Competitive
Analysis

ExtraHop vs. Darktrace

ExtraHop Reveal(x) network detection and response (NDR) goes far beyond its competitors to detect and respond to advanced threats that other tools miss. Decryption, forensic-level workflows, and high-fidelity long-term record storage set Reveal(x) apart. Get historical data capture for threat hunting and retrospective investigations to help you understand what happened and how to defend against it—now and in the future.

Read on for a Darktrace competitor comparison.

  • Investigation
    & Response
  • Enterprise
    Scale & Speed
  • Visibility
    & Decryption
  • Hybrid, Cloud
    & SaaS
  • Timeline
    of a Breach

Investigation & Response

It's not enough to fire a detection, you have to consider the context and correlate that detection with everything else that's happening on your network. Do you have the depth of data you need to investigate activity on your network and to look back for threat hunting?

Detections

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Detections on every asset bolstered by full stream reassembly, analysis of 70+ protocols, decryption, and cloud-based machine learning —with fewer false positives

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Provides detection across assets but is limited to on-box machine learning and lacks decryption capabilities, full protocol analysis, and stream reassembly

Why It Matters

Detections for every asset across all protocols, with decryption, is crucial for the detection of advanced attacks like SUNBURST and Kerberos Golden Ticket attacks. Cloud-based machine learning means you can process larger, more complex datasets to ensure detection of the latest attacks.

Investigation & Threat Hunting

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Real-time and historical data for all network activity

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Historical data is limited to detection-driven investigations

Why It Matters

To answer the question "Are we impacted by the latest threat?" you need all observed data to understand the context and perform proactive investigations and retrospective threat hunting using detailed historical data.

Unified Console: NetOps + SecOps + CloudOps

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Unified console for network, cloud, and security operations

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No NetOps coverage. Single console for security-related data and use cases only

Why It Matters

Having a single source of truth helps break down silos and provides faster resolution for security, performance, cloud, and hygiene use cases. That increases efficiency, decreases response time, and provides the opportunity to simplify your toolset.

Full Continuous Packet Capture (PCAP)

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Always-on continuous PCAP

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Precision PCAP

Why It Matters

Always-on, continuous PCAP makes sure you can access the packets you need. Relying on Precision PCAPs can omit details critical to understanding the severity of an incident.

Enterprise Scalability & Real-time Analysis

To scale to the needs of the enterprise, your network traffic analysis must deliver real-time insights by monitoring every asset communicating across your hybrid environment. Reveal(x) NDR leverages the cloud to constantly adapt to the demands of your network, providing security teams instant access to the data they need to respond to threats.

Scale: Raw Throughput Per-Sensor

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Up to 100Gbps

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Up to 5Gbps

Why It Matters

Raw throughput isn't the only factor determining the scale of monitoring, but it is an important one. Higher throughput ensures cost efficiency when scaling with the growing needs of your organization.

Scale: IP Monitoring

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Up to 1 Million assets

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Up to 50 thousand assets

Why It Matters

Scaling to a million assets ensures a single investigative console to rapidly correlate activity across assets without fragmented data—critical for threat hunting.

Scale: Machine Learning

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Cloud-based Machine Learning

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Appliance-based Machine Learning

Why It Matters

Cloud-based ML means you immediately have the most up-to-date detection capabilities while simultaneously scaling on-demand—so no detection is missed. Appliance-based ML is limited by system resources.

Visibility & Decryption

Visibility requires a complete picture of every asset connected to the network and its function. This challenge, combined with the rapid adoption of encryption, has hampered analysts industry wide. Reveal(x) gives security teams complete visibility augmented by decryption, including TLS 1.3 with PFS, (which ExtraHop competitors lack) into every asset (including IoT), application, and user communicating on the hybrid network. Decryption is required for threat detection—especially for uncovering the most advanced threats.

Interested in decryption? Learn more about how ExtraHop works.

Decryption and Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA)

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ETA + Out of band line-rate decryption (up to and including TLS 1.3)

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ETA only.

Why It Matters

As TLS 1.3 becomes ubiquitous, it's increasingly necessary to decrypt traffic to catch threats like SQL injection, cross-site scripting, SSRF, and Kerberos Golden Ticket attacks.

Asset Classification

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Complete asset inventory with role-based classification including IoT

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IP-address-based asset inventory with no asset classification capability

Why It Matters

You need to classify asset roles to give needed context. That allows you to rapidly determine if observed behaviors deviate from expected behavior, given its intended function. For example: DNS, VOIP, AD, SQL, IoT etc.

Historical Lookback

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Up to 90 days of customizable historical data

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Limited. Historical data is only retained when a detection occurs

Why It Matters

Understanding whether you are affected by advanced attacks like SUNBURST requires maximum historical data which may or may not be linked to a detection.

Hybrid, Multi Cloud & SaaS

Cloud-native security and flexible deployment models are critical for modern enterprises. Reveal(x) uses its expertise with AWS to provide frictionless, on-demand deployments to secure your cloud environments.

AWS Competency

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AWS Security Competency

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No AWS Security Competency

Why It Matters

AWS security competency demonstrates deep technical cloud expertise and proven customer success securing cloud transformation through every stage, from initial migration to ongoing day-to-day management.

Cloud Throughput

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Up to 25Gbps

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Up to 5Gbps

Why It Matters

Raw throughput is not the only factor determining the scale of monitoring, but it is an important one. Higher throughput brings cost efficiency when scaling with your growing business.

SaaS-Delivered Data Storage

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Cloud-hosted and managed historical data

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None. No historical storage options

Why It Matters

SaaS-delivered storage ensures historical data is available to meet your investigative, threat hunting, and compliance requirements.

Timeline of a Breach

ExtraHop tells the whole story. No plot holes.

ExtraHop vs. Darktrace

Client attempts and fails DB login several times

Rare client attempts and fails DB login several times*

Unusual amount of SQL traffic between a DB and rare client

Client successfully logs into DB

Client logs into DB and receives confirmation from the DB

No packet data

Client requests info from DB using "select" command

Client requests info from DB using "select" command

No packet data

DB responds in the affirmative & begins delivering data

DB responds in the affirmative & begins delivering data

No packet data

Client issues "drop" command against DB audit table

Client issues "drop" command against DB audit table

No packet data

DB responds in the affirmative

DB responds in the affirmative

No packet data

Client initiates large data transfer to external host

Client initiates large data transfer to external host

Unusual volume of data transfer between client and rare external host

*That first alert from ExtraHop provides enough info to justify quarantining the device in question and launching a full investigation. But if the worst should happen, full attack chain visibility puts you in the best position to eliminate the threat.