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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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Nagios Core

Nagios monitoring is well suited for any mission critical application that requires per/second (or minute) monitoring. This would probably include even a shuttle launch. As Nagios was built around Linux, most (85%) plugins are Linux based, therefore its more suitable for a Linux environment.
As Nagios (and dependent components) requires complex configurations & compilations, an experienced Linux engineer would be needed to install all relevant components.
Any company that has hundreds (or thousands) of servers & services to monitor would require a stable monitoring solution like Nagios. I have seen Nagios used in extremely mediocre ways, but the core power lies when its fully configured with all remaining open-source components (i.e. MySQL, Grafana, NRDP etc). Nagios in the hands of an experienced Linux engineer can transform the organizations monitoring by taking preventative measures before a disaster strikes.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

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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Nagios Core

  • Monitoring of services is one of the biggest benefits for our company. Being able to respond in a timely fashion keeps business smooth.
  • Hardware and device monitoring are easy to set up with proper parameters.
  • Notification to key staff to be able to respond quickly makes issues go away faster.
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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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Nagios Core

  • Nagios could use core improvements in HA, though, Nagios itself recommends monitoring itself with just another Nagios installation, which has worked fine for us. Given its stability, and this work-around, a minor need.
  • Nagios could also use improvements, feature wise, to the web gui. There is a lot in Nagios XI which I felt were almost excluded intentionally from the core project. Given the core functionality, a minor need. We have moved admin facing alerts to appear as though they originate from a different service to make interacting with alerts more practical.
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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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Nagios Core

Nagios Core 9.9
Based on 3 answers
We're currently looking to combine a bunch of our network montioring solutions into a single platform. Running multiple unique solutions for monitoring, data collection, compliance reporting etc has become a lot to manage.
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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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Nagios Core

Nagios Core 4.0
Based on 1 answer
The Nagios UI is in need of a complete overhaul. Nice graphics and trendy fonts are easy on the eyes, but the menu system is dated, the lack of built in graphing support is confusing, and the learning curve for a new user is too steep.
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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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Nagios Core

Nagios Core 8.3
Based on 7 answers
A great tool that has many uses, and best of all, it's free. It works just as good as many multi-thousand dollar tools and is easy to set up and configure. For small to medium businesses who want to get on board with a monitoring solution for free, I would highly recommend it. There are some use cases where some other tools might work better out of the box for larger organizations that may demand more out of their monitoring solution, but in many cases, Nagios is more than adequate. With the large variety of add-ons and ways to customize Nagios, it can also tackle the large scale deployments and other useful features.
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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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Nagios Core

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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Nagios Core

No score
No answers yet
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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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Nagios Core

Nagios may not have as much metrics reporting or as many visualizations as the other products, but outdoes the others in ease of configuration and the ability to deliver multi-faceted alerting across a variety of applications, with the help of plugins or with the user community's assistance on coding checks. The flexibility of scripts that support its plugins are also superior to the other products.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

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Nagios Core

  • Much better network device performance metrics allowing to troubleshoot and do before/after changes comparisons
  • Has helped us to integrate with our Service Management tool (through other 3rd party tools)
  • Important part of our overall network health dashboard providing granular details at the device level (not end-to-end performance)
  • Cost is very convenient
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Nagios Core

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

Nagios Core

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM
7.9
Nagios Core
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM
4.4
Nagios Core
9.9

Usability

AlienVault USM
7.3
Nagios Core
4.0

Reliability and Availability

AlienVault USM
6.4
Nagios Core

Performance

AlienVault USM
7.3
Nagios Core

Support

AlienVault USM
7.5
Nagios Core
8.3

In-Person Training

AlienVault USM
4.5
Nagios Core

Online Training

AlienVault USM
8.6
Nagios Core

Implementation

AlienVault USM
6.6
Nagios Core

Scalability

AlienVault USM
6.3
Nagios Core

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