CrowdStrike Falcon Overview

What is CrowdStrike Falcon?

CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all delivered via a single lightweight agent. 

Many of the world’s largest organizations already put their trust in CrowdStrike, including three of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, five of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers, and three of the top 10 energy companies.

Request a free trial here: https://go.crowdstrike.com/try-falcon-prevent

CrowdStrike Falcon is also known as CrowdStrike.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about CrowdStrike Falcon pricing:
  • "When comparing to Microsoft, CrowdStrike Falcon is more expensive."
  • "The pricing on CrowdStrike is per license. It was about $42 per seat yearly."
  • "Our licensing fees were between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, which was pretty expensive for a small business."
  • "All I can say about the licensing cost is that it's negotiable."

CrowdStrike Falcon Reviews

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Mark Krishnan
Associate Director - Infrastructure Engineering at AFT
Real User
Top 20
Jul 19, 2020
Great protection, excellent customer service, and an easy to understand UI

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as advanced threat protection. It is used to protect all endpoints, servers, etc.

Pros and Cons

  • "The UI is simple and self-explanatory. Everything is easy to understand."
  • "Basically, they don't cover legacy OS or applications. That's the only issue we're concerned about"

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. The last time I checked, it was version 5.6. It is up-to-date, however. I get a report every so often saying, we've updated the sensors, or current version, etc. It's an auto-update and it does that. Whenever it's missing something or it couldn't reach an endpoint, the company will send me a report of that, saying these endpoints are not updated because we couldn't detect it on the network any longer. The only advice I would say to others considering the…
reviewer1392531
Dy General Manager at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 2, 2020
Great user experience, very little maintenance required, and easy to set up

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily being used at our endpoint, which includes roaming users with laptops. It is being used in all of our servers at our data center. Our security team can monitor everything centrally using the Falcon dashboard. If there is an incident, our team can actually go to the root cause of the incident to try to solve it there.

Pros and Cons

  • "There's almost no maintenance required. It's very low if there's any at all."
  • "The solution needs to have integration with on-premises security devices and security facilities. That means all the security products, including the perimeter firewall, the DMZ."

What other advice do I have?

We're a customer. We don't have a business partnership with this solution. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using right now. It is the latest, as far as I know. We're currently running a POC with it. In today's environment, it's very crucial to protect a company from ransomware, and malware. We focus mainly on avoiding these types of attacks. We're always interested in the latest tools that have the latest techniques and are effective in our environment. On top of that. we've noticed during the pandemic, there are even more threats happening. We need to focus most of our energy…
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reviewer1402662
Sr. IT Support Executive at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Aug 12, 2020
Great online learning and flawless endpoints but takes a while to scan

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the product as a security solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "Their endpoint is pretty flawless. There is no lag on the machines at all. Even though I have a good overview of all the machines, that's pretty much the most valuable feature of CrowdStrike Falcon."
  • "It does take more time to scan than other solutions."

What other advice do I have?

I'm unsure which version of the solution we are using. I'm currently practicing my skills on this EDR solution. I have worked with this software and I've already collaborated with my seniors who are currently experts on this particular product. I'm getting pretty good help. Most of our clients have their own infrastructure which is mostly on the cloud. They have their own solid, robust infrastructure. When it comes to small environments that are currently adapting to the cloud, CrowdStrike could be a great opportunity. The solution, for example, doesn't require a minimum installation. It can…
Tom Smolinsky
Executive Technology Advisor at Vitso
Real User
Top 20
Oct 18, 2020
Good UI, performance, integration, and alerting

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for advanced threat protection, over and above any antivirus for approximately 1200 end-users, or endpoints. It is able to identify any anomalies and alert on that using the AI engine. That way, there's a small security team to make them more effective, to be able to get an alert, go in and look at what's going on. Since I have been here, I have been keying into when people fall for phishing attacks and they either get blocked going to a website or their credentials get compromised, and somebody logs in to their Office 365 account. We were able to forensically… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature that I find to be the most valuable, is being able to look at the system analysis and being able to baseline what is installed on the system."
  • "I think there's an opportunity to enhance the AI or at least the traps to say, if something changes from this baseline, let us know and flag it."

