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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

Since AlienVault is a versatile tool, having versions for various cloud providers as well as virtualization frameworks, it adheres to the most diverse scenarios. Another strong point to be highlighted is how the company is constantly improving the product. AlienVault is famous for the effort the company puts behind the tool, and it is being improved constantly by adding new resources.
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Qualys Private Cloud Platform

I believe that Qualys Private Cloud Platform is highly scalable and could be appropriate for a small business to a global enterprise. The key question, how safe to do you want to be?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Pros

  • Up to this point, I have had no issues integrating with a system we currently have in production. while AlienVault stays on top with plugin updates.
  • Te dashboard is very informative when you figure out how to navigate around it and tweaked to your organization needs.
  • Correlation of events is probably my favorite as I normally only need to jump on the AlienVault dashboard to hammer down on network traffic/activity details.
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  • The first benefit is actually in the vendor. Qualys provides free instructor-led training.
  • Ease of use in a diverse environment.
  • The Qualys Private Cloud Platform has a complete suite of reporting capabilities so you can use your data quickly.
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Cons

  • Vulnerability Scanner reporting: The reporting from the integrated scanner (OpenVAS) are really difficult to read. They could have done a better job by scraping the report or creating a custom report from the data of the scan. However, leaving the default report template from OpenVAS makes the report somewhat useless.
  • Sometimes the local integration fails because of the scope of the tool. Let me elaborate on that: The OpenVAS scanner has certificated that expire within a year, and that makes the USM fail scans if you don't renew certificates yourself. They should have made them last at least 10 years. Same with Nagios, sometimes the integration fails and one doesn't know why unless you jailbreak it and find out in the logs for sure.
  • They do not provide a standalone installation of the product, because they modified so much the Linux distribution, that it must always be deployed as a virtual machine or appliance, but not on your own server.
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  • The way that devices are catalogued can be tough in a DHCP environment.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 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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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
Almost all functions are intuitive, custom logging is not very easy to configure.
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
I have contacted support many times and every time they addressed the issue and continued until it was resolved. The product is solid, so the overall operation is trouble free.
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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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While all of the alternative solutions mentioned here are great products, the features and usability that Qualys Private Cloud brought to the table worked out to be the best fit for my organization.
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Return on Investment

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  • Much faster response time for vulnerability management.
  • Overall better security posture.
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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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Qualys Private Cloud Platform

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