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"It has reduced the time it takes to respond to attacks. That comes back to the proactive point. It makes us able to lower down in the kill chain, we can react now, rather than reacting to incidents that happened, we can see an instant, in some cases, as it's being implemented, or as it's being launched.""One of the key advantages for us is we define a 24/7 service around it. We use far more of Vectra alerts than we do with our SIEM product because we understand that when we get an alert from Vectra we actually need to do something about it.""It gives you access, with Recall, to instant visibility into your network through something like a SIEM solution. For us, being able to correlate all of this network data without having to manage it, has provided immediate value. It gives us the ability to really work on the stuff where I and my team have expertise, instead of having to manage a SIEM solution...""The administrative privilege detection feature is the most valuable feature. The admin accounts are often highly accessible to the high-risk component of the environment. If those accounts are compromised or are being used in a suspicious manner, that's high-fidelity events for us to look into.""It does a reliable job of parsing out the logs of all the network traffic so that we can ingest them into our SIEM and utilize them for threat hunting and case investigations. It is pretty robust and reliable. The administration time that we spend maintaining it or troubleshooting it is very low. So, the labor hour overhead is probably our largest benefit from it. We spend 99% of our time in Vectra investigating cases, responding to incidents, or hunting, and only around 1% of our time is spent patching, troubleshooting, or doing anything else. That's our largest benefit from Vectra.""Vectra produces actionable data using automation. That has helped us. It's less manpower now to look at incidents, which has definitely increased efficiency. Right now, in a lot of cases, our mean time to detection is within zero days. This tells me by the time something happened, and we were able to detect it, it was within the same day.""One of the most valuable features is all the correlation that it does using AI and machine learning. An example would be alerting on a host and then alerting on other things, like abnormal behavior, that it has noticed coming from the same host. It's valuable because we're a very lean team.""It has helped us to organize our security. We get a better overview on what is happening on the network, which has helped us get quicker responses to users. If we see malicious activity, then we can quickly take action on it. Previously, we weren't getting an overview as fast as we are now, so we can now provide a quicker response."

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"It has definitely helped us improve our mean time to resolution on network issues.""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 find that Stealthwatch can detect the unseen.""It's easy to set up. The deployment takes one or two days. You need to collect the data from a device and then direct it to the portal.""Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.""Overall, the implementation is very good."

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"SolarWinds has improved our organization because whenever a device is down, we get an alert.""The monitoring is perfect, showing you the details for the utilization of resources and network bandwidth.""The most valuable feature is the alarm that is set up to trigger based on bandwidth utilization.""The program is scalable enough for our usage.""The most valuable feature is the ability to look for any increases in bandwidth over time so that we can plan before it becomes critical.""The most valuable features are the bandwidth analyzer, the monitoring, the network analyzer, it has overall good performance, and an easy deployment.""For managing the traffic, it provides you a response about whether the traffic is down, up, or heavy, which is a very powerful feature. It has a good response time. We have been using this solution for many years, and we don't have any problem with this solution.""What I like the most is the bandwidth assessment."

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Cons
"You are always limited with visibility on the host due to the fact that it is a network based tool. It gives you visibility on certain elements of the attack path, but it doesn't necessarily give you visibility on everything. Specifically, the initial intrusion side of things that doesn't necessarily see the initial compromise. It doesn't see stuff that goes on the host, such as where scripts are run. Even though you are seeing traffic, it doesn't necessarily see the malicious payload. Therefore, it's very difficult for it to identify these type of host-driven complex attacks.""I would like to see a bit more strategic metrics instead of technical data. Information that I could show to my executive management team or board would be valuable.""One thing which I have found where there could be improvement is with regard to the architecture, a little bit: how the brains and sensors function. It needs more flexibility with regard to the brain. If there were some flexibility in that regard, that would be helpful, because changing the mode of the brain is complex. In some cases, the change is permanent. You cannot revert it.""The main improvement I can see would be to integrate with more external solutions.""Some of their integrations with other sources of data, like external threat feeds, took a bit more work than I had hoped to get integrated.""In comparison with a lot of systems I used in the past, the false positives are really a burden because they are taking a lot of time at this moment.""I'd like to be able to get granular reports and to be able to output them into formats that are customizable and more useful. The reporting GUI is lacking.""The false positives and the tuning side of it is something that could use improvement. But that could be from our side."

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"Many of these tools require extensive on-premises hardware to run.""We determined that Stealthwatch wouldn't provide the machine learning model that we required.""It's a good solid solution but integration with Network Access Control products with Cisco ISE would be good.""Cisco could improve the administration for the customers.""We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best."

