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AlienVault OSSIM vs. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM)
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about AlienVault OSSIM vs. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The strength of Devo is not only in that it is pretty intuitive, but it gives you the flexibility and creativity to merge feeds. The prime examples would be using the synthesis or union tables that give you phenomenal capabilities... The ability to use a synthesis or union table to combine all those feeds and make heads or tails of what's going on, and link it to go down a thread, is functionality that I hadn't seen before.""In traditional BI solutions, you need to wait a lot of time to have the ability to create visualizations with the data and to do searches. With this kind of platform, you have that information in real-time.""The most powerful feature is the way the data is stored and extracted. The data is always stored in its original format and you can normalize the data after it has been stored.""The thing that Devo does better than other solutions is to give me the ability to write queries that look at multiple data sources and run fast. Most SIEMs don't do that. And I can do that by creating entity-based queries. Let's say I have a table which has Okta, a table which has G Suite, a table which has endpoint telemetry, and I have a table which has DNS telemetry. I can write a query that says, 'Join all these things together on IP, and where the IP matches in all these tables, return to me that subset of data, within these time windows.' I can break it down that way.""Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of the user interface. The UI has a graphically interface with the raw data in a table. The table can be as big as you want it, depending on your use case. You can easily get a report combining your data, along with calculations and graphical dashboards. You don't need a lot of training, because the UI is relatively very intuitive.""The most valuable feature is that it has native MSSP capabilities and maintains perfect data separation. It does all of that in a very easy-to-manage cloud-based solution.""Devo provides a multi-tenant, cloud-native architecture. This is critical for managed service provider environments or multinational organizations who may have subsidiaries globally. It gives organizations a way to consolidate their data in a single accessible location, yet keep the data separate. This allows for global views and/or isolated views restricted by access controls by company or business unit.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful."

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"Its user-friendliness is the most valuable. It is very easy to use and explore. The dashboard is very well packaged and integrated. You don't have to spend a lot of time in configuring it and checking out the RPM etc. It is also free and very powerful.""The threat policies of the solution are always very advanced and the best in the market. They are very persistent in terms of keeping up with security protocols.""The most valuable feature is the logging capability.""Inbuilt IDS, inbuilt integration with threat intelligence platform and with vulnerability assessment modules.""You can customize the dashboards as well as the reporting.""The paid version of the solution has reporting and better scalability options.""The initial setup is straightforward."

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"The product is quite mature. It's been around for a long time.""We use ArcSight ESM for log analysis and security alerts. It warns us of threats and then helps us conduct a forensic investigation of a cyber attack or internal incident after it happens.""Feature-rich solution which provides better network visibility for improved security""The correlation feature is good.""The most important feature is ArcSight's event correlation capabilities. It's powerful and easy. I also like the flex connector capability. It's easy to develop a new connector that isn't fully supported out of the box. For example, say you created a solution internally that's completely different, and it's not unsupported by the solution. You can write your own connector using the flex connector.""I am satisfied with the solution's stability.""Very good real-time reporting with a good dashboard.""There are many features that are good for clients who are looking for a good SIEM solution. They like the ease of creating a business that is effective and impressive."

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Cons
"Devo has a lot of cloud connectors, but they need to do a little bit of work there. They've got good integrations with the public cloud, but there are a lot of cloud SaaS systems that they still need to work with on integrations, such as Salesforce and other SaaS providers where we need to get access logs.""Some third-parties don't have specific API connectors built, so we had to work with Devo to get the logs and parse the data using custom parsers, rather than an out-of-the-box solution.""One major area for improvement for Devo... is to provide more capabilities around pre-built monitoring. They're working on integrations with different types of systems, but that integration needs to go beyond just onboarding to the platform. It needs to include applications, out-of-the-box, that immediately help people to start monitoring their systems. Such applications would include dashboards and alerts, and then people could customize them for their own needs so that they aren't starting from a blank slate.""The biggest area with room for improvement in Devo is the Security Operations module that just isn't there yet. That goes back to building out how they're going to do content and larger correlation and aggregation of data across multiple things, as well as natively ingesting CTI to create rule sets.""There's room for improvement within the GUI. There is also some room for improvement within the native parsers they support. But I can say that about pretty much any solution in this space.""Where Devo has room for improvement is the data ingestion and parsing. We tend to have to work with the Devo support team to bring on and ingest new sources of data.""An admin who is trying to audit user activity usually cannot go beyond a day in the UI. I would like to have access to pages and pages of that data, going back as far as the storage we have, so I could look at every command or search or deletion or anything that a user has run. As an admin, that would really help. Going back just a day in the UI is not going to help, and that means I have to find a different way to do that.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards."

