SentinelOne vs Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

13 April 2022 | ITHQ Tech Team

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint was, until recently, known as Defender ATP. How does it stack up against rising star, SentinelOne, for endpoint protection?

If you're a start-up or SME heavily invested in a Microsoft environment, you'll already be familiar with Defender Antivirus and Exploit Guard - they are included with all versions of Windows.

However, most enterprise buyers will want to move to Defender for Endpoint for better EDR functionality such as attack visibility, reporting and threat hunting, as well as vulnerability management. Ultimately, next-generation malware requires next-generation cyber security.

 

Spread your IT eggs across multiple baskets for security

Opting for another Microsoft product might seem like an attractive option for familiarity. But the ever-present and inevitability of outages demonstrate the dangers of putting all your tech eggs in one - albeit well-known and trusted - basket.

Spreading risk across multiple products and platforms is by far the safer option. It's worth exploring newer companies that offer a serious challenge to the established players.

SentinelOne is rapidly becoming synonymous with unbeatable endpoint protection, as its record-breaking MITRE ATT&CK APT29 2020 test showed and its 100% Total Accuracy Rating by SE Labs.

It is a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and also making waves in further testing, as the table below shows. It is competitively and transparently priced, whilst in contrast, Defender for Endpoint is more expensive and subject to Microsoft's complex licensing.

SentinelOne has published some seriously impressive video proof of its capabilities, not least where it defeats Maze ransomware in under two minutes. The platform also comes with a built-in ransomware warranty of up to $1 million - a warranty that has never been claimed.

If you're looking for a next generation endpoint protection solution and need help creating a shortlist, here's a direct comparison page to help.

 

Endpoint Protection: Key considerations

  • Is it easy to deploy and manage?
  • Is it dependent on cloud command and control for detection and response?
  • How effective has it been against zero-day attacks?
  • Do you have feature parity across Windows, Mac and Linux?
  • How does it perform in real world test scenarios?
  • What do other customers say about it?

 

Comparison of Business Benefits and Features

  Microsoft Defender for Endpoint SentinelOne logo
Business Benefits
Autonomous prevention, detection, and recovery from threats in real-time. Cloud dependent
Yes
Fast Recovery
Partial (AIR on E5)
Yes - Can be automated or 1-click
OS freedom (Windows / Mac / Linux feature parity)
Yes Yes
Fewer alerts with more context
Incident based
Yes
AI-powered prevention, detection, response, and threat hunting. Explorer - manual storylines Yes
API integration
Yes Yes
Scalability Yes Yes - Support for containers and serverless workloads, especially Kubernetes dynamic workloads.
Higher accuracy across entire attack surface. Yes - attack surface reduction enhancements. Yes - Consistent identification of tactics and techniques in the MITRE Phase 2 evaluations.
Centralised Visibility Yes Yes - full storyline.
Automation & Control Yes Yes - Automated mitigation options via the Storyline Active Response Capability.
Data analytics Yes No - SentinelOne does not have its own network security sources to add.

Collection and reporting of; inventory, config and policy management of endpoint devices.

Yes - e.g. threat intelligence reporting. Yes

Mobile Threat Defence

Yes Yes

Ease of deployment

No - no on-premise console.

Yes - Excellent timeliness and quality of customer support.

Features

AI across user endpoints, containers, cloud workloads, and IoT devices.

No - dropped support for E-o-L systems.
Yes - New IoT discovery and protection capabilities in its Ranger product.
Static & Behavioural AI
Heuristics
Yes
Exploit protection Heuristics Yes + context
Lateral movement Heuristics Yes + context
Remediation Automated
Automated
Rollback No
Automated
Integrated threat feeds Yes
Yes
Remote shell No
Yes
Device control Yes - Device Discovery
Yes - Device discovery via Ranger.
Firewall control Yes
Yes
Bluetooth control Yes Yes
Threat hunting
Yes
Yes - full storyline
Deep visibility Yes - Sandbox (deep analysis)
Yes
Event Correlation No
Yes
Execution Restriction Yes - EDR in block mode. Yes
Vulnerability scanning Yes - UEFI scanning. Yes - Priority list of vulnerable applications.
Security patching No Yes
Triage Yes - decision-making algorithms. Yes - Investigate in seconds with automated correlations and Storyline.
Disk Encryption No No - Missing add-on for fully featured DLP.

 

Industry and Peer Reviews

Gartner Peer Insights

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint logo

SentinelOne logo

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms May 2021

 

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Independent Testing

 

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

TESTING BODY

SentinelOne logo
Provided coverage across the attack chain stages

MITRE ATT&CK logo

APT29 2020

Scored record results:

  • Least missed detections
  • Most high-quality detections
  • Most correlated detections
N/A
NSS labs Top ROI score and Recommended rating 2019
NOT CURRENTLY CERTIFIED VB100virus 99.8% block rate across Windows testing

Top Product for Windows

Only 1 false-positive

AVTest

100% protection against zero-day malware attacks on Windows

BestFreeAVWinner2021
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In top 10 vendors

Recognized for the commitment to pushing the boundaries of autonomous technology — delivering innovation at scale and speed, and shaping the endpoint market.

 Above average UI launch time

Below average memory usage

Quickest file copy, move and delete time

Longest file compression/ decompression time

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Performs better than several legacy AV products for the following:

  • Quickest boot time
  • Quickest install time
  • Smallest install size
  • Lowest CPU usage during scan

 

 

Pricing

All prices calculated at per endpoint per month, for comparison purposes.

Pricing is 'starting from' and based on list pricing. It can be subject to change, volume discounts etc.

Correct at February 2021

 

Contact us for accurate pricing based on your specific requirements

SentinelOne logo

 Minimum purchase - 5 endpoints - only through ITHQ

Payment can be billed monthly - only through ITHQ

To achieve these prices below, minimum purchase 100 endpoints, billed annually.

Quote always required for accurate pricing

Core Control Complete
$4.16 $4.90 $9.00
Includes full advanced EDR
All Core features plus device, firewall and bluetooth control
All Control features plus threat hunting and deep visibility

 

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Logo

Minimum purchase - 100 endpoints

Payment always billed annually

Priced according to Microsoft

$22.00 per user per month

Can't be bought separately – requires Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

This means that to buy security from Microsoft, you have to effectively buy email, the office suite, Azure AD, Windows 10, Teams, OneDrive, Sharepoint, Bitlocker, SCCM and more.

 

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