McAfee Enterprise Security Manager Reviews

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Brandon Macapelit, CISA | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 07, 2019

Overall, A Great Value Security Solution

Score 8 out of 10
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is used in our company as the overall security information and event management system. It manages the whole network security inside our organization. Together with other McAfee services, it proactively monitors the behavior of all activities within the network and would prompt the security team whenever there seems to malicious things happening within the corporate network and connected devices.
  • Updated and current incident libraries.
  • It monitors the entire enterprise network proactively.
  • Its monitoring activities do not impact the network.
  • Widen more its integration capabilities, such as integration to some cloud platforms.
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager can be well suited to any type of business or architecture of enterprise IT infrastructure and network since it can be tailored fit to your organization needs. Just make sure that during the engagement with the vendor, you need to be clear with what systems you have, as McAfee tends to have some limitations on integrating with other systems, especially with some cloud platform wherein we needed to acquire other SIEM because McAfee isn't compatible with the function we need from it in our cloud system.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 16, 2019

A robust SIEM solution for medium/large companies

Score 7 out of 10
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We deploy and sell the McAfee ESM (the SIEM solution) to our clients. We had it deployed in several kinds of companies, from small companies to large organizations. From private sector to public sector. McAfee is used to monitor the events (logs) of the clients and correlate them to generate alerts regarding security threats.
  • Good parsing capability
  • Enables integrations
  • The user interface is not the best, it is still based on Flash player (but they have plans to migrate to HTML5).
  • While the "user" interface is pretty straight forward, the management interface is fairly complicated.
McAfee is a good solution if you're in a medium/large company and if you're looking for a solution that can be customized and expanded. I also recommend if you have the most common log sources on your environment, since McAfee supports the major log sources (but lack a lot of small vendors).
In my opinion, I wouldn't recommend McAfee for small companies, since it's not that easy to manage and maintain.
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Neil Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 29, 2019

Manage you events

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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is a powerful SIEM that offers us the comfort of being in compliance with international standards in the domain of information security and helps us to assure security. Correlation of different events from different platforms is very useful and necessary. The integration with another software from McAfee is also very good (EPO, DLP).
  • Integration with other software
  • Log sources integration
  • Very user friendly interface
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Pre-defined reports
  • The system requirements are quite demanding
  • No other tool issue or operational issue was identified
Collect valuable data from hundreds of types of devices. Events correlation and offenses work very well. Notification in case of an incident also works perfectly. The configuration is easy to customize. With the Content Packs (plugins) the system is flexible for new questions or new situations. Helps in improving visibility of threat actors and helps in further prevention.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 23, 2019


Score 10 out of 10
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is easy to use and to maintain, with great results. We use this SIEM because it offers threat intelligence correlation, analytics, profiling, security alerts, data presentation and compliance. Good integration with log sources, inclusive with other McAfee tools. It is easy to monitor security events and identify incidents and cyber attacks.
  • Identify brute force attaks
  • Anomalous traffic detection
  • Faster ingestion and query performance
  • Can collect large volumes of events
  • Operating in all bowsers
  • Documentation detailation
  • Simplify the process of creation core relation rules
The solution offers a lot of features. Great threat categorization and classification. Collect very quick a large volumes of events. Working in cluster is very useful. Data source onboarding reduces the time required to configure new data sources. Support includes professional services and training. Good performance and redundancy. High level of security.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 07, 2018

McAfee ESM, a cautionary tale

Score 5 out of 10
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (previously called Nitro) is used as an enterprise SIEM across multiple sites and domains. It collects system logs and system events for correlation and alerting. It's a hub for security operations.
  • McAfee Enterprise Security Manager has a large library of pre-made correlations that reduces the amount of work needed to make it functional.
  • This is a core McAfee product that is still getting support.
  • It has a substantial amount of compatibility and integration with other products.
  • The migration off of Flash has been painful. The new interface is very difficult to work with. Even support tends to fall back to the Flash version.
  • The GUI is not intuitive under any version. Finding settings takes a significant amount of learning.
  • While the product is supported, the transitions from various directions have left the future of the product in question. It used to be the interface for IDS, but the new IDS is stand alone.
  • The way McAfee has dropped products with no warning in the past makes us skeptical of trusting any stated roadmap.
I would make a cautionary recommendation. If you're heavily invested in a McAfee product line, the McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is a natural fit and you probably already understand the risk of working with them. If you are greenfield looking for a SIEM, I would advise documenting your use cases very well, because you may find yourself doing a new implementation down the road.
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Philip Clarke | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 20, 2017

SIEM causing Anger then use Enterprise Security Manager

Score 8 out of 10
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is used not only for its log collection capabilities but also for its advanced threat intelligence. We are using the product as part of moving into Intel's complete suite of products, where appliance integration will bring a commonality to our incident capabilities and help with faster response times and visibility.
  • Advanced Threat intelligence gives us the ability to prioritise alerts quickly and efficiently.
  • SIEM log collection allows us to integrate our other Intel products to a centralised point.
  • Physical appliances is one of the areas we have moved away from, so the ability for ESM to be available as a VDI was key.
  • If there is a requirement to integrate into other vendor products i.e. (log sharing) then this was very cumbersome.
  • Integration of vulnerability scanning that is available in other vendor products would be a good addition.
  • When integrating all of Intel's products a third party consultancy is usually required, where other vendor products can be configured without this additional cost.

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is well placed when the environment has other Intel products. We operate McAfee Move and the two products work extremely well together. The anti-virus product can be very cumbersome if used with another SIEM solution when log collecting.

We have other areas where intel solutions are not in use and in these circumstances we used another well-known SIEM solution that had an easier implementation phase than Intel's and where remote access was challenging.

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Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 12, 2017

ESM is great, McAfee AV, not so much

Score 7 out of 10
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager was used to deploy full disk encryption to sensitive end points, manage the HIPS, and end point security across the enterprise of 5000 + endpoints.
  • It is a great central management tool with great reports and dashboards.
  • It can easily show devices out of compliance.
  • ESM is easy to manage and maintain.
  • Some tools it manages lack features.
  • ESM can have some issues with upgrading.
  • MFA support is needed.
It is great for deploying and managing enterprise endpoint protection; McAfee Antivirus is still not a leader.
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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Centralized event and log data collection (7)
Correlation (7)
Event and log normalization (7)
Deployment flexibility (7)
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools (5)
Custom dashboards and views (7)
Host and network-based intrusion detection (5)

About McAfee Enterprise Security Manager

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager is security information and event management (SIEM) software, from McAfee / Intel Security.

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