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Recorded Future is the #1 ranked solution in top Digital Risk Protection tools and #3 ranked solution in top Threat Intelligence Platforms. PeerSpot users give Recorded Future an average rating of 9.0 out of 10. Recorded Future is most commonly compared to ZeroFOX: Recorded Future vs ZeroFOX. Recorded Future is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 65% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 18% of all views.
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What is Recorded Future?

Recorded Future is a powerful and effective cyber threat intelligence (CTI) platform that aims to empower administrators to protect their organizations from threats, both known and unknown. The machine learning engine that Recorded Future utilizes can process the same amount of data that 9,000 analysts working five days a week, eight hours a day for an entire year can process. It simplifies threat detection and remediation so that organizations can focus on other tasks.

Recorded Future Benefits

Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by choosing to deploy Recorded Future include:

  • Quick threat identification and resolution. The suite of threat detection and resolution features that Recorded Future provides enables users to find and react to threats faster than users who employ their competitors. Organizations can identify 22 times more threats 10 times faster than they would have been able to with any other solution. They can also resolve these threats 63% faster than they were able to before.
  • Access far-reaching deep insights. Recorded Future gives users the ability to expand their vision beyond that which is immediately visible to them. They can set Recorded Future to detect issues that originate outside of the immediate vicinity of their network. Organizations can utilize machine learning to analyze for links between themselves and the dark web. This provides users insights as to what their vulnerabilities are and gives them insights that they can use to remediate any issues that have arisen or will arise.
  • Customization. Organizations can integrate Recorded Future with a wide variety of other security tools. If the organization feels that Recorded Future is lacking the capability that they need, then it can expand its toolbox by combining it with other solutions. Additionally, users can easily create dashboards and modify them to best meet their objectives as their needs change.

Recorded Future Features

Some of the many features Recorded Future offers include:

  • Vulnerability scanning tools. Recorded Future is built with the ability to scan for, identify, and score potential vulnerabilities in real time. It searches a wide variety of sources for information on the risks that an organization faces. This information is analyzed and scored for severity in real time. These tools enable users to prioritize the most severe threats over those issues that will only be nuisances.
  • Threat authentication. Users can set security protocols that Recorded Future leverages to reduce false positives. It has tools that compare the detected threats against the organization’s protocols. This allows the system to notify administrators whether they are looking at an actual threat or simply a mistake that the system initially misidentified.
  • Attack surface intelligence. Organizations gain the ability to see the points of vulnerability that would normally be invisible to them and would only be visible to outside attackers. This tool fully exposes the environment that surrounds their network. Everything from historical data going as far back as 10 years to real-time information is gathered so that administrators can create the best possible security strategy for their organization.

Reviews from Real Users

Recorded future is a solution that stands out when compared to its top competitors. Two major advantages it offers are the threat research tools that it provides and the threat monitoring capabilities that it enables users to leverage.

A security operations lead at a comms service provider writes, “Recorded Future covers a lot of different use cases. For example, we are using it for threat intelligence research. We do use the tool to make active research on what is found around the threat. We look at patterns, for example, and see what can be elaborated on from that.”

They also write, “We can also use it for active monitoring in the customer interface. We can monitor the business side of a campaign. We can monitor for specific threats or market activity on the dashboard. We can develop queries to run in a continuous mode in order to get the best reviews.”

Recorded Future Customers

Fujitsu, Regions, SITA, St. Jude Medical, Accenture, T-Mobile, TIAA, Intel Security, Armor, Alert Logic, NTT, Splunk

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Security Operations Lead at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
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Great dashboard, pretty stable, and good at threat intelligence gathering
Pros and Cons
  • "As a threat intelligence tool, it's very helpful."
  • "The solution would benefit from introducing automation."

What is our primary use case?

Recorded Future covers a lot of different use cases. For example, we are using it for threat intelligence research. We do use the tool to make active research on what is found around the threat. We look at patterns, for example, and see what can be elaborated on from that. 

In another use case, we use it to get all the IOCs registered and use it after that to allow other intelligence technologies to feed into that to prevent any issues for customers.

We can also use it for active monitoring in the customer interface. We can monitor the business side of a campaign. We can monitor for specific threats or market activity on the dashboard. We can develop queries to run in a continuous mode in order to get the best reviews. 

How has it helped my organization?

With all the related IOCs we were able to provide really deep information about the impact, about where we are with the big campaign, and also provide tools that were a priority to be a preventative block on the customer side. It was helpful in that sense.

What is most valuable?

As a threat intelligence tool, it's very helpful.

The stability is very good.

Technical support has been helpful.

It's really easy to create dashboards and modify them to fit what you need.

What needs improvement?

The product is too big. The vast majority of data you have. You can run queries and you can get more data than you probably want, and you have to take a deep dive a lot of the time.

The solution would benefit from introducing automation. When you are running a query just to get the data you're looking for, the result comes back so big, as it will be able to return a lot of results from different sources. Sometimes it could be a bit messy. Automation would help streamline and simplify.

The tool can be pricey, especially for smaller companies.

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For how long have I used the solution?

I was working with the tool in November. I've used it in the last 18 months or so.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have a good impression of the stability of the product. Any time that we needed it, it was there. It is always up and running and we didn't have any issues with it. There are no bugs or glitches, for example, and it didn't crash or freeze.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't attempted to scale or optimize the solution. I can't say how easy or difficult the process would be.

We only have one license feed and have up to ten users on it. We're already beginning to increase usage a bit.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support has been pretty good so far. I haven't had any issues with them. We're quite satisfied with the level of service provided.

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

I didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

By the time I joined the company, the tool was already in place. Therefore, I can't speak to the initial implementation or deployment process. I can't say if it was difficult or simple or how long it took.

As a cloud solution, it doesn't require much maintenance. Anything else, such as automation using a document, would be on our side, and we'd update it as needed.

What was our ROI?

We haven't seen an ROI. The area that it was used for, as a report, initially was assigned to be used internally only and after that, we decided to try it out as a service to our customers. However, we never sold that service, so we never got a return immediately. 

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

The pricing is quite high compared to other intelligence tools.

The licensing is based on the user and also the amount of usage. It's expensive in terms of what you can get. You need to be a very sizable company in order to get any real value as it's quite a sizable tool. There are other tools on the market that are less expensive - especially for smaller companies.

There aren't any additional costs above the standard licensing fee, although there are some add-ons you can get that can expand the solution's capabilities. 

What other advice do I have?

At the moment the solution is hosted on a SaaS. It's hosted on their own cloud that they are managing. We only have access to a part that is completely isolated from other customers and in another area. 

As far as I know, we are using the latest version of the solution. As it's cloud-based, it's constantly updated independently.

If a company is ready to introduce the solution, my main recommendation would be to have a really, really good threat intelligence team working on-site beforehand. If you don't have a good design or a good knowledge of threat intelligence you will never get the insights you need or use the tool to its full potential.

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. It's quite an expensive solution. If it was less expensive, I'd likely rate it higher.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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