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Rupesh Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Team Lead at Alepo
MSP
Top 10
Effective firewall capabilities, regular antivirus updates, and it is preinstalled with Windows
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are the Windows Firewall and the regular virus definition updates. These features are very helpful and have helped to improve our security."
  • "This solution needs to move beyond relying on virus definitions alone and protect the system using behavioral analysis of the processes that are running."

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft Defender Antivirus for antivirus protection as part of our endpoint security solution. It protects our systems against attacks from any virus, malware, or trojan. 

How has it helped my organization?

We rely on this product for endpoint protection in our organization because we have not subscribed to any antivirus, apart from Microsoft Defender. It comes for free with our Windows subscription and it has improved the way our organization functions because there have been no virus attacks to date on our laptops.

It has not negatively affected our end-user experience.

What is most valuable?

This solution takes care of most of the infections that are found in the system, and it comes included with Windows. These are the two main advantages of using it.

The most valuable features are the Windows Firewall and the regular virus definition updates. These features are very helpful and have helped to improve our security.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft Defender protects the computer by using virus definitions that we download through regular updates but nowadays, cybersecurity attacks have become more intelligent. This solution needs to move beyond relying on virus definitions alone and protect the system using behavioral analysis of the processes that are running. These can be vulnerable points and if a process causes a glitch in the system, it should be quarantined. Moreover, enhancements of this type should not detract from system performance. There should be no slowdown on the laptop, for example.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Defender Antivirus since I started using Windows 7, more than eight years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is good, and it performs very nicely.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is fine. We had more than 300 devices that are being protected.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never had an opportunity to speak with technical support because everything has always worked very smoothly. As we have experienced no issues at all, we never contacted support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using Microsoft Defender, we used McAfee and Avast Antivirus.

One of the main reasons that we switched away from McAfee is that it required purchasing a subscription. With Microsoft Defender, it is included with Windows. When we install the operating system, it is already there and we don't have to purchase an additional antivirus product.

For security, aside from a traditional antivirus, we have purchased the SentinelOne Endpoint Security solution. This product is more enhanced when compared to an antivirus product. It is modern and has better threat intelligence than other products. I don't know SentinelOne very well yet, as we have just purchased the subscription, but I know that the difference between products is not based on virus definitions.

SentinelOne has intelligence on the cloud and many other security features including the blocking of domain names, and the blocking of USB drives that users plug into their laptops. Although it has many more features than legacy antivirus software, I have no complaints about the performance of Microsoft Defender.

One of the reasons we are more heavily relying on endpoint security is that everybody is working from home and using the internet for work. This transition was made within the last two or three months. When people were working in the office, the firewall afforded them protection. However, as it is now, the endpoints are more vulnerable to attack. This is why we now rely more heavily on SentinelOne.

How was the initial setup?

Microsoft Defender comes preinstalled with the Windows operating system, so we do not have to deploy it separately.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The subscription is part of Windows, so we don't have to pay anything extra for this product.

What other advice do I have?

This is definitely a product that I recommend people use because first of all, you do not have to pay anything extra to use it. The performance is very smooth and it protects your system, which is very much needed. All in all, I would say that this is a good antivirus solution.

I would rate Microsoft Defender Antivirus an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Lead Engg. Information Assurance at ACPL Systems Pvt Ltd
Real User
Simple initial setup, excellent support, and free upgrades
Pros and Cons
  • "One of the most valuable features of CrowdStrike Falcon is when there are upgrades there are no additional fees."
  • "CrowdStrike Falcon could improve by adding manual scanning or serverless scanning. It is not available at this time."

What is our primary use case?

I am using CrowdStrike Falcon to protect my endpoints from new zero-day threats.

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of CrowdStrike Falcon is when there are upgrades there are no additional fees.

What needs improvement?

CrowdStrike Falcon could improve by adding manual scanning or serverless scanning. It is not available at this time.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CrowdStrike Falcon for two and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CrowdStrike Falcon is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

CrowdStrike Falcon is scalable enough for our needs.

We have approximately 250 people using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

We have used the technical support for investigations, but not for installation or anything else.

I rate the support CrowdStrike Falcon a five out of five.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used McAfee but zero-day threats are not being protected. We evaluate CrowdStrike Falcon and when compared to McAfee, it was far better. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of CrowdStrike Falcon is easy.

What about the implementation team?

Our administrator of this solution had to configure the policy for the best detection.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is no license required to use this solution.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is this is a good solution that does not require a lot of attention. You can install it and it runs silently in the background.

I rate CrowdStrike Falcon a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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