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CG
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

We take in IOCs from my SOC and from AlienVault, and then we focus on traffic that hits IOCs and alerts us to it. The one thing that the Awake platform lacks is the ability to automate the ingestion of IOCs rather than having to import CSV files or JSON files manually. Awake didn't support the manual importation of CSV and JSON in version 3.0, but they added it in version 4.0. It's helpful, but it still has to be a specific CSV format. Automated IOCs are on the roadmap. Hopefully, they will be able to automate the ingestion of IOCs by Q1 next year. I'm currently leveraging Mind Meld, an open-source tool by Palo Alto, to ingest IOCs from external parties. I aggregate those lists and spit them out as a massive list of domains, hashes, file names, IPS. Then we aggregate those into their own specific categories, like a URL category. Awake ingests that just like the Palo Alto firewall does, and then it alerts me if traffic attempts to go into it.

Some of that is already on the Palo Alto firewall, which blocks it, but that doesn't mean that there is no attempted communication. I want to know if there's a communication attempt because there might be an indicator on that specific device trying to reach an IOC. Yes, my Palo Alto blocked it, but there's still something odd sitting there, and what if it can reach a different IOC that I don't have information about? I want to focus on it. I could do that by leveraging Awake if it could ingest the IOCs automatically. That's something I leverage Awake for today. I still have to manually import it, which is cumbersome because I have to manipulate the files that I get from the different IOC providers into a specific format that it understands. Once they add the ability to automate that, it'll be more useful.

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JG
Head of Information Security at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees

One concern I do have with Awake is that, ideally, it should be able identify high-risk users and devices and entities. However, we don't have confidence in their entity resolution, and we've provided this feedback to Awake. My understanding is that this is where some of the AI/ML is, and it hasn't been reliable in correctly identifying which device an activity is associated with. We have also encountered issues where it has merged two devices into one entity profile when they shouldn't be merged. The entity resolution is the weakest point of Awake so far. Even without that it's useful because with the MNDR team, they'll at least do some of that work for us and then we can follow up on certain things. But that is something that we would want to see improved.

Because we have the MNDR team, in some ways we don't work as hands-on with the interface itself as we did before. But another thing that would be helpful would be easier ways to integrate it with other systems. The integrations seem to exist, but they're a little weak in terms of how easy they are to set up, or what kind of information can be pulled in. That's something they've said that they're working on, as part of their roadmap, but that is something that I would like to see improved.

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Eric Etherington - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Security Officer at Dolby Laboratories

It's important that Awake continues to develop its APIs to be able to help intertwine their product into the overall security architecture of a company, just because it is a single tool. Likely a company will have a number of tools in place that you want to be able to communicate and correlate events between and be able to pull actions and information from different security systems. Whenever I look at a new security solution today, their ability on the API side is always one of the first things we look at.

The great thing about Awake is that it has really solid visibility. You might get a detection that happens on a different platform, and one of the first things you want to do is ask the Awake system for more context around an alert because they do have visibility into encrypted traffic. Being able to ask questions of the Awake platform from other systems is really important.

They've been focused on really developing their data science, their ability to detect, but over time, they need to be able to tie into other systems because other systems might detect something that they don't.

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GF
Chief Security Officer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

When I looked at the competitors, such as Darktrace, they all have prettier interfaces. If Awake could make it a little more user-friendly, that would go a long way.

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David Saville - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at Wealth Counsel

One thing I would like to see is a little bit more education or experience on AWS cloud for their managed services team. We've explained how we have the information set up, that the traffic coming in goes to the AWS load balancer and then gets sent on to our internal servers. Because we are grabbing traffic behind that load balancer, it shows the source IP of all traffic coming from the load balancer. In reality, you need to look at the exported, four-header IP to see where it's actually coming from. I've explained that to them several times, but when I get notices they always tell me this traffic is coming from the IPs belonging to the load balancers, not the source IPs. So a little bit more education for their team about how AWS manages the traffic might help out.

They might also be able to improve on the cloud side. Right now we're in the process of migrating all of our on-prem stuff to just the AWS cloud. We'll be utilizing this service as AWS-only. They said that we can set it up that way, but without the hardware appliance, I'm curious to see how that goes. It seemed to me, when we were setting up, that the AWS portion was still in its infancy, and still being tested or developed. It works great, but it did take a bit of work to get set up, so I'm curious to see how having the entire solution in the AWS cloud works. I'm hoping it works well when we do that migration in the next month or two.

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DV
Director of Projects and IT at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees

The monitoring team is, as I said, top-notch. I can't say that anything needs improvement there. Because we have so few cases, we only meet with them once a month to go over things and talk about the status. 

While the appliance is very good, and I think they're working on this, it would probably help if they integrated the MNDR generated cases into the appliance so that everything we are working on with them would be accessible on one platform, on the dashboard, on the portal. Right now, Awake MNDR is just an additional team that uses the same appliance that we use and then we communicate with them directly. Communication isn't through the portal. However, they do send us information and a link where we can look and see the same thing in the appliance that they are seeing, so that's pretty good.

Another thing about the appliance itself, and again I believe they're working on it, is that it would help if there were a broader integration with other security vendors. I know they have some capability to integrate with Splunk and a few others, but it's still a fairly small number of vendors that they have APIs to integrate with.

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Dwayne Samson - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Analyst Security and Compliance at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Awake Security markets themselves as a security shop, and that's what they are. However, compliance with our partnership can enhance its capabilities.  

Awake Security needs to move to a 24/7 support model in the MNDR space. Once they do that, it will make them even better. For anyone searching to outsource a Level 1 or 2 incident response team, it would be prudent to look at Awake Labs. 

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