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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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FortiGate

Learning from our experience using a couple of different SMB firewall devices, the FortiGate firewall is well suited to our 500 or so user environment. The model recommended to us by the Fortinet engineers has performed well and seems more than adequate for current usage and future growth. Unlike other firewalls we have used, we are able to break open and inspect SSL traffic with this device and also replaced a separate web filtering device we were using. We are looking to add more of these to further segment internal networks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Firewall

AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.8
Identification Technologies
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
9.1
Visualization Tools
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.8
Content Inspection
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
9.0
Policy-based Controls
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
9.0
Active Directory and LDAP
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
9.2
Firewall Management Console
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.8
Reporting and Logging
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.4
VPN
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
9.3
High Availability
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.6
Stateful Inspection
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.1
Proxy Server
AlienVault USM
FortiGate
8.4

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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FortiGate

  • Simple but complete GUI allows for easy management.
  • Intuitive CLI allows experienced CLI users from other platforms to come up to speed quickly.
  • Unit comes out of the box with a feature rich logging capability, FortiAnalyzer brings it to the next level and is very easy to install.
  • Licensing is easy to understand, The device is a single line item and support has 2 options 8x5 and 24x7.
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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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FortiGate

  • Non-disruptive upgrades on standalone boxes. Not sure if the technology would allow it but it would be great to have.
  • Subscription signatures auto-deployment could affect production traffic. In some circumstances letting Fortigate accept subscription signatures may cause the device to drop traffic
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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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FortiGate

FortiGate 9.5
Based on 4 answers
Fortinet's products have kept improving with new software releases and they continue to deliver great value. Their support is also very good. I believe that as a small enterprise, their products have given us competitive advantage delivering features and functionality that enable us to innovate and do things better. They also continue to be a leader in the markets they serve.
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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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FortiGate

FortiGate 9.3
Based on 5 answers
Ease of configuration, rich feature set and robust monitoring have made this product almost fun to use. I still consult the manual, but the intuitive design of the GUI makes most configuration tasks self explanatory. We deploy several different models, but the management is nearly identical across all of them, making it easy to keep on top of hundreds of devices
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Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.4
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We had didn't any hardware failures at our two main office locations and upgraded our units last year after using them for about 5-6 years
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Performance

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.3
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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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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FortiGate

FortiGate 8.4
Based on 15 answers
The first support level is pretty much useless for any complicated problems. They are they to guide you to the correct documentation relating to simple questions and to collect data for the 2nd level and up.Once you are able to get escalated, those people are pretty knowledgeable and will normally get you at least a workaround but most of the time they will really try to understand what you want to accomplish and not only apply the solution but also educate you which is less and less common and a really good thing.
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In-Person Training

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 4.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

FortiGate

FortiGate 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I received it a couple years afters use it and it was just to confirm my knowledge about the tool.
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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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FortiGate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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FortiGate

FortiGate 8.1
Based on 4 answers
Make sure that you have the most current version of FortiOS. Make sure all Fortigates are on the same version
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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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FortiGate

(Towards Sophos Cyberoam) The VPN throughput is not effective. The device has not any third party certification for the capacity parameters. Wireless controller feature does not exist. No security fabric concept. (Towards Sonicwall) With compare to FortiGate, VPN throughput is not impressive. No security fabric concept. Management is quite tough with compare to FortiGate.
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Scalability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.3
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

FortiGate

FortiGate 9.5
Based on 2 answers
My environments are pretty small (less than 100 users per location) so no issues here.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

FortiGate

  • The sales team recommended the wrong product for us initially. It was unable to keep up with the traffic load at our location, even with everything disabled. They resolved the issue by finding the appropriate device for us and giving us a steep discount due to the previous issues.
  • Since switching to the appropriate hardware we have had an increased in availability. No longer experiencing outages or slowdowns due to insufficient equipment,
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Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

FortiGate

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
FortiGate
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
4.4
FortiGate
9.5

Usability

AlienVault USM
7.3
FortiGate
9.3

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
FortiGate
10.0

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
FortiGate
10.0

Support

AlienVault USM
7.5
FortiGate
8.4

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
FortiGate
10.0

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.6
FortiGate

Implementation

AlienVault USM
6.6
FortiGate
8.1

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
FortiGate
9.5

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