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Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis

Alert Logic is ideally placed to support and protect cloud infrastructure and services such as AWS hosted services. It is less appropriate for platform as a service as this would be addressed by the provider in question. It would also be ideally suited to on-premise and hybrid cloud scenarios to protect services from attacks and breaches.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

I would make a cautionary recommendation. If you're heavily invested in a McAfee product line, the McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is a natural fit and you probably already understand the risk of working with them. If you are greenfield looking for a SIEM, I would advise documenting your use cases very well, because you may find yourself doing a new implementation down the road.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
6.8
Centralized event and log data collection
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.0
Correlation
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
8.9
Event and log normalization
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
7.4
Deployment flexibility
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
4.1
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
7.5
Custom dashboards and views
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
4.3
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
6.6

Pros

  • Alert Logic provides very technical solutions to address security risks. However much of the benefit is from a human level understanding of the threats seen.
  • As a company, they are profiling thousands of companies and are better able to predict threats such as denial of service attacks and warn organisations ahead of time.
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  • McAfee Enterprise Security Manager has a large library of pre-made correlations that reduces the amount of work needed to make it functional.
  • This is a core McAfee product that is still getting support.
  • It has a substantial amount of compatibility and integration with other products.
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Cons

  • Overall the product and service works well and addresses all our key requirements so we have no real negatives to share.
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  • The migration off of Flash has been painful. The new interface is very difficult to work with. Even support tends to fall back to the Flash version.
  • The GUI is not intuitive under any version. Finding settings takes a significant amount of learning.
  • While the product is supported, the transitions from various directions have left the future of the product in question. It used to be the interface for IDS, but the new IDS is stand alone.
  • The way McAfee has dropped products with no warning in the past makes us skeptical of trusting any stated roadmap.
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Alternatives Considered

There are alternatives some of which have a greater overhead and require more in-house technical skills. Alert Logic provide a full service so for us this was a better solution.
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Splunk tends to be the top dog in the space. Everything is compatible and it's capable of anything. You just have to have the time and money to do the work. And if you have a large volume of logs (and who doesn't?), it's not cheap. McAfee Enterprise Security Manager's advantage is supposed to answer Spunk's weakness. You don't have to build everything from scratch. Out of the box, tools are supposed to make the tool valuable from day one. This is true, but, as always, take the sales pitch with a grain of salt. Get a live demo to see the navigation and interface. If your SOC is going to have to live with these screens day in and day out, make sure you're prepared.
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Return on Investment

  • Return on Investment is measured in how protected our reputation is and Alert Logic contributes to this is a large way.
  • Alert Logic provides excellent information security assurance to the business and allows us to feel more proactive.
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  • For a tool that advertises how many correlations come out of the box, the selling point of easy administration is lost in the difficulty of administration.
  • The value of the tool being a significant part of the McAfee portfolio is questionable when integrated products are dropped without warning.
  • I would not put McAfee Enterprise Security Manager in a top three SIEM class, its more like a member of the top 10.
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Pricing Details

Alert Logic Log Correlation and Analysis

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details