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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Darktrace

Darktrace would be well suited to any environment really; the only constraint would be the budget. The cost scales on the number of devices to be monitored by the product, so it can be quite expensive in larger environments. Any company that would benefit from having 24/7 monitoring of their network would find that this product would suit that need perfectly. It can also create a number of reports, which is useful if you have any requirement to present periodic figures and statistics for your network. There are also additional features available and in development such as Antigena, which can be configured to allow potential threats to be automatically mitigated; it can block connections to a certain address, using certain ports, or it can enforce "normal behaviour" where it will only allow a machine to communicate in a way that Darktrace has observed before and considers normal. This has huge benefits particularly for 24/7 organisations where you don't have the ability to have someone monitoring the network personally at all times, as it could stop a malware outbreak in its tracks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

I think a larger company that needs NetFlow data and has someone who can dedicate some time into learning the inner workings of StealthWatch could take advantage of all that StealWatch has to offer, but the suite itself may be too much to swallow for smaller staffed companies or companies that don't need this kind of visibility into network traffic.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Darktrace

  • It did an ok job of analyzing and collecting data. It used a span (mirrored) port and then using its own algorithm developed flow records.
  • It did an ok job of segmenting traffic into networks - not always correctly, but ok.
  • It tried to identify devices by type - once again, it did ok, but not that great.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

  • Stellar at grabbing Netflow data - and really, really good at differentiating types of traffic.
  • Excellent at knowing which traffic was flowing from what endpoints - and then using some tie-ins to gather data about the endpoints.
  • Used this mostly for historic (what happened when) but also used it a few times for real-time analysis, looking for bandwidth hogs and help for troubleshooting issues.
  • Highly recommend as a forensic tool - doesn't do full packet capture, but for everything else it's awesome.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Darktrace

  • You have to have an appliance on each segment of your network. If you are not back hauling your traffic to your central data center, then each location has to have an appliance in order to cover that location.
  • They gather so much detailed information that it is hard at time to decipher what I'm looking at.
  • The way they name actions is unusual and should be changed. They need to label the parts of network traffic better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

  • The StealthWatch interface is clunky and broken into 2 parts, both an HTML console and a JAVA console. This causes issues as one is completely different than the other.
  • Licenses are eaten up very quickly and can be pricey.
  • Upgrading StealthWatch is more tedious and time consuming than it should be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Darktrace

Darktrace 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Any time I have had any issue with Darktrace, I've been able to contact an engineer through their support desk, and I have always had a very speedy response. Even when the issue has been caused by something outside of the Darktrace devices, they have still been very keen to try to help and identify what the problem was. The customer portal also has a large number of videos and guides that you can use to educate yourself on the product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

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Alternatives Considered

Darktrace

The weekly reports was why we chose DarkTrace.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

NTOP is the only thing out there, in my opinion, that provides similar type of visibility. But StealthWatch is the product all vendors should strive to emulate. It is easy to install; it is easy to configure; it works as advertised (and then some). I do recommend the three-day work shop they occasionally run - or some onsite training. The product is feature rich and the training will help you get the most out of it.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Darktrace

  • None - we chose not to move forward. The price of the product did not warrant the investment.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco StealthWatch

  • StealthWatch helps other departments make decisions quickly based on NetFlow data.
  • StealthWatch can bring a lot of reporting to the table that can be used to advance project necessities and prove data necessities to management.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Darktrace

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco StealthWatch

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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