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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint vs. Trellix Endpoint Security
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint vs. Trellix Endpoint Security and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The visibility and insight this solution gives you into threats is pretty granular. It has constant monitoring. You can get onto the device trajectory to look at a threat, but you can also see what happened prior to the threat. You can see what happened after the threat. You can see what other applications were incorporated into the execution of the threat. For example, you have the event, but you see that the event was launched by Google Chrome, which was launched by something else. Then, after the event, something else was launched by whatever the threat was. Therefore, it gives you great detail, a timeline, and continuity of events leading up to whatever the incident is, and then, after. This helps you understand and nail down what the threat is and how to fix it.""The ability to detonate a particular problem in a sandbox environment and understand what the effects are, is helpful. We're trying, for example, to determine, when people send information in, if an attachment is legitimate or not. You just have to open it. If you can do that in a secure sandbox environment, that's an invaluable feature. What you would do otherwise would be very risky and tedious.""If somebody has been compromised, the question always is: How has it affected other devices in the network? Cisco AMP gives you a very neat view of that.""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.""One of the best features of AMP is its cloud feature. It doesn't matter where the device is in regards to whether it's inside or outside of your network environment, especially right now when everybody's remote and taken their laptops home. You don't have to be VPNed into the environment for AMP to work. AMP will work anywhere in the world, as long as it has an Internet connection. You get protection and reporting with it. No matter where the device is, AMP has still got coverage on it and is protecting it. You still have the ability to manage and remediate things. The cloud feature is the magic bullet. This is what makes the solution a valuable tool as far as I'm concerned.""Device Trajectory is one of the most valuable features. We're able to dig in and really understand how things came to be and where to focus our efforts.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""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."

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"Defender should be fine for home use. It has all the basic functionality you need. I can't speak to how well it works as an enterprise solution because I'm not in the space.""The performance of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint has been a valuable feature.""Defender is a part of Windows; you just need to enable it. There is no need to install anything.""The solution has good performance, I have not seen a problem.""Defender is stable enough and is competitive with the other products in the market.""We found that because the endpoint devices are based on Microsoft Windows devices and Windows Defender is integrated with the foundation and the core layer, it makes it more integrated and more agile in terms of responding to any security threats or changes or development""We are a Microsoft shop, and Defender is a Microsoft solution that provides some security at a reasonable cost.""It's absolutely free to use."

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"The product is quite user-friendly.""The solution is stable.""The endpoint protection and disk encryption features are the most valuable.""The solution provides dashboard control, so we can centrally monitor the entire status of our organization.""We can manage everything from the central console and it is very easy.""The DLP and user interface are the most valuable feature.""It's quite easy to install agents.""The detection is great and the solution is constantly improving."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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.""I would like to see integration with Cisco Analytics.""We don't have issues. We think that Cisco covers all of the security aspects on the market. They continue to innovate in the right way.""We have had some problems with updates not playing nice with our environment. This is important, because if there is a new version, we need to test it thoroughly before it goes into production. We cannot just say, "There's a new version. It's not going to give us any problems." With the complexity of the solution using multiple engines for multiple tasks, it can sometimes cause performance issues on our endpoints. Therefore, we need to test it before we deploy. That takes one to three days before we can be certain that the new version plays nice with our environment.""The one challenge that I see is the use of multiple endpoint protection platforms. For instance, we have AMP, but we also have Microsoft Windows Defender, System Center Endpoint Protection, and Microsoft Malware Protection Engine deployed. So, we have a bunch of different things that do the same thing. What winds up happening is, e.g., if I get an alert for a potential incident or malware and want to pull the file, I'll go to fetch the file to analyze it. But, one of these other programs has already gotten it, so the file has already been quarantined by another endpoint protection system. AMP doesn't realize that and the file fetch fails, then you're left wondering what's going on.""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."

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"Microsoft should improve support for third-party platforms, because not all functionality is available for all of them. It's a good product, but they should just extend the functionality for all platforms.""It could be easier when it comes to managing exceptions.""The solution can be more user-friendly.""The deployment of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Windows 10 is not quite so straightforward. This could be made easier.""I am not sure if I will be using this product in the future because of the price.""Notifications are always popping up — I hate that.""Microsoft Defender for Endpoint could improve by making the reporting better.""I would like to have a dashboard that shows an overview of the results for the enterprise."

