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"One of the key advantages for us is we define a 24/7 service around it. We use far more of Vectra alerts than we do with our SIEM product because we understand that when we get an alert from Vectra we actually need to do something about it.""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.""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.""It is doing some artificial intelligence. If it sees a server doing a lot of things, then it will assume that is normal. So, it is looking for anomalous behavior, things that are out of context which helps us reduce time. Therefore, we don't have to look in all the logs. We just wait for Vectra to say, "This one is behaving strange," then we can investigate that part.""The most valuable feature for Cognito Detect, the main solution, is that external IDS's create a lot of alerts. When I say a lot of alerts I really mean a lot of alerts. Vectra, on the other hand, contextualizes everything, reducing the number of alerts and pinpointing only the things of interest. This is a key feature for me. Because of this, a non-trained analyst can use it almost right away.""It has helped us to organize our security. We get a better overview on what is happening on the network, which has helped us get quicker responses to users. If we see malicious activity, then we can quickly take action on it. Previously, we weren't getting an overview as fast as we are now, so we can now provide a quicker response.""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.""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."

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"It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""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.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""We find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen.""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."

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"What we are mainly using are the RSA concentrator, RSA Decoder, Archiver, Broker, and Log Decoder.""The most valuable features are the packet inspection and the automated incident response.""The newer 11.5 version that my team is using has found it to have good mapping.""The most valuable features are the integration and ease of use.""The solution is really scalable for the high-end power, enterprise customer.""It's quite economical compared to other solutions in the market.""The most valuable features are the threat prediction and network forensics.""The packet capture aspect of it is a valuable feature because it is quite different from a traditional SIEM solution that only carries out investigations based on captured logs."

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Cons
"Vectra is still limited to packet management. It's only monitoring packet exchanges. While it can see a lot of things, it can't see everything, depending on where it's deployed. It has its limits and that's why I still have my SIEM.""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.""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.""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 data processed onshore. Right now, the cloud components, like Office 365, must be processed on servers outside of Australia. I would like to see a future adoption of onshore processing.""Some of the customization could be improved. Everything is provided for you as an easy solution to use, but working with it and doing specific development could be worked on a bit more in the scope of an incident response team.""The false positives and the tuning side of it is something that could use improvement. But that could be from our side.""I'd like to be able to get granular reports and to be able to output them into formats that are customizable and more useful. The reporting GUI is lacking."

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

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"The multi-tenant capabilities are lagging compared to IBM QRadar.""The initial setup is complex. There are other solutions that are easier to implement.""Technical support could be improved.""The user interface is a little bit difficult for new users and it needs to be improved.""There are instances where you try to run the reports and then it does not give you the desired outcome.""The solution should have more integration capabilities with different platforms.""The documentation is not as structured as I would like, personally, and I think that it can be improved and made much more user-friendly.""The initial setup is very complex and should be simplified."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The license is based on the concurrent IP addresses that it's investigating. We have 9,800 to 10,000 IP addresses.""The pricing is very good. It's less expensive than many of the tools out there.""The pricing is high.""There are additional features that can be purchased in addition to the standard licensing fee, such as Cognito Recall and Stream.""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.""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.""Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.""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."

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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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"There is a licensing fee and the customer can choose whether he wishes this to be subscription-based or perpetual.""Many clients are not able to purchase the packet capability because there is a huge amount of data, and the cost depends on the number of EPS (Events per second), as well as the number of gigabytes of data per day.""We are on an annual license for the use of the solution.""Our license is for one year."

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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 »
Top Answer: It would help if they could provide the malware analytics in the core package as that would make the cost more… more »
Top Answer: I believe they could improve their support, there are often delays. The price of the solution could be reduced, it's… more »
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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.

If you’re relying on log data to detect and prevent cyber threats, you’re in trouble. Attackers increasingly evade detection of log-centric security and network monitoring tools. But logs combined with full packet, endpoint NetFlow data are proven to provide the essential details for early threat detection. Here’s a closer look at our solution.

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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
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Retailer19%
University13%
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%
Transportation Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Financial Services Firm23%
Computer Software Company23%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider22%
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%
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise59%
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Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 5th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 6 reviews while RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) is ranked 4th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 13 reviews. Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.4, while RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) is rated 7.8. 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 RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) writes "Economical with good technical support and is easily scalable". Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud and ThousandEyes, whereas RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM) is most compared with IBM QRadar, Splunk, RSA enVision, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and McAfee ESM.

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