Symantec Endpoint Security vs VMware Carbon Black Endpoint comparison

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We performed a comparison between Symantec Endpoint Security and VMware Carbon Black Endpoint based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Symantec Endpoint Security vs. VMware Carbon Black Endpoint Report (Updated: November 2023).
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"The features that I have found most valuable are the ability to customize it and to reduce its size. It lets you run in a very small window in terms of memory and resources on legacy cash registers.""Fortinet has helped free up around 20 percent of our staff's time to help us out.""I like FortiClient EMS. FortiEDR has a lot of great features like lockdown mode, remote wipes, and encryption. I can set malware outbreak policies and controls for detecting abnormalities. You can also simulate phishing attacks.""The stability is very good.""Fortinet is very user-friendly for customers.""Forensics is a valuable feature of Fortinet FortiEDR.""The console is easy to read. I also like the scanning part and the ability to move assets from one to the other.""Fortinet FortiEDR's scalability is quite good, and you can add licenses to the solution."

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"I like the malware threat control policy and USB blocker. In Symantec Manager, we use multiple available features, so we created firewall policies to prevent any malware attack from the network or device controls.""We are using it on 1,600 computers. All the systems and servers are protected with the Symantec solution. Our environment has an uptime of 99.9% because we never had any attack or issue related to viruses. There is zero downtime.""We use the Symantec Global Intelligence Network (GIN), and it's an excellent feature as Symantec is a leader in security solutions. The product has all the security features we require as an organization, including intelligent features such as notification alerts and predicting future attacks. The threat intelligence and detection are excellent, and the solution provides great visuals and logs so that we can analyze any attacks on our servers. GIN is a powerful tool in terms of detection capability across endpoints, email, and web traffic, as it can scan them with its advanced threat intelligence. The product can detect threats, report them to us, and quarantine them.""The dashboard view and reporting are valuable. It is stable and easy to integrate, and it provides custom options.""The solution is easy to use.""What I like most about Symantec is the intrusion detection module. If you are scanning the environment, it will flag a possible intruder and tell you the IP and where the attack is coming from. Traditional antivirus solutions will never flag that. If you have a traditional SIEM, you might be able to pick that up. Symantec is a holistic endpoint security solution, so when you scan an endpoint, Symantec will let you know that something is happening to it.""The scheduled scans and the active protection were the most valuable because it allowed me to have the systems protected in real-time and also be able to schedule scans so that as new definitions would update, machines could be scanned to make sure that everything was in tip-top shape and there was nothing lurking in the background.""The best thing about Symantec is its ability to control our endpoints from a single point. You can manage the antivirus definitions, upgrades, remote scanning, etc., from one console."

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"The new feature that we're deploying, the new offering from Carbon Black, is MDR, which stands for manage, detect, and response. It's the most valuable feature because Carbon Black will be continuously checking the logs, and they will be advising us on how to improve some of the policies as well as review the logs. If there are any nefarious agents or things happening on the end points, they will know.""The whole purpose of the product, like application control, is very good, and also if you need to update some policies, it works well and instantly.""I rate Carbon Black CB Defense an eight out of ten for the ease of its initial setup.""Carbon Black has very good market strategies.""One of the most valuable features is that it will block vulnerable sites. If there was a connection between one of our devices to a known malware site, it will block it.""The feature I found most valuable in Carbon Black CB Defense is the ongoing monitoring feature that works by emailing updates about any detections found.""It is a scalable solution...The initial setup was straightforward.""The most valuable feature of the solution stems from the support it provides."

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"Everything with Fortinet having to do with their cloud services. They need to invest more in their internal infrastructure that they are running in the cloud. One of the things I find with their cloud environment compared to others' is that they go cheap on the equipment. So it causes some performance degradation.""ZTNA can improve latency.""Cannot be used on mobile devices with a secure connection.""Once, we had an event that was locked and blocked, but information about it came to us two or three days later.""The solution's installation from a central installation server could be improved because the engineers had a little bit of trouble getting it installed from a central location.""FortiEDR can be improved by providing more detailed reporting.""To improve Fortinet, we need to see more features and technology areas at the endpoint level introduced.""We've encountered challenges during API deployment, occasionally resulting in unstable environments."

