Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks Room for Improvement

Network Designer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution should enhance the ADR and reporting. As of right now, they are giving reports, which are okay, however, there are other ways to get better reporting. That is an area where I already requested that Palo Alto work on.

In reporting they should have a customizable dashboard due to the fact that C-level people don't like reporting to the IT department. They prefer to have a real-time dashboard. That kind of dashboard needs to have various customizations. 

They should extend the solution for URL filtering, as other endpoint security products are doing that already. Nowadays, users are working from home and therefore we have plenty of traffic back through the data center just for URL filtering security. If that functionality could be there in the endpoint, then we would be happy. It would ensure users working from home couldn't access malicious websites. 

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Senior Information Security Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It's my understanding that this solution is at end-of-life.

It's hard to use as a product. It's not easy or straightforward. Especially when I deal with a government sector or other sensitive industries. They do not accept that it's so easy to share metadata outside their organization. They prefer on-prem even if it is not as powerful due to the fact that they perceive it as being more secure.

The solution can never really be an on-premises solution based simply on the way it is set up. It needs metadata to run and improve. Having an on-premises solution would cut it off from making improvements.

The deployment is pretty hard. Competitors like Trend Micro or Symantec have features on their console that make them easier to use. This solution does not offer items that would increase its usability.

Before I moved to technical sales, I handled implementation, and I remember it being very difficult. They need to improve this aspect.

The solution provides a lot of false positives. The average amount of false positives you get is 5%. It would be great if this could be lowered.

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Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I started using it from 4.1, but it didn't change that much. Some features and some fixes have been added to 4.2, but not that much. They need to improve reporting, the end-point reporting. They could also enhance their notification statuses. In the current version, you will see some threat alerts, or if anything is executable, but you will not see behavioral analysis. You will see what was being blocked, and that's it. If Traps logs something, you will get a notification. Otherwise, you have to generate the dump file and investigate on your own.

In the next release, I would like to see more UI improvements. Their UI is a bit basic. When we are speaking about Palo Alto Networks they are a big company, so they can surely improve the UI a little bit. The UI, the reports, the log system can all be improved. But overall, when we speak about security and protection, they are one of the top providers.

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Jeff Wolach
Vice President / Chief Technology Officer at Sinnott Wolach Technology Group

A little bit more automation would be nice.

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Darshil Sanghvi
Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

It is not a suitable solution if you are looking for a single product with multiple features such as DLP, encryption, rollback, etc.
this is good as an endpoint protection to prevent malware, exploits, zero days, ransomware, botnet etc. For features like Host DLP or encryption or patch management, or any such features which are available in basic anti-virus, you cannot expect it in Palo Alto Network's Cortex XDR solution. rest, all features work as expected, without any lagg or slowness observed in the system.

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CIO/CTO at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution eats memory of the computer, unlike anything I've ever seen. It eats more memory than Chrome. 

I have a lot of users that are eating my memory each hour every day and it's causing us problems. We have to go and buy more memory for each computer. When you have a lot of computers like we do, is not a very good situation.

Some of the computers are only using 4 GB of memory, so if you put aside the differences, most only have some Chrome, some internet, and Office and that's it. And yet, the memory is getting eaten.

If someone catches something like malware, or something else, I want to know if the file was spread to other machines and what the target was. I want to be able to get ahead of the spread. This solution doesn't do enough to protect us against these types of vulnerabilities or to give us much information about the spread. The tool really does need some more reverse engineering features.

There's an overall lack of features.

The initial setup could use improvement. Currently, I must go to each machine and deploy everything manually. We are in 2020, not in 1980. It seems like such a dated way of doing large deployments.

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Cybersecurity Incident Response Analyst at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The downside to the solution is that there are a large number of false positives. There are a whole lot of different things for business automated actions, and it's hard to sort through all that. Without some assistance and suppression of false positives from Palo Alto or some event triaging that you might have enabled on your SIEM, you'll continue to get the high number of false positives. It's related more to the lack of capability to easily identify and suppress false positives before they're presented to you. There needs to be a function for suppressing false positives for types of machines and not necessarily for the actual groups.

