Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence vs Palo Alto Networks VM-Series comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The product's initial setup phase was straightforward.""The technical support services are excellent.""They have a very transparent roadmap for the product.""Offers easy integration with a cloud-based infrastructure""Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence assesses machines for vulnerabilities and gives remediations.""Its user-friendliness is its most valuable aspect.""I rate the tool's stability a ten out of ten.""Microsoft collects trillions of signals from all over the world, which is incredibly valuable. It helps us identify zero-day vulnerabilities and global threats."

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"I have not actually called their support line, because we have a direct contact to a senior engineer in the company for any issues that we handle with them. I will say they are very responsive, and they do give you the information you need when you need it.​""The main advantage of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series stems from the fact that you can access it with the help of cloud services.""The most valuable feature of the solution is the zero-trust security architecture.""The most valuable feature is the CLI.""It provides complete security posture from end-to-end. This has given us better visibility into what our security aspects are.""Using Palo Alto Networks Panorama, we were able to deploy a single point of management and visualization of the firewall infrastructure in cloud, on-premise and integrated with Azure to automate scale up. Its security features, i.e. anti-malware, threat prevention, URL Filtering, VPN, and antivirus are the most valuable. The ID-User integrated with AD and 2FA features are also very useful to provide secure access to servers and some users in the company. ""It has excellent scalability.""We can monitor the traffic manually and detect threats. Additionally, we can block different IP addresses and URLs."

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"The tool's onboarding of users that use on-premise or hybrid environments needs to be improved.""It takes time for the support team to understand the issue, and they then respond with a delay at times, which causes a lot of trouble.""I would like to see more integration with other solutions. For example, integration well with Microsoft but not with other solutions.""We encounter problems connecting the product deployed on the user endpoints with the servers.""The price of the solution is an area of concern where improvements are required. In general, the solution's price needs to be reduced.""The price point is something they can improve slightly for those who don't have an M 365 E5.""I would like for there to be extra confirmation that there aren't viruses. Even if the virus detection software is always running there could be hidden applications that are using the computer.""One area where Microsoft Defender could be improved is in its support for non-Microsoft products, particularly for systems running Linux or other open-source platforms across ecosystems."

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"AWS doesn't integrate well with third-party firewalls.""The interface is all Java-based. I would prefer an HTML5 interface.""There is no proper support channel to follow up on cases.""They made only a halfhearted attempt to put in DLP (Data Loss Prevention).""Integrative capabilities with other solutions should be addressed.""The tool is very costly.""The user-friendliness of the UI could be improved.""The product needs improvement in their Secure Access Service Edge."

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  • "Considering Microsoft is constantly changing licensing, I would give it a seven out of ten. It can be difficult to get your head around it, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)."
  • "They offer two license plans: Microsoft Defender for endpoints and Microsoft Defender for businesses."
  • "The product’s pricing is worth it."
  • "The solution can be licensed, but most users would already have it in their Office 365 license."
  • "It is an expensive product."
  • "The tool is expensive as a stand-alone solution. However, it is not cheap when you purchase it as a bundle."
  • "I rate the product's price a six or seven on a scale of one to ten, where one is expensive, and ten is cheap."
  • "I use the product's default version, which is a free one and not the licensed version."
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  • "For what you get, it does do what it says. It is a good value for an enterprise firewall.​"
  • "​The licensing is pretty much like everyone else."
  • "When you have a client compare box against box, a lot of times Palo Alto is a bit more expensive, but its network firewalls have a very rich ratio."
  • "Do not buy larges box if you do not need them. Rightsizing is a great task to do before​hand."
  • "I know Palo Alto is not cheap. They have been telling me, the members of the finance team, it is not a cheap solution. It is a solution whose target is that no matter how big your organization is, small, medium, or large, it is about the maturity of your security team or infrastructure team whom you want to work with."
  • "It is a little bit of crazy if you compare it to Vanguard, Sophos, or even Cisco. The newest version of Cisco, the Next-Generation Firewall of Cisco, is less expensive than Palo Alto. It is more comparable to Check Point."
  • "For licensing, It depends how they want to use the firewall. The firewall can be used only for IPS purposes. If you only want that firewall IPSs, you will only need a license that is called threat prevention. That license, threat prevention, includes vulnerabilities, antivirus signatures and one additional measure (that I can't remember), but it includes three measures and security updates."
  • "The box, if you do not want to buy the threat prevention license in the box, you can buy it only with the support license. It is for the support of the hardware. It works like a simple firewall. It integrates what it calls user IDs and application IDs. If you do not buy any other license, only the firewall, Palo Alto will also help you improve a lot of your security."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It just runs in the background. I don't have to worry about, making sure it's Intelligence. So, you know, this kind of makes it very easy, have to worry about installing. It is easy to use.
    Top Answer:I would like for there to be extra confirmation that there aren't viruses. Even if the virus detection software is always running there could be hidden applications that are using the computer.
    Top Answer:We use the product for endpoint security of machines. It includes threat detection, defining compliance rules, and governance policies. It helps us with extracting reports as well.
    Top Answer:In the best tradition of these questions, Feature-wise both are quite similar, but each has things it's better at, it kind of depends what you value most PA is good at app control, web filtering and… more »
    Top Answer:Both products are very stable and easily scalable The setup of Azure Firewall is easy and very user-friendly and the overall cost is reasonable. Azure Firewall offers a solid threat awareness, can… more »
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    Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is a comprehensive security solution that provides organizations with real-time insights into the latest cyber threats. Leveraging advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, it offers proactive threat detection and response, enabling businesses to stay one step ahead of attackers. With Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence, organizations gain access to a vast array of threat intelligence data, including indicators of compromise (IOCs), security incidents, and emerging threats. This data is collected from a wide range of sources, such as Microsoft's global sensor network, industry partners, and security researchers, ensuring comprehensive coverage and accuracy. The solution's advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms analyze this threat intelligence data in real-time, identifying patterns, trends, and anomalies that may indicate a potential security breach. By continuously monitoring the network and endpoints, Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence can quickly detect and respond to threats, minimizing the impact of attacks and reducing the time to remediation. 

    Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is a highly effective advanced threat protection (ATP) solution and firewall that can be hosted on cloud computing technologies designed by many different companies. It decreases the amount of time that it will take administrators to respond to threats. Users that deploy VM-series have 70% less downtime than those who use similar firewalls. Neither protection nor efficiency are concerns when this next-generation firewall is in play.

    VM-Series is being deployed to protect both public and private cloud environments. This level of flexibility empowers organizations to run the environment or environments that best meet their needs without worrying that they are going to be exposed to digital threats due to the environment that they choose.

    In the public cloud, users of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series can automate their deployment and dynamically scale up their environment while experiencing a consistent level of protection. This dynamic scalability means that they also integrate their security into their DevOps workflows so that their security can keep up with their activities and requirements. Users of private cloud environments can set up security policies that can be automated to be provisioned as the need arises. Organizations don’t need to slow down when they deploy VM-Series because it makes the task of defending them so simple that they can set their defenses and forget that they are even there.

    Users gain a deep level of visibility when they deploy Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. App-ID technology enables organizations to see their network traffic on the application level and spot threats that might be trying to sneak in through vulnerable points in their defenses. It also leverages Palo Alto Networks WildFire and advanced threat protection to block the threats before they can escalate.

      Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Features:

      • Central management system - It has a central management system that enables users to set up and control their security operations from one location. Users don’t need to search for the tools that they need. This system allows for security consistency and complete control without requiring businesses to spend large periods of time to do so.
      • Blacklisting and whitelisting - Organizations can utilize blacklisting and whitelisting tools to ensure that their network traffic only contains the type of traffic that they want to be present. These tools make it possible for them to set specific web traffic sources as being either undesirable and thus blocked from entering their network or desirable and thus allowed to enter. 
      • Automation feature - The product’s automation feature can automate many critical functions that users would otherwise have to handle manually. Security policy updates are an example of a function that users can automate.

      Reviews from Real Users:

      Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is a solution that stands out when compared to other similar solutions. Two major advantages that it offers are its ability to protect users without degrading the efficiency with which their networks perform and its centralized management system. 

      Jason H., the director of information technology at Tavoca Inc, writes, “There is no noticeable trade-off between security and network performance. In fact, so far, we've not seen any negative network performance with it. We're very impressed in that regard.”

      An information technology manager at a tech services company says, “We use Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system. We have an on-prem firewall where Panorama is very good for pulling logs in from the cloud so we can see what is going on. It gives us visibility into that as well as shows us what attacks are coming in. Palo Alto’s Panorama centralized management system simplifies our security posture based on our requirements. Instead of manually pulling logs, then generating them into readable formats, it gives us the console in a readable format to view.”

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      Top Industries
      Computer Software Company31%
      Financial Services Firm19%
      Manufacturing Company13%
      Non Profit13%
      Computer Software Company21%
      Educational Organization10%
      Financial Services Firm9%
      Computer Software Company26%
      Manufacturing Company16%
      Financial Services Firm13%
      Computer Software Company16%
      Financial Services Firm11%
      Manufacturing Company7%
      Company Size
      Small Business46%
      Midsize Enterprise4%
      Large Enterprise50%
      Small Business26%
      Midsize Enterprise13%
      Large Enterprise61%
      Small Business41%
      Midsize Enterprise26%
      Large Enterprise33%
      Small Business23%
      Midsize Enterprise16%
      Large Enterprise61%
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      Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series
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      Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is ranked 15th in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 25 reviews while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is ranked 10th in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 53 reviews. Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is rated 8.4, while Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence writes "A tool that offers endpoint protection with low maintenance costs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks VM-Series writes "Many features are optimized for troubleshooting real-time scenarios, saving a lot of time". Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, STAXX, Cisco Threat Grid, ThreatConnect Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) and VirusTotal, whereas Palo Alto Networks VM-Series is most compared with Azure Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate-VM, Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco Secure Firewall and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls. See our Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence vs. Palo Alto Networks VM-Series report.

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