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We performed a comparison between Alert Logic and Cisco Secure Network Analytics based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Vulnerability Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Alert Logic vs. Cisco Secure Network Analytics Report (Updated: January 2020).
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Pros
"The most valuable aspect of Alert Logic is its technology platform. They have SOCs in the US and Europe, giving them global visibility of the threat landscape. They detect and respond to threats in minutes. Their biggest value is human expertise. You're being attacked by a human, and you cannot respond to it unless you have a human on the other side. They have the human and technological resources to respond.""It has the ability to install agents. It is pretty straightforward. You can automate the process pretty easily.""Everything is in one dashboard; I'm notified when there's an incident and advised on what steps to take.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""We receive infrastructure security warnings from it. So, we know what is going on and what needs to be addressed.""The solution was consistently available, and I cannot recall any instances where it was down.""Notifications and the detail of notifications are most valuable. It is a user-friendly solution.""It is a very stable product."

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"Using the Cognitive Analytics feature, we have complete visibility that we didn’t have before.""The most valuable feature is having visibility into the data segments throughout our network.""The solution has increased our threat detection rate. Cisco Stealthwatch has not reduced our incident response times. It has not reduced the amount of time it takes us to detect immediate threats. It has reduced false positives.""The most valuable feature of Cisco Secure Network Analytics is the Threat Intelligence integration.""It's a dependable product that is able to pinpoint where we have vulnerabilities if they occur.""I believe this solution has reduced our incident response time.""Being able to graph and show data to management has improved our organization. We can show the data to the higher-ups. It shows them that it's picking up on these anomalies and doing its job.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the way the net flow is being merged together in a single pane. That's been extremely useful for us, because can see what's going on with traffic in one single place."

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Cons
"Alert Logic needs to expand its SOCs to serve more markets, such as the Middle East and Asia. There should be infrastructure that covers more time zones. The company should also develop an EDR that is natively integrated into their solution. Currently, a client must buy another EDR solution like CrowdStrike or Sophos. I think Alert Logic is developing this. Built-in email security could also be developed and integrated.""The documentation, especially with the initial setup, needs improvement.""Could be more of an endpoint protector.""The setup process was complex.""I would like more data on the alert payload. It would be good to have the ability to customize the alert payload to add whatever data that we want on there. Right now, it is a bit limited.""We'd like to have triggered alerts sent to us so we see errors quicker.""This product needs to mature more. While it is a good product, there are some areas where it needs work.""As a user involved with the user interface, I believe there is a need to continue improving it based on feedback from our customers."

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"I would like to see a hybrid solution that can work without being connected directly to the internet for those destinations.""I would like Cisco to make it easier for the administrators to use it.""There's a lot of traffic on our network that we don't see sometimes.""We would like the solution to make more advances in the way that Extreme Networks has been doing.""They should include Citrix VDIs in the next release.""I would like to see some improvement when it comes to reporting.""It hasn't really improved our direct detection rate but it has definitely reduced our incident response time as we wouldn't have been able to detect threats or immediate risks without this solution.""At my company, we might not be using it enough with other applications that we have that can integrate with it."

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  • "Our ROI would probably be zero. We don't even use it. It sits in there. We get emails and just delete them. Around the world, we don't even use it."
  • "Alert Logic has better competitive pricing than some of its competitors."
  • "Almost any product that is on the AWS Marketplace is super easy to subscribe to."
  • "Its pricing is very reasonable considering what you get for what you pay. There is quite a good value there. Its licensing is also very logical. They've got the licensing price points at a reasonable level. It is on a monthly license but a yearly contract. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Price of the solution was very reasonable considering the size of our organization at the time, and so it worked out perfectly."
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  • "It is worth the cost."
  • "Licensing is done by flows per second, not including outside>in traffic."
  • "Pricing is much higher compared to other solutions."
  • "​Licensing is done by flows per second, not including outside (in traffic)."
  • "Today, we are part of the big Cisco ELA, and it is a la carte. We can get orders for whatever we want. At the end of the day, we have to pay for it in one big expense, but that is fine. We are okay with that."
  • "NetFlow is very expensive."
  • "One of the things which bugs me about Lancope is the licensing. We understand how licensing works. Our problem is when we bought and purchased most of these Lancope devices, we did so with our sister company. Somewhere within the purchase and distribution, licensing got mixed up. That is all on Cisco, and it is their responsibility. They allotted some of our sister company's equipment to us, and some of our equipment to them. To date, they have never been able to fix it."
  • "The licensing costs are outrageous."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable aspect of Alert Logic is its technology platform. They have SOCs in the US and Europe, giving them global visibility of the threat landscape. They detect and respond to threats in… more »
    Top Answer:Alert Logic's license is one of the most competitive. They deliver a high-quality service for a competitive price.
    Top Answer:Alert Logic should also develop an EDR that is natively integrated into their solution. Currently, a client must buy another EDR solution like SentinelOne, CrowdStrike, or Sophos. I think Alert Logic… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Cisco Secure Network Analytics is the Threat Intelligence integration.
    Top Answer:I would rate Cisco SNA as a nine out of ten in terms of costliness.
    Top Answer:Initially, I felt Cisco Secure Network Analytics lacked integration with Splunk. However, with Cisco's recent acquisition of Splunk, it seems this gap will be addressed. If this integration happens… more »
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    Also Known As
    Alert Logic MDR, Alert Logic Managed Detection and ResponseAlert Logic Threat Manager, Alert Logic Cloud Defender, Critical Watch FusionVM
    Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise, Lancope StealthWatch
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    Overview

    Alert Logic is a cloud-based security and compliance solution that provides threat detection and response, log management, and compliance automation. Its primary use case is to manage lag and protect the network, identify configuration issues related to security and cloud infrastructure, and serve as the primary SIEM tool before escalating tickets. 

