AlienVault USM vs. SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AlienVault USM
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
AlienVault® Unified Security Management® (USM) delivers threat detection, incident response, and compliance management in one unified platform. It is designed to combine all the essential security capabilities needed for effective security monitoring across cloud and on-premises environments, including SIEM, intrusion detection, vulnerability management, as well as continuous threat intelligence updates. The vendor states that even for resource-limited IT security teams, AlienVault…
$1,075
per month
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds LEM is security information and event management (SIEM) software.N/A
Pricing
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Editions & Modules
Essentials
$1,075
per month
Standard
$1,695
per month
Premium
$2,595
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Considered Both Products
AlienVault USM
Chose 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 …
Chose AlienVault USM
With the exception of Solar Winds, AlienVault USM is far easier to administer and support, but far less extensible. LogRhythm and Splunk are going to offer far more advanced capabilities in the way of deployment models, features, and automation capabilities. Also, other …
Chose AlienVault USM
Solarwinds LEM was replaced with USM, the UI and the sluggishness and lack of ease of use made that decision easy. LogRhythm was a top contender, the cost and complexity to implement made USM an easy choice.
Chose AlienVault USM
AlienVault provides an all in one/unified approach to security. AlienVaults online threat exchange (OTX) provides additional context to events and event flows that may not originally be seen as a possible threat. The cost of USM and ease to deploy is a big differentiator.

Chose AlienVault USM
AlienVault was the only product that spoke to all our needs for log management, vulnerability scans and system monitoring. AlienVault impressed with their knowledge of the security landscape and was able to answer every question to satisfaction.

