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"It is very easy to use, and its usability is great. The use cases are also very easy. The visualizations of the use cases are magnificent. You cannot find this in any other solution. From my point of view, it is great.""The most valuable feature is the way it captures the traffic, and it contains every detail of the communication."

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"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.""It has reduced the time it takes to respond to attacks. That comes back to the proactive point. It makes us able to lower down in the kill chain, we can react now, rather than reacting to incidents that happened, we can see an instant, in some cases, as it's being implemented, or as it's being launched.""The administrative privilege detection feature is the most valuable feature. The admin accounts are often highly accessible to the high-risk component of the environment. If those accounts are compromised or are being used in a suspicious manner, that's high-fidelity events for us to look into.""It does a reliable job of parsing out the logs of all the network traffic so that we can ingest them into our SIEM and utilize them for threat hunting and case investigations. It is pretty robust and reliable. The administration time that we spend maintaining it or troubleshooting it is very low. So, the labor hour overhead is probably our largest benefit from it. We spend 99% of our time in Vectra investigating cases, responding to incidents, or hunting, and only around 1% of our time is spent patching, troubleshooting, or doing anything else. That's our largest benefit from Vectra.""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.""The dashboard gives me a scoring system that allows me to prioritize things that I should look at. I may not necessarily care so much about one event, whereas if I have a single botnet detection or a brute force attack, I really want to get on top of those.""The key feature for me for Detect for Office 365 is that it can also concentrate all the information and detection at one point, the same as the network solution does. This is the key feature for me because, while accessing data from Office 365 is possible using Microsoft interfaces, they are not really user-friendly and are quite confusing to use. But Detect for Office 365 is aggregating all the info, and it's only the interesting stuff.""The solution's ability to reduce alerts, by rolling up numerous alerts to create a single incident or campaign, helps in that it collapses all the events to a particular host, or a particular detection to a set of hosts. So it doesn't generate too many alerts. By and large, whatever alerts it generates are actionable, and actionable within the day."

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Cons
"When analyzing something, you have to click several times. It requires a lot of effort to find something.""Its price could be improved. It is an expensive product. Its training is also too expensive. It would be great if they can have a better pricing scheme for the training."

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"The solution has not reduced the security analyst workload in our organization because we still need to SIEM. Unfortunately, while Vectra, for us, is a brilliant tool for network investigations, giving wonderful visibility, it doesn't go the whole way to replace our SIEM that is needed for compliance. So, I still have the same amount of alerting and logging that I did before. It gives us more defined ability to see incidents, but it doesn't give us enough information to satisfy a PCI or 27001 audit.""The main improvement I can see would be to integrate with more external solutions.""I would like to see a bit more strategic metrics instead of technical data. Information that I could show to my executive management team or board would be valuable.""We would like to see more information with the syslogs. The syslogs that they send to our SIEM are a bit short compared to what you can see. It would be helpful if they send us more data that we can incorporate into our SIEM, then can correlate with other events.""It does a little bit of packet capture on alert so you can look at the packet capture activity going on, but it doesn't collect a whole lot of data. Sometimes it's only one or two frames, sometimes it does collect more. That's why they have the addition of their Recall platform, because that really does help expand the capability.""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.""They use a proprietary logging format that is probably 90% similar to Bro Logs. Their biggest area of improvement is finishing out the remaining 10%. That 10% might not be beneficial to their ML engine, but that's fine. The industry standard is Zeek Logs or Bro Logs, or Bro or Zeek, depending on how old you are. While they have 90% of those fields, they're still missing some fields. In very rare instances, some community rules do not have the fields that they need, and we had to modify community rules for our logs. So, their biggest area of improvement would be to just finish their matching of the Zeek standard.""You are always limited with visibility on the host due to the fact that it is a network based tool. It gives you visibility on certain elements of the attack path, but it doesn't necessarily give you visibility on everything. Specifically, the initial intrusion side of things that doesn't necessarily see the initial compromise. It doesn't see stuff that goes on the host, such as where scripts are run. Even though you are seeing traffic, it doesn't necessarily see the malicious payload. Therefore, it's very difficult for it to identify these type of host-driven complex attacks."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""Vectra's licensing model could scale to our research network, which has multiple, 100-gigabit links.""The pricing is very good. It's less expensive than many of the tools out there.""Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.""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.""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.""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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It is very easy to use, and its usability is great. The use cases are also very easy. The visualizations of the use cases are magnificent. You cannot find this in any other solution. From my point… more »
Top Answer: Its price could be improved. It is an expensive product. Its training is also too expensive. It would be great if they can have a better pricing scheme for the training.
Top Answer: It is our all-in-one platform for logs and packets for our network and for EDR.
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 super easy way to capture network traffic for important protocols, giving us an… 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 network and a lot of rules. So, our setup might not be a typical implementation… more »
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Also Known As
Vectra Networks, Vectra AI NDR
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Overview

RSA NetWitness® Network exposes network data to enhance a security
team’s capabilities to detect and respond to today’s advanced threats. RSA
NetWitness Network provides immediate deep visibility for rapid detection,
efficient investigation and forensics, in order to reduce dwell time. With
unparalleled speed for real-time behavior analytics, RSA patented technology
accelerates detection and investigation of threats as they traverse your
network. RSA NetWitness Network provides real-time visibility into all your
network traffic—on premises, in the cloud and across virtual environments.
RSA NetWitness Network enables threat hunting with streamlined workflows
and integrated, automated investigation tools that analysts use to hunt
and monitor the timing and movements of threat actors. Through a unique
combination of behavioral analytics, data science techniques and threat
intelligence, RSA NetWitness Network detects known and unknown attacks
that put organizations at risk.

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.

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Sample Customers
Busan Bank, Banorte Bank, Eastern Bank
Tribune Media Group, Barry University, Aruba Networks, Good Technology, Riverbed, Santa Clara University, Securities Exchange, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm8%
Healthcare Company6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Retailer19%
Manufacturing Company13%
Mining And Metals Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise53%
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RSA NetWitness Network is ranked 11th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 2 reviews while Vectra AI is ranked 2nd in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 17 reviews. RSA NetWitness Network is rated 9.0, while Vectra AI is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of RSA NetWitness Network writes "A stable solution that captures traffic with detailed communication logs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Vectra AI writes "Gives us that extra chance to stop a disaster before it happens". RSA NetWitness Network is most compared with ExtraHop Reveal(x), Darktrace, Cisco Stealthwatch, ExtraHop Reveal(X) Cloud and ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, whereas Vectra AI is most compared with Darktrace, Cisco Stealthwatch, ExtraHop Reveal(x) and Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention. See our RSA NetWitness Network vs. Vectra AI report.

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