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We performed a comparison between Sophos Intercept X and WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"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.""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.""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.""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.""Among the most valuable features are the exclusions. And on the scalability side, we can integrate well with the SIEM orchestration engine and a number of applications that are proprietary or open source.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""The threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great.""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."

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"The performance is good.""I have found the most valuable feature to be the EDR.""Sophos Intercept X has a host of valuable features, including its anti-malware feature, which we considered key.""What I have found the most valuable about Sophos Intercept X is the ease of use with management administration and the solution's ability to stop exploits and ransomware.""Anti-virus captures malicious threats and an aggressive next generation firewall.""Solution for endpoint detection and response, with good stability and scalability. Users also benefit from email protection and data loss prevention.""The patches on offer are very helpful.""The updates and a lot of the day-to-day fiddling that you would have to do with it, can all be done from the cloud so it's easy to manage, and very easy to administer."

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"The protection that it provides from ransomware is valuable. The awareness that it has is also valuable. It didn't have a central console earlier, but now it has a central console, which is pretty good.""The most valuable feature is the correlation of logs from different devices.""WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response is a reliable solution.""WatchGuard is very user-friendly. It provides us with all of the security services we need."

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

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"If we can lower the price, it will be fantastic because it will generate more revenue for us.""The deployment part needs to be improved.""Sophos Intercept X doesn't have its own firewall that utilizes the Windows Firewall or intrusion prevention.""Through Sophos Central I would like to see the ability to zero in and produce a report about the challenges being faced by a particular machine and user, to know if a virus is appearing only on that specific machine or also on others.""They should keep doing what they're doing. Both of them have entered the EDR/MDR space, and they're keeping up with their competitors. I have a hard time understanding why their capabilities aren't garnering more attention.""Mobile device management is a challenging area, and it can be improved. Some areas in the DLP solution can also be improved. It has the DLP capability, but it is not an all-out DLP program. I would like to see them improve the DLP solution in terms of reporting and possibly network monitoring. Currently, they only do the reporting parts of it.""When I use a proxy, I can bypass Sophos, which is an area that needs improvement.""I would like to see better support for virtual and desktop infrastructures."

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"This product needs to be fully integrated with the firewall. Currently, it only sends logs to the cloud and asks the firewall to correlate them.""When it comes to live-monitoring, the user-interface could be improved to make things easier.""It can have a couple of false positives, but after you add them to your allow list, it works fine. It could have better Mac support. I am pretty sure it doesn't have much support for Mac. It can be installed on a Mac, but it is not that good."

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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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  • "The pricing is average for software like this, but you can purchase additional services if you wish."
  • "Compared to other solutions, such as CrowdStrike, we are most certainly happy with its pricing. We did a three year-business deal."
  • "I am not sure about the cost. I would guess it to be between $50 to $60 per license. This would be the cost of the overall subscription. There is no additional fee."
  • "Licensing costs are not expensive."
  • "Its price depends on the scenario. It is very expensive, but it is not more expensive than other vendors. The price of Check Point and other vendors is much higher than Sophos."
  • "You can purchase a license for one to three years."
  • "Price-wise, it is good. Currently, we have a three-year plan."
  • "We are happy with the pricing across all Sophos products."
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  • "The price of WatchGuard is very good."
  • "There is a license required to use the solution and we pay annually. The price could be reduced because it is a bit expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.
    Top Answer:Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing.
    Top Answer:The GUI needs improvement, it's not good. There are false positives in emails. At times, the emails are blocked and… more »
    Top Answer:I like that Crowdstrike Falcon allows me to easily correlate data between my firewalls. Its detection and machine… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Intercept X its ability to stay ahead of the infection. By the time the ransomware spreads… more »
    Top Answer:We have paid for three years of licensing. It is expensive, however, for what you getting out of it, from the firewall… more »
    Top Answer:The protection that it provides from ransomware is valuable. The awareness that it has is also valuable. It didn't… more »
    Top Answer:It can have a couple of false positives, but after you add them to your allow list, it works fine. It could have better… more »
    Top Answer:We have got WatchGuard Firewalls. So, we use their EDR, which is a part of the security package that they provide us. We… more »
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    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    Intercept X
    WatchGuard TDR
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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."

