CrowdStrike vs. Microsoft

Microsoft’s security products can’t even protect Microsoft. How can they protect you?

Considering Microsoft?

It’s your adversaries’ favorite target.

Consider the risk

Department of Homeland Security

“Microsoft’s security culture was inadequate and requires an overhaul”

In a recent report, the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) found Microsoft’s “cascade of security failures” resulted in a catastrophic breach.

Choose a provider that delivers without compromise. Choose CrowdStrike.

Why customers choose CrowdStrike over Microsoft

Microsoft Poor coverage = susceptible to breaches

  • ×Built on a foundation of obsolete, signature-based AV that is ineffective against modern adversaries
  • ×Security capabilities vary drastically across different OS editions and versions, creating inconsistent protections
  • ×Gartner cautions Microsoft “is challenged by limited support for older OSs and generally uneven support across non-Windows OSs”
  • ×Missed 6 high-quality (technique/tactic level) detections in recent MITRE evaluation, despite a unique, custom environment

The CrowdStrike difference

CrowdStrike Advanced breach prevention

CrowdStrike offers advanced, consistent, signature-free security across all OS editions and versions. Leveraging AI-powered Indicators of Attack (IOAs) and integrated threat intelligence, CrowdStrike delivers world-class breach prevention, independently proven by MITRE where CrowdStrike scored 100% across the board.


CrowdStrike named a Leader by Gartner

Furthest Right in Vision. Highest in Ability to Execute. Only CrowdStrike.

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Microsoft Complex to operate, complex to maintain

  • ×Needs frequent OS-level upgrades and multiple daily signature updates, increasing cost and operational burden
  • ×Heavy operational workload often requires additional staff
  • ×Security functionality is strewn across multiple disjointed consoles, fragmenting SOC workflows

The CrowdStrike difference

CrowdStrike Easy to use, easy to operate

CrowdStrike’s single, lightweight agent streamlines installation and management. Our AI-native architecture eliminates the need for time-consuming daily signature updates, and ensures smooth operations with automatic updates – no reboots required. All modules are housed in a unified, user-friendly interface, enhancing SOC workflows and streamlining platform consolidation.

CrowdStrike hands down gave us the most visibility… The agent is small, it’s light and it doesn’t take any maintenance.”

Jason Strohbehn, Deputy CISO, State of Wyoming

Microsoft generates High Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

  • ×Essential features like threat analytics and server protection aren’t included in standard bundles, leading to unexpected license costs
  • ×Frequent maintenance and ongoing updates require more dedicated staff
  • ×Repeated business disruptions from Microsoft-caused server reboots
  • ×Gartner warns that Microsoft’s security bundles “often [create] shelfware and redundant spending”

The CrowdStrike difference

CrowdStrike deliversUnmatched ROI

CrowdStrike enhances operational efficiency and offers unparalleled ROI, freeing up valuable resources and employee bandwidth. Our intuitive interface reduces training costs, and rapid deployment helps you transition from outdated systems, avoiding costly contract overlaps or extensions. CrowdStrike’s transparent licensing means no surprise fees.

8 out of 10 times

when an enterprise customer does a proof-of-value technology test, they choose CrowdStrike over Microsoft.

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Proven by MITRE

CrowdStrike is the only vendor to score highest in both of the recent MITRE detection tests – open-book and closed-book – scoring 100% in Enterprise Round 5, and recorded fastest mean time to detect (MTTD) at 4 minutes in Managed Services, Round 2.

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Understand the key differences between CrowdStrike and Microsoft



Rapid deployment, instant protection

Deploy instantly with a single, lightweight agent — no OS prerequisites, complex configuration, or fine tuning required.

Complicated deployment hinders security

All endpoints require the premium edition of the latest version of Windows, requiring upfront reboots and hardware upgrades for full security functionality.


Set and forget

Automatic updates seamlessly deliver the latest capabilities and protections without manual signature updates or disruptive reboots.

Burdensome maintenance

Security updates are inextricably tied to complex OS management, requiring frequent reboots, daily signature updates, and manual tuning due to persistent false positives.

Detection coverage

Advanced threat detection

High-fidelity detection engine leverages advanced AI, behavioral IOAs, and industry-leading threat intelligence to detect the most advanced threats — including zero-days, unknown malware, and hands-on-keyboard activity.

Ineffective threat detection

Adversaries are easily bypassing Microsoft security products, exploiting its outdated, signature-based AV. Microsoft is ineffective against modern attack vectors, forcing frequent and cumbersome signature updates just to maintain protection.

Total cost of ownership

Simplified operations and licensing cuts TCO

No hidden costs. Transparent licensing is easy to budget, and simplified security management frees up staff and reduces training costs.

Unexpected costs skyrocket TCO

Microsoft’s security solutions incur unexpected high costs from burdensome platform maintenance, disruptive business impacts, and complex licensing, often requiring additional dedicated staff.

Ease of use

Optimized analyst experience

A single, unified console and customizable workflow automations offer complete attack visibility, real-time threat context, and accelerated investigation across endpoints, cloud, identity and more.

Disjointed user experience

Microsoft’s complex platform, criticized by Gartner for its “below-average ease of use,” frustrates analysts with its multiple consoles, creating security risks and slowing response times.

