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AlienVault USM

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AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM provides solid insight into the attempted connections to our organization's network resources, this includes printers that may have been properly configured. We recently discovered a third party provided Workgroup printer which had a network port that was misconfigured and allowing probing from the outside (actually was hit by probes from the far east as well as the communist block countries.) This report allowed us to clear the issue and protect resources.
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This is well suited for a small to medium sized environment where you are looking to collect all your system logs. In larger scale environments it would be trickier to pull this software off. The software can only handle a certain amount of logs per second, if you have lots of devices you should invest in a more premium product
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Pros

  • Very in depth on scanning for inventory! This allows one to get the "50,000 feet" view of the organizations IT assets, and can narrow down on a specific inventory item with just a few clicks.
  • Conducts detailed vulnerability scans. While it doesn't mitigate the vulnerabilities, it gives us instructions on how to mitigate them..what steps we need to take.
  • The reporting function is phenomenal. It aggregates logs from other hardware and software, and can present a in-depth report based on that data.
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  • Manages logs for a variety of devices
  • Easy to set up
  • A great open source solution
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Cons

  • It can be difficult to set up correctly. I found the documentation sparse in some instances.
  • It can generate a ton of alerts, again if not set up correctly. I recommend taking the engineer's class for it, so that you can get the most out of your investment.
  • The vulnerability scans can eat up a lot of resources, as well as be a bit pushy. Running a scan against one of our printers resulted in that printer constantly flooded with inventory scan requests by AlienVault, which rendered said printer unusable. Make sure you break out your networks when doing scans!
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  • If you don't know your way around Linux setup would be tricky. Some step by step videos would be helpful.
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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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Graylog10.0
Based on 1 answer
The product is great, and the support we have gotten from the developers has been top notch!
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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
Almost all functions are intuitive, custom logging is not very easy to configure.
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
Support was initially slow but once engaged resolution was fast and efficient.Additional support on other topics was also resolved under the same initial call which helped rather than closing the call off and starting again.Further check backs were carried out before the case was closed so support was very useful throughout.
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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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Alternatives Considered

I hate to say it, but one of the main reasons we selected the AlienVault was the price. Some of the cheaper options seemed too difficult to manage and the more expensive options were both expensive and difficult to manage. We don't have a Security Admin so simplicity was a big factor.
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Graylog provides some great functionality for free. There are some more premium products that would handle more logs and would be a little easier to configure
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Return on Investment

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  • This is a perfect solution for us and didn't cost us a dime.
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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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Graylog

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

Graylog More Information