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"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.""The solution's integration capabilities are excellent. It's one of the best features.""It doesn't impact the devices. It is an agent-based solution, and we see no performance knock on cell phones. That was a big thing for us, especially in the mobile world. We don't see battery degradation like you do with other solutions which really drain the battery, as they're constantly doing things. That can shorten the useful life of a device."

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"Anyone can use it, the protection is good, and they have all of the features.""The most valuable features are the adaptive tech on McAfee.""McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection is stable. We don't have any bugs being reported.""It has a very simple like multi-tenancy option and scalability is outstanding.""The new central console is better than the earlier one.""The initial setup is straightforward, not complex.""When Intel acquired McAfee they worked on the protocol so that all vendors can work on the same platform. It's a very big improvement in McAfee. All McAfee products talk to each other. Other vendor's products can join this platform as well so it makes it more powerful on the enterprise side for McAfee.""The solution is broken down into different components from the portals. Web filtering, which is an added feature has been great for us."

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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
"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.""The technical support is very slow.""I would recommend that the solution offer more availability in terms of the product portfolio and integration with third-party products."

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"Its pricing needs to be improved.""McAfee Endpoint Protection could improve the word control feature.""When it runs in the background of the endpoint, the devices get slowed down for some applications.""Support-wise they need to be better.""Sometimes, while installing the ePO, we were getting so many errors and I don't know why it happened.""The solution could use better updates and fewer bugs.""The initial setup is complex. It is a very complex product. You must have experience with it.""On the next release, they should build an easier way to see a repair option within the McAfee icon on your system tray. If there was an issue, you should be able to contact the user or just right-click on "repair". That would be a very good feature to add. That could be a place of improvement, just adding that button, or customizing it."

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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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"Pricing is reasonable and runs at a cost per user per year.""It is not that expensive. There is no additional cost. We got the entire bundle together.""The price of this product is good.""The price of McAfee is pretty similar to Symantec, and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""Its price is very high. It is higher than its competitors, and it should be less.""The pricing is great and licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis.""Since the maintenance is done by our own team, the price of the subscription should really be cheaper.""We pay 650 Rand for a license. It is a perpetual license which we normally run for two years."

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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.""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.""This solution is part of Windows and comes included with it.""I got it with the Microsoft Windows license.""The solution is an open source version and was free with a paid version of Windows 10."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Among the most valuable features are the exclusions. And on the scalability side, we can integrate well with the SIEM… more »
Top Answer: We use the MSP model, so we're able to pay as we go. We report usage based on the actual usage, which is very handy. The… more »
Top Answer: Like any other security tool, there's always rooms for improvement. Some of the ways the product can be improved are: -… more »
Top Answer: We had McAfee on a year renewal. We purchased it initially and then we renewed it on a yearly basis. I think the only… more »
Top Answer: The local technical support could be better. It would also help if the engineers can develop some automation features… 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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Also Known As
Cisco Secure Endpoint
McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection, McAfee Endpoint Protection, Total Protection for Endpoint, Intel Security Total Protection for Endpoint, MCAFEE Complete Endpoint Protection
Microsoft Windows Defender, 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.

McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection allows you to protect all of your devices with intelligent, collaborative security, in one easy-to-manage, integrated solution. Our integrated endpoint security framework helps remove redundancies, enables fast, proven performance and offers an architecture to align both current and future security investments. With a flexible choice of cloud-based or a local management console, security administrators also get true centralized management that simplifies ongoing tasks, deployment and monitoring.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the next-generation protection component of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. This protection brings together machine learning, big-data analysis, in-depth threat resistance research, and the Microsoft cloud infrastructure to protect devices in your enterprise organization.

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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
inHouseIT, Seagate Technology
Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company20%
Government13%
Financial Services Firm7%
Non Profit7%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm23%
Computer Software Company17%
Government13%
Healthcare Company10%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm25%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Non Profit6%
Educational Organization6%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise55%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise63%
Find out what your peers are saying about McAfee Endpoint Security vs. Microsoft Defender Antivirus and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
474,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

McAfee Endpoint Security is ranked 11th in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 26 reviews while Microsoft Defender Antivirus is ranked 1st in Anti-Malware Tools with 29 reviews. McAfee Endpoint Security is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Defender Antivirus is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of McAfee Endpoint Security writes "Enterprise endpoint security offerings are centrally managed and defend against the full threat spectrum from zero-day exploits to advanced targeted attacks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender Antivirus writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". McAfee Endpoint Security is most compared with McAfee MVISION Endpoint, Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and CylancePROTECT, whereas Microsoft Defender Antivirus is most compared with Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, ESET Endpoint Security, Carbon Black CB Defense and Sophos Intercept X. See our McAfee Endpoint Security vs. Microsoft Defender Antivirus report.

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