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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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Cisco StealthWatch is well suited when you need to deal with big amounts of traffic. For example, big enterprises, data centers, [and] banks. [In] other words, it does a good job in cases when you have a lot of users with different access levels from different departments and maybe in different regions. So you need to have a clear vision of what [is] happening in your network right now.
Oleksandr Tsapenko | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

  • Allows us to know what is exactly happening in our network (real-time & historical)
  • Allows us to identify "normal" traffic against others/Netflow
  • Allows us to easily track traffic flow
Ericson Aragoza | 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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

  • Expensive - it is a given fact especially for Cisco services.
  • Flow Sensor - it is very hard and complex to set up; receiving a lot of noise or false positives.
  • Flow Maps - same with flow sensor in terms of negative concerns.
John Patrick Duro | 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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch) 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Strong and complete tool which gives comprehensive methods to discover cyber security incidents and prevent data leakage. In case of common use of Cisco StealthWatch and Cisco ISE, you will receive [the] ability [to] not just discover cyber security incidents but also dynamically respond to them. This makes StealthWatch one of most valuable products through[out] [the] whole Cisco Security product portfolio.
Oleksandr Tsapenko | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch) 7.9
Based on 3 answers
We had an amazing experience with assistance during the deployment and hand-over phase to operations. They were very informative and provided proper guidance so that we can further develop on our own.The downside is of course the monetary requirement, but it was very well worth it. It will allow the administrators, users, and support members to fully utilize the functionalities and tailor them to the day to day workflow and needs.
Ericson Aragoza | 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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

I haven't used any other products like StealthWatch in the past.
Anonymous | 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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

  • It is a little pricey - in my organization, with budget cuts, I eventually had to replace it with an open source product (NTOP). While it works well for visibility, it simply isn't the same. If you can afford it, don't bother looking anywhere else - just get it.
  • Being able to detect, pivot out, and remmediate from one console was awesome.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

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 Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

General

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

Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.5
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)
7.3

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
6.5
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Usability

AlienVault USM
6.9
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)
7.3

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Support Rating

AlienVault USM
7.3
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)
7.9

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.5
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Implementation Rating

AlienVault USM
6.4
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

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