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"The ability to kind of stitch everything together and see the actual complete picture is very useful. I guess you'd call it a playbook. Some people call it the forensics analysis of what was happening on particular endpoints when they detected some malicious behavior, and what transpired before that to cause that. It is also very user friendly. The way they have done everything and integrated all the solutions that they've purchased over the years to make it a very seamless, effective product is very good. One thing about Palo Alto is that they take the products or services that they purchase and make them seamless for the end user as compared to some companies that purchase other companies and then just kind of have their products off to the side or keep different interfaces. Palo Alto doesn't do that.""Stability is a primary factor, and then there's the ease of distribution and policy management.""It collects and caches and the knowledge of machine learning from different customers to take to the cloud. It makes it better to use for everybody. It allows for quick learning and updates and can, therefore, offer zero-day malware security. This sharing of metadata helps make the solution very safe.""The most valuable feature is that you can select remote access of any machine for sandboxing.""The user interface of the solution is sophisticated and straightforward.""Threat identification and detection are the most valuable features of this solution.""The most valuable for us is the correlation feature.""The dashboard is customizable."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are the vulnerability assessments and the glossary of compliance.""We saw improvement from a regulatory compliance perspective due to having a single dashboard.""When we started out, our secure score was pretty low. We adopted some of the recommendations that Security Center set out and we were able to make good progress on improving it. It had been in the low thirties and is now in the upper eighties.""The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.""This is a platform as a service provided by Azure. We don't need to install or maintain Azure Security Center. It is a ready-made service available in Azure. This is one of the main things that we like. If you look at similar tools, we have to install, maintain, and update services. Whereas, Azure Security Center manages what we are using. This is a good feature that has helped us a lot.""We can create alerts that trigger if there is any malicious activity happening in the workflow and these alerts can be retrieved using the query language.""It has seamless integration with any of the services I mentioned, on Azure, such as IaaS platforms, virtual machines, applications, or databases, because it's an in-house product from Microsoft within the Azure ecosystem.""It is very intuitive when it comes to policy administration, alerts and notifications, and ease of setting up roles at different hierarchies. It has also been good in terms of the network technology maps. It provides a good overview, but it also depends on the complexity of your network."

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"In an upcoming release, the solution could improve by proving hard disk encryption. If it could support this it would be a complete solution.""There's an overall lack of features.""Impact on system performance is horrible, adding a lot of delays for users.""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.""Technology evolves every day, so it would be nice if it gets more secure. It can also have more integration with other platforms.""I would like to see better protection, specifically to protect email applications.""Being able to filter the events to see those that are related to the actual alert would save time spent by the engineer.""It is not a suitable solution if you are looking for a single product with multiple features such as DLP, encryption, rollback, etc."

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"The solution is quite complex. A lot of the different policies that actually get applied don't pertain to every client. If you need to have something open for a client application to work, then you get dinged for having a port open or having an older version of TLS available.""The overview provides you with good information, but if you want more details, there is a lot more customization to do, which requires knowledge of the other supporting solutions.""Pricing could be improved. There are limited options based on pricing for the government.""I felt that there was disconnection in terms of understanding the UI. The communication for moving from the old UI to the new UI could be improved. It was a bit awkward.""Agent features need to be improved. They support agents through Azure Arc or Workbench. Sometimes, we are not able to get correct signals from the machines on which we have installed these agents. We are not able to see how many are currently reporting to Azure Security Center, and how many are currently not reporting. For example, we have 1,000 machines, and we have enrolled 1,000 OMS agents on these machines to collect the log. When I look at the status, even though at some places, it shows that it is connected, but when I actually go and check, I'm not getting any alerts from those. There are some discrepancies on the agent, and the agent features are not up to the mark.""No possibility to write or edit any capability.""As an analyst, there is no way to configure or create a playbook to automate the process of flagging suspicious domains.""When you work with it, the only problem that we're struggling with is that we have 21 different subscriptions we're trying to apply security to. It's impossible to keep everything organized."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I don't have any issues with the pricing. We are satisfied with the price.""If one wishes to work with another team or large number of users at a future point, he must purchase a license for them.""Our customers have expressed that the price is high.""Very costly product.""The price is on the higher side, but it's okay.""It's about $55 per license on a yearly basis.""Its pricing is kind of in line with its competitors and everybody else out there.""In terms of the cost Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is very expensive because we are a Mexican company and when you translate dollars to pesos the cost is very high. The solution is very expensive for Mexican companies. I understand that they have international prices, but I do not think it offsets the price enough for many companies in countries, such as Mexico. The amount it is reduced is not a massive percentage."

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"Microsoft's licensing and pricing are sometimes complicated. If someone is new to Microsoft's licensing, they might have difficulty with it.""It has global licensing. It comes with multiple licenses since there are around 50,000 people (in our organization) who look at it.""The price of the solution is good for the features we receive and there is an additional cost for Microsoft premier support. However, some of my potential customers have found it to be expensive and have gone on to choose another solution.""We are using the free version of the Azure Security Center.""The licensing cost per server is $15 per month.""The cost of the license is based on the subscriptions that you have.""There is a helpful cost-reducing option that allows you to integrate production subscriptions with non-production subscriptions.""Although I am outside of the discussion on budget and costing, I can say that the importance of security provided by this solution is of such importance that whatever the cost is, it is not a factor."

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Top Answer: The integration with Logic Apps allows for automated responses to incidents.
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Cyvera, Cortex XDR, Palo Alto Networks Traps
Microsoft Azure Security Center, Azure Security Center, Microsoft ASC, Azure Defender
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Overview

Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is the world's first detection and response app that natively integrates network, endpoint and cloud data to stop sophisticated attacks. Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks accurately detects threats with behavioral analytics and reveals the root cause to speed up investigations.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud protects your Azure and hybrid resources. Microsoft uses a wide variety of physical, infrastructure, and operational controls to help secure Azure—but there are additional actions you need to take to help safeguard your workloads. Turn on Azure Security Center to strengthen your cloud security posture. Within Azure Security Center, use Azure Defender to protect your hybrid cloud workloads. With Azure Security Center, you can:

- Assess and visualize the security state of your resources in Azure, on-premises, and in other clouds with Azure Secure Score

- Simplify enterprise compliance and view your compliance against regulatory requirements

- Protect all your hybrid cloud workloads with Azure Defender, which is integrated with Security Center

- Use AI and automation to cut through false alarms, quickly identify threats, and streamline threat investigation

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

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CBI Health Group, University Honda, VakifBank
Microsoft Defender for Cloud is trusted by companies such as ASOS, Vatenfall, SWC Technology Partners, and more.
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Financial Services Firm13%
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Consumer Goods Company13%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
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Computer Software Company29%
Consumer Goods Company14%
Retailer7%
Insurance Company7%
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Financial Services Firm6%
Insurance Company5%
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Midsize Enterprise20%
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Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise63%
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Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is ranked 1st in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 30 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is ranked 2nd in Extended Detection and Response (XDR) with 24 reviews. Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks writes "Has a centralized console and does predictive analysis of malware". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud writes "Provides good recommendations and makes policy administration easy". Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, SentinelOne, Symantec End-User Endpoint Security and Trend Micro Apex One, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Amazon GuardDuty, Trend Micro XDR, Trend Micro Cloud One Workload Security and Check Point CloudGuard Posture Management.

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