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Score 9.2 out of 100

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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Likelihood to Recommend

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If a colleague was looking to tighten down their network I can easily recommend Snort to them. It gives you some more peace of mind knowing that its always scanning traffic for malicious looking code. Even things your major firewalls and security hardware might miss, Snort has picked up. Its an easy recommendation for me.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SEM is appropriate for all but the absolute largest networks. It works great for smaller, medium, and even some decent sized networks. Having options for all kinds of data to easily be ingested and have the events normalized out of the box is great. The price is really right when compared to other products. Some competitors are priced by number of events and in a locked down environment; this means millions of events so price climbs fast on these other products. Agents are easily deployed and can be used in images. The number of event connectors for ingesting data is large and built into the product and constantly updated. Updates are easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.7
Centralized event and log data collection
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.6
Correlation
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.7
Event and log normalization/management
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.4
Deployment flexibility
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.1
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.0
Custom dashboards and workspaces
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
4.9
Host and network-based intrusion detection
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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
9.0

Pros

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  • Real Time updates for security signatures via Talos
  • Great signature blocking
  • Excellent reporting via syslog to our Security Analytics collectors.
Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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  • Due to the extensive interface, it can be quite overwhelming to try and manage the product. There are many different places to go to set up individual items. It would be nice to simplify the interface down a bit
  • Upgrades can be somewhat hazardous. I think they are working to get the upgrade process streamlined, but currently moving major version (5.x to 6.x) there was a lot of additional work outside of the UI that if not done correctly can tank the system, requiring a fresh load or restore from backup
David Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • 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.
Adam Morrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 6.7
Based on 5 answers
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.
Tim Short | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.0
Based on 26 answers
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.
Brandon Demko | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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Sourcefire vs. TippingPoint was a no-brainer for us at the time of deployment. Sourcefire has a more well-defined API using REST that can be leveraged for automating tasks. TippingPoint was just releasing an API that was limited. Also at the time, TippingPoint could not meet our 10Gbps network requirements as Sourcefire could with their 8350 appliances.
Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

I inherited SolarWinds and did my best with it. Once I felt like I pushed it to it's limits and my expectations of what a SIEM should do over time changed, I started looking at other products. SolarWinds: Has great support, a good amount of online documentation, the best native alerting rules and triggersOSSIM: Has cross-source correlation built in, threat pulses are updated hourly, completely freeElastic SIEM: What we eventually moved to. It took some time to get up and running. It does the best job with event retention and searching, has anomaly exploring machine learning jobs, and feels like it gives the best view of what's going on in the environment. With Wazuh HIDS deployed on every machine, it also gives FIM capabilities while also providing extra context in any threat hunting incidents.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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  • Being open source, ROI on free is hard to beat for something that works.
  • I believe it greatly enhances the security of my network.
Curt Dickman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • SolarWinds LEM has made a positive impact on our organization because we are now able to demonstrate to auditors that we are compliant with the various regulations such as PCI, HIPAA, etc.
  • The license renewal costs are reasonable and fall within our budget every year. Much less than if we were to incur fines of being out of compliance.
  • We were able to save money by deploying the system into our VM infrastructure and not have to spend money on physical appliances/servers.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

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General

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

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

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9.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
5.7

Likelihood to Renew

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.3

Usability

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
6.7

Support Rating

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.0

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