CrowdStrike Falcon Review

Great online learning and flawless endpoints but takes a while to scan

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the product as a security solution.

What is most valuable?

Their endpoint is pretty flawless. There is no lag on the machines at all. Even though I have a good overview of all the machines, that's pretty much the most valuable feature of CrowdStrike Falcon. 

The machines are flawless. They don't have any issues. There I don't even recognize the machines which are on endpoints. Even when I go to the console to check these machines, they are working on a very good level, even though the wireless migration should detect those aspects. 

The AI features are pretty good.

They've recently introduced more webinars that make remote learning of the solution very easy. For people such as myself, or even a company looking to develop their skillsets and interested in better understanding the cloud, providing good web courses is really helpful.

What needs improvement?

I'm new to the solution. Currently, I'm comparing it to other EDR solutions to see if anything is missing, however, I'm still learning the ins and outs of the product.

It may be due to the fact that I am new, however, I'm having trouble understanding their licensing.

It does take more time to scan than other solutions.

The solution should continue to make the learning curve as short as possible by providing even more training and documentation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with the solution for two months. I recently joined my company and they mostly prefer using CrowdStrike Falcon. The solution is pretty new to me.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is excellent, especially in a market like India.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product is very scalable. The solution can scale well, especially for small setups looking to expand out in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

If they're having an issue, we tend to stick to the team and occasionally reach out to the support team of Falcon CrowdStrike.

I've never directly been in contact with the technical support team, however, my colleagues have. I'd say that overall we are satisfied with their level of service. Typically, their technical support team will give us direct intel and then our internal team with resolve the issue, so it's a true partnership.

Also, during the pandemic, they've provided everyone with lots of webinars to help their clients understand the solution better. For me especially, being anew user, I'm benefitting from this new level of service.

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

We've used different solutions in the past. It really depends on the environment. That typically dictates which solution we would implement. We use, for example, McAfee as well. I personally have worked with Amnesia.

When it comes to Amnesia, initially I was able to employ them on my on-premise machine. I have installed Falcon on the cloud and infrastructure, however, I haven't dealt with the on-premise deployment. 

You can use Amnesia with McAfee. Apart from that you also have a provision for signing with McAfee and using their host software and the server software and their media solution and placing those onto an on-premise machine or onto a particular server and you would have the ability to administrate from there. That's more for a company that is into privacy and doesn't want to share their data on a cloud.

How was the initial setup?

The solution isn't complex in terms of setup. It's very straightforward, actually.

I'm sure that for small environments or a company that may scale up, the installation would be minimal. It wouldn't be a standard installation, however, we're able to implement rather easily in small environments.

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

The solution is much more costly than other cloud or on-premises solutions. However, it offers good stability, so if a client can afford it, we tend to recommend it as an option.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm currently checking other EDR solutions to see what is on offer. Clients are asking about McAfee and Symantec, so I am looking at those as options.

What other advice do I have?

I'm unsure which version of the solution we are using.

I'm currently practicing my skills on this EDR solution. I have worked with this software and I've already collaborated with my seniors who are currently experts on this particular product. I'm getting pretty good help. 

Most of our clients have their own infrastructure which is mostly on the cloud. They have their own solid, robust infrastructure. When it comes to small environments that are currently adapting to the cloud, CrowdStrike could be a great opportunity. The solution, for example, doesn't require a minimum installation. It can work well for very small companies as well as larger organizations.

If a company has the financial means, we tend to recommend this product. There are great security features on offer that are much better than other options in India at this time.

I'd advise companies considering this solution to check their resources. They have to choose the option between being on-premise and the cloud option. They need to try and run it before adopting any solution. It's important also to consider security and monitoring for threats.

Overall, I'd recommend companies study their environment and check and compile an e-solutions calendar. There's a lot of them. Microsoft has provided a 99GB advanced dataset collection and it is on the cloud.

I'd rate this product seven out of ten overall. While I've never had any problems with it, there are just so many other options on the market.

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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