Vectra AI Competitors and Alternatives

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JG
Head of Information Security at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Gives us network layer visibility into things that may not be covered by other monitoring tools, such as shadow IT

What is our primary use case?

One of the interesting things that made us lean towards going with Awake was that it fulfilled a couple of use cases. One was the core NDR functionality. We wanted it to be able to monitor our network traffic and alert us on security-relevant events. Another request we had was that because our security team was pretty resource-constrained, we wanted a solution that could provide an in-house managed service for monitoring it, as a partner. Awake was able to provide that, with their MNDR team. and that was something that we found pretty valuable.

Pros and Cons

  • "The query language that they have is quite valuable, especially because the sensor itself is storing some network activity and we're able to query that. That has been useful in a pinch because we don't necessarily use it just for threat hunting, but we also use it for debugging network issues. We can use it to ask questions and get answers about our network. For example: Which users and devices are using the VPN for RDP access? We can write a query pretty quickly and get an answer for that."
  • "One concern I do have with Awake is that, ideally, it should be able identify high-risk users and devices and entities. However, we don't have confidence in their entity resolution, and we've provided this feedback to Awake. My understanding is that this is where some of the AI/ML is, and it hasn't been reliable in correctly identifying which device an activity is associated with. We have also encountered issues where it has merged two devices into one entity profile when they shouldn't be merged. The entity resolution is the weakest point of Awake so far."

What other advice do I have?

One thing to be aware of, for someone else using Awake, is to be ready, at the beginning, to clearly define what is expected network activity and what is not. That helps both teams. For us, it has been an interesting challenge because our network is quite complex. In the life sciences, we have pretty varied environments for physical manufacturing, R&D, and SGNA. It spans the whole gamut. What helps in that environment is being very clear, up front, about documenting and giving context to the Awake MNDR team about which devices are domain controllers and the kinds of traffic they should expect…
Mark Lavine
Airway Transportation Service Specialist at Federal Aviation Administration
Real User
Top 20
Allowed us to effectively monitor network traffic and analyze anomalies

What is our primary use case?

Five engineers and I were testing this solution. We were looking for an NDR solution. We're cyber threat hunters, so we're looking to provide cyber hunting services for our clients. We're in the market for a network detection response solution so that we can monitor network traffic and analyze anomalies or anything that may be on the network that looks like normal traffic. We were using Stealthwatch to get a feel for it and to see whether or not it was going to be something that we would use in the future.

Pros and Cons

  • "From what I understand, you can encrypt and unencrypt traffic moving in transit. This is one of the features that we liked about it."
  • "We determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, It seemed like a good product. Cisco's behind the name — I would recommend it. Cisco's got a suite of security and network products. I think it's pretty durable. It works for non-technical people, too. You'll have to do some fine-tuning and you probably should have experienced staff looking after it, but it's a pretty good product in my opinion. We're looking at other products that are more automated like Darktrace, ExtraHop, and Vectra. Any solution that cuts down the time it takes to analyze and sift through the logs, etc. I'm pretty sure that Cisco does it, but there's some…
FH
Founder and Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good detection capability and reduces our team's effort, but there should be more visibility at the endpoint level and less effort in fine-tuning

What is our primary use case?

I'm currently heading cybersecurity for 1,500 entities. Some of them have deployed Vectra, and some of them have deployed Darktrace. Darktrace has been in the UK market for a while, whereas Vectra is a not-so-old player in the UK market. We are using the latest version of Darktrace but not their latest offering. They are now also providing email security over the Darktrace platform, but we have not been utilizing that. We have been utilizing their network detection and response and some part of automated incident response (IR) capability. We have a hybrid infrastructure. Some centers are… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of features, the data or information they collect and unsupervised machine learning are very valuable. Its unsupervised machine learning has reduced our team's effort. Both Darktrace and Vectra work on unsupervised machine learning that learns the behavior or develops a profile on its own, which allows our security team to do some other tasks rather than spending time on Darktrace or Vectra. Because of unsupervised machine learning, its detection capability is quite good. Along with that, if we utilize the integration feature properly, the automated incident response capability of Darktrace is quite useful."
  • "In terms of improvements, fine-tuning is the area where we have to spend some time because it works on unsupervised machine learning. It would be good if they can improve their algorithm or technical functionality to reduce the fine-tuning effort. They can also come up with something at the endpoint level. So far, Darktrace has been a network detection response (NDR) solution. It does not offer much at the endpoint level or on user-client devices or servers. There should be more visibility at the endpoint level. It would be good to have the detection and response at the endpoint level by Darktrace. It should also have integration with an agile environment so that we can have continuous development and continuous integration in the application development environment. This is currently not there. It should also have internet-facing platform visibility, which is currently missing. They also need to improve the reporting and management dashboards. Currently, these are not so easy for a non-technical person. All these features would make Darktrace much better, and they would also be helpful in selling more solutions."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Darktrace a seven out of ten. It is a good solution, but it requires some improvements.
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