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"It does not flow. It cannot do our metric performance monitoring. So it is very limited. They can do it but in a very limited fashion. It is only good for SNMP-based alerts.""I would like to see better customization capabilities.""The pricing is expensive.""It's not a cheap product, so the pricing could be improved.""I would like to see more artificial intelligence capabilities.""The Atlas module that is used for building the network map is very bad.""It's scalable, but it could be simplified because it's not completely easy.""It is very slow to pick the dynamics of the network."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The license is based on the concurrent IP addresses that it's investigating. We have 9,800 to 10,000 IP addresses.""There are additional features that can be purchased in addition to the standard licensing fee, such as Cognito Recall and Stream.""From a pricing perspective, they are very commercially competitive. From a licensing perspective, just be conscious that some of their future cloud solutions come with additional subscriptions. Also, if you're outside of the US, you will get charged freight for the device back to your country.""The pricing is high.""We have a desire to increase our use. However, it all comes down to budget. It's a very expensive tool that is very difficult to prove business support for. We would like to have two separate networks. We have our corporate network and PCI network, which is segregated due to payment processing. We don't have it for deployed in the PCI network. It would be good to have it fully deployed there to provide us with additional monitoring and control, but the cost associated with their licensing model makes it prohibitively expensive to deploy.""The pricing is very good. It's less expensive than many of the tools out there.""At the time of purchase, we found the pricing acceptable. We had an urgency to get something in place because we had a minor breach that occurred at the tail end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017. This indicated we had a lack of ability to detect things on the network. Hence, why we moved quickly to get into the tool in place. We found things like Bitcoin mining and botnets which we closed quickly. In that regard, it was worth the money.""We are running at about 90,000 pounds per year. The solution is a licensed cost. The hardware that they gave us was pretty much next to nothing. It is the license that we're paying for."

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"This is an expensive product. We have quit paying for support because we don't want to have to upgrade it and keep paying for it."

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"We pay yearly, and we are happy with its price.""The pricing is reasonable.""While the pricing is fair, it could be better.""The price of this solution is exceptional."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cognito Streams gives you a detailed view of what happens in the network in the form of rich metadata. It is just a… more »
Top Answer: Cost is a big factor, as always. However, I think we have a very good price–performance ratio.
Top Answer: If you hit a certain number of rules, triage filters, or groups, the UX responds more slowly. However, we have a complex… more »
Top Answer: Great network monitoring, looking at anomaly detection and evaluation.
Top Answer: This is an expensive solution and the license is expensive. The cost is an area where a lot of clients are a little… more »
Top Answer: The visualization could be improved, the GUI is not the best. Stealthwatch was purchased from a company called Lancope… more »
Top Answer: I have worked from 1973 with all kind of systems in large enterprises across the world. And have experience with all… more »
Top Answer: For managing the traffic, it provides you a response about whether the traffic is down, up, or heavy, which is a very… more »
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Also Known As
Vectra Networks, Vectra AI NDR
Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
Netflow Traffic Analyzer
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Overview

Vectra® is the leader in network detection and response – from cloud and data center workloads to user and IoT devices. Its Cognito® platform accelerates threat detection and investigation using artificial intelligence to collect, store and enrich network metadata with the right context to detect, hunt and investigate known and unknown threats in real time. Vectra offers three applications on the Cognito platform to address high-priority use cases. Cognito Stream™ sends security-enriched metadata to data lakes and SIEMs. Cognito Recall™ is a cloud-based application to store and investigate threats in enriched metadata. And Cognito Detect™ uses AI to reveal and prioritize hidden and unknown attackers at speed.

Cisco Stealthwatch uses NetFlow to provide visibility across the network, data center, branch offices, and cloud. Its advanced security analytics uncover stealthy attacks on the extended network. Stealthwatch helps you use your existing network as a security sensor and enforcer to dramatically improve your threat defense.

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer enables you to capture data from continuous streams of network traffic and convert those raw numbers into easy-to-interpret charts and tables that quantify exactly how the corporate network is being used, by whom, and for what purpose.
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Sample Customers
Tribune Media Group, Barry University, Aruba Networks, Good Technology, Riverbed, Santa Clara University, Securities Exchange, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
Oceaneering International, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, 335th Signal Command, Immofori
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm19%
Retailer19%
Manufacturing Company13%
Mining And Metals Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company24%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company8%
Transportation Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company19%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company30%
Financial Services Firm20%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Non Tech Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company23%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise53%
REVIEWERS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise79%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise71%
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Stealthwatch vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Stealthwatch is ranked 5th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 6 reviews while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is ranked 6th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 11 reviews. Cisco Stealthwatch is rated 8.4, while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Stealthwatch writes "Provides valuable security knowledge and helps us improve network performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer writes "Alerts us whenever a device is down but it cannot do metric performance monitoring". Cisco Stealthwatch is most compared with Darktrace, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, ThousandEyes and Splunk User Behavior Analytics, whereas SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is most compared with Zabbix, Auvik, Centreon, Plixer Scrutinizer and Fortinet FortiSIEM. See our Cisco Stealthwatch vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer report.

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