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"I would like to see improvements in the anti-virus and the device control features.""It would be nice to see more antivirus features for USB control.""Symantec isn't good in terms of updating customers about updates. You'd normally have to search it out. Sometimes, the update process for the administration and management console can be a bit intimidating, and it can be quite inconvenient to get the updates. That's because when you have to do the update, you have to update the management console, and then you need to update the clients. Their application that's installed on desktops and servers needs to go hand in hand with the management console. Sometimes, it's a bit unwieldy to see that process through.""Symantec Endpoint Security can improve management because it is difficult to do. It is not a straightforward tool to use. Additionally, the dashboards and reports could be better. It is difficult to understand what exactly is your current status.""It would be helpful if this product provided patch management functionality.""Installation of the tool on a workstation requires some technical knowledge, which could be more straightforward.""Symantec has not properly promoted Symantec Endpoint Security in the market. In my opinion, the product should be properly promoted.""It should support the next-generation IPS. Currently, it supports only IPS."

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"I haven't run into anything that needs improvement. The website interface can be a little bit better, but it's still good as compared to most others.""In my company, we face issues sometimes when there is a need to write custom rules or we want to write for some rules that are different from the standard rules provided by the solution.""There is room for improvement in the support and service team.""It is difficult to extract reports for ongoing scans""In our company, we also wanted to have network detection, like a host-based IDS on VMware Carbon Black Endpoint, but we did not get it.""There could be more knowledge. I think they made a mistake when they took away the Check Point integration, because it provides more automation and also more threat intelligence.""A search bar in the investigation page and some AI-related tasks like outgoing alerts, or recent tactics that are being used in the market, must be embedded in the tool so that it's easier to find alerts.""The local technical support is very poor, but the support from headquarters is very nice."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is comprable to other endpoint security solutions."
  • "The pricing is typical for enterprises and fairly priced."
  • "I'm not familiar with pricing, but it looks a bit costly compared to other vendors I think."
  • "The pricing is good."
  • "I would rate the solution's pricing an eight out of ten."
  • "The hardware costs about €100,000 and about €20,000 annually for access."
  • "Fortinet FortiEDR has a yearly subscription."
  • "It's not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
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  • "We have some customers on a one-year license and others on a three-year license."
  • "The licensing terms can range from subscription-based to perpetual, to annual, to tri-annual."
  • "It could be cheaper."
  • "This is not the cheapest product and I know others that are most cost-effective, although it is difficult to compare because it depends on the features."
  • "I am not sure of the initial cost, but the yearly renewals are quite affordable, which is a good thing. The price seems to have come down in recent years, and with the alternatives that are out there, such as Microsoft Defender, it needs to maintain that affordability to make it attractive."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The pricing is as per the environment. If all the features are there, there will be a cost for them. There were no additional costs for me. Support and other things were included in the pricing."
  • "The pricing was one of the factors that led us to choose this product."
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  • "The license is annual. It's a standard license."
  • "Its pricing was very good, which is one of the reasons I went to it as an alternative. It is on a yearly basis. There are no additional fees."
  • "This is a really expensive product and we pay licensing fees on a yearly basis."
  • "It is more expensive, but it's worth it. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fee."
  • "The licensing cost is on the more expensive side, but I thought it was worth it because they did a good job. It was one of the vendors I truly didn't have to worry about too much until this latest upgrade."
  • "In terms of licensing costs, Carbon Black CB Defense was all associated with CROW and the services my company is using with them, so it came all-inclusive."
  • "The pricing is annually based and operates through another department than mine."
  • "CB Defense is available on a yearly subscription and is priced by the number of endpoints."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I suggest Fortinet’s FortiEDR over FortiClient for several reasons. For starters, FortiEDR guarantees solid protection… more »
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    Top Answer:Carbon Black has very good market strategies.
    Also Known As
    enSilo, FortiEDR
    Symantec EPP, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP)
    Carbon Black CB Defense, Bit9, Confer
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    Fortinet FortiEDR is a real-time endpoint protection, detection, and automated response solution. Its primary purpose is to detect advanced threats to stop breaches and ransomware damage. It is designed to do so in real time, even on an already compromised device, allowing you to respond and remediate incidents automatically so your data can remain protected.

