Cisco Stealthwatch Review

Increased our threat detection rate but the reporting needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We use Stealthwatch mainly for security.

How has it helped my organization?

Stealthwatch has greatly improved our network visibility, in terms of bandwidth, malware, and PCI violations.

It has increased our threat detection rate, by around 100%. Stealthwatch has also reduced the time to detect and remediate threats, as well as saves us time. We're using it for bandwidth detection, so that's helped. In addition, we use the solution's encrypted traffic analytics and cognitive analytics.

What is most valuable?

The single most valuable feature we get out of Stealthwatch is visibility. Also, analytics and threat protection capabilities are good, so far.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some improvement when it comes to reporting.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is fair.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Stealthwatch has a good level of scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would consider their technical support as "fair."

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using SolarWinds and we are still using SolarWinds, so we use both.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex, especially as it came to configurations.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator for deployment. We had a pretty good experience with them.

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

The licensing costs are outrageous, but Stealthwatch has a good time to value.

What other advice do I have?

You've got to know what you're looking for. Tuning is really key. Have a plan before you implement on what you're going to use it for.

I would rate Stealthwatch as seven out of ten. It's easy to use.

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