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Find out what your peers are saying about McAfee Endpoint Security vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"The solution makes it possible to see a threat once and block it everywhere across all endpoints and the entire security platform. It has the ability to block right down to the file and application level across all devices based on policies, such as, blacklisting and whitelisting of software and applications. This is good. Its strength is the ability to identify threats very quickly, then lock them and the network down and block the threats across the organization and all devices, which is what you want. You don't want to be spending time working out how to block something. You want to block something very quickly, letting that flow through to all the devices and avoiding the same scenario on different operating systems.""It is extensive in terms of providing visibility and insights into threats. It allows for research into a threat, and you can chart your progress on how you're resolving it.""Another of my favorite features is called the Device Trajectory, where it shows everything that's going on, on a computer. It shows the point in time when a virus is downloaded, so you can see if the user was surfing the internet or had a program open. It shows every running process and file access on the computer and saves it like a snapshot when it detects something malicious. It also has a File Trajectory, so you can even see if that file has been found on any of your other computers that have AMP.""Integration is a key selling factor for Cisco security products. We have a Cisco Enterprise Agreement with access to Cisco Email Security, Cisco Firepower, Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Talos, Cisco Threat Grid, Cisco Umbrella, and also third-party solutions. This is key to our security and maximizing operations. Because we do have the Email Security appliance and it is integrated with Threat Response, we have everything tied together. Additionally, we are using the Cisco SecureX platform, as we were a beta test for that new solution. With SecureX, we are able to pull all those applications into one pane for visibility and maintenance. This greatly maximizes our security operations.""The threat Grid with the ability to observe the sandboxing, analyze, and perform investigations of different malicious files has been great.""The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.""Any alert that we get is an actionable alert. Immediately, there is information that we can just click through, see the point in time, what happened, what caused it, and what automatic actions were taken. We can then choose to take any manual actions, if we want, or start our investigation. We're no longer looking at digging into information or wading through hundreds of incidents. There's a list which says where the status is assigned, e.g., under investigation or investigation finished. That is all in the console. It has taken away a lot of the administration, which we would normally be doing, and integrated it into the console for us.""If somebody has been compromised, the question always is: How has it affected other devices in the network? Cisco AMP gives you a very neat view of that."

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"The endpoint protection and disk encryption features are the most valuable.""The most valuable features are the prevention layer that detects the signature value and prevents threats in the network.""Threat prevention is valuable because most clients use other solutions like antivirus as part of web protection. I don't find that kind of solution useful.""I feel McAfee Endpoint Security to be a good, mature product.""It provides a lot of information and great visibility, with really great options for managing the environment.""The thing that I like is that they have gathered almost all the products in one management server, the ePolicy Orchestrator.""It's quite easy to install agents.""I have found many of the features to be useful."

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"It's absolutely free to use.""The biggest benefit to Windows Defender is that it is built-in to the operating system by Microsoft.""Its real-time security is the most valuable.""What I like most is the protection against phishing emails and anti-spam.""Defender is stable. The performance is good.""One of the features which differentiates it from other EDR providers is the Automated Investigation and Response, which reduces the workload of SOC analysts or engineers. They don't have to manually investigate each and every alert on the endpoint, since it does so automatically. And you can automate the investigation part.""The best part is that it is built into Windows, whether it is a server base or a desktop base, which gives more control over the operating system. Because Defender, the operating system, and the Office solution are by Microsoft, everything is working like hand-in-glove. Its administrative overhead is less because a desktop user has already got some experience of how to handle a Microsoft Defender notification or administer it.""The most valuable feature is ransomware protection, which can detect malicious activity from IPs or a malicious payload in DLLs, or other things that can corrupt the system."

