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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM is well suited for any small/medium businesses as well as big corporations. The reporting and dashboard alone are something I always look for in a USM because it makes it easier for me to gather and find the information I am required to have. If detailed reports are what you are looking for or an easy-to-navigate dashboard this is the software for you.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager can be well suited to any type of business or architecture of enterprise IT infrastructure and network since it can be tailored fit to your organization needs. Just make sure that during the engagement with the vendor, you need to be clear with what systems you have, as McAfee tends to have some limitations on integrating with other systems, especially with some cloud platform wherein we needed to acquire other SIEM because McAfee isn't compatible with the function we need from it in our cloud system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.2
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.8
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.8
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.3
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
8.3
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
8.3
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
9.1
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
10.0

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • Log analysis, both syslog and AWS cloud trail, and searchability/reporting is actually better than most of our other related tools: All of our systems send log information using rsyslog to our AlienVault USM system. AlienVault is able to alert us of many issues with minimal configuration, including adding/removing users to sensitive groups, creating or removing resources such as EBS volumes, S3 buckets, or security groups.
  • AWS loadbalancer traffic/log analysis: AlienVault automatically identifies threatening IPs or entries that match suspicious traffic patterns.
  • The ability to search the many logs AlienVault collects in a way that even novice users can follow is super valuable. Logs can be quickly sorted by source, log type, and/or keyword searches. There have been many occasions where we were able to find non-security related issues due to the simple yet advanced search abilities of AlienVault. This has led to the challenge of deciding when and how long to allow non-security personnel access for troubleshooting.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

  • McAfee Enterprise Security Manager has a large library of pre-made correlations that reduces the amount of work needed to make it functional.
  • This is a core McAfee product that is still getting support.
  • It has a substantial amount of compatibility and integration with other products.
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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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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

  • If there is a requirement to integrate into other vendor products i.e. (log sharing) then this was very cumbersome.
  • Integration of vulnerability scanning that is available in other vendor products would be a good addition.
  • When integrating all of Intel's products a third party consultancy is usually required, where other vendor products can be configured without this additional cost.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 2.0
Based on 14 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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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.5
Based on 34 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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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

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Support

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.6
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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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager 8.0
Based on 1 answer
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager overall is a great tool. It is effective in today's setting, wherein lots of potential threats are lurking. Its operations within the network are seamless. Users won't even notice that a SIEM is working in the background. But in today's trend, most of the businesses is heading towards the migration to cloud, which McAfee should improve its integration with.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.0
Based on 37 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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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

I evaluated SolarWinds SEM and it was impressive and did a great job, but AlienVault USM had more reporting tools and data collection retention. I also preferred the setup of the AlienVault dashboard. I found it was easier to set up rules and data collection points with AlienVault. SolarWinds has a great product but I ultimately chose AlienVault USM because of the extra features it offered.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

We selected McAfee Enterprise Security Manager because the pricing is competitive in the industry. It is very reliable. The vendor offers good support in real time. Offers the results that we have been looking for. The ability to get the logs may be of last 2 years in a matter of seconds. The ability to retain logs for a very long time.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

  • McAfee Antivirus is not a leader in the field and I don't recommend this product.
  • HIPS and Encryption are easy to manage.
  • Great tool for enterprise deployments.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

General

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

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