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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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Sophos UTM

For a business our size, the pricing, functionality and feature set were just right. We have about 400 users and the deployment tools in Sophos UTM are just right to help us remove our old antivirus (AV) software and deploy all the new tools of this platform. My team had no complaints.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

Pros

  • Compliance: For each compliance aspect in each standard, there's an AlienVault USM feature which helps compliance. For instance, in PCI DSS Compliance you require File Integrity Monitoring, and AlienVault USM has it. Every component of the standard gets covered by the product.
  • Data handling: Event management can become cumbersome if not well handled. AlienVault USM classifies event information properly where it belongs to the data it's useful to you. When you export a report, you can filter out easily what you don't need, so you only extract valuable information.
  • Asset availability: It is really handy to cover every aspect of your asset classification, events to come in, services each asset has, location, all of the information really helps to draw alarms properly.
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  • Sophos was very easy to deploy.
  • The management console keeps us up to date with all the happens of the product.
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Cons

  • Because AlienVault USM combines several well know components, you have to life with the fact, that they are not in their latest version, i.e. the integrated OSSEC, which should be replaced with the OSSEC-Wazuh fork instead.
  • Due to the all-in-one approach, the solution is quite resource hungry. You have to have a decent machine to run it.
  • The reporting module is nice, but sometimes it is quite a challenge to configure a custom report as you will only get the results you want after a trial and error run.
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  • We have yet to be able to implement the mobile device management - I'm not sure if that's because it is difficult, or just a daunting task.
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 answers
It is a great product and has been instrumental to our security posture.
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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
We have been using AlienVault USM Appliance for nearly 3 years. The power and flexibility of the device for IPS and IDS is amazing. We are able to identify threats and stop them before damage can be done.
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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
The best recommendation I can offer is understand the system that is being installed. Knowing how to configure and specific expectations that you expect from the machine. I would say to watch the tutorials and the online video's, get yourself involved with the community forum and ask the questions if you do not understand.Our company did not make the best choice on the computer that the service was installed on and it has led to some adverse effects that did not appear until now, almost 2 years later and needing to re-install the entire system all over again.If you need the help, ask for it. The technical support team at alienvault and community forum members are always there to answer questions.
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Alternatives Considered

I hate to say it, but one of the main reasons we selected the AlienVault was the price. Some of the cheaper options seemed too difficult to manage and the more expensive options were both expensive and difficult to manage. We don't have a Security Admin so simplicity was a big factor.
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The high feature set of Sophos, along with the price point made it a perfect fit for our organization. Of course, we were promised many features and capabilities, and I'm happy to report that this tool delivered on all of those. On top of that, or resale partner recommended it and was very knowledgeable to help fit the tool for our need.
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Return on Investment

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  • Sophos came in right on budget for our needs - perfect ROI
  • Security is like life insurance - you can always buy more, but finding that sweet spot where you are covered just right is key.
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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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Sophos UTM

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

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