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329 Ratings

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Score 7.9 out of 101

SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

4 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 101

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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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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

If you have syslogs that you need to collect in an easy way this software would certainly do the job for you. It was easy to implement and has been a breeze to maintain. If you need to consider something opensource Graylog is a great alternative. If you are OK with the cost Kiwi is great.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.4
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
10.0
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
8.0
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.0
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
10.0
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server
7.0
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

Pros

  • Alarms dashboard provides a great overview of all alerts, makes it easy to see what I need to focus on and what is noise
  • Easily connects to all my desktops/servers using the HIDS agent, makes it simple to get setup
  • As a solution, it was relatively cheap in comparison to it's competitors.
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  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to configure.
  • Support was top notch.
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Cons

  • USM needs to mature with the user control interface. Making things easier to get done without "Google", blogs, or support. Plugin support is growing slowly. The ability to have granular control over system behavior needs to mature.
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  • There are free options available so price is a concern.
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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
Not enough documentation, non-descript error messages, and too much required to be done at the command line for an "appliance".
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
They have helped resolve a lot of issues, but then there are cases where I am referred to look at documentation for open source components maintained by parties outside of AlienVault.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
Pre planning is crucial. We typically preconfigure all appliances before they are deployed to the client so that the only thing left to do is deploy the agents.
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Alternatives Considered

We previously had GFI LanGuard for the vulnerability management, GFI EventsManager for SIEM, and various open source tools such as OSSEC and Snort. These were all very time consuming to manage and finetune. AlienVault USM replaces all of these with one unified console, plus it offers additional features with the OTX feeds and net flow monitoring
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The price for Kiwi was acceptable and it checked off all the boxes of a product that we needed. I also considered Graylog but Kiwi was much easier to configure.
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Return on Investment

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  • This will allow us to hopefully pinpoint an intrusion if it should happen.
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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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SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server

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