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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"Its most valuable features are its scalability and advanced threat protection for customers.""I am told that we get over 100 million emails a month. This filters them down and allows only somewhere about three million emails, which is a great help.""For the initial first level of support, we provide it from our side. If there's escalation required, we use Cisco tech for the AMP. And again, they are perfect. I mean, one of the best, compared to any other vendors.""The most valuable features of this solution are the IPS and the integration with ISE.""The simplicity of use is its most valuable feature. You can very clearly see things.""The stability of the solution is perfect. I believe it's the most stable solution on the market right now.""I am really satisfied with the technical support.""It is a very stable program."

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"I like the overall reports of this solution. They are crisp, and to the point.""It has an extremely low footprint, so it has got minimum impact on the user end points in terms of CPU and memory usage.""The most valuable feature is its threat analysis.""Scalability is good. We have had no issues with it.""The automatic alert feature is the most important feature of the solution.""Because it is security product and acts like an AIML smart product, not merely based on daily/weekly updates and signatures.""We have seen a reduction to the performance hit to our operating systems.""We are happy with CloudStrike's ease of use and touch notification."

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"Ensures that I'm working with a product that gets updated regularly without me having to remember to do it. Since it's a Microsoft product, I'm confident that it requires a low use of system resources. The benefit of that being that my computer isn't constantly being drained.""It's free. There is no additional cost. It's part of Windows.""Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate.""It's really stable. I've used a lot of stuff, a lot of products, like ESET and Kaspersky. None of them are comparable with this one. This one is much better.""This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis.""I like the real-time protection features. Windows Defender will detect if there's a threat like a Trojan or something like that but Kaspersky lets it run normally.""Defender is integrated into the operating system. It's integrated with everything. You don't have to spend time analyzing what you have to do to be sure that the integration is okay between the security tool and all the other apps. This, from my point of view, is the main advantage.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple."

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Cons
"We would like to have an API integration with a SIEM solution, because as far as I know, it currently hasn't yet been released.""I would like them to add whatever makes filtering more advanced in scanning and blocking for malware in emails.""The solution needs more in-depth analytics.""In the next version of this solution, I would like to see the addition of local authentication.""The initial setup is a bit complex because you need to execute existing antiviruses or security software that you have on your device.""In the next release, I would for it to have back up abilities. I would like the ability to go back to a point in time to when my PC was uninfected and to the moment of when the infection happened.""The reporting and analytics areas of the solution need to be improved.""I would like more seamless integration."

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"It is cloud-based, and this does make some weary of the data being held on the cloud. Privacy requirements must be taken into account.""The dashboard does not have the facility to export the reports in a PDF format, which I can quickly share with internal stakeholders.""I would like CrowdStrike to provide some correlation in the threat analysis, so we can visualize things better.""Whenever there is a feature release (upgrade) where we push to all the endpoints, it causes something to be blocked without us knowing.""The management of log aggregation is in need of improvement.""Unfortunately, native applications are not supported.""We have had to open a case with the technical support to get some issues and bugs resolved.""The GUI can use improvement, it's cloud-based so sometimes the interface can be a bit slow. The interface could use a little bit more speed."

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"It would be nice to have a paid upgrade that would provide additional screening of the day-to-day activities.""Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode.""There's a lot of manual effort involved to configure what we need.""The end-user also cannot do some advanced actions on it. It's a little bit complicated for our end-user, so it needs to be simplified.""Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product.""The system can always be simplified and have a better integration check. More detailed reports would be good. When it does the integrated check, it just shows if the system is okay but I want to know what happened.""The solution needs to improve its ransomware. It's not so good. It could also use some general performance optimization for the computers the solution operates on, to ensure it does not slow down the devices.""I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The costs of 50 licenses of AMP for three years is around $9,360.""The price is very good.""The visibility that we have into the endpoint and the forensics that we're able to collect give us value for the price. This is not an overly expensive solution, considering all the things that are provided. You get great performance and value for the cost.""Whenever you are doing the licensing process, I would highly advise to look at what other Cisco solutions you have in your organization, then evaluate if an Enterprise Agreement is the best way to go. In our case, it was the best way to go. Since we had so many other Cisco products, we were able to tie those in. We were actually able to get several Cisco security solutions for less than if we had bought three or four Cisco security solutions independently or ad hoc.""In our case, it is a straightforward annual payment through our Enterprise Agreement.""Our company was very happy with the price of Cisco AMP. It was about a third of what we were paying for System Center Endpoint Protection.""There are a couple of different consumption models: Pay up front, or if you have an enterprise agreement, you can do a monthly thing. Check your licensing possibilities and see what's best for your organization.""The Enterprise Agreement is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of Cisco products. In that vein, it was very affordable."

