CrowdStrike vs McAfee

Discover the key differences between CrowdStrike and McAfee to determine the right cybersecurity solution for your organization – with free platform access.

3 reasons why

customers choose CrowdStrike over McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS)

Comprehensive security protection

CrowdStrike secures the most critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads and identity – to keep you ahead of today’s threats and stop breaches. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the CrowdStrike Falcon® Platform was purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight agent architecture that enables you to consolidate security solutions and eliminate on-premise infrastructure. CrowdStrike leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to protect against all threat vectors - even when computers and servers aren’t connected to the internet.

Fully operational in seconds

The CrowdStrike Falcon® Platform, powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, enables customers to deploy tens of thousands of agents at once—with no reboots necessary to install or change security settings. CrowdStrike provides full, automated protection in real time across the enterprise without impacting endpoint performance and end-user productivity. The CrowdStrike Falcon® Platform leverages enriched telemetry from across the enterprise with other sources of threat intelligence to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.

Enhanced risk management

The CrowdStrike Security Cloud is the world’s largest unified, threat-centric data fabric, powering the next generation of protection and elite threat hunting to stop breaches. CrowdStrike correlates trillions of security events per day with indicators of attack, the industry’s leading threat intelligence and enterprise telemetry from across customer endpoints, workloads, identities, DevOps, IT assets and configurations.

Using world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Security Cloud identifies shifts in adversarial tactics, maps their tradecraft and creates actionable data in the patented Threat Graph to automatically prevent threats in real time across CrowdStrike’s global customer base. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, your team is in full control with the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform. See what your current anti-virus solution is missing, with ZERO false positives.

Today’s sophisticated attacks require a mix of world-class automation and human expertise in the form of human-based threat-hunting, reviewing content and adding context to detections. CrowdStrike’s teams of elite threat hunters are working 24/7, proactively searching for stealthy threats that technology alone cannot detect.

Compare CrowdStrike to McAfee ENS

Feature McAfee
Detection Machine learning based
Protects against known & unknown threats.
Signature based
Focused on known threats.
Delivery Cloud native
Cloud Architecture. Ease of setup, maintenance, and scalability.
Reboot required
Uses local machine and on-premise infrastructure. Additional hardware costs and maintenance burden.
Installation time Minutes
Silent deployment. No restart required.
Requires endpoint downtime, and restart for installation and updates.
Number of sensors One sensor
Single lightweight agent for all functions. ~3% local CPU usage.
Multiple sensors
Multiple sensors required for prevention, detection, response, etc. >30% CPU usage when scanning.
Behavior-based protection Event based detection
Indicators of attack (IOAs) prevent sophisticated fileless and malware-free attacks.
Signature reliant detection
Limited behavioral based detection is possible with an additional module.
EDR Advanced EDR
Automated, prioritized alerts. Unparalleled visibility enables proactive threat hunting. Powerful response.
Basic EDR
Basic recording and response functionality. Supports limited threat hunting use cases.

See why customers trust CrowdStrike

"When we engaged CrowdStrike, it was a complete 180. Now we've found that partner that will get us back to a stable operating point."

Jason Rooks
CI | Parkway Schools

"We don't have an antivirus solution that's waiting on signatures to be developed and pushed out. What we've got is that we're part of a larger collection of organizations that are running CrowdStrike, so any data that we see gets fed back into the system and someone else will benefit from that knowledge. And it's all because it is cloud-based."

Scott Stoops
Security Analyst | Ashland University

Protecting all companies from small business to enterprise


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