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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) Anywhere is a cloud-based security information and event management solution that provides effective and affordable threat detection, incident response, and compliance management capabilities. USM Anywhere is well suited to mid-size enterprise environments operating in the cloud. USM Anywhere is also well suited to enterprises whose operations teams require easy deployment and management. Last, USM Anywhere is considered a highly affordable option compared to competitors. USM Anywhere lags competitors in several areas, such as application monitoring, database monitoring, and integrations with third-party solutions such as cloud access security brokers (CASB), DAM, DAP, and DLP.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

For scenarios, I described before, like when you have centralized administration and several locations, and the majority of those locations have the same size/requirements, Firepower is well suited. Easy to maintain, relatively cheap to buy. For scenarios too small, like small sales offices like ours, I don't think Firepower could fit, basically because you'll need to invest a certain amount of money to buy, license and deploy.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • Alienvault USM is THOROUGH. We have a highly integrated workspace that's most SAAS, and I monitor those integrations and their security with AV. If I am trying to track the uptime of a laptop, I don't go to VPN or our Directory Services... I go to AV.
  • As I mentioned before, we use Sophos to protect our laptops. If a questionable file shows up on someones laptop, I hear about it from AlienVault before I hear about it from our Sophos service.
  • The OTX Pulse feature is a built-in feature that lets you subscribe to industries and you are notified about new threats that affect that industry on a daily basis. The pulse alerts are added to your AV watchlist.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

  • Low false positive rate as long as it is properly managed/tuned.
  • Easy to manage and configure with the GUI.
  • Support is great if assistance is needed.
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Cons

AlienVault USM

  • While there are many features, many of them are not very advanced. Vulnerability scanning as an example is extremely simplistic and almost unusable for an enterprise organization. It's just enough to get a program off the ground.
  • Cloud-only deployment model (SaaS) may not fit all organizations. Not all organizations are "cloud friendly".
  • Reporting capabilities out of the box are lack luster. Vulnerability management reporting as an example does not include a single canned report.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

  • Fine tuning the Firepower policies is tedious and time consuming
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 4.4
Based on 16 answers
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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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We are in the middle of outsourcing and may not be able to keep this product.
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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.3
Based on 35 answers
The product once properly configured seems to offer a wealth of information but has it's issues. I feel that the initial setup/ installation should include technical support to get up and running. My personal experience from the configuration as installed indicates that the network adaptors are not properly configured to read information. The network ports where configured to only ready 1/2 the network?? So having help to get the system up and running should be part of the initial purchase.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to navigate GUI in the FMC and very effective at performing the intending duties.
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Support

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.5
Based on 25 answers
I have not had a single issue with the alienvault support staff. Any issue or question that we had, especially in the beginning during the installation phase the support staff was readily available via phone and email to help us. I am very happy with the decision we made to go with alienvault.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We didn't have any major issues that let us need support. Only, for this reason, I think Cisco Firepower deserves the rating. Even for small issues, the partner that helped us during the project could solve it quickly. There are also tons of documents and other online resources to help maintain, administer and support the product.
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Online Training

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 8.6
Based on 6 answers
The instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to answer everyone's questions. He also was able to teach to many different levels. Some folks in the class had already been using USM or a similar product whereas I and a few others were brand new. He also provided a way of reaching out with questions after the training was over. Everyone in the training seemed to enjoy the class.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.6
Based on 38 answers
Initial implementation was okay, but we should have gone on the one week course first as an understanding of the features and what to look for would have been of great use. This is especially relevant when fine tuning and correlating events and creating parsers.Once set up the system is pretty resilient and adding in configuration is quite an easy process. We only had on the odd few occasions had to progress any set up problems to tech support.There are also some great whitepapers and set up articles on AlienVault's website support.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

USM Appliance provides you with the ability to identify your critical assets and to set policies to alert you when those assets have vulnerabilities or are subjected to attacks. USM Appliance will generate alarms based upon the risk associated with any given security event captured in USM Appliance.USM Appliance provides you with the ability to identify your critical assets and to set policies to alert you when those assets have vulnerabilities or are subjected to attacks. USM Appliance will generate alarms based upon the risk associated with any given security event captured in USM Appliance. Identifying patterns of events that indicate a possible threat or vulnerability.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Cisco Firepower is as well positioned in the Gartner magic quadrant as the others I mentioned and not just because of that, but the product is really good, delivers what it's intended to deliver. For us, the main strategy is to simplify administration and operation and as we're a Cisco customer for several other products, our long term relationship gives us a competitive vantage to negotiate and have great deals. In summary: Cisco Firepower is a great product, can cost the same or less than competitors and it's made by a company we already know and trust.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

  • Good visibility into our traffic and automatic threat protection keeps our network and users safe.
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Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.9
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
4.4
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
9.0

Usability

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
10.0

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Support

AlienVault USM
7.5
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)
9.0

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.6
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Implementation

AlienVault USM
6.6
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Cisco Firepower NGIPS (formerly Sourcefire 3D)

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