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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

Cisco IOS Security is great when there isn't enough budget to acquire advanced security solutions like ISE. We can use the Cisco IOS security features to secure our network as much as we can, we can do authentication using Radius, Port Security, and access lists to secure our traffic while eliminating the attacker from accessing our network.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.2
Cisco IOS Security
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
7.1
Cisco IOS Security
Correlation
AlienVault USM
7.7
Cisco IOS Security
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
7.7
Cisco IOS Security
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
6.7
Cisco IOS Security
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
6.9
Cisco IOS Security
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.9
Cisco IOS Security
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.7
Cisco IOS Security

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • 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.
Matthew Stacks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

  • Using Cisco IOS security features, you can set up a zone-based firewall to protect the internal network, separating a DMZ if necessary, to deploy services that should face the internet.
  • Because Cisco iOS security is available in different router models, you can apply the same security configuration in each of the remote locations you have. With that, you can basically deploy a configuration template for every remote office or plant, regarding the size of the site.
  • Because Cisco iOS security is embedded in the OS, it doesn’t require too much hardware resources to run effectively. This gives you the opportunity to have the same level of security in a small router as you would have on a big one.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AlienVault USM

  • 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.
Christian Holton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

  • CLI is great for those that know how to use it. It is my preference. Cisco is also excellent at providing training and documentation. They have excellent GUI tools for switches and wireless. The only thing lacking is a solid GUI for routers. CCP is Java based and can be a little buggy at times.
  • Pricing. Cisco is a rock solid device but they charge accordingly. Sometimes it can be hard to be competitive. You have to work with your account manager and obtain deviations to be competitive with other products.
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.5
Based on 19 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.
Aaron Rothstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

No score
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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.9
Based on 35 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

No score
No answers yet
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Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.4
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

No score
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Performance

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.3
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

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Support Rating

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.3
Based on 28 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

Cisco IOS Security 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco has the best Support team that gives us 24/7 support as we need. Cisco has huge detailed documentation for design, implementation, and troubleshooting all areas of the IOS security.There are many communities discussing all Cisco devices and solutions for studying groups and for customers to share their stories, technical problem and solutions.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 4.5
Based on 1 answer
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

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Online Training

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 8.5
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

No score
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Implementation Rating

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.4
Based on 39 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

No score
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

It’s not a secret for anyone that Cisco provides the best routers with the most reliable software on the market. Although we considered using a PC running Linux for the same purpose, we realized that to keep things simple it would be best if we use a brand that we already know and trust, even though if it’s a little more expensive. Because we usually don’t have any IT personnel at the remote sites, we must keep it as simple as possible.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.3
Based on 3 answers
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?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco IOS Security

  • There are no negative impacts. ROI Is great as hardware lasts for ever.
  • Never needs a reboot for standard maintenance. Less downtime
  • Less downtime means better customer service. Our customers reach us without difficulty
Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Cisco IOS Security

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

AlienVault USM Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials$1,0751
Standard$1,6951
Premium$2,5951
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Cisco IOS Security

General

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

Cisco IOS Security Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.6
Cisco IOS Security
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
6.5
Cisco IOS Security

Usability

AlienVault USM
6.9
Cisco IOS Security

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Cisco IOS Security

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco IOS Security

Support Rating

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco IOS Security
9.0

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Cisco IOS Security

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.5
Cisco IOS Security

Implementation Rating

AlienVault USM
6.4
Cisco IOS Security

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Cisco IOS Security

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