Compare Microsoft Windows Defender vs. Sophos Intercept X

Microsoft Windows Defender is ranked 2nd in Endpoint Protection for Business with 10 reviews while Sophos Intercept X is ranked 18th in Endpoint Protection for Business with 10 reviews. Microsoft Windows Defender is rated 8.2, while Sophos Intercept X is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Defender writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Intercept X writes "Provides dependable, intelligent attack defenses and is easy to manage and work with". Microsoft Windows Defender is most compared with Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), CrowdStrike and ESET Endpoint Security, whereas Sophos Intercept X is most compared with SentinelOne, CrowdStrike and Bitdefender GravityZone. See our Microsoft Windows Defender vs. Sophos Intercept X report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is that we can use the solution right out of the box without too much configuration.The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple.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 feature of this solution is that it's easy to deploy Microsoft Windows. The performance is good and the management tools are very good. We are quite happy with the solution.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.This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis.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.Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate.

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The forensics within the solution are quite good. The ransomware mitigation is also impressive.The most valuable features are the range and restriction.After that, the client switched to Sophos to get the protection they lacked. It either works or it doesn’t and Sophos works.All of the features are very important for anyone who is supporting a large number of computers.It is a practically maintenance free intelligent system that independently protects environments from malicious attacks.A valuable feature offered by Sophos is called Naked Security, and it entails the control managed by the firewall on the site regarding the desktop client interfacing with our cloud client.The most valuable feature is the supervisory side of it where we can watch the throughputs, and even the loading of the device, to see how much traffic is happening.We most value the price and interface quality with Sophos Intercept X. We focus on solution quality.

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Cons
There's scanning going on that occasionally topples the memory, causing everything to freeze. This should be fixed.I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number.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.The management console could be better.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.Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product.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.There's a lot of manual effort involved to configure what we need.

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To be a perfect product, the price would have to be a bit better.They might want to offer an MSP model for licensing, to offer the solution as a software as a service.The price of this solution can be improved.The product defends very well on its own but could possibly use enhancement in giving users more controls.The initial setup was not very user-friendly.In terms of the site-to-site VPN elements, they tend to concentrate. It's quite simple when there are Meraki devices at both ends of the VPN but if there is another user at one end, on another device, it can be a bit tricky. So they could really simplify that process a bit.Sophos needs to create a YouTube channel with educational material for technicians or engineers.They should work on the logs and events. Sophos Intercept X needs to increase the interface test so that it can export to a live event.

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The price is pretty good.We renew the license for one year at $10,000.

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Also Known As
Windows Defender, Microsoft System Center Endpoint ProtectionIntercept X
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Overview
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.

Sophos Intercept X stops the widest range of attacks with a unique combination of deep learning malware detection, exploit prevention, anti-ransomware, and more.

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Sample Customers
Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Auckland Transport, Erste Bank Group, Urban Software Institute, NJVC, Sheraton Hotels and ResortsFlexible Systems
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Aerospace/Defense Firm14%
Comms Service Provider14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company33%
Comms Service Provider8%
Government6%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company9%
Retailer8%
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