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"The product could do more to keep administration alerted to detected threats on endpoints.""It can be quite complicated to learn McAfee Endpoint Security and to feel comfortable with the environment.""An area of improvement for this solution is to make it easier to manage.""There are times the solution has some additional software added that is not fully integrated properly, such as Exchange Group Sheild. It is quite old and is not fully integrated properly and could be improved.""We don't like the solution since it requires much memory consumption and consumes much CPU resources.""The solution needs to offer better local technical support.""There is room to improve with scalability.""The solution takes up a high amount of memory and can cause the system to hang."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Our company was very happy with the price of Cisco AMP. It was about a third of what we were paying for System Center Endpoint Protection."
  • "There are a couple of different consumption models: Pay up front, or if you have an enterprise agreement, you can do a monthly thing. Check your licensing possibilities and see what's best for your organization."
  • "The Enterprise Agreement is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of Cisco products. In that vein, it was very affordable."
  • "We can know if something bad is potentially happening instantaneously and prevent it from happening. We can go to a device and isolate it before it infects other devices. In our environment, that's millions of dollars saved in a matter of seconds."
  • "The pricing and licensing are reasonable. The cost of AMP for Endpoints is inline with all the other software that has a monthly endpoint cost. It might be a little bit higher than other antivirus type products, but we're only talking about a dollar a month per user. I don't see that cost as being an issue if it's going to give us the confidence and security that we're looking for. We have had a lot of success and happiness with what we're using, so there's no point in changing."
  • "There is also the Cisco annual subscription plus my management time in terms of what I do with the Cisco product. I spend a minimal amount of time on it though, just rolling out updates as they need them and monitoring the console a couple of times a day to ensure nothing is out of control. Cost-wise, we are quite happy with it."
  • "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."
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  • "The solution is free."
  • "This product is included in the pricing for Windows."
  • "If you don't purchase the advanced threat protection then there is no additional charge."
  • "It is affordable and comes in the Office 365 bundle."
  • "Microsoft Defender ATP is expensive."
  • "I pay for it through the Windows Professional or Standard license. It is a one-time cost for me, and I use the same license."
  • "When compared with other vendors, the pricing is very high."
  • "This solution is part of Windows and comes included with it."
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  • "Pricing is reasonable and runs at a cost per user per year."
  • "It is not that expensive. There is no additional cost. We got the entire bundle together."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "The price of McAfee is pretty similar to Symantec, and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Its price is very high. It is higher than its competitors, and it should be less."
  • "The pricing is great and licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis."
  • "Since the maintenance is done by our own team, the price of the subscription should really be cheaper."
  • "We pay 650 Rand for a license. It is a perpetual license which we normally run for two years."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I'm only using the AMP (advanced malware protection) which is protecting my file system from all the malicious things… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Secure Endpoint is not too expensive and it's not cheap. It's quite fair.
    Top Answer:They could simplify the solution and make it a little bit easier to understand how things are happening or if something… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a cloud-delivered endpoint security solution. The tool reduces the attack surface… more »
    Top Answer:We use Symantec because we do not use MS Enterprise products, but in my opinion, Microsoft Defender is a superior… more »
    Top Answer:The CrowdStrike solution delivers a lot of information about incidents. It has a very light sensor that will never push… more »
    Top Answer:The flexible manageability of McAfee Endpoint Security is one of our favorite aspects of this solution. You can deploy… more »
    Top Answer:We can manage everything from the central console and it is very easy.
    Top Answer:We pay for the solution on a yearly basis. It is affordable. I don't exactly know the amount as it is maintained by… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, MS Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    McAfee Endpoint Security, McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection, McAfee Endpoint Protection, Total Protection for Endpoint, Intel Security Total Protection for Endpoint, MCAFEE Complete Endpoint Protection
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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."

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a complete endpoint security solution that delivers preventative protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response. With Defender for Endpoint, you have: 

    Agentless, cloud powered - No additional deployment or infrastructure. No delays or update compatibility issues. Always up to date. 