    Sophos Intercept X is an EPP (endpoint protection for business) tool that uses deep learning malware detection, exploit prevention, anti-ransomware, and more, to stop attacks. The solution has key security capabilities to protect your company’s endpoints. Sophos Intercept X is a well-thought-out and designed solution that is comprehensive. Large companies with an IT team and many endpoints to protect are the most suitable for this solution.

    Sophos Intercept X Features

    Sophos Intercept X has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Malware detection: The Sophos Intercept X platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) to proactively identify malware threats.
    • Anti-ransomware and exploit prevention: Sophos Intercept X designed solutions for CryptoGuard and exploit prevention.
    • EDR and managed threat response: The Threat Analysis Center is Sophos Intercept X’s endpoint detection and response product. The Threat Analysis Center breaks down where the threat originated and maps out its attack chain. It also suggests next steps, helping you quickly isolate compromised endpoints to stop an attack from spreading.
    • Central console: The platform comes with Sophos Central, a web-based console centralizing all endpoint security capabilities into one interface. This feature allows you to set security policies, alerts, and other configurations from a single location.
    • Reporting and analytics: Its analytics help IT teams monitor the health of networks and create greater effectiveness in identifying security issues. The reports help proactively flag security flaws, such as unprotected endpoints, before an attack strikes. Some reports include scheduling abilities as well.

    Sophos Intercept X Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Sophos Intercept X. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Extensive collection of security products: Sophos offers an extensive collection of security products, making it a complete tool for all of your security needs.
    • Separate dashboards: The solution’s separate dashboards can accommodate your company’s diverse products. The dashboards include graphs and alerts detailing the status of your network.
    • Intuitive interface: The solution’s interface is intuitive and clearly labels the platform’s various features. This makes navigation simple and quick when jumping between functionality from endpoint protection to email security management.
    • Useful resources: The Sophos portal provides a lot of help content, including an online self-serve knowledge base with articles and how-to video walkthroughs. In addition, the platform conveniently links you to relevant help content directly within Sophos Central.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sophos Intercept X is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its ease of management, effective blocking capabilities, and good security.

    A President at a tech vendor says, "The updates and a lot of the day-to-day fiddling that you would have to do with it, can all be done from the cloud so it's easy to manage, and very easy to administer."

    PeerSpot reviewer Ashis D., Hybrid Cloud Engineer at a tech services company, comments, “So far, the solution has met all our expectations. It's blocked malicious websites effectively and stopped people from going to places online that they shouldn't be going to. It's automatic. We simply took the default settings and we were finding people right away that were going to illicit sites, and we were able to see that easily in the console. The package we use also comes with spam filtering features, which are quite useful.”

    Mike P., Senior CyberSecurity Architect and Mentor at BlueTeamAssess LLC, states, "The most valuable feature of Intercept X is its ability to stay ahead of the infection. By the time the ransomware spreads to the next machine in line, the data has already been encrypted on that workstation. It didn't matter what the ransomware did because I could go in and get it back."

    An Information Systems Coordinator at an insurance company mentions, “It's very good at security and protection. It offers very good reports.”

    Hackers are designing malware to be more sophisticated than ever. Through packing, encryption, and polymorphism, cyber criminals are able to disguise their attacks to avoid detection. Zero day threats and advanced malware easily slip by antivirus solutions that are simply too slow to respond to the constant stream of emerging threats. Organizations of all sizes need a solution that leverages a holistic approach to security from the network to the endpoint. WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response (TDR) is a powerful collection of advanced malware defense tools that correlate threat indicators from Firebox appliances and Host Sensors to stop known, unknown and evasive malware threats.

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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
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    Goodwill New York / New Jersey, F4 IT, Café Comunicação Integrada
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    Buyer's Guide
    Sophos Intercept X vs. WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Sophos Intercept X vs. WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Sophos Intercept X is ranked 5th in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 53 reviews while WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response is ranked 20th in EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) with 4 reviews. Sophos Intercept X is rated 8.4, while WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Sophos Intercept X writes "Great reporting and good training with a pretty straightforward setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response writes "Good log correlation features, straightforward to set up, and works with traditional antivirus products". Sophos Intercept X is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, CrowdStrike Falcon, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and ESET Endpoint Security, whereas WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response is most compared with Trend Micro XDR, Fortinet FortiEDR, CrowdStrike Falcon, SentinelOne and Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra. See our Sophos Intercept X vs. WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response report.

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