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We performed a comparison between McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and Microsoft Sentinel based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator vs. Microsoft Sentinel Report (Updated: January 2024).
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Pros
"The valuable feature of the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is the management of the policies.""McAfee is helping us to clean all of the viruses from the machines, protecting our desktops from the latest threats.""The policy auditing, policy management, and device auditing are all valuable features. Our customers appreciated the ability to get alerts to system-wide events from a single view.""The central management console is the solution's most valuable aspect.""The best part is management in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator.""The most valuable feature of the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is agent communication.""We implemented data transfer protection, which allows transfer in one direction only. Users can copy from the PC to the USB but not from the USB to the PC. That way, if someone is carrying a virus on a USB, it will not be transferred to the PC.""You have to have some experience, however, it's pretty simple to understand."

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"It is easy to implement (turn on) - does need a skilled analyst to develop queries and playbooks.""Sentinel improved how we investigate incidents. We can create watchlists and update them to align with the latest threat intelligence. The information Microsoft provides enables us to understand thoroughly and improve as we go along. It allows us to provide monthly reports to our clients on their security posture.""The pricing of the product is excellent.""The scalability is great. You can put unlimited logs in, as long as you can pay for it. There are commitment tiers, up to six terabytes per day, which is nowhere close to what any one of our customers is running.""We didn't have anything similar. So, it really provides value from the incidents and automation point of view. The overview of the security fabric is most valuable.""The analytic rule is the most valuable feature.""One of the most valuable features is that it creates a kind of a single pane of glass for organizations that already use Microsoft software. So, when they have things like Microsoft 365, it is very easy for them to kind of plug in or enroll those endpoints into the Azure Sentinel service.""The UI-based analytics are excellent."

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Cons
"Sometimes agents hang. We have to reinstall the agents.""The solution could improve the EDR component in many areas, such as the zero-day and persistent threats. The implementation is also complex for this feature.""They have to do something to make the solution more resilient or recoverable from power failure events, which may include creating their own database.""There should be more insights and completeness into the cyber kill chain, similar to CrowdStrike and SentinelOne. It just seems a little outdated in being 100% signature-based without all of the insights and protections that come with CrowdStrike and SentinelOne. Overall, they've got some catching up to do if they plan to compete in the comprehensive EDR space.""It's a little bit complex to configure it, but when you start using it, it is much easier. There are many policies that you need to create, and in three or four places""McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator needs to upgrade the technology; it's like their area function is not quite as good as compared to other market vendors.""The installation process is quite difficult and requires technical support.""The way that ePolicy launches the updates is very slow. It would be great if that was faster."

