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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault is most probably the best choice for smaller companies with up to 200 assets, which have limited resources in security personnel and are looking for an easy-to-implement, easy-to-run and easy-to-use SIEM including a "detection ecosystem". If you are highly skilled and very sophisticated (and you have the time too), you better run all the components, each as a stand-alone solution and feed their results into an ELK stack. If you are looking for something in between: AlienVault is customizable too! You can go down on a very system level (they call it jail-breaking, ouch!), and get on a config spree, but be warned: The next update can break your changes. You need to know what you can so and what not, but once you understand where you can go, and where not, AlienVault becomes a friend for a lifetime.
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Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB

  • Great for workplace filtering.
  • Not school specific but can be used for that too.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

  • Displays alarms in a manner that is easily interpreted out of the box. We do not have a security admin so ease of use is important to us. The alarm panel is very easy to read and dig into when needed.
  • Easy implementation. They give all sorts of resources when implementing, but it is intuitive and easy to deploy.
  • Asset groupings are easy to manage.
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  • Granular filtering with specific categories
  • Constantly updated
  • Alerts you when new categories are added
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Cons

  • Even though the AlienVault documentation is good, I would like to see documentation on security strategy. This product is focused on smaller companies that may not have a security admin so simple general practice strategy would be helpful.
  • This may be repetitive, but documentation on what to do or how to interpret alarms would be helpful. For example, what are the varying degrees of response to a nmap port scan.
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  • Does require some filtering knowledge to understand the structure
  • Have to use PUTTY to check the category a website is
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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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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
Good product. It's a significant improvement in UI from AlienVault's previous offer. It could use more polish. The feature set also needs to improve. There are features that existed in AlienVault's previous product that are not included in this product. I understand the developers are rapidly adding features. We expect this product will mature into a best-in-class offering.
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
Again, all issues are resolved within a few hours. Once contact is made with Support they will remote in and assist with adjustments or configurations as needed, providing additional training during the call.
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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 looked into Splunk, QRadar, but they were way too expensive and the reviews weren't always great. I used McAfee ESM extensively at my prior job and the product is probably the worst in the SIEM space. We moved to AlienVault from ELK which, while a cool product, didn't do any security event correlation and has a terrible search and log review and export. AlienVault is the only major SIEM comprised of over 200 open source tools I'd want to use anyway, so it does more than any SIEM with its HIDS agents, vulnerability scanning, asset discovery, etc. The included Open Threat Exchange subscription is also a major plus.
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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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Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering PAN-DB

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