What other advice do I have?

As I came into this organization, they were moving away from CrowdStrike. They upgraded their license to E5 with the security bundle from Microsoft. The goal is to start to move things. They are paying twice for things right now, but that will be expiring. CrowdStrike comes up for renewal next year, and they want to be off of it by then. I haven't gone into critiquing it. Since they've already made the decision and made the investment to go to defender ATP. I'm more concerned with, are we losing anything? Do we have parity when we go from one platform to another? And if any gaps emerge, what…
Brent Homan
Service at Four-U Office Inc
Real User
Jul 3, 2020
Inexpensive, doesn't slow down devices, and an easy initial setup

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for real-time ransomware protection.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is very simple."
  • "They don't really have anything when it comes to scanning attachments."

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a special relationship with CrowdStrike. We're using the most up to date version of the solution right now. So far, I've had good luck with this solution. That said, it hasn't hit anything. I won't get a true test until I actually get somebody that sends up malware. In the meantime, no news is good news. I would rate the solution nine out of ten right now. They're pretty good. I haven't done anything super-advanced or to spec. There's a lot there to work with if I want to, however, I keep it pretty basic. I only have a couple of policies. It's not a huge…
reviewer1068594
Senior Cyber Security Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Oct 1, 2020
Detailed incident reporting, stable, and the technical support team is well trained

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is digital security investigations using the dashboard.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the indicator of compromise, which show you what file was either quarantined or removed."
  • "Any kind of integration that you want to do, such as using the API to connect to a SIEM, is complex and it will be expensive to do."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing CrowdStrike Falcon is to get in touch with the vendor and then follow best practices. They have a lot of documentation and everything is there. For the most part, I would suggest looking at the technical support documentation first and then contacting a representative at the vendor to continue the process. Most companies have it integrated with the SIEM and with their ticketing system, although I did not use it in that capacity because it costs more money. Most of the time, you're not going to have to lay a finger. Once it finds an infected file, you…
reviewer1043067
Director Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 20, 2020
Provides instant visibility and protection across an organization

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for threat protection and endpoint security. Recently, we added on CrowdStrike OverWatch and Insightsoftware for better reporting. OverWatch monitors East-West issues that CrowdStrike Protect doesn't see. New next-generation endpoint security doesn't scan your PC. It doesn't scan files nightly. People have to get past that, it's so old school. I have 50 end-users, one hundred endpoints, and workers of all types, both in-house and remote workers.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's given me a level of confidence that my network is secure."
  • "CrowdStrike Falcon by itself does not supply in-depth reporting."

What other advice do I have?

If you're thinking about implementing this solution, I would suggest getting Overwatch and Insight along with it. Also, don't be afraid to try and negotiate for a better price. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. The reporting is part of the Overwatch and Insight combination. It's doing what we want it to do and it's not causing a lot of overhead. Like I said earlier, maybe we're an anomaly. We don't have a lot of issues on our network.
reviewer1043067
Director Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 19, 2020
Offers a cloud-based option and has good stability

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability is good; we haven't experienced any glitches or bugs."
  • "The biggest issue with Falcon as a standalone product is it doesn't have very much reporting."

What other advice do I have?

There are half a dozen players out there that are the best of the breed. Pick one. When it came to CrowdStrike versus Carbon Black, configuration and setup were deciding, driving factors. CrowdStrike was much easier to configure, but overall, is it better or worse? I can't make that judgment call. All I know is what I've been told by other vendors that are trying to get my business. They tell me about issues that I've never encountered with the products that I have. In summary, take what a vendor says about another vendor's product with a grain of salt.
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