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Updated on May 12, 2022

We performed a comparison between Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Trend Micro Deep Security based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions say their initial setup is straightforward.

  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and high level of security. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint users say it is flexible and scalable. Trend Micro Deep Security users like the product’s automated virtual patching and say it integrates well with other tools. Users of both solutions mention that their UIs need improvements and aren't very user friendly.
  • Pricing: Most Microsoft Defender for Endpoint users feel that the price of the product is fair. In contrast, most Trend Micro Deep Security users say that the product is expensive.
  • ROI: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint users report a significant ROI. Trend Micro Deep Security reviewers do not explicitly mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Most reviewers of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint comes out on top in this comparison. It is flexible and performs well. In addition, it is less expensive than Trend Micro Deep Security and has an impressive ROI.

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Pros
"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 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.""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 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.""appreciate the File Trajectory feature, as it's excellent for an analyst or mobile analyst. I can track everything that happens on our server from my PC or device. Integration with SecureX is a welcome feature because it connects Cisco's integrated security portfolio with our complete infrastructure. Sandboxing is helpful, and integration with the Cisco environment is excellent as we use many of their products, and that's very valuable for us.""Another of my favorite features is called the Device Trajectory, where it shows everything that's going on, on a computer. It shows the point in time when a virus is downloaded, so you can see if the user was surfing the internet or had a program open. It shows every running process and file access on the computer and saves it like a snapshot when it detects something malicious. It also has a File Trajectory, so you can even see if that file has been found on any of your other computers that have AMP.""The threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great."

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"Defender for Endpoint has one dashboard with security-related information, vulnerability-related information, and basic recommendations from Microsoft, all in different tabs. That's helpful because if we want to fix only the recommended ones, we can go fix all of them...""The stability keeps getting better and better.""The primary advantage is that you don't need to install it. It's included in the Windows 10 delivery.""The best thing I like about it is its interaction with the other Defender products. It provides the ability to push telemetry up. It gives me endpoint visibility and allows me to take automated actions.""Stable endpoint manager, antivirus, and antimalware, with fast technical support and a straightforward setup.""The solution provides protections and reports about strange behavior and automatically blocks some of it. I love the way that statuses are represented.""One of the features which differentiates it from other EDR providers is the Automated Investigation and Response, which reduces the workload of SOC analysts or engineers. They don't have to manually investigate each and every alert on the endpoint, since it does so automatically. And you can automate the investigation part.""We have just started to implement it. It is useful for protection from malware and ransomware."

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"The traceback feature in XDR is amazing. You can trace back an attack. You can playback where an attack actually occurred and see how the attacker moved. We can easily show this to management, and it makes it easy to make them understand and convince them, which is the best thing.""Aside from the basic antivirus features, there are additional features such as vulnerability protection, firewall, etc. which are helpful.""Easy to scale, stable solution for workload and server security and protection. It's easy to set up and has a good ransomware protection feature.""We've found stability to be great so far.""Support and threat prevention are the most valuable features of this solution.""It provides security and protection. The endpoint firewall is valuable.""Deep Security's most valuable features are antivirus and host intrusion detection.""It is stable and we have not faced any challenges during the rolled out"

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Cons
"This product has issues with the number of false positives that it reports.""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.""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.""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.""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 GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""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.""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."

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"They can improve it on the online protection front since people nowadays are moving online and working from home.""Additional security would be beneficial.""There are some areas in the proactive threats that are just overwhelming the SOC, so we've had to turn those off until we can figure out how to filter out the false positives.""The frequency of the patching, and the frequency of the updates, are not included with the free version.""If there were more template queries in the library, that would make it much easier. They could have basic things, like, "Where's the IP for this user?" or, "What file was downloaded from this user?" If there were more of those basic queries that would help.""Its price could be better.""They're in the process of pulling more things together. They can continue with the integrations and provide a better way of seeing the impact of security changes, especially on the endpoint side. Before we actually flip the switch, we should be able to see the impact of security changes on the business or business applications. It would prevent breaking any business applications.""I wish they would extend the use of the Security Central portal, even for the free option of Defender. Because, as companies grow, it is labor intensive to manage the AV and detection part of it. For companies already subscribed to Office 365, I think this would be a good enhancement."

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"We have had some issues when it drains some of the resources of the server.""What this product lacks at this stage is the ability to have automated workbooks to do the response. At this stage, the response is more manual, and it is not automated. If there is a response functionality in Deep Security, similar to what we have in EDR these days, to automatically respond to some of the threats, it would be cool. So, we'd like to have an automated response. There should be a response functionality.""Some of the reporting and integrations could be more robust.""I think more work could be done on Deep Security's ability to handle dynamic threat scenarios.""Trend Micro Deep Security security and scalability could be improved.""We'd like to see extended capacity in the on-premises versions.""Deep Security's reporting functionality could be improved.""I would like to see better pricing. The pricing could be lower."

