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Score 8.3 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

WatchGuard Network Security

For the size of businesses that I am involved with, the WatchGuard products are an excellent fit in terms of pricing, capacity, performance and reliability. The products are scaled for both main office or branch offices or warehouses. I have yet to not be able to come up with the correct solution for businesses. The pre-sales staff has excellent product knowledge and has always made the right recommendations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2
Identification Technologies
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.4
Visualization Tools
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
7.2
Content Inspection
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.3
Policy-based Controls
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.7
Active Directory and LDAP
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
Firewall Management Console
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.9
Reporting and Logging
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
7.3
VPN
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.1
High Availability
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.6
Stateful Inspection
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.2
Proxy Server
Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
7.8

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

WatchGuard Network Security

  • URL Filtering: Extremely effective for blocking of questionable content and protecting from phishing sites.
  • Antivirus: Our clients have seen far fewer active threats when a WatchGuard Network Security Device is in place.
  • Data Loss Prevention: A valuable tool for our clients who require more security when it comes to metadata and personal data leaving the network.
Tracy Atwood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Darktrace

  • False positives. Darktrace uses "AI" to create its alerts for "unusual" or "malicious" activity. It is very common to see an alert for completely benign and normal device behavior - PC tries to print for the first time in a while, for example.
  • Antigena actions. To some extent, this is a continuation of the previous point. Darktrace can break the network connectivity of the suspected device automatically. The excessive number of false positives makes administrators reluctant to use this feature, though. Also, the default Antigena actions are not relevant to real-world problems as I saw them in my experience with Darktrace.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Partner communications on technical issues. For example the undocumented feature of SDWAN hidden route. There is still no documentation on that.
  • Too infrequent communications about high incidence technical support issues. We do not want to have to be encountering known issues and then having outages or problems that we then have to put in tickets about.
  • Pay attention to your most highly technical partners, not just those that sell a lot of equipment. The highly technical partners can and do provide very usable feedback that can make the products better.
  • WG wants partners to build relationships with people inside WG so we can drive solutions to problems, but too frequently, we get no response to emails sent to the proper internal resources about legitimate issues.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.8
Based on 3 answers
To be replaced, we would need to see a clear set of reasons that acutely address the points I have made in favor of this solution, and they would need to be Cheaper, easier to use, give more clarity into the networking, and create easier dashboards and reports for managemnt of users networking and threat actors attempts to compromise the network.
Bill Holmberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.5
Based on 98 answers
I first started using WatchGuard firewalls about 20 years ago and found them easy to pick up and learn. Since then I have had experience with many other types--Sonicwalls, Palo Altos, and Cisco Meraki, just to name a few--and I still find the that WatchGuard is the easiest to deploy and work with. I still use the management software (vs. the newer web interface) and it's just very easy to find what I need and to make changes.
James Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Darktrace

Darktrace 9.5
Based on 4 answers
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

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.0
Based on 7 answers
I give this rating as a result of almost 20 years of interfacing with WatchGuard technical support. Of all my vendors that I have to deal with WatchGuard is one of the best I have ever dealt with bar none. I have seldom finished a call to them without a solution. If they by chance don't have the solution, they will figure it out and get back to you ASAP as well as update the casefile online. Technical support is available via phone and web portal. It takes a few minutes to create a case online, assign a priority and submit. They get back to you depending on the critical nature of the issue, but you can expect urgent attention for critical and catastrophic issues.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 9.1
Based on 1 answer
In person training is very good for the interaction with qualified trainers
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 6.4
Based on 1 answer
Online training is good for learning how to use the product. It does not teach security strategy because that is not its intent.
Felicia King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security 8.4
Based on 108 answers
Implementation of a device, with knowledge of the WatchGuard system, can be fairly straightforward for a typical school/branch office. Anywhere with a few servers will have the policy list grow exponentially and end up with a big mess of policies. We have 30 servers, along with providing local Internet. We have over 100 policies and growing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Darktrace

We have not evaluated others as they seem to be in their own class.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

I find Watchguard much easier to deploy and maintain than Sonicwall devices. I find they offer a comparable range of products and features, however, I liked the deployment process of Watchguards much more. The Cisco ASA is a great firewall as well, however, can require more in-depth knowledge to deploy. Watchguard dual WAN functionality is better than the ASA as well which requires routers outside of the ASA to maintain a true dual WAN setup.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Darktrace

  • We had an ROI just during the POC. DarkTrace helped us identify a ransomware attack and we stopped it before it happened.
  • The weekly reports more than pay for itself within the first few months.
  • The powerful search capability helps us solve problems where other solutions fall short.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WatchGuard Network Security

  • Blocking bad websites has saved many of our clients from any infection which saves time and money from a business being down and needing files restored perspective.
  • Automatic end user training has saved time not having to go onsite to do it ourselves.
  • Traffic and Security Reports that we use with clients to show them employee usage, blocked security threats, and growth projections.
Joshua Churchwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Darktrace

General

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

WatchGuard Network Security

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Darktrace
9.1
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
9.8

Usability

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.5

Support Rating

Darktrace
9.5
WatchGuard Network Security
8.0

In-Person Training

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
9.1

Online Training

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
6.4

Implementation Rating

Darktrace
WatchGuard Network Security
8.4

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