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Carbon Black CB Defense Room for Improvement

Group CIO at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

As far as I know, Carbon Defense has nothing that can be installed on mobile devices. It lacks a defense solution for mobile devices, especially mobile tablets. I would like to see support for mobile devices and the pricing should be less than the pricing for a normal workstation.

Also, there is not much education for customers about Defense versus its other products. They promote Defense as enough, but then they say if you need more protection you can go for CB Response. I don't know whether it's a technology issue or a marketing issue, but they should teach the customer more. They tell you you are secure with Carbon Defense but then they recommend Carbon Protect. There is not a lot of education on this.

I don't want to have an incident in the future and their answer will be, "Sorry, you did not buy Protect." Security is a continuous process. I can accept that it has more features, but don't tell me, "You are not protected because you did not buy the more expensive product."

In addition, these other products should be add-ons, not separate products. And the cost for them should be much less for adding on because you are already a customer.

Finally, we receive a lot of high alerts. There is no priority system, from one to 10, where 10 is very dangerous and one is something easy. There is no way for us to tell why this alert is similar to that one.

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Founding Partner, Security Architect at ISS

This solution could have greater granular control on how certain applications work. You are able to do the operation of allowing or disallow, or you can block unusual usage of an application, but they do not define it well. 

The PowerShell is being called in any way that the threat actor might use it versus an administrator. You are in a way taking this solutions' best guess at it or their understanding of it. They do not clearly tell you in technical terms how they make that determination. They should be more forthright about it, or if they can not tell us, they should just give us the control to make those selections. We are choosing it because at least we have that control where we do not have that same amount of control with other solutions like Cylance. However, they are still not telling us precisely what constitutes suspicious behavior, what actions, or what calls. It is a check box to say, lock if we have inappropriate use, or block if we have suspicious behavior. It would be helpful to tell us what that actually meant.

In the future, I would like to see more granular control of PowerShell and more administrative tools.

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JS
System Eng at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees

The alerting mail needs to be customizable. Right now, it isn't. That has to change. Right now, I get a lot of what I call noise email alerts. All I hear from them is, "Well, we're working on it. We're working on it." Well, they've been working on it for four years now, and nothing has changed.

In the past, we've seen some stability issues in the latest version releases. We tend to hang back one version just to make sure issues are fully resolved to avoid user disruption.

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JB
Cyber Security Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees

I can't think of any feature that needs to be enhanced or reviewed at this time.

Some of the features that I see as an end-user, unfortunately, I haven't been able to see from a project management standpoint. I'm not sure if we're actually taking advantage of all the available features. I don't know if it's because we haven't configured it yet, or we are not using it. 

I'm not sure as to the logic of how we've decided to customize it. We've only really used it since February and therefore there may be more to do on that front. That's why it's hard to say if something is missing or if we just aren't utilizing it.

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MP
IT Cybersecurity at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Sometimes the solution blocks items that were previously approved and we don't know why.

It is sometimes hard when I attempt to investigate, to know the commands. It's not easy to do that. You need to upload the right information.

Occasionally, when we get alerts, we don't get all the information we need, such as the computer's serial number.

If I reveal an alert in a new window, I need to go back to the main link as it doesn't work.

Sometimes we need to close the solution and then open it up again.

Occasionally, we'll have issues with the latest version and they'll basically tell us that they will improve it in the next iteration. They need to work on their version release quality.

It would be good to have more information about the devices. If you get an alert that a malicious file is on your computer, Carbon Black really doesn't give you the full picture. We also need to wait for the user who owns the computer to be online before we can investigate everything. It's hard when you are working across time zones.

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Threat and Vulnerability Engineer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

The EDR portion could be better. I'm not a big fan, but it works.

The End Point Detection Response and the way it lays our processes with our endpoint and its detection engine, in the way that it detects the admin or alerts we based on a threat. I feel that they're a little behind on the market from my perspective.  

Overall, areas of improvement would be the EDR part, the detection, also the cloud console. If you're trying to write queries or something, it's very slow, just not robust.

It's a cloud console so it should be fast. If I run a query and I press enter, if it took two seconds, it wouldn't give me a nice loading interface, because it's stuck. I would see an operating system most of the time. 

I feel like it should be faster. But as far as the price and everything, I think it's a good product.

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IG
Senior Infrastructure and Security Engineer at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

It could be a bit complicated. You have to be very familiar with Carbon Black to understand what it is doing and why it is doing. I would like to have more explanations and simplification in the user interface. It would be good to get help and see more explanations. It should tell us that a software is blocked and the reason for it. It would be good to be able to build chains in terms of what caused what, what worked, and what caused an issue.

