Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence vs VirusTotal comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Microsoft Defender Threat I...
Ranking in Threat Intelligence Platforms
2nd
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
29
Ranking in other categories
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (14th), Microsoft Security Suite (16th)
VirusTotal
Ranking in Threat Intelligence Platforms
5th
Average Rating
8.8
Number of Reviews
4
Ranking in other categories
Anti-Malware Tools (7th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Threat Intelligence Platforms category, the mindshare of Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is 2.5%, down from 3.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of VirusTotal is 7.5%, up from 4.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Threat Intelligence Platforms
Unique Categories:
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
1.1%
Microsoft Security Suite
0.2%
Anti-Malware Tools
11.2%
 

Featured Reviews

AR
Feb 6, 2024
Highly effective safeguarding against cyber threats with robust security features, timely threat intelligence and efficient performance
The protection provided by Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence is robust and effective It efficiently helped us in threat hunting. The malware virus posed significant security challenges, but Microsoft played a pivotal role in addressing and resolving the incident. The timeliness and accuracy…
Chinmay Banerjee - PeerSpot reviewer
May 10, 2024
Helps businesses collect threat data while keeping privacy in mind and apable of detecting, blocking, and removing viruses and malware
There are two gray areas I still need to explore. I have worked with VirusTotal because it easily integrates with over seventy antivirus scanners and blacklisting services. In addition to those there is much scope to improve and add other services or integrations. The areas for improvement are that VirusTotal is not using much AI or generative AI models, while other competitors are starting to build them. For example, VirusTotal's work is based on the setup done by their engineers. If you want to do scanning or protection activities for a specific site, app, or device, that is the area VirusTotal is currently focused on. But other competitors are building AI models that can do things like left-side scanning and provide auto-generated reports. VirusTotal has predefined reports, but there is a lot of manual effort involved. Secondly, the API is very limited if I want to integrate VirusTotal with other applications. They need to build more connectors and provide support for Webhook connectors for the API. If you can't build your own connector, it's always good to have provisions for Webhook setup connectors across platforms. Thirdly, Kaspersky, a competitor of VirusTotal, is using a methodology called "gatekeeper." A gatekeeper is a security system that protects the inside of a building from outside threats. This is the model Kaspersky is currently using. You have your website set up, but the entire army of VirusTotal or Kaspersky is standing guard, protecting you from the first gate itself. Right now, VirusTotal detects threats from your domain, but it is always better to verify inside the domain and protect it from the first level when people or malware are entering. This first level of protection is lacking in VirusTotal right now. The security bridge and protection gate are missing.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"The global review and remediation of malicious code is probably the most valuable feature."
"The user interface is pretty user-friendly."
"You can use it to monitor third parties and ensure they are not under threat attacks. It is beneficial in the GRC model."
"Microsoft's integration into the security stack works quite well."
"The product’s most valuable feature is the ability to provide threat detection and protection simultaneously."
"Offers easy integration with a cloud-based infrastructure"
"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."
"It is very scalable. There are approximately 2,000 endpoints and up to 200 servers in our company."
"The product is easy to use with coding, such as Python or Java, via its API."
"It can scan the dark web and find if an email ID has been compromised. This is another area that we have not explored yet."
"With VirusTotal, I can check for any hash, malware, file, domain, IP URL, or malicious URL, and Kaspersky stays clean."
"The most valuable feature is the worldwide malware information database."
 

Cons

"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."
"Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence should integrate with different platforms."
"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."
"We encounter problems connecting the product deployed on the user endpoints with the servers."
"I would like to see more frequent updates, which is always better for security because of daily threats."
"The product's dashboard and incident reports functionality needs enhancement."
"The software is expensive."
"The platform could improve in the areas of endpoints and networks."
"I would like to see an improved user interface and some automation."
"VirusTotal has predefined reports, but there is a lot of manual effort involved."
"VirusTotal is hard to understand because you need to know Google Docs to create queries, and it doesn't have documentation for that."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The product has multiple subscription models."
"The pricing of the solution is good."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a six or seven out of ten."
"There is a need to make yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the product."
"They offer two license plans: Microsoft Defender for endpoints and Microsoft Defender for businesses."
"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."
"The product is a part of my Microsoft 365 subscription, so there is no additional cost. It is cost-effective."
"The tool is expensive as a stand-alone solution. However, it is not cheap when you purchase it as a bundle."
"The pricing is reasonable."
"We are using VirusTotal with free licenses, managing the license limits across three or four accounts, thus incurring no costs."
"The pricing is very economical."
"VirusTotal is an expensive solution."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
20%
Educational Organization
10%
Government
10%
Financial Services Firm
9%
Computer Software Company
17%
Government
9%
Financial Services Firm
9%
Educational Organization
7%
 

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence?
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.
What needs improvement with Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence?
Improvement-wise, if it can give the option to patch the updates directly from within the tool, it would be a good thing, which other tools offer currently. The automation part of the product has c...
What is your primary use case for Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence?
I use the solution in my company since, overall, it is a good tool. You get good insights and details with the product. With the tool, you have good visibility over the underlying vulnerabilities i...
What do you like most about VirusTotal?
With VirusTotal, I can check for any hash, malware, file, domain, IP URL, or malicious URL, and Kaspersky stays clean.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for VirusTotal?
It depends on your requirements. Compared to market competitors, the pricing is good and it's reasonable. They offer a one-week free trial, so it's better to connect with VirusTotal and discuss you...
What needs improvement with VirusTotal?
There are two gray areas I still need to explore. I have worked with VirusTotal because it easily integrates with over seventy antivirus scanners and blacklisting services. In addition to those the...
 

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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence vs. VirusTotal and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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