Compare Cisco Stealthwatch vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention

Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 1st in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 39 reviews while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is ranked 7th in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software with 9 reviews. Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.0, while Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Stealthwatch writes "You are able to drill down into a center's utilization, then create reports based on it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention writes "Enables us to control the amount of bandwidth an application is allowed to consume and is extremely scalable". Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, Splunk User Behavior Analytics and Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, whereas Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention is most compared with Darktrace, Cisco Stealthwatch and Trend Micro TippingPoint NGIPS. See our Cisco Stealthwatch vs. Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention report.
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This solution’s encrypted traffic analysis helps us stay in compliance with government regulations. It is all about understanding data exfiltration, what is ingressing and egressing in our network. One common attack vector is exfiltrating data using encryption. My capabilities to see potential data exfiltration over encrypted traffic is second to none now.Other solutions will say, "Hey, this device is doing something weird." But they don't aggregate that data point with other data points. With Awake you have what's called a "fact pattern." For example, if there's a smart toaster on the third floor that is beaconing out to an IP address in North Korea, sure that's bizarre. But if that toaster was made in North Korea it's not bizarre. Taking those two data points together, and automating something using machine-learning is something that no other solution is doing right now.The query language makes it easy to query the records on the network, to do searches for the various threat activities that we're looking for. The dashboard, the Security Knowledge Graph, displays information meaningfully and easily. I am able to find the information that I want to find pretty quickly.The most valuable feature is the ability to see suspicious activity for devices inside my network. It helps me to quickly identify that activity and do analysis to see if it's expected or I need to mitigate that activity quickly.

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The most valuable feature is anomaly detection, where it finds things that are not allowed internally.Most of the engineers I've worked with have been really good. Very knowledgeable and easy to work with.Being able to graph and show data to management has improved our organization. We can show the data to the higher-ups. It shows them that it's picking up on these anomalies and doing its job.It's a dependable product that is able to pinpoint where we have vulnerabilities if they occur.Using the Cognitive Analytics feature, we have complete visibility that we didn’t have before.The most valuable feature about this solution is that it gives me insight of my network.It has improved our internal knowledge of what's going on with the network, and that's helpful.The most valuable features of this solution are the logging, keeping threats under control, and keeping our data and environment secure.

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With the IP address flag, I was able to see that I was being hacked. The moment there was an interaction between somebody on my network and that IP, the solution was able to flag it, and we were able to protect ourselves.The most valuable features are the simplicity, transparency, and overall ease of management.I find the malware protection very handy.The application control and vulnerability protection are the most valuable features.The initial setup was straightforward. It's quite easy. Deployment took one to two weeks.The most valuable feature of Palo Alto Threat Prevention for our company is the next generation firewall.Most of the features of Palo Alto Threat Prevention are alright. I recommend features like content filtering, IP address, & intelligent firewalls. The reporting feature is very good.One of the most valuable features is the anti-malware protection.

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I would like to see the capability to import what's known as STIX/TAXII in an IOC format. It currently doesn't offer this.I would like to see a bit more in terms of encrypted traffic. With the advent of programs that live off the land, a smart attacker is going to leverage encryption to execute their operation. So I would like to see improvements there, where possible. Currently, we're not going to be decrypting encrypted traffic. What other approaches could be used?I enjoy the query language, but it could be a bit more user-friendly, especially for new users who come across it... They should push it more into a natural language style as opposed to a query language.There's room for improvement with some of the definitions, because I don't have time and I'm not a Tier 4 analyst. I believe that is something they're working towards.

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The usability of this solution needs to be improved.We've run into some issues with the configuration.They should include Citrix VDIs in the next release.The GUI could use some improvement. Being able to find features more easily would be a great improvement if it was simplified.The initial setup is complex, as there is a lot to configure.It hasn't really improved our direct detection rate but it has definitely reduced our incident response time as we wouldn't have been able to detect threats or immediate risks without this solution.I would like to see more and cleaner reporting. For example, if I pull up Steven and I want to look and maybe compare him to what you've done in the past week, and compare that to the past six months, the point would be to see what the difference in activity looks like over this time. I don't see that capability in reporting to date. You see that trend but you don't really see a straightforward comparison. That right there is key to what we want to see about the normal activity.It is time-consuming to set it up and understand how the tool works.

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Sometimes when you want to group a set of ports, and communicate with Palo Alto, you cannot group TCP and UDP ports together. This needs to be adjusted.The price of licenses should be lowered to make it less costly to scale our solution.I think they can use some improvement on FID.The solution needs to improve its local technical support services. There is no premium support offered in our market.It's not so easy to set up a test environment, because it's not so easy to get the test license. The vendor only gives you 90 days for a test license; it's a tough license to get.The organization mail security solutions could be improved. There is no mail security solution available.Generally, to deploy it will take some downtime, about a day.Right now we are focusing on email. If Palo Alto can increase the features related to email filtering and the new malware, it would help us protect our systems.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The solution has saved thousands of dollars within the first day. Our ROI has to be in the tens of thousands of dollars since October last year.

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Our fees are approximately $3,000 USD.Licensing is on a yearly basis.We pay for support costs on a yearly basis.On a yearly basis, licensing is somewhere around $30,000.The yearly licensing cost is about $50,000.The pricing for this solution is good.The licensing costs are outrageous.Today, we are part of the big Cisco ELA, and it is a la carte. We can get orders for whatever we want. At the end of the day, we have to pay for it in one big expense, but that is fine. We are okay with that.

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If you want to have all of the good features then you have to pay extra for licensing.It is an expensive solution and I would like to see a drop in price.It's not too expensive.The pricing and the licensing are pretty competitive at this stage. As a reseller, I would like to see the price come down a little bit so I can compete better against other firewalls because we do that all the time.

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Also Known As
AwakeCisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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Overview

Awake Security is the only advanced network traffic analysis company that delivers a privacy-aware solution capable of detecting and visualizing behavioral, mal-intent and compliance incidents with full forensics context. Powered by Ava, Awake’s security expert system, the Awake Security Platform combines federated machine learning, threat intelligence and human expertise. The platform analyzes billions of communications to autonomously discover, profile and classify every device, user and application on any network. Through automated hunting and investigation, Awake uncovers malicious intent from insiders and external attackers alike. The company is ranked #1 for time to value because of its frictionless approach that delivers answers rather than alerts.

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.

Threats do not discriminate between application delivery vectors, requiring an approach that has full visibility into all application traffic, including SSL encrypted content, with full user context. Threat Prevention leverages the visibility of our next-generation firewall to inspect all traffic, automatically preventing known threats, regardless of port, protocol or SSL encryption.

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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company24%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company12%
Marketing Services Firm8%
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Healthcare Company24%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider23%
Software R&D Company18%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company15%
Government7%
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