    The most valuable feature is that it has everything in one dashboard, including being notified of incidents and receiving advice on what steps to take. Alert Logic has helped organizations process large amounts of data, remotely monitor everything from the cloud, and streamline workflow while reducing implementation time.

    Cisco Secure Network Analytics is a highly effective network traffic analysis (NTA) solution that enables users to find threats in their network traffic even if those threats are encrypted. It turns an organization’s network telemetry into a tool that creates a complete field of vision for the organization’s administrators. Users can find threats that may have infiltrated their systems and stop them before they can do irreparable harm.

    Cisco Secure Network Analytics Benefits

    A few ways that organizations can benefit by choosing to deploy Cisco Secure Network Analytics include:

    • Security scaling. Secure Network Analytics makes it easy for organizations to scale up their level of network protection to match the growth that their business is experiencing. It can be deployed on whatever type of system is necessary. Users will have their growth needs met at every stage of their business journey because the solution offers users the ability to use it on-premises or in the cloud and it can be consumed as a SaaS-based or license-based solution. Whenever any kind of device is added, Secure Network Analytics can automatically classify that device so that it is seamlessly integrated into its network protection system.
    • Detects threats as they appear. Users gain the ability to scan their network traffic for even the most advanced threats at all times. Secure Network Analytics easily identifies the early warning signs that are typically initiated before attacks are conducted by bad actors. Once these signs are found, users are warned so that they can take steps to prevent those threats from escalating. This also enables users to determine the source of the threat and whether it might have spread further than initially thought.
    • Eliminate blind spots. Organizations that use Secure Network Analytics can view their network traffic across both private networks and public cloud environments. The scanning power of the solution allows users to gain complete visibility with a fewer number of sensors than their competitors require to achieve a similar level of protection.

    Cisco Secure Network Analytics Features

    Some of the many features that Cisco Secure Network Analytics offers include:

    • Centralized security management. Secure Network Analytics’ Identity Services Engine feature enables users to control their network from a single graphical user interface. Administrators can simplify their jobs by controlling profiler, posture, guest, authentication, and authorization services from a single pane of glass.
    • Machine learning tools. Secure Network Analytics uses machine learning to generate alerts when malicious or suspicious activity is detected. It also analyzes the threat so that users gain insight into the nature of the dangers that confront them. Additionally, it examines the threats to determine whether they are actual threats or false alarms. This significantly reduces the number of false alarms that administrators have to spend time attempting to resolve.
    • Automation. Users can automate routine tasks that users would otherwise have to handle manually. This automation feature frees administrators and employees to handle other more critical tasks.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Secure Network Analytics is a solution that stands out even when compared to many other comparable products. Two major advantages that it offers are the way that it enables users to define the threshold at which the solution will issue a warning to administrators and the predefined alerts that it offers straight out of the box.

    Gerald J., the information technology operations supervisor at Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., writes, “StealthWatch lets me see the ports running in and out and the country. It has excellent reporting, telemetry, and artificial intelligence features. With the telemetry, I can set thresholds to detect sudden changes and the alarms go through the PLC parts. I can see all the ports running on that trunk.”

    A senior security engineer at a tech services company, says, “Cisco Stealthwatch has predefined alerts for different types of security issues that might happen in the network. Whether it's PCs or servers that are used for botnets or Bitcoin mining we receive the alerts automatically. This functionality is what we receive from the solution out of the box.”

    Sample Customers
    TIME, Genome Next, Rentalcargroup.com, Travel Tripper, C&J Energy Services, Investis, Retail Insights
    Edge Web Hosting, Telenor Norway, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Webster Financial Corporation, Westinghouse Electric, VMware, TIAA-CREF
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Healthcare Company23%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    Alert Logic vs. Cisco Secure Network Analytics
    January 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Alert Logic vs. Cisco Secure Network Analytics and other solutions. Updated: January 2020.
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    Alert Logic is ranked 28th in Vulnerability Management with 11 reviews while Cisco Secure Network Analytics is ranked 24th in Network Monitoring Software with 57 reviews. Alert Logic is rated 8.0, while Cisco Secure Network Analytics is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Alert Logic writes "Great reporting and session logic with an easy initial setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Secure Network Analytics writes "Increased the visibility of what is happening in our network". Alert Logic is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon Complete, Arctic Wolf Managed Detection and Response, Sophos MDR, Rapid7 InsightIDR and SentinelOne Vigilance, whereas Cisco Secure Network Analytics is most compared with Darktrace, Cisco Secure Cloud Analytics, ThousandEyes, Vectra AI and Arista NDR. See our Alert Logic vs. Cisco Secure Network Analytics report.

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