Cortex XDR delivers extended detection and response in a single application with the ability to manage a separate data lake for nonendpoint-related security telemetry and alerts.
The protection you’ll get: Cortex XDR® delivers 20% more technique-level detections — the highest-quality detection possible — than CrowdStrike because it can continuously send unfiltered, thread-level data to the cloud. This makes it easier for Cortex XDR to detect advanced threats and apply user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) on top of this data lake.
The security you’ll lack: CrowdStrike’s reliance on hash-based protections and IoCs focuses only on known attacks and after-the-fact detection so protection suffers. This limited protection is evidenced by their 87.4% analytic detection rate out of the box compared to Cortex XDR’s 100.0% in the 2023 MITRE ATT&CK® Evaluations.
Just the plain facts: Cortex XDR provides broader threat detection and investigation intelligence by:
What makes you more vulnerable to threats? Limits on the scope and the time of your defenses. Falcon Insight’s remote live terminal has limitations, as it exclusively supports commands defined by CrowdStrike. In contrast, Cortex XDR possesses a comprehensive live terminal that enables a broader range of actions on any given endpoint. Additionally, Falcon Insight can only automate a couple of incident remediation suggestions, while Cortex XDR automatically investigates suspicious causality process chains and incidents on all of your endpoints to display a list of suggested actions to remediate processes, files and registry keys on your selected endpoint.
To further decrease incident response time, Cortex XDR groups alerts into incidents, provides threat modeling, gathers full context and builds a timeline and attack sequence to understand the root cause and impact of an attack. Customer studies show that Cortex XDR can reduce security alerts by over 98%* and cut investigation times by 88%.** Cortex XDR enables a faster investigation and response by having:
*Based on an analysis of Cortex XDR customer environments.
** Palo Alto Networks SOC analysis showing reduced investigation time from 40 minutes to 5 minutes.
Beyond the endpoint, CrowdStrike’s data ingestion is limited to two-way integrations with its CrowdXDR Alliance partners. For example, CrowdStrike’s Falcon Insight XDR does not have a centralized action center where your SOC analyst can start all available actions, nor does it offer necessary unlimited data retention in the cloud. Furthermore, CrowdStrike does not support on-demand scans in Linux and macOS, which marginalizes organizations that rely on scans to find dormant malware and shrink their attack surface for Linux.
In contrast, Cortex XDR has vulnerability assessment and identity analytics capabilities that don’t require a partnership or specific connection module. This makes our third-party integration more open and flexible to the needs of growing organizations by:
|The Best Protection? The Data Doesn’t Lie.
Is less than perfect good enough?
100% threat prevention – leading the pack.
|Clear, Superior Detection
Incomplete coverage across ecosystem
Analytics-based detection drives results.
|Faster, More Complete Investigation & Response
Manual activities add delays.
Automation speeds results.
|Enterprise Fit. Customized. Always Evolving
One size does not fit all.
Tailored to your organization.
In the MITRE ATT&CK Round 4 Evaluations, Cortex XDR identified over 97% of attack substeps with “technique level analytics detections” versus CrowdStrike’s 71%. Technique detections are the gold standard, providing all the detail and context needed to understand what was done, why, and how, empowering the security analyst to take action and remediate the threat. Cortex XDR gives your analysts superior intelligence to stop attackers at the earliest stage.
You should demand that your endpoint security provider be able to defend against all adversary tactics and techniques to avoid overloading your SOC team with alerts, incidents and possible breaches – all of which could have been prevented.