Competitive
Analysis

ExtraHop vs. NetWitness

ExtraHop Reveal(x) network detection and response (NDR) goes far beyond its competitors with unmatched capabilities, such as line-rate decryption, forensic-level workflows, and high-fidelity long-term record storage. By harnessing network data as the ground truth and advanced AI backed by the ExtraHop Threat Research team, Reveal(x) proactively detects threats. Fully integrated investigative workflows make targeted threat hunting and retrospective analysis accessible to analysts of all skill levels. Read on for an RSA NetWitness competitor comparison.

  • Investigation
    and Response
  • Enterprise
    Scale & Speed
  • Visibility
    and Decryption
  • Hybrid,
    Multicloud & SaaS

Investigation and Response

Detection alerts are not good enough. The context of the detection and automated correlation of relevant data is critical to a rapid investigation and effective response process. Lengthy initial investigations slow the response process, providing attackers a key resource: time. 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 with full stream reassembly, analysis of 70+ protocols, decryption, and cloud-based machine learning

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Uncorrelated detections, without protocol analysis, contextual data, or ML-based anomaly detections

Why It Matters

High fidelity detections for every asset across all protocols requires decryption capabilities and a highly skilled threat research team. High-quality detections are critical to uncovering advanced attacks like SUNBURST and Kerberos Golden Ticket attacks.

Investigation & Threat Hunting

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Instant access to real-time and historical data, automated data correlation, and a simple-to-use interface

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Complex query language with searches that can take hours

Why It Matters

Reaction time is critical when responding to threats. Complex search terms, manual data correlation, and slow query responses hamper the investigation and threat hunting process providing attackers time to achieve their goals.

Unified Console: NetOps + SecOps + CloudOps

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Shared console for network, cloud, and security operations

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Separate tools and consoles

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. This increases efficiency, decreases response time, and provides the opportunity to simplify your toolset.

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 investigate and respond to threats.

Raw Throughput Per-Sensor

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Up to 100 Gbps in a single appliance

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5 Gbps appliances need to be stacked to achieve desired throughput

Why It Matters

Raw throughput is an important factor when scaling in large environments. Higher throughput ensures cost efficiency when scaling with the growing needs of your organization.

Asset Monitoring per Appliance

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Up to 1 Million assets

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No asset-based monitoring

Why It Matters

Asset centric monitoring ensures the correlation of activity and discovery of anomalies across your network without fragmented data—critical for threat hunting.

Machine Learning

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Cloud-based machine learning

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Limited User Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) is available through a platform add-on. Limited in scope

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.

Visibility and 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. Line-rate decryption for every asset (including IoT), application, and user communicating on the hybrid network is required for threat detection—especially for uncovering the most advanced threats.

Interested in decryption? Learn more about how ExtraHop works.

East-West and North-South Visibility

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Complete visibility into all traffic traversing the network regardless of source and destination

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Only optimized for north-south traffic analysis and not designed to scale for east-west traffic

Why It Matters

Modern attacks are fast-moving and typically involve a social engineering component and stealthy command and control, requiring visibility into east-west traffic and detailed device fingerprinting to discover anomalous traffic and malicious behavior.

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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Limited ETA with manual decryption. No support for TLS 1.3

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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Not available

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.

Hybrid, Multicloud, and 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.

Multicloud Support

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Full cloud-native visibility for AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure

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Limited cloud support

Why It Matters

As businesses continue their digital transformation, the ability to provide threat detection, investigation, and forensics in the cloud is paramount. Reveal(x) is fully compatible with all major cloud platforms to ensure centralized threat detection and visibility into your data, regardless of its location.

AWS Competency

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AWS Security Competency

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No accreditation

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 25 Gbps per AMI

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Scalable by stacking high resource requirement VMs

Why It Matters

Higher throughput brings cost efficiency, this is especially true with cloud-hosted AMI style solutions.

SaaS-Delivered Data Storage

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Cloud-hosted and managed historical data

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Customer-managed AWS Elastic Block Storage

Why It Matters

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