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Lead Security Engineer at ESKA

For working with the solution, you only really need a web browser, however, we've found that working on Chrome, for example, is horrible.

Cortex does not offer an on-premises solution. However, some customers would prefer not to be on the cloud. It would be ideal if it could offer something on-prem as well.

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System Manager at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

As an improvement, I would like to see enhanced connection speeds. On China's side, we need to set up a local server for the definition updates, and the performance has not been very good for the company when directly connected to the internet. We are a little disappointed with that.  

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Consultant at a mining and metals company with 51-200 employees

The one area which should improve is not on the user side but on the product itself. Currently, if you use Palo Alto endpoint protection as the only solution it's very complicated to remove pre-existing threats. For example, if you had something that was not detected by the former solution, and you install Palo Alto, you will have some difficulty removing the virus with the Palo Alto tool. It would be helpful if they had a tool for removing a virus or threat in these cases.

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Raul Rivera
Cybersecurity Engineer at GFR Media

The MAC agent is not as robust feature-wise as the PC version. I need to control USB ports on MAC laptops and cannot. This is a MUST so I opened a case with Palo Alto and requested this feature for an upcoming update.

I would like to see more automation and self-healing for incidents that can be easily classified as malware.

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Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There are a lot of logs generated and an engineer has to go through all of the events to find out exactly what the bottleneck is. We do need to collect the events but this can be time-consuming. Being able to filter the events to see those that are related to the actual alert would save time spent by the engineer.

A better pricing plan would make this product more competitive.

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Mayur Jadhav
Senior Security Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I would like to see some sort of attachment scanning included.

Data privacy is a matter of concern. You have to be careful with data privacy, it can be sensitive and Cortex can have most of your access.

I want a plugin for email attachment scanning and email body scanning.

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Network and Cybersecurity Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It would be good to have a better way to search for a file within the UI. Like in SentinelOne, you can search for an arbitrary file, and in Cortex XDR, you can't. You can do it with an addendum license, but I think we could all benefit from getting it with the standard license. Because if you want to do threat hunting with this product, you have to search for files now and not wait to get a license.

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Assistant Superintendent with 51-200 employees

Although I would say this product is highly-rated, it could probably do more because nothing does everything that you want.

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Mantu Shaw
Project Manager at Incedo Inc.

There are some third-party solutions that are difficult to integrate with, which is something that can be improved.

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Sales Engineer at a security firm with 51-200 employees

The installation should be easier and the Palo Alto pre-sales and sales should teams have more information on the product because they don't know what they are selling.

They don't know the features of the products they sell.

For example, Cortex XDR includes Cortex XDR Prevent, Cortex XDR Pro, and Cortex XDR Pro per TB. They don't know the real differences between Cortex XDR Pro and Cortex XDR Pro per TB.

Sometimes, they will tell you about features for one edition that belong to another edition. They don't seem to know what features belong to what edition.

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IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would like to see them include NDR (Network Detection Response). Then it would work well with SIEM Response. Also, if they could make an on-premises version we would definitely go with Cortes. At this time, they are not offering an on-premises solution.

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Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It'll help if customization was easier. It would be better than how it's now if it came out of the box using their stock set up to get it up-and-running. Then you go in, and you add more restrictive things to make it better.

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Christopher Bell
Senior System Administrator at Mississippi Department of Corrections

The dashboard is the area that needs to improve so that we can have the ability to drill down without having to go elsewhere to verify results.

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Ingeniero de Soporte at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The configuration could be simplified.

I would like to see better protection, specifically to protect email applications.

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Augusto Jose Garcia
SOC Analyst at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution needs better reports. I think they should let the customer go in and customize the reports. 

It could also use better graphics and more information.

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Director of Cloud Security at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

In terms of what could be improved in Cortex XDR, definitely the host insights module. The ability to kind of take a look at what applications are running on the endpoint is a new feature, but there is a lot of room for improvement there in terms of versioning and so forth.

Additionally, the dashboard could use some significant improvement, just making it more useful with more information. It has a limited amount of information right now. It is customizable, but I'd love to see a better out-of-box dashboard.

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