    Unparalleled optics - Built on the industry’s deepest insight into Windows threats and shared signals across devices, identities, and information. 

    Automated security - Take your security to a new level by going from alert to remediation in minutes—at scale. 

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

    Trellix Endpoint Security provides aggressive robust protection for every endpoint in an enterprise organization. Trellix uses dynamic threat intelligence and mounts a superb defense across the complete threat lifecycle. This solution will keep your organization more secure and resistant to any possible threat of risks. Trellix offers an amalgamated suite of next-generation endpoint security tools. These tools give users the benefit of machine learning, intuitive intelligence, and greater assistance to ensure their networks are being protected non-stop against threats - potential or realized - and can stop attacks before they happen. Trellix uses MDR (managed detection and response) and XDR (extended detection and response) to give users a comprehensive endpoint security solution.

    Trellix Endpoint Security Benefits

    • Intuitive Protection: Trellix Endpoint Security learns and matures to ensure organizations are continuously protected in today’s aggressive threat environment. Users have full visibility and greater control of all endpoints and are able to utilize Trellix Endpoint Security’s potent threat detection, prevention, investigation, and response to keep their enterprises safe and secure.

    • Streamlined Security Protection: Users have a single view of full transparency into how their networks are performing and the overall effectiveness of the security. Users can access the solution from anywhere and manage automated workflows. The solution allows for a streamlined security process to improve the overall reliability of the organization's security and can effortlessly scan through hundreds of thousands of endpoints in minutes.

    • Robust Risk Management: Stop attacks before they occur and keep abreast of potential threats with intuitive threat prioritization. Receive easy to understand risk assessment and repair guidance without delay to prevent any possible lapses in security. Test scenarios will allow users to see how the organization would respond to a threat scheme.

    Trellix Endpoint Security Top Features

    • Consolidated Management: Trellix offers numerous deployment options. The unique consolidated management process provides full transparency, cost-effective processes, improved IT functionality, and streamlined operations.

    • Intuitive Processes: Trellix can identify zero-day threats using machine learning and develop workable risk assessment to prevent attacks. Trellix intuitively creates protocols to recognize problematic processes that could lead to future attacks.
    • Reduced Impact on Resources: Trellix learns to focus on suspicious or anomalous activities by quickly identifying trusted activities to greatly reduce CPU consumption.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “It has a great console. We can manage everything from the central console and it is very easy. Every year we are getting the benefits of legacy also. It's easy to set up.” - S Fazlul H., IT Lead Engineer, Information Technology at Banglalink

    “There is a new feature where you can set thresholds for all the CPU consumption allowing for no consumption on the servers when the scans happen. It is a separate plugin or addon, and if we have it on all the virtual machines it automatically checks the resources, and based on that, it will schedule the scans. That is something that I have not seen in other antivirus solutions, such as Symantec.” - Sabari K. Senior Engineer at a comms service provider

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    Sample Customers
    Heritage Bank, Mobile County Schools, NHL University, Thunder Bay Regional, Yokogawa Electric, Sam Houston State University, First Financial Bank
    Petrofrac, Metro CSG, Christus Health
    inHouseIT, Seagate Technology
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    Government13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Consumer Goods Company6%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider10%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business19%
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    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint vs. Trellix Endpoint Security
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint vs. Trellix Endpoint Security and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is ranked 3rd in Endpoint Protection for Business (EPP) with 114 reviews while Trellix Endpoint Security is ranked 15th in Endpoint Protection for Business (EPP) with 38 reviews. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is rated 8.0, while Trellix Endpoint Security is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint writes "Enables ingestion of events directly into your SIEM/SOAR, but requires integration with all Defender products to work optimally". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Trellix Endpoint Security writes "Protect your business against a wide variety of threats". Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Symantec Endpoint Security, Sophos Intercept X, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Check Point Harmony Endpoint, whereas Trellix Endpoint Security is most compared with McAfee MVISION Endpoint, Symantec Endpoint Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, CrowdStrike Falcon and Trend Micro Deep Security. See our Microsoft Defender for Endpoint vs. Trellix Endpoint Security report.

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