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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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IBM QRadar

QRadar has been very good at helping to detect threats within the infrastructure of our organization. It does not however handle client threats as well and that was my biggest misconception when we were going through acquiring the product.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
IBM QRadar
7.6
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
IBM QRadar
8.2
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
IBM QRadar
8.0
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
IBM QRadar
8.0
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
IBM QRadar
6.9
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
IBM QRadar
7.5
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
IBM QRadar
7.7
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
IBM QRadar
7.2

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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  • It allows us to have visibility to potential problems both on premise and in the cloud which was key as we have become a hybrid consumer.
  • It has automated monitoring which has allowed us to see threats faster and also allowed us to be proactive.
  • By having over 20,000 employees, QRadar has also allowed us to be aware of internal threats that are brought into the company by unsuspecting employees.
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Cons

  • Because AlienVault USM combines several well know components, you have to life with the fact, that they are not in their latest version, i.e. the integrated OSSEC, which should be replaced with the OSSEC-Wazuh fork instead.
  • Due to the all-in-one approach, the solution is quite resource hungry. You have to have a decent machine to run it.
  • The reporting module is nice, but sometimes it is quite a challenge to configure a custom report as you will only get the results you want after a trial and error run.
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  • Doesn't work well in Nutanix virtualization (acropolis)
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 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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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
I have contacted support many times and every time they addressed the issue and continued until it was resolved. The product is solid, so the overall operation is trouble free.
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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

We were looking at other solutions, but ultimately the sales demo we received for AlienVault looked good and was at a MUCH better price point than the alternatives we evaluated. We are also intrigued by the additional capability of vulnerability scanning.
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Splunk is more of a log manager.
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Return on Investment

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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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IBM QRadar

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

IBM QRadar More Information