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Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the integration. It's a single console, so we don't have to switch around between multiple products. Another valuable feature is the ease of operations and maintenance.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.""The risk level notifications are most valuable. We get to know what kind of intrusion or attack is there, and we can fix a problem on time.""Some of the valuable features on the email side are anti-phishing, anti-malware, and Safe Links.""The good part is that you don't have to configure it, which is very convenient.""Safe attachments, safe links, policies, and the ability to protect from zero-day threats are the most valuable features.""The basic features are okay and I'm satisfied with the Defender.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a stable solution."

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"Remote access is excellent.""The graphic user interface of Palo Alto is good and it's easy to configure.""It gives a more accurate assessment of a virus in terms of whether it's truly a virus, malware, or a false positive. We have some legacy software that could pop up as being something that is malware. WildFire goes through and inspects it, and then it comes back and lets us know if it's a false positive. Usually, when it finds out that it's not a virus, it lets us know that it's benign, and it can exclude it from that scan, which means I don't even have to worry about that one popping up anymore.""Scalable ATP solution that's quick to set up. It demonstrates good performance and stability.""I love the idea of Palo Alto Networks WildFire. It's more geared toward preventing malware. If someone's laptop or phone is malware-infected, the tool prevents it from uploading valuable corporate data outside the corporate network. That's what I love about Palo Alto Networks WildFire. It stops malware in its tracks.""The solution is easy to use and the Panorama feature is good. The software management or the malware blocking and some authentication management system are good.""What I like about Palo Alto is that it is a complete product, with everything in it.""The most valuable feature is the improved security that it offers."

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"The incident management on the solution is very good. You get a lot of detailed information about an incident. You also get a lot of documentation in connection with the CVI or integration.""You don't have to buy a separate email security platform. You can enable that using their endpoint, and I like that. You don't have to have two agents running on the same box.""Technical support has been helpful and responsive."

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Cons
"Too many false positives and lacks an accurate capability to detect malicious SharePoint sites.""There needs to be an improvement in integrating the product to work across multiple operating systems, and to have better support for non-Microsoft file types.""They can improve their security in a way where a customer can know if all their attachments are safe or not to open through a report. The solution does its job perfectly, but it never reports to the customer whether those attachments have been stopped before or not.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 could improve by giving customers information on techniques to prevent threats. For example, information about best practices on how to protect their own devices against hackers and scammers, such as educational information or training. This would help others have a better understanding of cyber security. Additionally, there can be more security features added.""We are always looking for others tools to increase automation on tasks. There can be better integration with other solutions, such as PowerPoint and email.""It would be better if it were more scalable. It depends on the architecture, but we would like to make it more scalable for both data centers.""In some situations, it has not been able to pick impersonated emails having no attachments. Technical support definitely has a scope for improvement.""We need a separate license and we don't know how to get the license that is required."

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"It's not really their problem, it's a problem across the board. There will always be problems with interrupted traffic. We have to set it up where we're playing a middle man game where we're stripping it out, looking at it, and then putting it back together and sending it on its way. That requires CPU cycles. And there's some overhead with that.""The price of WildFire should be reduced in order to make it more affordable for our customers.""Our main concern is that everything has to be synced with the WildFire Cloud and has to be checked through the subscription.""The system performance degrades after the solution has been deployed for some time. The data that it gives us becomes a little bit slow. When you try to get some data for troubleshooting, it seems like it's working hard to extract that data.""The threat intelligence that we receiving in the reporting was not as expected. We were expecting more. Additionally, we should be able to whitelist a specific file based on a variety of attributes.""The cost of this solution could still be improved, in particular, giving product discounts for charitable causes.""I don't think it needs to improve anything, except maybe the speed to deploy the changes.""In the future, Palo Alto could reduce the time it takes to process the file."

