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"The key feature for me for Detect for Office 365 is that it can also concentrate all the information and detection at one point, the same as the network solution does. This is the key feature for me because, while accessing data from Office 365 is possible using Microsoft interfaces, they are not really user-friendly and are quite confusing to use. But Detect for Office 365 is aggregating all the info, and it's only the interesting stuff.""One of the most valuable features of the platform is its ability to provide you with aggregated risk scores based on impact and certainty of threats being detected. This is both applied to individual and host detections. This is important because it enables us to use this platform to prioritize the most likely imminent threats. So, it reduces alert fatigue follow ups for security operation center analysts. It also provides us with an ability to prioritize limited resources.""The solution provide visibility into behaviors across the full lifecycle of an attack in our network, beyond just the Internet gateway. It makes our security operations much more effective because we are now looking not just at traffic on the border, but we're looking at east-west internal traffic. Now, not only will we see if an exploit kit is being downloaded, but we would be able to see then if that exploit kit was then laterally distributed into our environment.""Cognito Streams gives you a detailed view of what happens in the network in the form of rich metadata. It is just a super easy way to capture network traffic for important protocols, giving us an advantage. This is very helpful on a day-to-day basis.""Vectra produces actionable data using automation. That has helped us. It's less manpower now to look at incidents, which has definitely increased efficiency. Right now, in a lot of cases, our mean time to detection is within zero days. This tells me by the time something happened, and we were able to detect it, it was within the same day.""It has reduced the time it takes to respond to attacks. That comes back to the proactive point. It makes us able to lower down in the kill chain, we can react now, rather than reacting to incidents that happened, we can see an instant, in some cases, as it's being implemented, or as it's being launched.""It keeps up with the network traffic, which is a good thing. It provides more context to plain alerts compared to using an older system. So, it helps an analyst reduce the information overload.""The dashboard gives me a scoring system that allows me to prioritize things that I should look at. I may not necessarily care so much about one event, whereas if I have a single botnet detection or a brute force attack, I really want to get on top of those."

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"It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""We find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""It's easy to set up. The deployment takes one or two days. You need to collect the data from a device and then direct it to the portal.""Overall, the implementation is very good.""From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it."

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"The most valuable features are security detections, perimeter detection, dashboards, and alerts."

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"We would like to see more information with the syslogs. The syslogs that they send to our SIEM are a bit short compared to what you can see. It would be helpful if they send us more data that we can incorporate into our SIEM, then can correlate with other events.""If you hit a certain number of rules, triage filters, or groups, the UX responds more slowly. However, we have a complex network and a lot of rules. So, our setup might not be a typical implementation example. We even had UX engineers onsite, and they looked at issues, improvements, and user feedback. Since then, it has gotten a lot better, they even built in features that we specifically requested for our company.""The main improvement I can see would be to integrate with more external solutions.""They use a proprietary logging format that is probably 90% similar to Bro Logs. Their biggest area of improvement is finishing out the remaining 10%. That 10% might not be beneficial to their ML engine, but that's fine. The industry standard is Zeek Logs or Bro Logs, or Bro or Zeek, depending on how old you are. While they have 90% of those fields, they're still missing some fields. In very rare instances, some community rules do not have the fields that they need, and we had to modify community rules for our logs. So, their biggest area of improvement would be to just finish their matching of the Zeek standard.""One thing which I have found where there could be improvement is with regard to the architecture, a little bit: how the brains and sensors function. It needs more flexibility with regard to the brain. If there were some flexibility in that regard, that would be helpful, because changing the mode of the brain is complex. In some cases, the change is permanent. You cannot revert it.""I would like more integrations with IOCs and threats currently on the Internet. I would also like to know which threats are based on zero-day attacks, current botnets, etc. Therefore, I would like more information on external threats.""I would like to see a bit more strategic metrics instead of technical data. Information that I could show to my executive management team or board would be valuable.""In comparison with a lot of systems I used in the past, the false positives are really a burden because they are taking a lot of time at this moment."

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"We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run.""We determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required.""The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best.""It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good.""Cisco could improve the administration for the customers."

