expensive, so pricing could be improved. Licensing options for this solution also need to be consolidated, because they frequently change."
  • "Microsoft should provide lower-level licensing options. They should do it in such a way that even an individual could purchase a license, and it should be entirely flexible."
  • "They have moved from a licensing model to pay-per-use... The question is: What happens if, for any reason, there's not enough budget to accept this model? That could be a great problem."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The feature I have found most valuable is directory monitoring. We experienced an instance of threat actors trying to ensure a complex and massive attack against our customer's infrastructure on the… more »
    Top Answer:I think that the data query that is used for data cloud language should be improved. It's really hard to query actual data from the platform. The free tech search is also super slow and sometimes you… more »
    Top Answer:Our primary use case was monitoring the threat actors that our clients were concerned about. We also used Mandiant Advantage to map the infrastructure that the threat experts were using and monitor… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft Defender XDR provides strong identity protection with comprehensive insights into risky user behavior and potential indicators of compromise.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Defender XDR is expensive, especially for the full suite functionality. However, when compared to buying multiple-point solutions separately, it may be comparable in price. Overall, it is… more »
    Top Answer:Improving scalability, especially for very large tenants, could be beneficial for Microsoft Defender XDR. Additionally, enhancing the privilege access management capability would make it a better… more »
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    Also Known As
    Mandiant Threat Intelligence
    Microsoft 365 Defender, Microsoft Threat Protection, MS 365 Defender
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    Mandiant Advantage is a multi-vendor XDR platform that provides security teams of all sizes with frontline intelligence. Mandiant Advantage aims to speed up operational as well as strategic security and risk decision making. Mandiant Advantage provides security teams with an early knowledge advantage through the Mandiant Intel Grid, which provides platform modules with current and relevant threat data and analysis capabilities. Organizations are better protected from cyber attacks and more confident in their readiness when they have access to continuous security validation, detection, and response.

    Mandiant Advantage Features

    Mandiant Advantage has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Threat intelligence: Front-line intelligence that enables a defender to be aware of the strategies and tactics that opponents are employing at this moment. Organizations will be able to contextualize, prioritize, and implement the most pertinent new intelligence by fusing ASM and threat intelligence.
    • Security validation: This allows security teams to optimize, rationalize, and prioritize their security activities from a budget and manpower viewpoint. It measures the effectiveness of security controls applied within an organization. Controls can be evaluated against the most recent TTPs actively used by threat actors by incorporating information into the security validation procedure. Organizations can determine whether their security policies are successfully thwarting or detecting attacks against their external attack surface by integrating ASM and security validation.
    • Automated Defense: In order to fuel SOC event/alert correlation and triage, Automated Defense combines knowledge and intelligence with machine learning. This is similar to integrating a machine-based Mandiant analyst into your security program. By merging ASM and Automated Defense, more context is given to Automated Defense, enhancing the relevance and usefulness of alarms.
    • Attack surface management: ASM offers a continuous, scalable method for locating hundreds of different asset and exposure types within on-premises, cloud, and SaaS application environments. In addition to assets being found, technologies in use are also identified, and vulnerabilities are confirmed rather than just speculated. Cyber defenders are able to effectively and efficiently limit their external exposures by integrating the full Mandiant Advantage suite into ASM, which prioritizes and validates the information regarding the attack surface.

    Mandiant Advantage Benefits

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

    • Boost your current security investments: No matter what security policies you have implemented, you may improve your security capabilities by automating Mandiant's expertise as a virtual extension of your team.
    • Improve your visibility and priority: View the threats Mandiant is continuously monitoring across your attack surface and internal controls in order to prioritize and drive focus.
    • Flexible deployment: Depending on your needs, Mandiant Advantage can be supplied as technology, along with support, or as a fully managed contract.
    • Scale efficiently: Without the need for time-consuming and expensive human labor, a SaaS-based strategy deploys in hours, scales with your environment, and provides constant expert analysis.

    Microsoft Defender XDR is a comprehensive security solution designed to protect against threats in the Microsoft 365 environment. 

    It offers robust security measures, comprehensive threat detection capabilities, and an efficient incident response system. With seamless integration with other Microsoft products and a user-friendly interface, it simplifies security management tasks. 

    Users have found it effective in detecting and preventing various types of attacks, such as phishing attempts, malware infections, and data breaches.

    Watch the Microsoft demo video here: Microsoft Defender XDR demo video.

    Sample Customers
    Stater Bros. Markets, Rush Copley, Blackboat, CapWealth
    Accenture, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise35%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Mandiant Advantage vs. Microsoft Defender XDR
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Mandiant Advantage vs. Microsoft Defender XDR and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Mandiant Advantage is ranked 21st in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 3 reviews while Microsoft Defender XDR is ranked 5th in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 78 reviews. Mandiant Advantage is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Defender XDR is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Mandiant Advantage writes "It gives us peace of mind that issues can be addressed when our core IT team isn't working". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender XDR writes "Includes four services and four products, which can help organizations a lot". Mandiant Advantage is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Cortex Xpanse, Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management, Cymulate and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, whereas Microsoft Defender XDR is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager, Wazuh and Trend Vision One. See our Mandiant Advantage vs. Microsoft Defender XDR report.

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