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AlienVault USM

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Score 6.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

AlienVault is an amazing product. The only reason my rating isn't higher is that most of my colleagues work for smaller businesses where the IT staff is less than 5 people. There are a lot of moving parts to AlienVault and it is almost another job. Folks in my circle of colleagues, for the most part, don't have the bandwidth that AlienVault demands.
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Skybox Security

I can't think where Skybox is not appropriate - maybe in smaller companies depending on fund availability. The developers are constantly improving and getting the system to where it needs to be for management of next-generation firewalls and audit support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Firewall Security Management

AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
7.6
Device Discovery
AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
7.0
Policy Compliance Auditing
AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
7.0
Attack Path Simulation Testing
AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
8.0
Vulnerability Scans
AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
8.0
Firewall Rule Cleanup
AlienVault USM
Skybox Security
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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Skybox Security

  • Vulnerability prioritization
  • Review of firewall rules
  • Review of routing rules
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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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Skybox Security

  • A cloud piece/offering would be a good place for improvement.
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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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Skybox Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Skybox Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Skybox Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Skybox Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM 6.7
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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Skybox Security

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AlienVault USM

I evaluated SolarWinds SEM and it was impressive and did a great job, but AlienVault USM had more reporting tools and data collection retention. I also preferred the setup of the AlienVault dashboard. I found it was easier to set up rules and data collection points with AlienVault. SolarWinds has a great product but I ultimately chose AlienVault USM because of the extra features it offered.
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Skybox Security

CloudGuard Dome9 does not have a suite for an on-premise datacenter.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault USM

No answers on this topic

Skybox Security

  • Skybox is in pilot
  • Positive ROI is in change management
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Screenshots

Skybox Security

Pricing Details

AlienVault USM

General

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

Skybox Security

General

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

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