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"Network visibility is something that needs to be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"From a pricing perspective, they are very commercially competitive. From a licensing perspective, just be conscious that some of their future cloud solutions come with additional subscriptions. Also, if you're outside of the US, you will get charged freight for the device back to your country.""At the time of purchase, we found the pricing acceptable. We had an urgency to get something in place because we had a minor breach that occurred at the tail end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017. This indicated we had a lack of ability to detect things on the network. Hence, why we moved quickly to get into the tool in place. We found things like Bitcoin mining and botnets which we closed quickly. In that regard, it was worth the money.""There are additional features that can be purchased in addition to the standard licensing fee, such as Cognito Recall and Stream.""Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.""Their licensing model is antiquated. I'm not a fan of their licensing model. We have to pay for licensing based on four different things. You have to pay based on the number of unique IPs, the number of logs that we send through Recall and Stream, and the size of our environment. They need to simplify their licensing down to just one thing. It should be based on the amount of data, the number of devices, or something else, but there should be just one thing for everything. That's what they need to base their licensing on. Cost-wise, they're not cheap. They were definitely the most expensive option, but you get what you pay for. They're not the cheapest option.""The pricing is very good. It's less expensive than many of the tools out there.""We are running at about 90,000 pounds per year. The solution is a licensed cost. The hardware that they gave us was pretty much next to nothing. It is the license that we're paying for.""The license is based on the concurrent IP addresses that it's investigating. We have 9,800 to 10,000 IP addresses."

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"This is an expensive product. We have quit paying for support because we don't want to have to upgrade it and keep paying for it."

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"The price of this solution for our environment is about £650,000 ($855,000 USD) for three years."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cognito Streams gives you a detailed view of what happens in the network in the form of rich metadata. It is just a… more »
Top Answer: Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.
Top Answer: If you hit a certain number of rules, triage filters, or groups, the UX responds more slowly. However, we have a complex… more »
Top Answer: Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.
Top Answer: This is an expensive solution and the license is expensive. The cost is an area where a lot of clients are a little… more »
Top Answer: The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best. Stealthwatch was purchased from a company called Lancope… more »
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Also Known As
Vectra Networks, Vectra AI NDR
Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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Overview

Vectra® is the leader in network detection and response – from cloud and data center workloads to user and IoT devices. Its Cognito® platform accelerates threat detection and investigation using artificial intelligence to collect, store and enrich network metadata with the right context to detect, hunt and investigate known and unknown threats in real time. Vectra offers three applications on the Cognito platform to address high-priority use cases. Cognito Stream™ sends security-enriched metadata to data lakes and SIEMs. Cognito Recall™ is a cloud-based application to store and investigate threats in enriched metadata. And Cognito Detect™ uses AI to reveal and prioritize hidden and unknown attackers at speed.

Cisco Stealthwatch uses NetFlow to provide visibility across the network, data center, branch offices, and cloud. Its advanced security analytics uncover stealthy attacks on the extended network. Stealthwatch helps you use your existing network as a security sensor and enforcer to dramatically improve your threat defense.

The ExtraHop Application Performance Management Solution Delivers Unified Visibility Across the IT Environment w/ Proactive Alerts & Accelerated Troubleshooting

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Sample Customers
Tribune Media Group, Barry University, Aruba Networks, Good Technology, Riverbed, Santa Clara University, Securities Exchange, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
Alaska Airlines, bet365, Concur, McKesson, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Practice Fusion, Seattle Children's Hospital, Steward Health Care System
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Retailer19%
Manufacturing Company13%
Mining And Metals Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company8%
Pharma/Biotech Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise53%
REVIEWERS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise79%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise70%
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Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 5th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 6 reviews while ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations is ranked 7th in IT Operations Analytics with 1 review. Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.4, while ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Stealthwatch writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations writes "Good security detection and alerts, but we've had challenges with network visibility". Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud and ThousandEyes, whereas ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations is most compared with ThousandEyes, vRealize Network Insight, SolarWinds NPM, Dynatrace and NETSCOUT nGeniusONE. See our Cisco Stealthwatch vs. ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations report.

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