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"The AI capabilities must be improved.""Microsoft should improve Sentinel, considering that from the legacy systems, it cannot collect logs.""Sentinel provides decent visibility, but it's sometimes a little cumbersome to get to the information I want because there is so much information. I would also like to see more seamless integration between Sentinel and third-party security products.""They can work on the EDR side of things... Every time we need to onboard these kinds of machines into the EDR, we need to do it with the help of Intune, to sync up the devices, and do the configuration. I'm looking for something on the EDR side that will reduce this kind of work.""We'd like to see more connectors.""They should integrate it with many other software-as-a-service providers and make connectors available so that you don't have to do any sort of log normalization.""The playbook development environment is not as rich as it should be. There are multiple occasions when we face problems while creating the playbook.""Microsoft Sentinel should provide an alternative query language to KQL for users who lack KQL expertise."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Compared to other Antivirus products, the cost of this solution is a bit high."
  • "McAfee tries to package different things into different products, then sell them as different products with different licenses. They just split everything up into multiple things. That's just their sales pitch and how they do it."
  • "This solution is priced in the mid-range."
  • "For large enterprise companies, the price should be alright, but for small businesses, the uptake might be slow because, for these clients, the price doesn't look very attractive."
  • "It is attractively priced. It is a fraction of what we're going to pay for CrowdStrike or SentinelOne, but it only has a fraction of the capabilities as well."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution. If we use the additional components, such as DLP encryption, there is an additional cost. However, it is similar to a separate product altogether. If you want to use that or not, it is optional, but when you use it, it will cost you additional pricing."
  • "McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is not an expensive solution."
  • "$The price of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is expensive, it is approximately $6,000 to $9,000 per license annually."
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  • "It comes with a Microsoft subscription which the customer has, so they don't have to invest somewhere else."
  • "It is a consumption-based license model. bands at 100, 200, 400 GB per day etc. Azure Sentinel Pricing | Microsoft Azure"
  • "Good monthly operational cost model for the detection and response outcomes delivered, M365 logs don't count toward the limits which is a good benefit."
  • "I have had mixed feedback. At one point, I heard a client say that it sometimes seems more expensive. Most of the clients are on Office 365 or M365, and they are forced to take Azure SIEM because of the integration."
  • "It is kind of like a sliding scale. There are different tiers of pricing that go from $100 per day up to $3,500 per day. So, it just kind of depends on how much data is being stored. There can be additional costs to the standard license other than the additional data. It just kind of depends on what other services you're spinning up in Azure, or if you're using something like Azure log analytics."
  • "I am just paying for the log space with Azure Sentinel. It costs us about $2,000 a month. Most of the logs are free. We are only paying money for Azure Firewall logs because email logs or Azure AD logs are free to use for us."
  • "Sentinel is a bit expensive. If you can figure a way of configuring it to meet your needs, then you can find a way around the cost."
  • "Azure Sentinel is very costly, or at least it appears to be very costly. The costs vary based on your ingestion and your retention charges."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Mcafee's MVision ePO or ePolicy Orchestrator network security software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Mcafee's ePolicy… more »
    Top Answer:I like the solution's feasibility. McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is also better and easier to use than other ePOs.
    Top Answer:I do not have exact pricing details, however, I would rate the price at a four out of ten overall. There may be some extra costs for support if you get it from a partner.
    Top Answer:Yes, Azure Sentinel is a SIEM on the Cloud. Multiple data sources can be uploaded and analyzed with Azure Sentinel and its Threat Hunting functionality with AI available as templates or customized by… more »
    Top Answer:It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for ingestion of anything, but the charge per GB/Day Indexed and it gets expensive as log… more »
    Top Answer:We like that Azure Sentinel does not require as much maintenance as legacy SIEMs that are on-premises. Azure Sentinel is auto-scaling - you will not have to worry about performance impact, you will… more »
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    Also Known As
    McAfee ePO, ePolicy Orchestrator, Intel Security ePolicy Orchestrator, McAfee MVISION ePO
    Azure Sentinel
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    Overview
    McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) is the most advanced, extensible, and scalable centralized security management software in the industry. Unifying security management through an open platform, McAfee ePO makes risk and compliance management simpler and more successful for organizations of all sizes.

    Microsoft Sentinel is a scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution that lets you see and stop threats before they cause harm. Microsoft Sentinel delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response. Eliminate security infrastructure setup and maintenance, and elastically scale to meet your security needs—while reducing IT costs. With Microsoft Sentinel, you can:

    - Collect data at cloud scale—across all users, devices, applications, and infrastructure, both on-premises and in multiple clouds

    - Detect previously uncovered threats and minimize false positives using analytics and unparalleled threat intelligence from Microsoft

    - Investigate threats with AI and hunt suspicious activities at scale, tapping into decades of cybersecurity work at Microsoft

    - Respond to incidents rapidly with built-in orchestration and automation of common tasks

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

    Sample Customers
    Brelje & Race, Cognizant, Sutherland Global Services, Eagle Rock Energy, Arab National Bank, Bank Central Asia, Kleberg Bank, Leading Mexican Bank, SF Police Credit Union, Macquarie Telecom, Seagate Technology, Blackburn & Darwen Council, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, IRCEP, Major U.S. State Government, State of Alaska, State of Colorado, Cemex, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke
    Microsoft Sentinel is trusted by companies of all sizes including ABM, ASOS, Uniper, First West Credit Union, Avanade, and more.
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
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    Computer Software Company14%
    Government12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator vs. Microsoft Sentinel
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator vs. Microsoft Sentinel and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is ranked 7th in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 15 reviews while Microsoft Sentinel is ranked 1st in Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) with 62 reviews. McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Sentinel is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator writes "Easy to set up and offers USB blocking but needs to enhance vulnerability scanning". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Sentinel writes "Gives a comprehensive and holistic view of the ecosystem and improves visibility and the ability to respond". McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator is most compared with Splunk SOAR, Symantec Data Loss Prevention, Forcepoint Data Loss Prevention, Zscaler Cloud DLP and Trend Micro Integrated Data Loss Prevention, whereas Microsoft Sentinel is most compared with AWS Security Hub, IBM Security QRadar, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Splunk Enterprise Security and Elastic Security. See our McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator vs. Microsoft Sentinel report.

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