We are now moving from Carbon Black to Cortex XDR. While choosing antivirus software, we were also looking at Carbon Black because it also has an antivirus package, and it is next-generation, but we were told that Carbon Black doesn't support firewalls. We have Palo Alto firewalls. We would have chosen this solution if it supported firewalls, in particular next-generation firewalls, but unfortunately, it doesn't. Therefore, we decided on Cortex XDR because it integrates with Palo Alto firewalls.

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LA
Information Security Specialist at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

The reporting could be improved. Some of the built-in reporting isn't ideal. They have an API and everything you need that you can kind of hook into the product pretty easily, however, it'd be nice to have some built-in reports instead of having to seek them elsewhere.

The solution needs expanded endpoint query tools.

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SS
IT Manager - System Administration at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

The on-prem one was very problematic, especially version 7.2, which did not play nice with Symantec at all. The last upgrade of the client actually triggered a block to the networking, to our active directory domain controllers.

There was a bug that we found was in Macs. It was triggering false positives as it wasn't able to figure out the right parent upon login. With the Carbon Black Cloud, we just got it two to three weeks ago. So far, I haven't seen any false positives. The cloud seems to be a much better product. 

With the on-prem one, the bug has been reported by the community in early January or February, something like that, at the beginning of the year, and it's still not addressed. They have released two versions since then, and yet neither of them addresses this specific issue.

I need more time to explore the cloud deployment, as we've only had it for three weeks at this point. 

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JG
Infrastructure and support manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

The whitelisting system, and the concept of it, overall, is pretty decent. The problem with the whitelisting capability is that it's pretty archaic. Based on all the security roles and the release privilege, it could take time for an application to be whitelisted and approved for use.

The Mac support needs improvement, as it had next to none.

The biggest problem we had was the Mac support. It had very little, and my C-suite is almost exclusively Mac, as is my marketing and development department.

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ICT Manager at SecurEyes

In the month-long evaluation of the solution that we conducted, we found the POC to not be helpful, owing to the issue the client encountered with the platform, the operating system, which did not lend adequate support. 

While we paid for both on-cloud and on-premises deployment, the issue is not with the entrepreneur's upload, but with the end point. 

And do you have already some customers regarding Carbon Black?

Syed Faisal:
No, even Carbon Black, everyone has this solution for Windows IoT and Linux environment. But this is something called the product called Dell. This is a Dell based, [inaudible 00:02:31]. More or less the Dell [inaudible 00:02:33] which is running Dell customer OS, [inaudible 00:02:39]. But unfortunately we cannot install the agent on it.

The licensing price is a bit expensive when compared with other solutions. 

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Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

In the next release, it would help if we can get better control over containers. This will help secure the containers in multiple environments. For example, we need to secure the Kubernetes containers. Apart from admin user login to see containers processes running, developers & operate team users also should be seeing the container's processes running.

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MS
IT Infrastructure - Global Head at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution needs better overall compatibility with other products.

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CS
Assistant Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

When you view the triage, it will show you everything within a given time frame, and not only the attack that caused the alert, which is what I want to see. It shows you all the events during that time, and that can be quite confusing. If they could focus on the alert and the event that the user wants to see, that would be better.

There is also room for improvement on the reporting side, because it doesn't have reports. Many of our customers would prefer some kind of exportable report, like a summary. Carbon Black should have this feature.

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Senior Software Engineer at NCR Corporation

While I consider the product to be top notch and am happy with it, its reporting aspects need to be addressed.

I would definitely recommend Carbon Black CB Defense to others who are contemplating using it, but its administration features need fine tuning. I believe this is already being addressed so that gaps can be filled as these relate to other leading technologies on the market.

The GUI and reporting should also be addressed.

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KO
Senior NOC Security Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees

There are many different controls that are needed to be put into place for upgrading that makes it difficult. Having to re-engineer your IT infrastructure to match their software, as opposed to having it integrate and work independently causes difficulties. When there is an update to any software everyone has to be involved.

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SS
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Its compatibility can be improved. It did crash a server during deployment, which is not something that I want to happen.

Its deployment should also be easier. The whole deployment cycle needs to be simplified. It is an enterprise solution, and to set it up right now, you have to be an expert.

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IT Security Solutions Engineer at Softprom

To improve the ability to connect also feeds of third resources (communities).

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MP
Information Security Consultant at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The feature set for the firewall needs improvement.

I am looking forward to learning more about the integration with VMware at the hypervisor layer.

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

The application control can be improved. It should also have an automatic update of the agents.

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