CrowdStrike Falcon XDR and Sophos Endpoint Intercept X are best-in-class EDR solutions, taking endpoint detection and response to the next level. Compare the features of these EDR tools.

Image: Alexander Limbach/Adobe Stock

As industry leaders in endpoint detection and response, CrowdStrike and Sophos provide high-quality EDR to organizations of all sizes. Choosing between the two EDR tools can be difficult due to their similar features and reputation within the industry. CrowdStrike Falcon XDR and Sophos Endpoint Intercept X both build on their EDR solutions with enhanced detection and response, known as XDR.

TO SEE: Feature Comparison: Time Tracking Software and Systems (TechRepublic Premium)

What is CrowdStrike?

CrowdStrike Falcon XDR is an all-in-one XDR suite designed to detect and prioritize threats. Linked to CrowdStrike Falcon Insight, which provides real-time forensic analysis and human-readable visualizations, CrowdStrike XDR provides other general endpoint security insights. CrowdStrike Falcon XDR features include rapid deployment, zero endpoint impact, and rapid operations.

What is Sophos?

Sophos Endpoint Intercept X protects an organization’s endpoints against malware, ransomware, exploits and viruses. Sophos Endpoint Protection includes endpoint detection and response, extended detection and response, anti-ransomware, deep learning technology, exploit prevention and managed threat response.

Feature Comparison: CrowdStrike vs. Sophos

Feature CrowdStrike Sophos
deep learning Yes Yes
Malware identification Yes Yes
Intrusion prevention Yes Yes
Behavioral analysis Yes Yes
Data Loss Prevention Yes Yes
Automated correction Yes Yes
Terminal isolation Yes Yes
the Windows Yes Yes
macOS Yes Yes
linux Yes Partiel

Head-to-head comparison: CrowdStrike vs. Sophos

APIs and extensions

CrowdStrike maintains an extensive inventory of extensions, along with a robust API, to further integrate its EDR/XDR solution into an organization’s existing technology stack. These integrations make it easier for an organization to build a comprehensive and robust security landscape while including important cloud-based solutions such as AWS Security Hub and Amazon Workspaces.

Sophos also offers integrations with partners, but fewer. Custom integrations from Sophos aim to extend the functionality of existing systems, improving automation and reducing administrative burden.

Accuracy

CrowdStrike is rated 5.0 by Forrester for its threat detection, investigation, response, and hunting capabilities. Forrester listed CrowdStrike as its top competitor for EDR in 2022.

Comparatively, Sophos was rated 3.0 for Detection Capabilities, 1.0 for Investigation Capabilities, 3.0 for Response Capabilities, and 3.0 for Threat Hunting Capabilities. This indicates that, at least in Forrester’s tests, CrowdStrike performed significantly better.

System coverage

CrowdStrike offers extensive system coverage for all popular operating systems on a wide range of potential endpoints, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is true across the board for CrowdStrike’s current line of security products.

Forrester notes that Sophos has below-average operating system coverage. Sophos offers comprehensive coverage for Windows and MacOS. Although Linux is supported, not all Sophos functionality translates to the Linux environment.

Performance

CrowdStrike is designed to be lightweight and easy to deploy. Not only can it be deployed for immediate use, but it has little impact on the system. Comparatively, some users found Sophos resource-intensive, which could impact an organization’s efficiency and performance.

Visibility

Both CrowdStrike and Sophos are designed to provide 100% visibility into your organization’s network and endpoints. CrowdStrike provides both real-time and historical visibility into cloud architecture, in addition to high-fidelity event data. Users note that CrowdStrike provides comprehensive and rich logging.

Product range

Many security products are not used in a vacuum, but rather included in a larger product suite. CrowdStrike has a wide range of product offerings, including

  • Falcon Prevent
  • Falcon preview
  • Falcon Aircraft Control
  • Falcon firewall management
  • Falcon CWP
  • Falcon Identity Threat Detection
  • Falcon Complete: managed detection and response

Some Falcon products are bundles of other granular suites, while others are standalone. CrowdStrike’s offerings are more expansive than Sophos’s, though some might think the choices between them can be overwhelming.

Sophos offers relatively fewer products, including Sophos Firewall, Sophos Managed Threat Response, and the Sophos Central Management Console, which integrates more with Sophos Server, Sophos Switch, Sophos Mobile, Sophos Encryption, and more. These products can create a complete Sophos security ecosystem, but there are fewer options than those provided by CrowdStrike.

Choosing CrowdStrike vs. Sophos

In terms of customer experience and product capabilities, as measured by Gartner, CrowdStrike Falcon XDR narrowly trumps Sophos Endpoint Intercept X. When tested by Forrester, however, the differences are a little starker. In Forrester’s tests, CrowdStrike clearly outperformed Sophos.

That being said, both EDR/XDR solutions are incredibly robust and offer similar feature sets. For most companies, this will depend on costs. CrowdStrike Falcon XDR is almost universally recognized for its performance and accuracy advantages over Sophos Endpoint Intercept X, but these additional features come at a higher price.

Because of this tradeoff, CrowdStrike Falcon XDR is probably the best option for businesses that can afford it, while Sophos Endpoint Intercept X is a great solution for more budget-conscious businesses.

Previous

Don't ask what my "passion" is - watching catfish TV shows is as deep as it gets

Next

Erie County Health Department Reports Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

Check Also