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AlienVault USM

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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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Microsoft 365 Business

For technical tasks, in-company information, and cross-team collaboration, Microsoft 365 is perfect. For intra-company collaborations, more creative efforts, and outward-facing reporting, it may be still useful, albeit less seamless. For creative job roles, writers, web editors, designers, etc., the Microsoft suite may clash with their usage of Mac and Adobe suites.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
Microsoft 365 Business
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
Microsoft 365 Business
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
Microsoft 365 Business
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
Microsoft 365 Business
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
Microsoft 365 Business
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
Microsoft 365 Business
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
Microsoft 365 Business

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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Microsoft 365 Business

  • Cloud Storage is a breeze with OneDrive.
  • Sharing and storage of documents is so easy with SharePoint.
  • Communication on projects and keeping information relevant is fantastic with Teams.
  • Sharing Outlook Calendars and staying on top of the tasks is brilliant.
  • User Interface and seamless transition from computer to mobile devices and groundbreaking.
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

  • Perhaps Office 365 biggest downside is its pricing and subscription-based model. In order to access any of Office 365 features, a monthly or yearly subscription must be purchased. If the said subscription is not removed, you lose all access to Office 365, including the desktop Office applications.
  • The various subscription tiers of Office 365 can be confusing, as only some tiers include the desktop Office application, while other tiers only include the web-based applications.
  • While the Office 365 admin console provides robust and granular controls, the sheer amount of options can be extremely overwhelming and difficult to unravel.
  • While I personally prefer the Office 365 interface and features, Google's G-Suite is a far less expensive and viable competitor to Office 365. G-Suite provides a very similar feature set, and even some additional tools (such as the ability to create forms and provide an intranet-like website for your organization).
  • While there is a very active community to help with any issues or questions about Office 365, Microsoft's direct support leaves a bit to be desired.
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Microsoft 365 Business as been a great solution for us as it has improved our productivity and reduced our costs
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business 8.7
Based on 43 answers
Because we have most of the business suite programs, if not all, installed on our laptops already, using these products are extremely easy. They work seamlessly in our workflow and it does not feel like having to open new programs each time. Everything works under one umbrella, and thus the overall usability is rated quite high in our organization
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Performance

AlienVault USM

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

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business 8.4
Based on 43 answers
At this moment it works perfectly and fast. No matter if is integrated to another software or system, it will always work with quality and reliability. Reports are done super fast, and for more complex reports its the same, Microsoft has done a great job performing the services and functionality of Office 365, there is no complaint in our company for that, we are totally satisfied with the performing of this suite.
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business 7.0
Based on 3 answers
As mentioned elsewhere in the review, Microsoft has historically paid attention to community feedback and issues, but timeliness can improve, and so can the addressing of long-standing issues about which many users have said "I have this issue too!" but no official solution exists. For issues that do have a solution, however, the solution is usually not difficult to find, and the explanation of features on Microsoft's website can mitigate many problems.
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

No score
No answers yet
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation went well and was very smooth. It did not require a lot of technical support.
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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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Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft BI is another great tool but has a more specific purpose it serves. They can't really be compared against one another, but they do compliment each other as they both offer different things and different tools. Microsoft BI is used a bit, but probably not to its full capacity and potential.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

Microsoft 365 Business

  • Time savings are evident in an easy to use company wide email platform that allows you to schedule and book meetings.
  • There must be some savings available to purchasers who purchase the 365 Business package for all company computers as they scale up.
  • You can decide if you require a more custom and expensive solution if 365 isn't enough but it's a great starting point.
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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

Microsoft 365 Business

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
Microsoft 365 Business
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
4.4
Microsoft 365 Business
10.0

Usability

AlienVault USM
7.3
Microsoft 365 Business
8.7

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Microsoft 365 Business

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Microsoft 365 Business
8.4

Support

AlienVault USM
7.5
Microsoft 365 Business
7.0

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Microsoft 365 Business

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.6
Microsoft 365 Business

Implementation

AlienVault USM
6.6
Microsoft 365 Business
7.0

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Microsoft 365 Business

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