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"The pricing will depend upon your volume of usage.""I would like them to further reduce the price, because it is quite pricey at the moment.""Purchasing the product through the AWS Marketplace is just a click away. Since we were using the on-premise version of the product, we continued on the cloud by purchasing it through the AWS Marketplace.""I do not have experience with the cost or licensing of the product.""The other administrator and I can log in to check the exact details of what happened, what was running, and what caused the detection. We know exactly what was happening on the end users PC and we can tell if it's something that we actually need or something that's malicious.""We are at about $60,000 per year.""This solution has a very competitive price.""Our company pays approximately US$ 65,000 annually for 900 machines."

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"The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows.""The solution is free.""This product is included in the pricing for Windows.""If you don't purchase the advanced threat protection then there is no additional charge.""It is affordable and comes in the Office 365 bundle.""I pay for it through the Windows Professional or Standard license. It is a one-time cost for me, and I use the same license."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution's integration capabilities are excellent. It's one of the best features.
Top Answer: Nice to have URL management, password protection of the app, more details of the machine & user running the app.
Top Answer: The primary use case is for endpoint protection. For the larger deployments, we use it for our policy enforcement as… more »
Top Answer: While Carbon Black is great for good detections and incident Response, Crowdstrike is EDR on steroids. It's everything… more »
Top Answer: A short answer: Perhaps the biggest IMO is SentinelOne is the only one of these 3 that does not have to go to the cloud… more »
Top Answer: In a nutshell, Microsoft as most of its products tend to be behind the leaders and ATP is no exception, we used both and… more »
Top Answer: Automatic scanning and cleaning of viruses is the best and most valuable feature helping this tool to thrive. If any… more »
Top Answer: The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows.
Top Answer: The product should keep updating its software as to counter incoming threats since threats are becoming more advance… more »
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CrowdStrike Windows Defender, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
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Overview

Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) is subscription-based, managed through a web-based management console, and deployed on a variety of platforms that protects endpoints, network, email and web Traffic. AMP key features include the following: Global threat intelligence to proactively defend against known and emerging threats, Advanced sandboxing that performs automated static and dynamic analysis of files against more than 700 behavioral indicators, Point-in-time malware detection and blocking in real time and Continuous analysis and retrospective security regardless of the file's disposition and Continuous analysis and retrospective security.

The Falcon Platform is flexible and extensible when it comes to meeting your endpoint security needs. You can purchase the bundles above or any of the modules listed below. The additional modules can be added to Falcon Endpoint Protection bundles.

Stand-alone modules can be purchased by anyone and do not require a Falcon Endpoint Protection bundle. Our specialized products are for customers working with more stringent compliance or operational requirements.

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Windows Defender Pro is your first line of defense against spyware and other unwanted software. And in Windows 7, it's easier to use, with simpler notifications, more scanning options, and less impact on your computer's performance.
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Sample Customers
Heritage Bank, Mobile County Schools, NHL University, Thunder Bay Regional, Yokogawa Electric, Sam Houston State University, First Financial Bank
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Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company20%
Government13%
University7%
Comms Service Provider7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Construction Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm20%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Hospitality Company13%
Political Organization7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm22%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government6%
Media Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise53%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise52%
REVIEWERS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Microsoft Windows Defender and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,672 professionals have used our research since 2012.
CrowdStrike Falcon is ranked 2nd in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 21 reviews while Microsoft Windows Defender is ranked 3rd in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 16 reviews. CrowdStrike Falcon is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Windows Defender is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of CrowdStrike Falcon writes "Great protection, excellent customer service, and an easy to understand UI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Defender writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". CrowdStrike Falcon is most compared with Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, CylancePROTECT, Carbon Black CB Defense, SentinelOne and McAfee Endpoint Security, whereas Microsoft Windows Defender is most compared with Symantec End-user Endpoint Security, ESET Endpoint Security, Carbon Black CB Defense, Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection and CylancePROTECT. See our CrowdStrike Falcon vs. Microsoft Windows Defender report.

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