Cortex XDR vs. SentinelOne

Learn why organizations choose Cortex XDR over SentinelOne for attack prevention, detection and response.

Cortex XDR is the better choice to stop modern threats

SentinelOne’s fragmented XDR feature set is incomplete, with no user behavior analytics, network threat analytics, forensics or ability to group alerts into incidents. SOC analysts are forced to sift through a large number of alerts to see the complete picture that Cortex XDR provides automatically. Even worse, analysts must utilize multiple consoles, making management complex and reducing SOC efficiency. Their limited native data set, restrictive capabilities and over-reliance on third-party integration questions their claim as a legitimate XDR provider.

Cortex XDR goes far beyond SentinelOne’s EDR focus, delivering ML-powered behavioral analytics across multiple data sources, a simplified SOC workflow, incident management and much more – from one unified, cloud-based console. Learn why leading organizations trust Cortex XDR over SentinelOne to prevent, detect and respond to all threats.

 Real XDR

Real XDR

SentinelOne is not a complete XDR solution. Over-reliance on their endpoint agent and its data, with no forensic capability or insight into unprotected endpoints, leaves security teams blind to the bigger picture. Cortex XDR® is the industry’s first true extended detection and response (XDR) platform, trusted by over 3,000 customers.

  • Cortex XDR advances security beyond just endpoint protection and data collection, integrating native network, cloud, identity and third-party data to stop modern cyberattacks.

  • Data from any source is automatically stitched together to reveal the root cause and timeline of alerts to identify and quickly put a stop to threats.

Cortex XDR uses robust threat intelligence and provides more than just traditional sandboxing with WildFire malware prevention.

Critical Feature Set

SentinelOne lacks several key capabilities, like user behavior analytics and forensic analysis, that help pinpoint anomalous behavior and enable quick investigation of alerts. And without integrated cloud sandboxing and real-time file analysis, SentinelOne’s customers may be exposed to new forms of malware. Cortex XDR’s robust features provide broader threat detection and investigation intelligence to enable fast incident response.

  • Integration with our WildFire® malware prevention service goes beyond traditional sandboxing to detect unknown threats in a complete cloud analysis environment.

  • Behavioral analytics analyzes data by tracking more than 1,000 behavior attributes to profile behavior and detect malicious activity.

  • Host Insights combines vulnerability assessment, application and system visibility, along with a powerful Search and Destroy feature to help identify and contain threats across all endpoints.

Cortex XDR’s incident management dashboard intelligently groups related alerts into one incident with unified incident management.

Simplified Workflow with Built-in Incident Management

A lack of incident management leaves SOC analysts who use SentinelOne overwhelmed by a barrage of individual alerts. Cortex XDR’s best-of-breed incident management helps to group, manage and resolve related alerts as incidents, reducing the number of individual alerts to review by 98%.*

  • With a single click, analysts can instantly reveal the root cause, reputation and sequence of events, lowering the experience needed to verify threats.

  • Customizable correlation rules allow analysts to define rules based on dozens of different parameters to help identify misuse of systems and applications and thwart evasion techniques.

*Based on an analysis of Cortex XDR customer environments.

Compare Cortex XDR to SentinelOne

Cortex XDR
Real XDR
Cortex XDR
    Broader visibility
  • Incorporates data from endpoint, network, cloud and virtually any source regardless of vendor.
  • Integration with Palo Alto Networks NGFW and Prisma Cloud further extends SOC visibility to the network and cloud.
  • Provides visibility and forensic analysis of any endpoint, regardless of security vendor.
    Lacks the full picture
  • With a heavy reliance on endpoint-only data, their “XDR” does not extend detection and response into the network and cloud.
  • Limited ability to ingest third-party data or stitch together endpoint, network or cloud data for better context.
  • Lack of a forensics module leaves endpoints without agents installed vulnerable.
Critical Feature Set
Cortex XDR
    Full and flexible features
  • Integrated cloud sandboxing delivers complete endpoint threat protection with static analysis, behavioral analysis, on-execution protection and dedicated ransomware protection.
  • Uses ML-powered user behavioral analytics across any data source to identify anomalies and raise alerts with insight.
    Fragmented solution lacks completeness
  • Incomplete malware defenses do not have local analysis or behavior analysis. With fewer inspection points, new malware forms could be missed.
  • Lack of user entity behavior analytics (UEBA) and network traffic analysis (NTA) means anomalous activity may go undetected.
  • Additional third-party data sources are available for search and query results only, not for detection analytics.
Simplified Workflow with Built-in Incident Management
Cortex XDR
    Automation speeds results
  • Alerts across data sets are automatically stitched together to see the bigger picture.
  • Alerts are reduced by 98%* with intelligent alert grouping and deduplication.
  • Investigation time is reduced 88%** by revealing the root cause of any alert with cross-data insights.
    Individual alerts hinder investigations
  • Absence of incident-level management and grouping alerts only by hash requires more time and effort for analysis.
  • No automation leads to extensive manual correlation, increasing investigation times.
  • No unified storyline or complete view of incidents is possible.
* Based on an analysis of Cortex XDR customer environments.
** Palo Alto Networks SOC analysis showing reduced investigation time from 40 minutes to 5 minutes.

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