Ransomware Head to Head: Why Does Cybereason Anti-Ransomware Win Over SentinelOne?

Recent ransomware attacks have shown that stakes are high. One recent attack demanded a ransom of $70m in cryptocurrency, and it is estimated that organizations paid nearly $600 million in ransom payments in just the first half of 2021--more than the total for all of 2020.

Building out an anti-ransomware strategy is not just a good idea anymore, it is imperative. However, there are quite a few vendors in the market, making the selection process difficult. Today, we’ll break down why customers continually choose Cybereason, especially over competitors such as SentinelOne. 

A ransomware attack is typically a painstakingly intentional operation. The malicious actors behind these attacks have carefully crafted methodologies and perform extensive research within your environment. Ransomware attacks are financially motivated, so the attacker must find large amounts of sensitive data to exfiltrate and encrypt in order to hold any sort of meaningful ransom. 

Cybereason has made it a priority to fight ransomware. The huge investment of resources in this effort has enabled us to reverse the adversary advantage. Defending against sophisticated ransomware is more than just having top-notch detection and prevention capabilities. It’s about having a reliable method for catching the subtle activity ransomware attackers perform early on in your environment, and eradicating them before it’s too late. 

Cybereason achieves this goal by making sense of complex data relationships to surface threats. We correlate all aspects of the operation into a single view (the Cybereason MalOp™) that contains root cause, escalation steps and a guided response. SentinelOne struggles with their ability to correlate malicious behaviors across multiple assets, and generates an abnormally high rate of false positives, which ties up valuable security team resources and time.

The MalOp replaces alert fatigue by providing one single context-rich notification informing your security team of the entirety of the ransomware campaign, so that you can act quickly and effectively. 

Cybereason’s approach to ending ransomware is easily seen in how it has been able to protect customers from every major attack, making it undefeated in the fight against ransomware. Read on to see additional reasons as to why customers choose Cybereason over SentinelOne.

Intentional Focus on Detection & Prevention

Cybereason is committed to help organizations detect and prevent ransomware before it reaches the encryption stage. With the rise of double extortion, benefits such as SentinelOne’s Rollback functionality become largely irrelevant. It creates a false sense of security for defenders. 

Beyond the need to mitigate ransomware in your environment before encryption, there are three more important downfalls with SentinelOne Rollback which many customers don’t realize. First, Rollback leverages Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), meaning that data on Mac and Linux endpoints are excluded from this benefit.

Rollback is also unnecessarily resource intensive. It continuously takes snapshots of the current state using VSS, without cleaning up older snapshots, consuming large amounts of storage. A more crucial issue is that the underlying VSS service is often disabled by common ransomware strands and the associated backups deleted--making Rollback impossible. 

Complete Coverage of Attack Vectors

A commonly missed attack vector for many vendors in the industry is documents (e.g., .pdf, .docx, etc). This gap among vendors is shocking as these non-executable files are a common vehicle for attackers to inject malware through macros or malicious links.

SentinelOne is one of the vendors left behind when it comes to protecting against this attack vector, and they instead only cover traditional executables. In addition, SentinelOne is unable to reliably prevent attacks that leverage fileless malware techniques, such as PowerShell scripts and .NET tactics. 

Cybereason provides complete coverage of all these attack vectors, and continues to stay ahead of the curve in terms of knowing which attack vectors to protect next. This is made possible by Cybereason’s industry-renowned threat research team, Nocturnus, which was the first to find the vaccine for NotPetya and the first to expose DeadRinger.

360 Ransomware Protection with XDR

Cybereason is leading the XDR space by providing the first truly open XDR experience. It offers over 100 out-of-the-box integrations to provide a single point of visibility, detection and response across the breadth of the enterprise. SentinelOne has a limited ability to detect and respond to threats that involve identity and access management systems, email, and network devices.

This incomplete XDR data collection strategy supports data ingestion from only a small number of SIEM connectors, making it a requirement to use multiple siloed tools to shore up gaps in coverage. And as we know, multiple siloed tools go against the number one reliable method we have to mitigate ransomware threats - the race against time. 

Cybereason is undefeated in the fight against ransomware, and you can be too. Learn more about ransomware defense here or schedule a demo today to learn how your organization can stay undefeated.

Karishma Asthana
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Karishma Asthana

Karishma is a Product Marketing Manager at Cybereason. She was previously with Accenture Security where she worked as a penetration tester and was responsible for helping clients understand and manage their security vulnerabilities. Karishma is passionate about exploring large shifts in the cybersecurity industry from a technical and strategic point of view.

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