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"The discovery feature is the most valuable. After you integrate your cloud environment, maybe an Azure or AWS, or a private environment hosted on VMware, it automatically starts discovering the number of servers that are running on that cloud and the number of services that you have done. It is a beautiful feature because, from a security standpoint, it is difficult to identify which VM is compliant or not when you keep on provisioning a number of VMs in the cloud. It also checks for compliance. It checks whether a system is compliant and whether antivirus is installed on a VM. If an antivirus is installed, it checks whether the antivirus is updated to the latest signature package or not. All these things are beautifully done by McAfee Cloud Workload Security. For communicating with the McAfee server, you need to install an agent on the VM. McAfee Cloud Workload Security gives you a direct opportunity to install an agent on a Windows machine. If you have a Windows cloud, you can directly push that agent onto the VM through your McAfee portal. It provides you a single dashboard view of all servers present in the cloud. It shows the servers on which the antivirus is already installed as well as the servers for which the antivirus installation is still pending. This dashboard view is a much-needed thing. It also has a centralized management, which makes it easy to use."

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"It helps you to identify the gaps in your solution and remediate them. It produces a compliance checklist against known standards such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, iTrust, etc.""Provides a very good view of the entire security setup of your organization.""It is very intuitive when it comes to policy administration, alerts and notifications, and ease of setting up roles at different hierarchies. It has also been good in terms of the network technology maps. It provides a good overview, but it also depends on the complexity of your network.""It has seamless integration with any of the services I mentioned, on Azure, such as IaaS platforms, virtual machines, applications, or databases, because it's an in-house product from Microsoft within the Azure ecosystem.""The most valuable features are ransomware protection and access controls. The solution has helped us secure some folders on our systems from unauthorized modifications.""The most valuable features of this solution are the remote workforce capabilities and the general experience of the remote workforce.""It's quite a good product. It helps to understand the infections and issues you are facing.""The most valuable feature is that it's intuitive. It's very intuitive."

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"Its vulnerability assessment is not the best. We cannot identify the vulnerabilities that are related to the operating system by using McAfee Cloud Workload Security. I wish McAfee would add a vulnerability assessment tool that will not only identify the vulnerability but will also be able to generate a report so that the required patching can be done for the servers. Currently, McAfee Cloud Workload Security only integrates with AWS and Azure. If it can also integrate with GCP, Alibaba, and other cloud services available in the market, it would be good because not all people are using Azure and AWS."

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"Pricing could be improved. There are limited options based on pricing for the government.""Consistency is the area where the most improvement is needed. For example, there are some areas where the UI is not uniform across the board.""The initial setup is not actually so complex but it feels complex because there are many add-ons. There are many options and my team needs to be aware of all of these changes happening on the backend which is a distraction.""From a compliance standpoint, they can include some more metrics and some specific compliances such as GDPR.""The solution is quite complex. A lot of the different policies that actually get applied don't pertain to every client. If you need to have something open for a client application to work, then you get dinged for having a port open or having an older version of TLS available.""Azure is a complex solution. You have so many moving parts.""The overview provides you with good information, but if you want more details, there is a lot more customization to do, which requires knowledge of the other supporting solutions.""One of the main challenges that we have been facing with Azure Security Center is the cost. The costs are really a complex calculation, e.g., to calculate the monthly costs. Azure is calculating on an hourly basis for use of the resource. Because of this, we found it really complex to promote what will be our costs for the next couple of months. I think if Azure could reduce the complex calculation and come up with straightforward cost mapping that would be very useful from a product point of view."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is not an expensive product. I am in the Indian market, and it is one of the most reliable and cost-effective solutions."
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  • "I'm not privy to that information, but I know it's probably close to a million dollars a year."
  • "We are using the free version of the Azure Security Center."
  • "Azure Defender is a bit pricey. The price could be lower."
  • "This is a worldwide service and depending on the country, there will be different prices."
  • "Security Center charges $15 per resource for any workload that you onboard into it. They charge per VM or per data-base server or per application. It's not like Microsoft 365 licensing, where there are levels like E3 and E5. Security Center is pretty straightforward."
  • "There is a helpful cost-reducing option that allows you to integrate production subscriptions with non-production subscriptions."
  • "Its pricing is a little bit high in terms of Azure Security Center, but the good thing is that we don't need to maintain and deploy it. So, while the pricing is high, it is native to Azure which is why we prefer using this tool."
  • "I am not involved in this area. However, I believe its price is okay because even small customers are using Azure Security Center. I don't think it is very expensive."
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft Azure Security Center, Azure Security Center, Microsoft ASC, Azure Defender
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    Overview

    Workload security from on-prem to cloud.

    Automate Discovery and Deployment:
    Automation templates and continuous workload discovery for day-1 protection and a centralized view of instances across all accounts.

    Visualize and Control Network Threats:
    Cloud-native network visualization, prioritized risk alerting, and micro-segmentation for awareness and control to prevent both lateral attacks in the data center and external threats.

    Defend Workloads Against Advanced Attacks:
    Integrated countermeasures to protect workloads spanning machine learning, application containment, virtual machine-optimized anti-malware, whitelisting, file integrity monitoring, and micro-segmentation.

    Discover and Defend:
    CWS automates discovery and defense of elastic workloads to eliminate blind spots, deliver advanced threat defense and simplify management.

    Simplify Cloud Security Management:
    A single-pane console consolidates policy and management across physical, virtual, and multi-cloud environments.

    Reduce Complexity:
    Simplify security with centralized management, automated workloads, one-click quarantine, and the ability to take corrective actions from within the solution.

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud protects your Azure and hybrid resources. Microsoft uses a wide variety of physical, infrastructure, and operational controls to help secure Azure—but there are additional actions you need to take to help safeguard your workloads. Turn on Azure Security Center to strengthen your cloud security posture. Within Azure Security Center, use Azure Defender to protect your hybrid cloud workloads. With Azure Security Center, you can:

    - Assess and visualize the security state of your resources in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds with Azure Secure Score

    - Simplify enterprise compliance and view your compliance against regulatory requirements

    - Protect all your hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Defender, which is integrated with Security Center

    - Use AI and automation to cut through false alarms, quickly identify threats, and streamline threat investigation

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

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    Consumer Goods Company14%
    Retailer7%
    Insurance Company7%
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    McAfee Cloud Workload Security is ranked 12th in Cloud Workload Security with 1 review while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is ranked 2nd in Cloud Workload Security with 24 reviews. McAfee Cloud Workload Security is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of McAfee Cloud Workload Security writes "Automatically discovers the number of servers and checks for compliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud writes "Provides good recommendations and makes policy administration easy". McAfee Cloud Workload Security is most compared with Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security, Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks and Symantec Storage Protection, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Amazon GuardDuty, Trend Micro XDR and Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks.

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