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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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  • "I got it with the Microsoft Windows license."
  • "It is within the same range as other products. It is not too expensive, and it is also not cheap. Its price can be better, but, well, it is Microsoft."
  • "Currently, for us, Windows Defender is free with the purchase of Windows Server. Pricing is an important point for us when we are looking at the competitors of this solution. If we choose to go with another vendor, we will have to pay some license fees."
  • "The solution is an open source version and was free with a paid version of Windows 10."
  • "This is an expensive product and licensing for all Microsoft products is a big issue."
  • "Licensing options vary. Some customers buy it as an enterprise agreement and pay yearly. Others buy it as a CSP, so they pay per month. It completely depends on the customer's needs."
  • "It's included with the Windows Operating System, I don't pay for any licensing fees."
  • "You need a license to use this solution."
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  • "The solution is considerably cheaper than other similar solutions."
  • "There is a license for this solution and there are extra features you can purchase."
  • "We are paying approximately $50,000 each month, it's definitely expensive."
  • "It is a very expensive solution. It would be nice if they lower its price. Its license is based on the machines."
  • "The pricing is okay. Deep Security is single-server license-based, so it will work based on how many licenses you have procured. There is a yearly subscription for each license."
  • "We pay a yearly fee of between $10,000 and $15,000."
  • "There is a subscription cost to use this product."
  • "We don't pay any licensing fees."
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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
    Deep Security
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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.

    Trend Micro Deep Security is a powerful server security solution for physical, virtual, and cloud servers. It protects data centers and cloud operations from breaches and business disruptions without making use of emergency patching. This centrally managed platform ensures regulatory compliance and speeds up the return on investment (ROI) for virtualization and cloud initiatives.

    Trend Micro Deep Security is offered as software or as a service. The solution includes integrated modules such as anti-malware, web reputation, firewall, intrusion prevention, integrity monitoring, and log inspection. Trend Micro Deep Security is a single, multifunction agent that can be deployed across all settings and streamlines security operations by providing a single management dashboard for all capabilities.

    Trend Micro Deep Security works with cloud systems including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and VMware vCloud Air to extend data center security standards to cloud-based applications.

    Trend Micro Deep Security Features

    Trend Micro Deep Security has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Server virtualization: Trend Micro Deep Security allows you to secure your virtual environment while gaining the benefits of virtualization, such as increased efficiencies and ROI. Security that is virtualization-aware preserves productivity and allows for higher VM densities.
    • Desktop virtualization: Trend Micro Deep Security provides the best security for a wide range of virtual desktop scenarios. Its anti-malware, intrusion prevention, web application protection, firewall, and other security features are optimized for VMware VDI environments. This ensures that the virtual desktops and underlying host are not impacted by a security agent.
    • VMware NSX integration: The integration of NSX within the Trend Micro Deep Security platform improves security deployment automation while also enhancing virtual environment protection. Trend Micro Deep Security enhances the advantages of micro-segmentation by adding security policies and capabilities that follow VMs everywhere they go.
    • Virtual patching: Virtual patching solutions from Trend Micro Deep Security provide immediate security while removing the challenges of emergency patching, repeated patch cycles, and costly system downtime. Virtual patching with Trend Micro Deep Security keeps your servers and endpoints secure while lowering the risk of breach disclosure costs.
    • Cloud protection: Agentless and agent-based deployments from Trend Micro Deep Security give various cloud implementation options with cross-cloud administration. This protects your servers, applications, and data.
    • Virtualization security: Trend Micro Deep Security protects virtual desktops and servers from zero-day malware and network-based threats. This can reduce the impact of resource inefficiencies and emergency patching.
    • Cloud security: Service providers and modern data center managers can use Trend Micro Deep Security to deliver a safe multi-tenant cloud environment with security policies that can be extended to cloud workloads and managed centrally with consistent, context-aware policies.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Trend Micro Deep Security stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust data and loss prevention feature and its patch management, which saves users money. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    One PeerSpot reviewer, a Senior Security Advisor at a healthcare company, writes, “DLP, Data Loss Prevention, and the complexity of how we manage the console and how this client, or this tool, will notify us when there is something going wrong within the server and endpoint, is good.”

    Nadeem S., CEO at Haniya Technologies, notes of the solution, “Patch management is most valuable. The major selling point of Deep Security is that it is based on the cloud. Deep Security is for the servers and databases of data centers, and generally, for patch management, you have to shut down the machines, and then you have to restart them. So, they need shutdown time, which is a cost.”

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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
    Rush University Medical Center, Guess? Inc., Mazda Motor Logistics Europe, MEDHOST, KSC Commercial Internet Co., Ricoh Company Ltd., Square Enix, SoftBank Telecom, Telecom Italia, United Way of Greater Atlanta, A&W Food Services of Canada
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Healthcare Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    November 2022
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    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is ranked 1st in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 123 reviews while Trend Micro Deep Security is ranked 1st in Virtualization Security with 27 reviews. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is rated 8.0, while Trend Micro Deep Security is rated 8.4. 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 Trend Micro Deep Security writes "Scalable and secure with an easy initial setup". Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is most compared with Sophos Intercept X, CrowdStrike Falcon, Symantec Endpoint Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Check Point Harmony Endpoint, whereas Trend Micro Deep Security is most compared with Trend Micro Apex One, CrowdStrike Falcon, Carbon Black CB Defense, SentinelOne and Symantec Endpoint Security.

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