All other competitors could do …
Chose AlienVault USM
By far the quickest and easiest results were found with USM, and when coupled with the price, USM is an amazing value for money.
Chose AlienVault USM
AlienVault’s strength is that it is highly capable SIEM with a nice feature set. Unified Security Management Platform comes with more advanced features in performance, administration, reporting, and technical support. It offers greater coverage against attack with more than 600 …
Chose AlienVault USM
USM is a security focused, threat-finding system. It is not a great log manager. Logs can be hard to search in USM, and it can be hard to manage the storage space on USM.
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
  • Ease of deployment
  • Good UI
Chose SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Solarwinds LEM lacks a lot of the features and power of their competitors. It also appears, at least at the outside of the competitors, that it is less user friendly and out of the box ready. We ended up with the Solarwinds solution because of budgetary constraints and …
Top Pros
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Features
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
AlienVault USM
8.0
8 Ratings
3% above category average
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.7
17 Ratings
1% below category average
Centralized event and log data collection8.58 Ratings8.517 Ratings
Correlation8.58 Ratings7.614 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management8.08 Ratings7.317 Ratings
Deployment flexibility8.67 Ratings7.917 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools7.35 Ratings7.912 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces7.08 Ratings4.916 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection8.05 Ratings10.03 Ratings
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AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
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AlienVault USM
AlienVault USM
Score 8.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Splunk Enterprise
Splunk Enterprise
Score 8.3 out of 10
Splunk Enterprise
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Score 8.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Microsoft Sentinel
Microsoft Sentinel
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(391 ratings)
8.2
(45 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.2
(18 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
Usability
6.7
(34 ratings)
6.7
(5 ratings)
Availability
6.4
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(25 ratings)
7.5
(17 ratings)
In-Person Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.3
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.4
(38 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AlienVault USMSolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
Likelihood to Recommend
AT&T Cybersecurity
At this point I'm saying a 4. While the marketing material make it appear to be easy to use and it was relatively easy to set up, as previously mentioned, each event description is based upon the individual asset making it nearly impossible for the administrator to be a SME for each asset. For example, if one of the assets reporting is a router, the administrator monitoring alerts would need to know what the various events are that can be triggered as an event for the particular router; however, if the asset is a workstation, the administrator would need to know the various events that are triggered for workstations.
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SolarWinds
Solarwinds SEM is great for generating reports for investigation purposes. Once you set up the connectors you can walk away and the product runs without needing maintenance. It was however pretty difficult to create the reports and alerts when now starting out and it can be very intimidating for new users.
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Pros
AT&T Cybersecurity
  • AlienVault USM is simple and easy to deploy. Sensors can be deployed in as little as 15 minutes through the setup wizard.
  • The USM UI is easy to understand. I've trained multiple analysts who are able to perform their duties on their first day, in part because of USM Anywhere's ease of use.
  • Top-notch built-in compliance templates and reporting features.
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SolarWinds
  • It does a great job of notifying us when accounts have been locked out. We can then find out the device on the network where the login attempt occurred.
  • Searching for incidents is now a lot faster with the implementation of the HTML 5 interface.
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Cons
AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Personally, I've wished I could purchase a service that would configure AV for my environment. I get a lot of traffic on a daily basis and I almost need to hire an analyst that just works on AV.
  • Some of the filters when looking for a specific alert aren't that easy to use.
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SolarWinds
  • All SolarWinds product suffer from slow response times in management portals. SolarWinds SEM is no exception. While it is much preferred over a "thick client" there is much room for improvement in speed.
  • If you use the email alert features with SolarWinds make sure to prepare you staff and team for the large amount of emails they could receive. Make sure to reduce the number of alerts so your team does not ignore the alerts.
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Likelihood to Renew
AT&T Cybersecurity
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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SolarWinds
It is pretty likely that we will renew SEM when the time comes up. It is easy to use and maintain so there isn't much of a need to replace this product. It is also a pretty fair price for the capabilities provided by the SEM
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Usability
AT&T Cybersecurity
Once you are able to navigate the different panels, finding what you need is quite easily. Before getting used it it can be a bit of challenge . Each panel is quite well laid out and the filtering search capabilities are quite strong.
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SolarWinds
If you are familiar with SolarWinds then you can use this product it's as easy as that. If you have never used a SolarWinds product then it will take a minute to get how they do reports and make dashboards but that being said the tool is great and can make things very easy once you get a feel for how it works and get everything setup how you like it.
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Reliability and Availability
AT&T Cybersecurity
We do have issues with maintenance on the AlienVault USM as the disk fills up from time to time with other data sources. Sources for scanning logs and net flow data isn't calculated in regular disk maintenance and can easily fill up our disk if we do not keep an eye on it with some custom Nagios plugins. The system does properly trim logging data from logging sources properly.
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SolarWinds
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Performance
AT&T Cybersecurity
With the latest release of AlienVault USM overall performance has not been an issue. We have noticed single source events per second does not scale well with the overall system. 2,000eps on a vmware system with a single source produces delays of up to an hour for us. Pages, reporting and even raw log searches are rather quick though.
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SolarWinds
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Support Rating
AT&T Cybersecurity
The support we received from alienvault was excellent. They went above and beyond in making sure everything was working as it needed to be. They REALLY want their product implementation to be a success and our security goals be achieved. They are like a member of our security team.
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SolarWinds
The quality of support can vary depending on whom you end up speaking with. I was fortunate enough to work with a support representative who was very familiar with the product. He had even authored some of the support documentation on the website. On the flip side, I had two other experiences where I was simply directed to online training material.
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In-Person Training
AT&T Cybersecurity
I did not have any experience with "in person" training directly. The free online classes offered for a half a day are based on the actual training offered. These little teasers are very good and well worth your time to learn a few quick and dirty ways of getting more information from your SIEM
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SolarWinds
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Online Training
AT&T Cybersecurity
It was very well organized and helpful in using the product to the fullest extent. The instructor allowed time for folks who were involved with managed services to receive tuning tips in order to better support their customers. In addition, the course materials were automatically updated when the new version came out.
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SolarWinds
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Implementation Rating
AT&T Cybersecurity
AlienVault USM was a very simple to implement and get up and running. We started with a trial version and had that up and going within an hour of receiving email instructions from the sales engineer. We never had to contact support to get the system up and going. It was extremely easy to convert over to a full license once we started with a paid version.
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SolarWinds
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Alternatives Considered
AT&T Cybersecurity
Splunk's ES is a paid add-on on top of an already pricey product. Finding a MSSP that supports Splunk and isn't a 6 figure annual commitment seems unlikely. LogRhythm did not have a cloud-based solution when we were considering SIEMs. Fantastic product though and have a good MSSP base. Devo did not have a MSSP partner base when we looked. Their product is fantastic too. AlienVault USM has good partners to choose from as well as an affordable cloud model, that's why we chose it.
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SolarWinds
Splunk was a pretty good product but the licensing structure needed a lot of work. They changed the structure three times that I am aware and I still had problems understanding LogRhythm had a lot of issues correlating users to IP addresses, the mappings were frequently wrong so this product could not be trusted in my environment as all our access logs are IP based and this needs to be matched to usernames from AD Fortianalzyer is a great product but it can only do logs from Fortigates so that was not helping for anything other than our firewalls.
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Scalability
AT&T Cybersecurity
The AlienVault USM is not very scalable. Some scalability can be achieved by installing additional sensors, but this only offers 500eps per sensor and is still overall limited by the installation type of VM or physical. We have also noticed the EPS (events per second) is rated overall and not towards a single source. A single source on a very healthy VMware partition tops out at 2,000eps for us, no matter how we configure it. Maybe this is a problem of the 5.2 release?
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SolarWinds
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Return on Investment
AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Once you hit the 150 asset mark, you have to jump to their unlimited license. There is no middle ground. We were only 10 or so assets above the 150 so we had to chose to either not monitor those assets or pay the price of the upgrade.
  • AlienVault brings all the information to one place which makes it much quicker to track down problems.
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SolarWinds
  • For the price, it produced a decent value. It did a lot of the easy stuff well. I can't give any specific data given the objective of the product was to monitor very basic events in the environment.
  • There are free options that can do a better job.
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ScreenShots

AlienVault USM Screenshots

Screenshot of USM Anywhere NIDS Dashboard

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) Screenshots

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