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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM Anywhere is a great SIEM and if you need to deploy a SaaS solution then it is suited very well. It works very well for us being 100% AWS and integrates well with our toolset and AWS features. The Open Threat Intelligence (OTX) is perfect for providing context on events and feeding our incident response processes.
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Rencore

For Microsoft shops that are doing custom development on the Microsoft cloud platform in Office 365 and Azure, the Rencore toolset is an absolute must, especially if you are involved in converting farm solutions to cloud, or just moving into cloud development for the first time.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Pros

  • AlienVault USM is based on well-known Open Source components, which each for itself, represents a quasi industry standard
  • Integration into the existing infrastructure works like a charm. Basically you just need to roll-out an OSSEC client to each server or PC and you have already a pretty high coverage of security information and events. They immediately show up in the AlienVault Webinterface
  • Due to the countless plugins, it is very easy to add network devices like firewalls, router, switches, but also servers running apache and the alike. You will just need to forward syslog and it will all appear in your AlienVault Webinterface
  • The modular design of AlienVault USM in form of "deployable sensors", allows you to easily integrate different network segments, such as remote sites.
  • As regular vulnerability scans are a must to understand which CVEs your infrastructure is exposed at, this becomes an easy task with AlienVault. They provide you with a set-and-forget approach for running regular scans. Additionally there are helpful hints to how to get more secure.
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  • Code Analysis and review
  • Risk Profiling
  • Patterns and Practices guidance
  • Code Transformation
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Cons

  • It can be difficult to set up correctly. I found the documentation sparse in some instances.
  • It can generate a ton of alerts, again if not set up correctly. I recommend taking the engineer's class for it, so that you can get the most out of your investment.
  • The vulnerability scans can eat up a lot of resources, as well as be a bit pushy. Running a scan against one of our printers resulted in that printer constantly flooded with inventory scan requests by AlienVault, which rendered said printer unusable. Make sure you break out your networks when doing scans!
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  • I'd like to see a cheaper subset of tools for the 'citizen developer' to try and enforce good practice at all levels.
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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
Support was initially slow but once engaged resolution was fast and efficient.Additional support on other topics was also resolved under the same initial call which helped rather than closing the call off and starting again.Further check backs were carried out before the case was closed so support was very useful throughout.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
It required us to make a lot of changes and use a decent amount of manpower in order to implement the software.
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Alternatives Considered

I recommended Alert Logic, but management was drawn to the much lower price of AlienVault. Alert Logic seems to have a more mature product and has some of these features that have been lacking in AlienVault.
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Rencore is unique for us!
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Return on Investment

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  • Automation of code review to reduce time.
  • Demonstrate to customer the need for remedial work.
  • Reduced time preparing reports and recommendations.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

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Rencore

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

Rencore More Information