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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • VMware Carbon Black App Control is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

5.0

Symantec Critical System Protection

50%
2 Ratings
9.0

Carbon Black App Control

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Symantec Critical System Protection

100%
2 Ratings

Carbon Black App Control

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Symantec Critical System Protection

Symantec Critical System Protection (CSP) is very well suited for environments that do not change such as point of sale systems and critical servers. This product is spectacular at protecting end of life operating systems when supporting legacy software prevents upgrades. When security updates are no longer available, CSP will prevent exploits and other malware from taking advantage. This product is not well suited for systems that require a lot of changes. For one, it does not notify when a change has been blocked by CSP, causing some server administrators to waste many hours chasing a phantom technical problem when turning off CSP could have solved it right away. Also, profiling takes time so systems that constantly change would need hundreds of exceptions made.
Jennifer Greulich, GSED, GSEC | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

Cb Protect is best suited somewhere where you want to maximize the lockdown of workstations. So moving past no local admin rights to blocking specific applications and peripherals. The idea would be to have a list of applications you want to run, and then anything else is not able to be used. As stated prior, if you have a very fluid environment where you are having all sorts of new applications installed frequently (I feel for you!!) this is still do-able, but it misses the general idea. I think especially in environments that are more sensitive to new applications, like banks, healthcare systems etc, this is a good fit. The ability to look at application levels, drift, unapproved software etc is very useful.
David Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Symantec Critical System Protection

  • Data Center Security 6.0 and higher allows you to easily build out policies to deploy to monitor/block what is required/needed.
  • The agent that is installed on the hosts has a small footprint in terms of CPU and memory usage.
  • The ability to customize it anyway you need to as well as utilize out of the box policies to monitor critical OS functionality.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

  • Ease of use
  • One dashboard to review all the information
  • Advanced threat protection
Tom Mockus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Symantec Critical System Protection

  • Tuning takes a very long time
  • Turning the product on or off can take time
  • When an action is prevented by CSP, there is no pop up or notification, making this a burden for server administrators
Jennifer Greulich, GSED, GSEC | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

  • Cost - Cb Protect is part of now a 3 fold protection offering by Carbon Black. The other parts give you visibility and a more traditional antivirus (Conifer I believe). Once you price all three together, things get expensive. You get what you pay for I guess, as alternatives cost less, but you do lose out on features.
  • On-Prem - I don't believe this has changed, but when we first set up the only option was on-prem. This has a LOT of benefits, but with more mobile users, it can become a bit of a hassle for management and updating policies. A cloud option, or cloud connector would be nice.
  • Application whitelisting outperforms traditional AV/Malware protection but also takes a bit more babysitting. You end up spending a lot of time looking at new programs etc coming down the pipe. A great example is products that self update. These can become a pain as the product updates typically don't show up as signed, or not signed the way Protect looks for, so you end up whitelisting them as they come up, and depending on how often and how many you have in the environment it can be annoying.
  • Protect is nice, but you really need to also have Response to see a holistic view. Else you're going endpoint to endpoint if you are breached/infected, and that gets tedious quickly. However this also adds to the cost.
David Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Symantec Critical System Protection

General

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

Starting Price

Carbon Black App Control

General

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

Starting Price

Support Rating

Symantec Critical System Protection

Symantec Critical System Protection 10.0
Based on 2 answers
They respond quickly and efficiently without the need to reiterate the actual issue. Their backline support is amazing and always there for us when it is needed. They explain the troubleshooting steps taken and what they did to help us resolve the issue just incase it creeps up again we have the information to correct it ourselves.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Symantec Critical System Protection

We evaluated Bit 9 and you have more flexibility with the rule set and do not rely on the cloud to tell you what is approved and not approved. You build out the policies the way you need them to be and who better knows the environment that the people that work it daily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

VMware Carbon Black App Control [(formerly Cb Protection)] is just much more advanced and gives administrators much more insight into the security framework. The cost is higher but at the same time the features are much more advanced. It is also easy to move throughout the program and to set up and configure the system.
Tom Mockus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Symantec Critical System Protection

  • Great protection for unchanging systems
  • We have comfort that the protected systems are safe from intrusion
  • Excellent price
Jennifer Greulich, GSED, GSEC | TrustRadius Reviewer

Carbon Black App Control

  • Protect took care of our objective, which was to protect the endpoints against rogue software and to help with preventing users from installing software that wasn't necessary/desired.
David Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

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