Agari Active Defense vs. AlienVault USM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Agari Active Defense
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
Agari Active Defense is a service to enable users to gain actionable intelligence, understand threats, and reduce risk from Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. The BEC Threat Intelligence service aims helps teams understand the specific threats an organization faces, develop a proactive defense, and reduce the risk and liability of financial loss. Agari was acquired by HelpSystems in May, 2021, and is now a HelpSystems brand.N/A
AlienVault USM
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
AlienVault® Unified Security Management® (USM) delivers threat detection, incident response, and compliance management in one unified platform. It is designed to combine all the essential security capabilities needed for effective security monitoring across cloud and on-premises environments, including SIEM, intrusion detection, vulnerability management, as well as continuous threat intelligence updates. The vendor states that even for resource-limited IT security teams, AlienVault…
$1,075
per month
Pricing
Agari Active DefenseAlienVault USM
Editions & Modules
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Essentials
$1,075
per month
Standard
$1,695
per month
Premium
$2,595
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Agari Active DefenseAlienVault USM
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros

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Top Cons
Features
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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
Agari Active Defense
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Ratings
AlienVault USM
8.0
8 Ratings
3% above category average
Centralized event and log data collection00 Ratings8.58 Ratings
Correlation00 Ratings8.58 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Deployment flexibility00 Ratings8.67 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools00 Ratings7.35 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces00 Ratings7.08 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
AlienVault USM
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Score 8.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
CrowdStrike Falcon
CrowdStrike Falcon
Score 9.2 out of 10
Splunk Enterprise
Splunk Enterprise
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.2 out of 10
InsightIDR
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Agari Active DefenseAlienVault USM
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(391 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.2
(18 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.7
(34 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
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7.3
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(25 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
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6.4
(38 ratings)
Configurability
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(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
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7.3
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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6.3
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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7.6
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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8.2
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Agari Active DefenseAlienVault USM
Likelihood to Recommend
Fortra
In the case of an on going or retro active phishing attack, Agari Active Defense does extremely well in identifying the participants. Also, Agari Active Defense is capable of removing any of the detected items from the recipients inbox while blocking the senders and prevent any future entries. The variety of the emails continue to enter many organizations and Agari Active Defense helps stand as a first line of defense against phishing.
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AT&T Cybersecurity
At this point I'm saying a 4. While the marketing material make it appear to be easy to use and it was relatively easy to set up, as previously mentioned, each event description is based upon the individual asset making it nearly impossible for the administrator to be a SME for each asset. For example, if one of the assets reporting is a router, the administrator monitoring alerts would need to know what the various events are that can be triggered as an event for the particular router; however, if the asset is a workstation, the administrator would need to know the various events that are triggered for workstations.
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Pros
Fortra
  • Phishing detection
  • VIP or HVT alerts
  • Tactics and Intel
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AT&T Cybersecurity
  • AlienVault USM is simple and easy to deploy. Sensors can be deployed in as little as 15 minutes through the setup wizard.
  • The USM UI is easy to understand. I've trained multiple analysts who are able to perform their duties on their first day, in part because of USM Anywhere's ease of use.
  • Top-notch built-in compliance templates and reporting features.
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Cons
Fortra
  • Raw data extraction
  • Reporting for Executives
  • Clustering
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AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Personally, I've wished I could purchase a service that would configure AV for my environment. I get a lot of traffic on a daily basis and I almost need to hire an analyst that just works on AV.
  • Some of the filters when looking for a specific alert aren't that easy to use.
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Likelihood to Renew
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
The centralized logging and retention for PCI compliance was our main driver, and it is meeting that need. Otherwise there has been enough frustration with the lack of documentation and the need to customize through the CLI that I would be open to alternatives.
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Usability
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
Once you are able to navigate the different panels, finding what you need is quite easily. Before getting used it it can be a bit of challenge . Each panel is quite well laid out and the filtering search capabilities are quite strong.
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Reliability and Availability
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
We do have issues with maintenance on the AlienVault USM as the disk fills up from time to time with other data sources. Sources for scanning logs and net flow data isn't calculated in regular disk maintenance and can easily fill up our disk if we do not keep an eye on it with some custom Nagios plugins. The system does properly trim logging data from logging sources properly.
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Performance
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
With the latest release of AlienVault USM overall performance has not been an issue. We have noticed single source events per second does not scale well with the overall system. 2,000eps on a vmware system with a single source produces delays of up to an hour for us. Pages, reporting and even raw log searches are rather quick though.
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Support Rating
Fortra
No answers on this topic
AT&T Cybersecurity
The support we received from alienvault was excellent. They went above and beyond in making sure everything was working as it needed to be. They REALLY want their product implementation to be a success and our security goals be achieved. They are like a member of our security team.
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In-Person Training
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
I did not have any experience with "in person" training directly. The free online classes offered for a half a day are based on the actual training offered. These little teasers are very good and well worth your time to learn a few quick and dirty ways of getting more information from your SIEM
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Online Training
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
It was very well organized and helpful in using the product to the fullest extent. The instructor allowed time for folks who were involved with managed services to receive tuning tips in order to better support their customers. In addition, the course materials were automatically updated when the new version came out.
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Implementation Rating
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
AlienVault USM was a very simple to implement and get up and running. We started with a trial version and had that up and going within an hour of receiving email instructions from the sales engineer. We never had to contact support to get the system up and going. It was extremely easy to convert over to a full license once we started with a paid version.
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Alternatives Considered
Fortra
Agari Active Defense hold true to its name. As a products that performs in the first line of defense it is capable of determining certain times as malicious and preventing from enter the enterprise. With easy to use functions and tuning the product is capable to adjust to the environment and act on command of an analyst as threat are detected.
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AT&T Cybersecurity
Splunk's ES is a paid add-on on top of an already pricey product. Finding a MSSP that supports Splunk and isn't a 6 figure annual commitment seems unlikely. LogRhythm did not have a cloud-based solution when we were considering SIEMs. Fantastic product though and have a good MSSP base. Devo did not have a MSSP partner base when we looked. Their product is fantastic too. AlienVault USM has good partners to choose from as well as an affordable cloud model, that's why we chose it.
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Scalability
Fortra
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AT&T Cybersecurity
The AlienVault USM is not very scalable. Some scalability can be achieved by installing additional sensors, but this only offers 500eps per sensor and is still overall limited by the installation type of VM or physical. We have also noticed the EPS (events per second) is rated overall and not towards a single source. A single source on a very healthy VMware partition tops out at 2,000eps for us, no matter how we configure it. Maybe this is a problem of the 5.2 release?
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Return on Investment
Fortra
  • Mitigation of risk in regards to Phishing
  • Cost of maintenance on SOC tool
  • Features are easy and training is acceptable
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AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Once you hit the 150 asset mark, you have to jump to their unlimited license. There is no middle ground. We were only 10 or so assets above the 150 so we had to chose to either not monitor those assets or pay the price of the upgrade.
  • AlienVault brings all the information to one place which makes it much quicker to track down problems.
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ScreenShots

AlienVault USM Screenshots

Screenshot of USM Anywhere NIDS Dashboard