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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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Darktrace

In my opinion, based on what I saw, the product is not ready for prime time yet. The GUI interface was slick but very difficult to use. There was no reporting capability. There was no availability to integrate other products or share data easily. The people were very nice and easy to work with - but in my opinion, no one who worked on developing the product has spent any time on a day-to-day basis in the trenches. While I get the brain trust behind the product (and it is very, very impressive), there is still a disconnect between the developers and the end-users. For the cost of the product (quite expensive), the end user base is not going to be satisfied with the product, especially since I can get the same, and better, information from other products.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
Darktrace
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
Darktrace
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
Darktrace
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
Darktrace
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
Darktrace
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
Darktrace
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
Darktrace

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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Darktrace

  • Its very strong in recognizing unusual traffic. It learns what is normal and what is not normal.
  • It helps to show if our users are hitting malicious websites or not. That is a nice bonus to help with our security awareness and know if our training is doing its job.
  • Their weekly reports to us help highlight the most egregious traffic on our network. They are an extra set of eyes for us.
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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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Darktrace

  • Initial configuration
  • Security Analyst timely response to questions
  • GUI
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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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Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
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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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Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
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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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Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
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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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Darktrace

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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Darktrace

No score
No answers yet
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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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Darktrace

We did NOT select Darktrace. OSSIM/AlienVault is a more mature product and it provided better intelligence and reporting. The end user interface is much easier to use - and you can tell built form engineers who have had to do the work. My suggestion for anyone considering Darktrace, is to get the price upfront; do a 30/60 onsite trail; and do the same thing, at the same time, with AlienVault. AlientVault will win every time. I say that because that's exactly what I did.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

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Darktrace

  • One big positive is how it helps us with the security assessments that clients have done on us. They are looking to see if we know how we might have unusual/malicious traffic running on the network.
  • If you have a small network and only need 1 appliance, it can be a good ROI and peace of mind.
  • You could go down a hole in trying to spend time looking at all of your traffic with this software. You need to focus only on what it is showing as potential bad traffic.
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Darktrace

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

Darktrace

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
Darktrace
6.5

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
4.4
Darktrace

Usability

AlienVault USM
7.3
Darktrace

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Darktrace

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Darktrace

Support

AlienVault USM
7.5
Darktrace

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Darktrace

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.6
Darktrace

Implementation

AlienVault USM
6.6
Darktrace

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Darktrace

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