Managed Services

World-class expertise

Falcon Complete MDR provides 24/7 vigilance, forensic expertise, and precise incident response to eliminate threats across your digital infrastructure. Independently verified to provide the highest detection coverage (99%) in the inaugural MITRE ATT&CK® Evaluation for service providers.

Incomplete managed detection and response

Lacks proactive threat hunting provided by security experts. Instead, Microsoft’s MDR relies on inadequate, generalized threat intelligence and AI that achieved an inferior 93% detection rate in the latest MITRE ATT&CK Evaluation for service providers.

Validated by industry leading analysts

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Leader in Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

CrowdStrike is positioned highest for ability to execute and furthest to the right for completeness of vision.

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Leader in Forrester Wave: Cloud Workload Security

CrowdStrike is rated as having the strongest strategy of all vendors.

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Leader in Forrester Wave: Managed Detection and Response

CrowdStrike is rated as having the strongest strategy of all vendors.

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Leader in Forrester Wave: External Threat Intelligence Service Providers

CrowdStrike positioned highest for current offering and furthest for strategy.

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Leader in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Risk-Based Vulnerability Management Platforms 2023 Vendor Assessment

CrowdStrike named one of only four “Leaders”.

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29,000 customers trust CrowdStrike to protect what matters most

You place a sensor on your computers that requires a very small amount of memory. It’s not like other programs that slow down the computer. CrowdStrike is constantly scanning your computer from the cloud and responds in a millisecond when it detects anything. It couldn’t be less painful, and it couldn’t be more reassuring.

Robert B


Crowdstrike allows us to completely outsource our endpoint device security – we gain access to highly qualified cyber agents that help address any cyber related instances on our equipment. If a cyber issue occurs, they are there assisting in quickly blocking and resolving the issue. In my experience, the response time has been better than they advertise. Easy to roll out, easy to manage and work with their staff to setup and apply a playbook for issues. All in all a great solution.

Aaron J


The 10 hours a week that we are freeing up from having to manage and monitor our AV solution has really allowed us to focus on other areas of the business. This has been a huge return on investment

Jim M


Exceptional EDR capabilities along with fast response from the managed SOC. I like the way the product maps out any threat/potential threat vector. It provides a great visualization for users to trace the source.

Mainak S


Great real-time visibility and reaction to all the endpoints.Offers a lightweight agent. Network isolation and sandboxing features help a lot in conducting an investigation.

Arathi S


Probably the most valuable thing to me is the real-time response piece. I can remove files from the endpoint, drop files on the endpoint, stop processes, reboot it, run custom scripts, and deploy software. Pretty much no other tool can do all that.

Michael G


Top Notch protection against knowns and unknown threats !

Ketan M


CrowdStrike’s advanced detection and prevention capabilities offer a superior level of protection against potential threats. Its unique feature of automated rules is designed to effectively confine threats at the device level. This automatic confinement of high alerts ensures that the device is secured immediately, buying crucial time for the dedicated response team to identify and neutralize the threat.

David L


It has helped tremendously to strengthen our security posture by securing our endpoints. It has helped to free up our IT department from having to constantly worry about malware and malicious software infecting our endpoints.

Chris S


The Protect functionality on the laptops provides great visibility into what’s occurring, and the cloud management of the platform is what we needed.

Stephen H


Threat Graph gives a detailed explanation and helps to identify the root process from which the attack is being carried out. Overwatch and hybrid analysis in threat graph is the best features which makes us to respond to the attack in a short span of time.

Ganesan K


Great product requiring minimal manual intervention and operation time

David K


Very easy to deploy with the amazing help of Crowdstrike staff. It has a very small footprint on resources, and the Falcon Dashboard is very intuitive. The reports are of a standard that can be shared with the Exec team and is fully understood.

Andrew M


It offers ample features for all platforms- windows,linux and max. The user interface is easy to use. Crowdstrike query helps in investigating the alerts more deeply. With right access containment and real time connection proves to be great when working critical alerts. Its machine learning and custom intelligence capabilities makes sure that no incident is overlooked. It also provides great customer support. Implementing tuning for white listing is also simple

Verified User


We receive meaningful events on the platform for investigation. The events are detailed and well-structured. The remote connection option allows us to investigate events in realtime.

Christiaan R


CrowdStrike Falcon has done an excellent job at detecting breaches. It has allowed us to stay in business and keep our systems up.

Director, IT Security Operations


The agent is extremely lightweight and it never takes huge resources on the system. Management is extremely easy with easy dashboard. The alerts are extremely well detailed

Abhishek R


Falcon is a cloud-based platform so deployment is easy. You only need to deploy the agent to the endpoints, but the data is stored in CrowdStrike. I rate CrowdStrike Falcon ten out of ten. I would recommend Falcon to others.

Naveen N


Since we deployed CrowdStrike, the network has become much calmer, and we now understand the sources of infections, which helps us prevent them from spreading.

Security Officer


Look, all I can say, is this I have a vast experience in every one of the major ADRXDR platforms, and by far would continue to use crowd strike, just due to capability


With CrowdStrike everything is integrated into a single platform, and this is a huge advantage.

Europe Energy

One of the key benefits of the CrowdStrike Falcon platform is its light footprint on the business while enabling operational continuity