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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM Anywhere is a great SIEM and if you need to deploy a SaaS solution then it is suited very well. It works very well for us being 100% AWS and integrates well with our toolset and AWS features. The Open Threat Intelligence (OTX) is perfect for providing context on events and feeding our incident response processes.
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FortiGate

I've only used Fortigates in small and medium environments with multiple locations and the Fortigates work very well. They are usually very low maintenance and easy to upgrade. Creating site-to-site VPNs, as well as SSLVPNs, are very simple on Fortigates. The low-end Fortigates have pretty much the same functionality as the high end and can be managed the same way.
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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

Pros

  • AlienVault USM Anywhere is easy to deploy with their cloud-based model and deploying the required agents on-prem (or in the cloud) is quick and easy.
  • Custom rules allow for alerting based on content from events and you can even trigger agents in response to threats, shutting down computers or grabbing forensic info for incident response.
  • USM Anywhere also takes care of reporting for ISO and PCI, allowing you to pull reports for auditors at a moment’s notice.
  • With many integrations out-of-the-box, you can pull in all the data from products you use and other sources, such as Amazon CloudWatch Logs.
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  • Forigate's FortiOS is feature rich, giving good value for the money spent. The GUI is intuitive and makes configuration easy and fast.
  • Documentation is well written and easy to read. Diagrams and illustrations clearly illustrate principles and concepts, making it easier to make configuration decisions
  • The consistency of features and GUI across the product line has made Fortigate implementation very easy.
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Cons

  • Vulnerability Scanner reporting: The reporting from the integrated scanner (OpenVAS) are really difficult to read. They could have done a better job by scraping the report or creating a custom report from the data of the scan. However, leaving the default report template from OpenVAS makes the report somewhat useless.
  • Sometimes the local integration fails because of the scope of the tool. Let me elaborate on that: The OpenVAS scanner has certificated that expire within a year, and that makes the USM fail scans if you don't renew certificates yourself. They should have made them last at least 10 years. Same with Nagios, sometimes the integration fails and one doesn't know why unless you jailbreak it and find out in the logs for sure.
  • They do not provide a standalone installation of the product, because they modified so much the Linux distribution, that it must always be deployed as a virtual machine or appliance, but not on your own server.
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  • Breakout switch still required to share ethernet connectivity with redundant pair.
  • CLI could use some improvement but is overall good.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 answers
It is a great product and has been instrumental to our security posture.
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FortiGate8.9
Based on 2 answers
It is a friendly user technology, with a simplistic dashboard to manage and control the daily operation with a high grade of trust in security.
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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
Best SIEM out there. Built for the serious security practioner. Has features you would expect in something much more expensive. Product continues to be refined and improved.
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FortiGate9.0
Based on 3 answers
I consider a good security appliance wit h a good bundle for network to use as a concentrated network appliance configured in a good high availability configuration
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Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM6.4
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
FortiGate10.0
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 USM7.3
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
FortiGate10.0
Based on 1 answer
Good performance and really good integration. We have integration with Microsoft AD.
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 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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FortiGate8.6
Based on 4 answers
Perfect is a complicated rate. But they are good in what they do and also give a really good through their local vendor channels
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In-Person Training

AlienVault USM4.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
FortiGate10.0
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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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
Anything beyond a vanilla deployment will take a lot of effort.
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FortiGate8.4
Based on 4 answers
Prepare for terrible support, hour long hold time for Level 1, and next-day call backs for Level 2.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM works well for any company size. LogRhythm might be too much if your company is not already big, and the same can be said of McAfee Enterprise Security Manager. If this is your first SIEM, it's a really good choice and has nothing to envy from the others I'm comparing it with. I also recommend the cloud version of AlienVault, the USM Anywhere, which the interface is a bit different, but the principles remain the same. Also, the McAfee Enterprise Security Manager has a Flash-based interface, for which Adobe is phasing out. AlienVault USM is HTML5 and can even be used mobile.
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Fortigate is cheaper than other vendors and includes basically the same features. The performance is very good and the configuration is really very easy, you don´t need a lot of training to understand the configuration. The VPN connection works very well and the application control too. But the most important reason that we decided on this solution is because the overall cost is less than the other brands.
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Scalability

AlienVault USM6.3
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
FortiGate9.1
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

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  • Renewals are quite decent but if you scale them over 2 - 3 years, I strongly recommend updating the unit after that time, will give the more juice from the FortiOS releases.
  • The initial investment from the FortiGate UTM Solutions will always come with a better bundle license and features, also it's an advantage for those who seek to lower the cost of initial investment to enable specific features.
  • ROI will be seen after the 6th month.
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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
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FortiGate

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

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