McAfee Network Security Platform Competitors and Alternatives

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Genrlmgr67
Real User
Senior Security Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 25 2019

What is most valuable?

It's a component that is easy to configure and easy to use. They have familiar and friendly dashboards for the users. You can make a lot of the dashboards if you want to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is a great product because it is intelligent and does everything for us. We have a LAN (Local Area Network) and sensitive, classified data and we have to be sure it is… more»

What needs improvement?

Actually, the most valuable aspect of Splunk is the data. You do not need to use your databases to perform all things from on all the servers we have. Splunk has three big… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are a few things about the price. There are several packages but if you want to use it as an enterprise, you have to pay enterprise price. That is the initial price… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

For SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), we used to use McAfee, and it was not good for us. And also we used ArcSight. But we also realized it could not do… more»

What other advice do I have?

From my experience and from the security perspective, I recommend this product for all the people that need good security for investigation. The Splunk team and products… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We worked with McAfee and ArcSight, but Splunk turned out to be better.
Reseller
Chief Operating Officer at Winstarbel Communications Limited
Aug 21 2019

What is most valuable?

What I like about Darktrace is that you can quickly identify threats. I did a trial where I injected a small malware to see how long it takes for the program to identify it and to see that there is an anomaly. The response was good and it took the program less than a minute to detect it. The fast… more»

What needs improvement?

The pricing is based on the number of endpoints, so the program is rather expensive. I would like to see something that will fit my clients' budget. That is something they can work on to improve. Secondly, I would like to see my entire network, structurally and architecturally, on a single screen or… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others is always to keep an open mind and to find out as much as you can about the program to see if it offers what you are looking for. I rate Darktrace eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated several other options like McAfee. One reason why I chose Darktrace, in the end, was because of the difference in price, what we intend to achieve with the program and other costs.
Netwrkengin67
Real User
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is support for everything in the same box, including IPS, High Availability, etc.

What needs improvement?

This solution needs to be more customizable. The customization of the rules can be simplified.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a three-year license for this solution.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to this solution, we used McAfee. We switched because we replace our firewalls every five or six years.

What other advice do I have?

We are satisfied with this solution. The whole solution is very good, and stable. There are three modes that can be configured. The first is collectivity over security, the second is security over… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Fortinet FortiGate and Palo Alto before choosing this solution.
Real User
Cyber Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 24 2019

What is most valuable?

Signature rules from the Snort community around the world.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped improve productivity and detect attacks before they happen.

What needs improvement?

* I would like to see better integration with SIEMs. * Better rule building using other tools, like LuaH and Python. * Better performance. * Better intelligence gathering… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We buy the licensing on a yearly basis, when we renew our contract. It is around $14,000.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was originally a Snort product, which was open source. So, there is a community for it worldwide. We used ISS from IBM in the past, but it was causing many issues and… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is a ten because it is the only product in the market like this.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

McAfee and Palo Alto were on our shortlist.
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