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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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SecurityCenter is definitely the juggernaut of the industry. You don't see many shops that are not using Nessus and or SecurityCenter. As a pen tester, I do not judge shops that use Nessus as a catch all, as there are a lot of things you can get hyper focused on and a tool like this helps you see things you may have missed.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
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Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
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Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
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Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
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Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
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Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
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Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
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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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  • Network sweeps
  • Network/host auditing (NIST, DoD, etc)
  • Vulnerability Scans
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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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  • Bulky - does not scale easily
  • Lack of detailed error logs for scan issues
  • Lack of stripped client (piggybacking off the bulky) - could use a mini/portable client like nmap
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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 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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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
Implementation is easy but having easy access to support and professional services is a great help. Getting it up and running is very easy, getting it configured for your specific environment does take a little more work, when you run into any issues support or your professional services provider is always there.
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Alternatives Considered

If you look at AlienVault USM, you will have to look at OSSIM too. For very small enterprises with limited budget or no budget at all, OSSIM might be a good alternative, it is the free version of AlienVault USM, but that means you are on your own with it. Another competitor is definitively GrayLog as it provides a very good interface and is easy to use, plus it is using ElasticSearch as its data store. As stated previously, the ELK stack (ElasticSearch Logstash Kibana) is a good alternative too, but not ready to use off the shelf, nor an all-in-one solution. In fact, the components used by AlienVault, such as OpenVAS, OSSEC, Suricata, etc are its biggest competitors at the same time, but only if you make the effort to run each of the as an independent solution. In return you get a maximum of flexibility and full power over your solution.
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From time to time I take a contract in which I am building a network which includes either a SOC or a compliance shop (lots of this occurring now with the 800-171 compliance push). In many cases businesses like to take the cheap way out. We'll install other lesser known vulnerability scanners and or vulnerability scanners like Openvas. While they all get the job done, they do not pack the power that Nessus/ SecurityCenter packs
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Return on Investment

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  • SecurityCenter has saved me from missing major items on tests. I would fixate on something, spend too much time on one item. Nessus broke the monotony and ensured that I didn't miss findings
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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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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
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