    Fortinet FortiEDR Features

    Fortinet FortiEDR has many valuable key features, including:

    • Easily customizable
    • Real-time proactive risk mitigation & IoT security
    • Pre-infection protection
    • Post-infection protection
    • Track applications and ratings
    • Reduce the attack surface with risk-based proactive policies
    • Achieve analysis of entire log history
    • Optional managed detection and response (MDR) service

    Fortinet FortiEDR Benefits

    Some of the key benefits of using Fortinet FortiEDR include:

    • Protection: Fortinet FortiEDR provides proactive, real-time, automated endpoint protection with the orchestrated incident response across platforms. It stops the breach with real-time postinfection blocking to protect data from exfiltration and ransomware encryption.

    • Single unified console: Fortinet FortiEDR has a single unified console with an intuitive interface, which makes management easier. The solution automates mundane endpoint security tasks so your employees don’t need to do it.

    • Cost savings: With Fortinet FortiEDR you can eliminate post-breach operational expenses and breach damage costs.

    • Flexibility: Fortinet FortiEDR can be deployed on premises or on a secure cloud instance. With Fortinet FortiEDR, endpoints are protected both on- and off-line.

    • Scalability: Because Fortinet can be deployed quickly and has a small footprint, it is easy to scale up to protect hundreds of thousand endpoints.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Fortinet FortiEDR users.

    An Owner at a security firm says, "The features that I have found most valuable are the ability to customize it and to reduce its size. It lets you run in a very small window in terms of memory and resources on legacy cash registers. The customer has literally about 800 cash registers. That was the use case for Fortinet FortiEDR - to get that down into a tiny space. The only way to do that was to use this product because it had that ability to unbundle services that were a surplus.”

    Chandan M., Chief Technical Officer at Provision Technologies LLP, mentions, “The ease of deployment and configuration is valuable. It's very easy compared to other vendors like Sophos. Sophos' configuration is complex. Fortinet is a lot easier to understand. You don't need a lot of admin knowledge to do the configuration.” He also adds, “The security is also very good and the firewall response is good.”

    Harpreet S., Information Technology Support Specialist at Chemtrade Logistics, explains, "It notifies us if there's any suspicious file on any PC. If any execution or similar kind of thing is happening, it just alerts us. It doesn't only alert. It also blocks the execution until we allow it. We check whether the execution is legitimate or not, and then approve it or keep it blocked. This gives us a little bit of control over this mechanism. Fortinet FortiEDR is also very straightforward and easy to maintain."

    DeAndre V., Senior Network Administrator at a financial services firm, states, “The dashboard is easy to follow and use. The deployment and uninstalling were easy. I like the detailed information about the path of a file that might be suspicious. Being able to check that out was easy to follow. Exceptions are easy to create and the interface is easy to follow with a nice appearance.

    Symantec Endpoint Security is a robust and reliable product that provides complete protection against viruses, malware, Trojans, and malicious files. It offers application and device control, ease of use in deploying and updating, a central control console, stability, scalability, auto-discovery capabilities, patch management, endpoint detection and response capabilities, intrusion detection module. 

    The Symantec Global Intelligence Network (GIN) provides threat intelligence and detection across endpoints, email, and web traffic. It has helped organizations reduce downtime, increase productivity, and improve security posture. Symantec Endpoint Security is easy to use, has a flexible administration, and offers more value than expected.

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    Sample Customers
    Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Technology, Enterprise, Manufacturing ... 
    Audio Visual Dynamics, Red Deer Advocate, Asia Pacific Telecom Co. Ltd., Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and AMETEK, Inc.
    Netflix, Progress Residential, Indeed, Hologic, Gentle Giant, Samsung Research America
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Educational Organization6%
    Media Company6%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    Symantec Endpoint Security vs. VMware Carbon Black Endpoint
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Symantec Endpoint Security vs. VMware Carbon Black Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Symantec Endpoint Security is ranked 6th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 34 reviews while VMware Carbon Black Endpoint is ranked 13th in EPP (Endpoint Protection for Business) with 29 reviews. Symantec Endpoint Security is rated 8.0, while VMware Carbon Black Endpoint is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Symantec Endpoint Security writes "The solution has given us visibility into compliance within our whole system and helped us ensure everything is updated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Carbon Black Endpoint writes "The manage, detect, and response feature enables Carbon Black to continuously check logs and advise us on how to improve some of the policies". Symantec Endpoint Security is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Trend Micro Deep Security, whereas VMware Carbon Black Endpoint is most compared with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, CrowdStrike Falcon, Trend Micro Deep Security, SentinelOne Singularity Complete and Intercept X Endpoint. See our Symantec Endpoint Security vs. VMware Carbon Black Endpoint report.

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