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Cons
"In Orbital, there are tons of prebuilt queries, but there is not a lot of information in lay terms. There isn't enough information to help us with what we're looking for and why we are looking for it with this query. There are probably a dozen queries in there that really focus on what I need to focus on, but they are not always easy to find the first time through.""I would recommend that the solution offer more availability in terms of the product portfolio and integration with third-party products.""We don't have issues. We think that Cisco covers all of the security aspects on the market. They continue to innovate in the right way.""The thing I hate the most, which they have not fixed, is when it creates duplicate entries within a console. If you have a computer and you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or you upgrade your agent from version 6 to 7, it creates a new instance in there instead of updating the information. Instead of paying a license for one computer, I have to license two computers until I manually go in, search for all the duplicate entries, and clean them out myself.""I would like to see integration with Cisco Analytics.""The GUI needs improvement, it's not good.""...the greatest value of all, would be to make the security into a single pane of glass. Whilst these products are largely integrated from a Talos perspective, they're not integrated from a portal perspective. For example, we have to look at an Umbrella portal and a separate AMP portal. We also have to look at a separate portal for the firewalls. If I could wave a magic wand and have one thing, I would put all the Cisco products into one, simple management portal.""We had a lot of noise at the beginning, and we had to turn it down based on exclusions, application whitelisting, and excluding unknown benign applications. Cisco should understand the need for continuous updates on the custom Cisco exclusions and the custom applications that come out-of-the-box with the AMP for Endpoints."

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"Every time we open a ticket with McAfee, their response differs and they are not consistent.""The initial setup isn't so easy. You need to know what you are doing.""We would like to see all the features available on cloud.""The user interface could be improved by making it more user-friendly. There are multiple solutions and there is no clear line differentiating all of them. There is a centralized console where we manage everything but most of the administrators feel a little confused when it comes to managing multiple products from a single place.""The price of the solution is high in Asia.""The local technical support could be better.""The product could do more to keep administration alerted to detected threats on endpoints.""The software download features could stand improvement."

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"I would like to see better integration with their other security products to give better visibility from a higher level.""Windows Firewall is integrated with Windows Defender. Over the last few days, I have had a problem with defining a wildcard on Windows Firewall. For example, I wanted to pull out the connection of my program and install a software package with a lot of executable files. I wanted to prevent it from accessing the internet. I could not select executables by using a wildcard. I had to select a single executable with its full name.""There could be an increase in security for the solution.""The file scanning has room for improvement. Many people use macros within their files, so there should be a mechanism that helps us to scan them for malicious payloads.""Additional security would be beneficial.""I would like to see improvements made to how it secures activities on web pages.""It could be easier when it comes to managing exceptions.""Microsoft Defender in the basic form is not very useful for managing the security environment. The free version is not capable of covering the needs of centralized management, EDR, and behavioral analysis. If you don't have the commercial version, you can't have centralized management and set up the policies and other things. Each client is a standalone installation, which is not useful for security in an enterprise model."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The visibility that we have into the endpoint and the forensics that we're able to collect give us value for the price. This is not an overly expensive solution, considering all the things that are provided. You get great performance and value for the cost.""We can know if something bad is potentially happening instantaneously and prevent it from happening. We can go to a device and isolate it before it infects other devices. In our environment, that's millions of dollars saved in a matter of seconds.""The Enterprise Agreement is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of Cisco products. In that vein, it was very affordable.""Our company was very happy with the price of Cisco AMP. It was about a third of what we were paying for System Center Endpoint Protection.""In our case, it is a straightforward annual payment through our Enterprise Agreement.""We have a license for 3,000 users and if we get up to 3,100 users, it doesn't stop working, but on the next renewal date you're supposed to go in there and add that extra 100 licenses. It's really good that they let you grow and expand and then pay for it. Sometimes, with other products, you overuse a license and they just don't work.""There is also the Cisco annual subscription plus my management time in terms of what I do with the Cisco product. I spend a minimal amount of time on it though, just rolling out updates as they need them and monitoring the console a couple of times a day to ensure nothing is out of control. Cost-wise, we are quite happy with it.""The pricing and licensing are reasonable. The cost of AMP for Endpoints is inline with all the other software that has a monthly endpoint cost. It might be a little bit higher than other antivirus type products, but we're only talking about a dollar a month per user. I don't see that cost as being an issue if it's going to give us the confidence and security that we're looking for. We have had a lot of success and happiness with what we're using, so there's no point in changing."

