Great product with a steep learning curve
October 25, 2020

Great product with a steep learning curve

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

It is being used by the outsider IT company who does Level2 and Level3 support. We use it to audit network device logs with it (Palo Alto Firewalls and Juniper switches). Also we use it to audit Active Directory logons. It is easier to keep these logs in a single place.
  • Customizable dashboards, where you can see everything you want.
  • Easy to set-up connectors.
  • Fully customizable event filters.
  • Unable to set up some legacy equipment (Zyxel switches).
  • Not an easy to product to learn from scratches.
  • Unfortunately I can't really rate the financial perspective.
It is a bit hard to compare, since Cortex XDR is kind of a different starship, with endpoint protection and such, and not really great for auditing Windows Event Logs.
ELK stack on the other hand is free in some of it's editions but seems much similar then Cortex. SolarWinds SEM has better premade dashboards and event filters.
Our only support case was the legacy Zyxel switch topic.

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Great product, with a steep learning curve.
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.