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"Symantec appliances need improvement. The whole appliance environment is a robust system and it needs a massive amount of storage space. If you have to increase or speed up the background storage it's a pretty complicated process. The scalability and sizing is critical, and if you do it wrong you run into issues pretty quickly.""Scalability could be better.""The support for new OSs and older OSs could be a little tighter. They need to be more upfront about what protection services they're going to provide on new OSs. I haven't seen the Windows 11 version out yet. It is either already released in Beta, or the Beta will be released soon. There could be a little bit more advanced updates on what they're doing to help protect Windows 11 environments. They can let us know in advance so that we know it is going to be protected. We can't roll out the new OS without putting end-point protection on it. So, they should tell us what is their support model for that, and what are they doing to protect Windows 11. They're not telling me, and that's a criticism. The same issue is applicable to all the other antivirus tools. It is not just Symantec; all of them have this problem."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's a user-base subscription."
  • "From the pricing point of view, like any other product in the market, there is scope for negotiation."
  • "Defender is a little bit more expensive as compared to others. We are in the manufacturing environment. So, we don't have a high budget for all of our endpoint devices. Its cost is a major concern for us."
  • "For licensing, it's usually a yearly package for customers who are subscribed to Office 365, but they can also pay on a monthly basis."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is an add-on to the Office license. Many customers are purchasing this solution."
  • "Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system."
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  • "I think they should lower the price of this solution"
  • "The pricing is highly expensive."
  • "This is an expensive product and the market for Palo Alto in Poland could be much bigger if the pricing was comparable to Fortinet."
  • "The price is a bit higher than the other products such as TrendMicro, or FireEye."
  • "Pricing could be improved."
  • "We are on an annual subscription. When we purchased the firewall, we had activated this solutions license for a minimum of one year. The price of the solution is fair."
  • "It depends on the features. Additional features cost additional money as well."
  • "The solution is overpriced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is the ease of use.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Defender for Office 365 comes with Microsoft Windows. It is free with the operating system.
    Top Answer:Microsoft Defender for Office 365 could improve by giving customers information on techniques to prevent threats. For… more »
    Top Answer: The Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is a very powerful and very complex piece of anti-viral software. When one considers… more »
    Top Answer:FortiGate has a lot going for it and I consider it to be the best, most user-friendly firewall out there. What I like… more »
    Top Answer:When looking to change our ASA Firewall, we looked into Palo Alto’s WildFire. It works especially in preventing advanced… more »
    Top Answer:Technical support has been helpful and responsive.
    Top Answer:Customers do have to pay in order to receive a license. It's a yearly license.
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    Also Known As
    MS Defender for Office 365
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    Overview

    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 protects all of Office 365 against advanced threats like business email compromise and credential phishing, and automatically investigates and remediates attacks. With Defender for O365 you get Integrated threat protection for all of Office 365 that gives you:

    - Native protection for Office 365 with built-in protection that simplifies administration, lowers total cost of ownership, and boosts productivity.

    - Unparalleled scale and effectiveness with powerful automated workflows to improve SecOps efficiency.

    - A complete solution for collaboration that protects you from attacks across the kill chain.

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

    WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and prevent even the most evasive threats.

    Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is a single unified solution that uncovers, prioritizes, and remediates advanced attacks. The product fuses intelligence from endpoint, network, and email control points, as well as Symantec’s massive global sensor network, to stop threats that evade individual security products. It leverages your existing Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Email Security.cloud investments, so it does not require the deployment of any new agents. You can deploy a new installation of Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and start to discover suspicious activity in under an hour. Using the proven technology in Symantec Insight reputation based detection, Symantec SONAR behavioral analysis with the new Symantec Cynic sandbox and file analysis platform, Symantec Advanced Threat Protection provides better detection and prioritization than other vendors, allowing security analysts to “zero in” on just those specific security events of importance.

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    Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is trusted by companies such as Ithaca College.
    Novamedia, Nexon Asia Pacific, Lenovo, Samsonite, IOOF, Sinogrid, SanDisk Corporation
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Palo Alto Networks WildFire is ranked 1st in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 21 reviews while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is ranked 13th in Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with 3 reviews. Palo Alto Networks WildFire is rated 8.4, while Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks WildFire writes "Intuitive, stable, and scalable zero-day threat prevention solution with a machine learning feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Advanced Threat Protection writes "Good incident management and great integrations but needs to improve its on-premises appliances". Palo Alto Networks WildFire is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Fortinet FortiGate, Proofpoint Email Protection and Juniper SRX, whereas Symantec Advanced Threat Protection is most compared with FireEye Network Security, Check Point SandBlast Network, Arbor DDoS, RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) and Fortinet FortiSandbox. See our Palo Alto Networks WildFire vs. Symantec Advanced Threat Protection report.

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