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"I am happy with the pricing.""The price of McAfee is pretty similar to Symantec, and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""For each computer that is connected to the server McAfee charges us for each computer based on our license agreement.""We pay 650 Rand for a license. It is a perpetual license which we normally run for two years.""There is a one-year and a three-year license available for this solution, we are currently on a three-year license.""McAfee's prices are flexible and can be quite competitive, although there are other solutions that are even more so.""The pricing is great and licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis.""When comparing the solution to others it is a bit expensive. We are on a monthly license."

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"The solution comes as a part of Windows 10 and it is covered under its license.""Microsoft Defender ATP is expensive.""If you don't purchase the advanced threat protection then there is no additional charge.""Its price is fair. It has approximately the same price as the other products such as Kaspersky. It is much cheaper than Malwarebytes.""As we operate in the educational sector, we are eligible for an educational discount.""It is built into Windows 10. If our clients are using Microsoft Defender, the cost goes away for them.""This product is included in the pricing for Windows.""The solution is free and comes with Windows."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is signature-based malware detection.
Top Answer: Licensing fees are on a yearly basis and I am happy with the pricing.
Top Answer: The GUI needs improvement, it's not good. There are false positives in emails. At times, the emails are blocked and… more »
Top Answer: The flexible manageability of McAfee Endpoint Security is one of our favorite aspects of this solution. You can deploy… more »
Top Answer: Tech support is responsive. They're good, the very best.
Top Answer: People, naturally, go for a yearly license. I am happy with the pricing.
Top Answer: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a cloud-delivered endpoint security solution. The tool reduces the attack surface… more »
Top Answer: We use Symantec because we do not use MS Enterprise products, but in my opinion, Microsoft Defender is a superior… more »
Top Answer: The CrowdStrike solution delivers a lot of information about incidents. It has a very light sensor that will never push… more »
Comparisons
Also Known As
Cisco AMP for Endpoints
McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection, McAfee Endpoint Protection, Total Protection for Endpoint, Intel Security Total Protection for Endpoint, MCAFEE Complete Endpoint Protection
Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, MS Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender Antivirus
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Overview

Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) is subscription-based, managed through a web-based management console, and deployed on a variety of platforms that protects endpoints, network, email and web Traffic. AMP key features include the following: Global threat intelligence to proactively defend against known and emerging threats, Advanced sandboxing that performs automated static and dynamic analysis of files against more than 700 behavioral indicators, Point-in-time malware detection and blocking in real time and Continuous analysis and retrospective security regardless of the file's disposition and Continuous analysis and retrospective security.

McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection allows you to protect all of your devices with intelligent, collaborative security, in one easy-to-manage, integrated solution. Our integrated endpoint security framework helps remove redundancies, enables fast, proven performance and offers an architecture to align both current and future security investments. With a flexible choice of cloud-based or a local management console, security administrators also get true centralized management that simplifies ongoing tasks, deployment and monitoring.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a complete endpoint security solution that delivers preventative protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response. With Defender for Endpoint, you have: 

Agentless, cloud powered - No additional deployment or infrastructure. No delays or update compatibility issues. Always up to date. 

Unparalleled optics - Built on the industry’s deepest insight into Windows threats and shared signals across devices, identities, and information. 

Automated security - Take your security to a new level by going from alert to remediation in minutes—at scale. 

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.
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Sample Customers
Heritage Bank, Mobile County Schools, NHL University, Thunder Bay Regional, Yokogawa Electric, Sam Houston State University, First Financial Bank
inHouseIT, Seagate Technology
Petrofrac, Metro CSG, Christus Health
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company19%
Government13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company16%
Government13%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise51%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise42%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise39%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise54%
Find out what your peers are saying about McAfee Endpoint Security vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

McAfee Endpoint Security is ranked 15th in Endpoint Protection for Business (EPP) with 37 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is ranked 3rd in Endpoint Protection for Business (EPP) with 75 reviews. McAfee Endpoint Security is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of McAfee Endpoint Security writes "Protect your business against a wide variety of threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint writes "Enables ingestion of events directly into your SIEM/SOAR, but requires integration with all Defender products to work optimally". McAfee Endpoint Security is most compared with McAfee MVISION Endpoint, Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks and Tanium, whereas Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, SentinelOne and Panda Security Adaptive Defense. See our McAfee Endpoint Security vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint report.

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