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AlienVault USM

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Score 8 out of 101

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Score 9.1 out of 101

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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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

These are easy to configure devices where a super technical security engineer is not necessarily needed to manage the device. From a small corporate office with the PA-220 to a very large office PA-5x series, management is very similar across the whole line of products. Security rules, objects and other building blocks are easy to find. The interface is easily navigable. There are some quirks in regards to the interface but nothing horrible, especially since v7 update. Utilizing UserID is beneficial in a corporate environment that uses LDAP/Active Directory to in order to create policies according to users/groups. AppID helps to reduce attack surfaces. Wildfire and the other antivirus/malware features are automatically updated to provide a very up to date protection package.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Firewall

AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.0
Identification Technologies
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
7.5
Visualization Tools
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
7.5
Content Inspection
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
7.5
Policy-based Controls
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.5
Active Directory and LDAP
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.0
Firewall Management Console
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.0
Reporting and Logging
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.0
VPN
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
7.5
High Availability
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
9.0
Stateful Inspection
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
9.0
Proxy Server
AlienVault USM
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
8.0

Pros

AlienVault USM

  • The USM platform provides the essential security capabilities that work together for a fast and cost-effective way for organizations to have complete visibility into the security of their environment.
  • With the information gathered during asset discovery, USM will correlated that information with known vulnerabilities for continuous vulnerability awareness. In addition, USM contains an active scanner capable of scanning for over 30,000 known vulnerabilities.
  • To give better visibility into your network, and possibly detect intrusions that don’t follow behavioral patterns, we offer Netflow information, bandwidth monitoring, and traffic capture, all part of our behavioral monitoring capabilities built into USM.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Performs a lot of security functionality all in one device - this is important because especially in today's world, there are a lot of point products out there and it can be difficult for a small or medium-sized business to manage all of them. Having one product saves time, money, and complexity.
  • High availability performance is very good, failover is seamless, which is important for business continuity.
  • GUI is excellent, which makes it very easy for administrators to manage the firewall and see exactly what is happening.
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Cons

AlienVault USM

  • External threats — Coming from external attackers.
  • The value of the asset associated with the event
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Palo Alto is still new on VM and protection of the public cloud. Features like high availability and encryption/decryption can also be introduced just like in the physical firewall.
  • Throughput capacities over IPSEC VPN can be improved on lower model firewalls including PA-220 , PA-3000 series.
  • Interaction with multi-factor applications like duo can enhance access security.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 2.2
Based on 14 answers
It is a great product and has been instrumental to our security posture.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.5
Based on 34 answers
Almost all functions are intuitive, custom logging is not very easy to configure.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 2 answers
In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
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Support

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.6
Based on 24 answers
Basically by perception. I am well attended to, the staff is technically efficient. I found a bug once and in a few weeks it was fixed.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've called customer support for Palo Alto on several occasions, and every time I've been met with courteous, quick help that answered all of my questions or solved the issue at hand. The support team at Palo Alto is knowledgeable and responsive. When not dealing with the support personnel directly, I've found that the vendor documentation and regular software upgrades are very handy as well.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 7.0
Based on 37 answers
The best recommendation I can offer is understand the system that is being installed. Knowing how to configure and specific expectations that you expect from the machine. I would say to watch the tutorials and the online video's, get yourself involved with the community forum and ask the questions if you do not understand.Our company did not make the best choice on the computer that the service was installed on and it has led to some adverse effects that did not appear until now, almost 2 years later and needing to re-install the entire system all over again.If you need the help, ask for it. The technical support team at alienvault and community forum members are always there to answer questions.
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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

No score
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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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Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

Palo Alto beats all other current UTM/NGFW at this point in time. Palo Alto has a complete vision and is less buggy/requires less management overhead than other NGFW/UTMs on the market. They are currently developing a lot of products and I can see in the next 5 years, other vendors may catch up and possibly overtake Palo Alto networks
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

  • Positive ROI - combining firewall technology with threat prevention/detection removing the need (in many cases) of a separate IPS/IDS
  • Positive ROI - combining multiple firewalls into one where appropriate leveraging zone based firewalling
  • Negative ROI - none discovered yet
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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

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

General

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

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