Cisco Secure Endpoint vs. Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Secure Endpoint
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Secure Endpoint (formerly Cisco Advanced Malware Protection [AMP] for Endpoints) offers cloud-delivered next-generation antivirus, endpoint protection platform (EPP), and advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR).N/A
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection is a malware, spyware, antivirus and endpoint protection application available formerly with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which later became Microsoft Endpoint Manager. It is a legacy product, with older versions reaching end of support, and is not available as a standalone product.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Considered Both Products
Cisco Secure Endpoint
Chose Cisco Secure Endpoint
AMP is truly an advanced product offering much better protection and actionable information on your environment.
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Secure Endpoint
8.1
21 Ratings
5% below category average
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection
7.9
2 Ratings
7% below category average
Anti-Exploit Technology8.721 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)7.521 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Centralized Management7.721 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Hybrid Deployment Support8.55 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Infection Remediation7.421 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Vulnerability Management8.321 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Malware Detection9.021 Ratings8.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(23 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
6.9
(18 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(22 ratings)
7.6
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Secure EndpointMicrosoft System Center Endpoint Protection
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
I think you need it for all your endpoint devices, whether you are running an organization or for home use, it's just that level of security that will help out if you don't have the firewalls, all the fancy XDR equipment, all that kind of stuff, just having this on your endpoint will save your life. So even if there's a compromise in your network, it has the capability to isolate. Restrict so that you can't lose any more data or nothing else gets in
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Microsoft
It is well suited in environments that want a simple AV product/solution that, for the most part, can be easily deployed to client endpoints. It is also good for environments that want something that is easy to use by end-users, and also doesn't use a whole lot of system resources. It is less suited for environments that want an AV solution that is more robust feature-wise, or has more configurable options for the end-users. It is also less suited for those organizations that want an AV product to have the highest detection rate in the industry.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Threat identification: it finds things we wouldn't have even been looking for.
  • Integration with Secure Malware Analytics for automatic submission of suspicious files.
  • In-depth and complex configuration options for finely tuned policies for different users and endpoints.
  • Part of the Cisco Secure Client product for easier distribution and reduction of running agents on end-user devices
  • Integrates with Secure-X for single-pane of glass view of dashboards.
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Microsoft
  • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection offers exceptional threat protections for signature-based "known" threats.
  • The signatures are constantly updated and management of this application is super easy with the use of Microsoft SCCM.
  • The application is very much a "set it and let it" type of deployment. Once you install it, there are very little configuration or changes that need to be made.
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Cons
Cisco
  • The update mechanism of the client is not obvious and takes some finesse to learn
  • The clients auto update signatures, but not agents which I have seen lead to mixed version levels as it is harder to keep up with
  • It is generally a challenge to manage the licenses and if you let the license lapse, it is a very bad thing in my opinion.
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Microsoft
  • The product could improve in the area of having better mechanisms in place with how the SCEP client is deployed/installed from the server on the management side. We have run into this firsthand with the client not installing on an endpoint, and then having to take the time to investigate why it was not installing.
  • A second improvement that can be made is to keep trying to improve the products detection rate for finding malware/viruses. The case can be made that there are some products out there that do a better job at this and have a higher detection rate.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
the renewal must be studied with different factors
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Usability
Cisco
AMP is very difficult to use compared to other products we've seen. It's hard to understand why there are so many different logins for the various products that supposedly integrate with AMP. We had weekly phone calls for months to implement the product yet none of the IT department really enjoys using this product or feels comfortable with the accuracy of detections. The number of false positives is high.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Cisco
no complain and no issue with availability
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Cisco
In terms of technical support for Cisco Secure Endpoint, the support has been pretty good. All the cases I submitted were solved in a reasonable time frame, and it was a good experience. However, I find that not as many vendors have the expertise I would expect.
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Microsoft
There was a time and a place in which Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection was an excellent choice to provide threat protections. However, now that threats have been evolving, so too does the need for more advanced protections. In its current offering, it just no longer meets the needs of our organization in terms of providing protections against threats.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
no participation in implementation
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Cisco Secure Endpoint is an advanced EDR solution that is highly effective and scalable. Our experience previously with MalwareBytes and Microsoft Defender was not horrible, but these products were not as effective and did not integrate well with our other security products to allow us to monitor and react quickly to address threats that were within our network. Key to any security effort is mitigation and the ability to quickly identify and respond so any damage can be avoided or limited.
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Microsoft
How SCEP stacks up against some of the other AV solutions/products is that it does a pretty good job overall (not the best in the industry) at detecting/removing malware, which is the main focus for a product like this. It is also easy to use on the end-user side, which can't be said for some other AV products on the market. I was not involved with the selection/purchase of the product in the organization, but I'm almost certain the organization selected this based on the tight integration with Microsoft System Center Manager, which is used in the organization. Also, given the fact that SCEP is tightly integrated and works well in organizations that utilize Microsoft products, it was probably another factor in selecting this. Lastly, the cost of licenses was probably lower (because of System Center already being in place) than other AV products.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • AMP has been able to catch some serious infections and stop them from doing huge damage in our environment.
  • The overall cost of AMP vs the cost of not having this protection and getting hit with malware, or other nefarious damage to your environment is well worth the money.
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Microsoft
  • There was little/no cost associated with this software since we are utilizing SCCM and are paying license costs for that anyways.
  • The level or protection is excellent for the cost of the software.
  • There was at least one instance in which Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection identified a crypto-malware, but not before it had already started to encrypt many of our files. So it did detect the threat, but since it was a little delayed we still were infected.
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