SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

Overview

What is SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)?

SolarWinds LEM is security information and event management (SIEM) software.
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Popular Features

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  • Centralized event and log data collection (18)
    8.5
    85%
  • Deployment flexibility (18)
    7.9
    79%
  • Event and log normalization/management (36)
    7.3
    73%
  • Custom dashboards and workspaces (34)
    4.9
    49%

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What is SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)?

SolarWinds LEM is security information and event management (SIEM) software.

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Product Demos

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Features Scorecard

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

7.6
76%
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Product Details

What is SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)?

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (previously know as Log & Event Manager) is presented by the vendor as a powerful and award-winning SIEM. It is an on-prem deployed tool that collects, consolidates, and analyzes logs and events from firewalls, IDS/IPS devices and applications, switches, routers, servers, operating system logs, and other applications.

The main applications are threat detection, automated incident analysis and response, and compliance reporting for IT infrastructure.

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) Features

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Features

  • Supported: Centralized event and log data collection
  • Supported: Correlation
  • Supported: Event and log normalization/management
  • Supported: Deployment flexibility
  • Supported: Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
  • Supported: Custom dashboards and workspaces

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SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

SolarWinds LEM is security information and event management (SIEM) software.

Splunk Enterprise Security (ES), LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform, and ManageEngine EventLog Analyzer are common alternatives for SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM).

Reviewers rate Host and network-based intrusion detection highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SEM is well suited for smaller companies looking to log events and usage. We really use it a lot to see what network accounts are changed and who changed them and who is logging into what servers and when they are doing it. We watch these things for suspicious logins and suspicious activity on servers. SEM helps us to see what switches have had changes made to them and who made the change as well as the time/date.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SEM is a good software to collect all the events and be a platform to have a view of the whole network status, instead of connecting to each server, find a clue from thousands of events. SEM also keeps a history of events and save space on each server, avoiding server defective while free space is consumed by huge event log files.
Kendal Goodrich | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have had scenarios in the past where a user account gets locked out continuously. As it turned out they recently changed their password but were apparently logged in elsewhere under their old password. The problem came in trying to determine where they were logged in from. With LEM we were able to query for the lockout event to determine where the failed login attempts were coming from. Once known, the account was logged out of the machine and the lockout events quit occurring.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SEM does exactly what it's supposed to do, and then some. I'm using it to aggregate logs from a number of disparate devices, and it does this very well. I also take advantage of the USB monitoring agent. In general, it's competent and relatively easy to set up and maintain. I wish I had more time to delve into customizing both the dashboards and the reports/alerts that come from it.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There are numerous SIEM solutions out there, all of which offer similar features. SEM does have a slight learning curve to get set up and working but is not unreasonable. For us, SolarWinds SEM strikes the perfect balance between cost and functionality. We re-evaluate our logging needs every year and SEM continues to meet the requirements of our business.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) would definitely prove itself as a valuable tool in any network administrator's portfolio, surpassing the syslog capabilities built into the SolarWinds Performance Manager. The ability to check both historical and live logs and have the events categorized, as well as the option to apply multiple filters to narrow down searches to the relevant information are of great use in troubleshooting scenarios or forensic tasks.

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PCI and DISA STIG monitoring and compliance are a strong point for SEM. There are a fair number of out-of-the-box filters for both. Developing a monitoring approach which is entirely custom and not bound to a particular regulatory framework is cumbersome due to the limited assistance with filter and rule construction.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Solar winds can be installed quickly in the production environment and can collect data. Log data collection is the first and most important step for cyber-security and forensic investigation. The tool gives the best services for monitoring our whole network environment with great features.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds Security Event Manager is well suited to generate reports on a user so that the user can be audited. We also use LEM to determine who made changes to Active Directory when needed. SEM also sends alert emails when certain accounts are used as well as failed logon attempts for administrative accounts.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds SEM is well suited for a medium to large enterprise with continental datacenters or a few datacenters peppered around the globe. SolarWinds is a thorough and complete IT Operations Monitoring, Alerting, and Capacity planning solution with excellent ROI and arguably the fastest tool to get up and running with a great ROI usually within the first year. SolarWinds modules allow for the deployment of a specific IT Domain solution or a complete end-to-end IT Operations center tool for Application, Server, Network, Security, etc.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The SEM tool [seems] very difficult to use due to lack of support from SolarWinds customer support. No up-to-date documentation on how to onboard, no videos on best practices, no use case videos[, and] bad customer service.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The SolarWinds Security Event Manager is great for people who want to be able to either view logs or set up emails for certain actionable events. However, it would be less helpful in a situation where you want your SEM to be taking action on specific items. There are some actions that can be taken by the SEM, but they constitute a rather short list in comparison to other SEM tools.
December 09, 2020

SEM is a good product

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The tool provides a single pane of glass to all of our products. It is nice to have the logs parse together in a single place. The interface itself has a lot to be desired. The product has been built over the top of other products and you can tell.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The Solarwinds SEM will get your logs collected and analyzable, especially for Windows servers or workstations, it can be a good solution. Alerting and reporting need to be done manually, but once you have it set up the way you want, it will work solidly. If you are looking at a log collection solution that has any of its own smarts and analytics, Solarwind doesn't have such machine learning features, maybe in the future. If you want out of the box reporting and alerting, that won't happen. They need to create and fine-tune the rules more.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds Security Event Manager is best suited for environments with many devices that need to be secured and are high availability, where any down time needs to be resolved quickly and the cause of a failure needs to be investigated and determined with good degree of precision. It's also suited for environments that need to be kept in compliance according to several standards. Many standards and policies require the keeping and review of logs for several years back.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
A good product for a single pane of glass auditing various products.
Not a product you can set up properly in 1 hour and needs long hours of reading to get used to.
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