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"They can add more compliance templates.""The correlation engine needs to be improved.""When comparing AlienVault OSSIM to other solutions it looks a bit outdated. Additionally, they need to improve their integration.""There needs to be more support or some kind of training program so users can self-learn the system more effectively.""The documentation could be improved.""Lacking in depth of reporting.""The incidence reporting could be better."

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"Deployment typology could be improved. Difficult to scale across all the different lines of businesses.""The solution could be more stable.""I am having issues with report generation with older versions. I don't know if this is because of compatibility issues, but report generation has been a little bit difficult in older versions. It is not similar to the newer and current versions. We are looking at moving to the cloud. It would be good if ArcSight ESM can move to the cloud. They already seem to be working on this. It would also be very helpful and great if we can integrate external threat intelligence, machine learning, and AI into this solution. It has good dashboards, but they can always be better. Its stability can also be improved.""The centralized dashboard for the hybrid cloud environment needs to be more focused. It needs to be redefined because it's missing most of the information. It should be a little bit easy to use. Currently, integration with various applications and connectors is not that easy. Deployment is easy, but integration is not that easy. ArcSight also has a very high bandwidth consumption to pull the local servers. It should have some kind of better process or ability to transfer files from on-premises to the cloud, from the cloud to on-premises, and from a cloud to another cloud.""Could benefit from a more modern interface.""ArcSight ESM needs to improve performance, user interface, and automation.""The biggest requirement is that there is no cloud solution for this product yet. They need to create a cloud version. It's the biggest thing they can do to make the solution better.""The customer experience could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom."
  • "I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."
  • "Devo is definitely cheaper than Splunk. There's no doubt about that. The value from Devo is good. It's definitely more valuable to me than QRadar or LogRhythm or any of the old, traditional SIEMs."
  • "[Devo was] in the ballpark with at least a couple of the other front-runners that we were looking at. Devo is a good value and, given the quality of the product, I would expect to pay more."
  • "Be cautious of metadata inclusion for log types in pricing, as there are some "gotchas" with that."
  • "Devo was very cost-competitive... Devo did come with that 400 days of hot data, and that was not the case with other products."
  • "Our licensing fees are billed annually and per terabyte."
  • "I like the pricing very much. They keep it simple. It is a single price based on data ingested, and they do it on an average. If you get a spike of data that flows in, they will not stick it to you or charge you for that. They are very fair about that."
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  • "AlienVault OSSIM is free."
  • "We are using the community version, which can be used for free."
  • "We are using a free version of the solution. If you purchase a license there are more features available but the price is a little high. The solution should be cheaper to allow more customers to be able to afford it."
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  • "It's a good price, it's one of the cheaper solutions."
  • "ArcSight can be a little bit expensive because of the area that we work in and the cost. Licensing is mostly on a yearly basis, not monthly."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "We have a license to use this solution. The price of ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager is expensive."
  • "The licensing cost is affordable if you get an enterprise license. The licensing is based on EPS, so you can probably provide a package of license for multiple ESMs with their correlational end fees. It is cost-effective."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Devo, like other vendors, doesn't charge extra for playbooks and automation. That way, you are only paying for the side… more »
    Top Answer:I need more empowerment in reporting. For example, when I'm using Qlik or Power BI in terms of reporting for the… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the logging capability.
    Top Answer:We are using the community version, which can be used for free.
    Top Answer:The correlation engine needs to be improved. The interface is not user-friendly, which is an area for improvement.
    Top Answer:In my market, a lot of financial companies had or have an ArcSight installation. Just because in former times it was… more »
    Top Answer:Usability is the most valuable feature. The accessibility is quite good.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is affordable if you get an enterprise license. The licensing is based on EPS, so you can probably… more »
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    OSSIM
    Micro Focus ArcSight, HPE ArcSight, ArcSight
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    Overview

    Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

    AlienVault OSSIM, Open Source Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), provides you with a feature-rich open source SIEM complete with event collection, normalization and correlation. Launched by security engineers because of the lack of available open source products, AlienVault OSSIM was created specifically to address the reality many security professionals face: A SIEM, whether it is open source or commercial, is virtually useless without the basic security controls necessary for security visibility.

    ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is a powerful SIEM solution for analyzing, collecting, correlating, and reporting on security event information. ArcSight ESM analyzes information from all of your data sources while helping your organization maintain high security. In addition, the solution is very customizable and enables users to create their own company-specific rule sets to automatically trigger instant alerts.

    ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) Features

    • Real-time threat detection
    • Visualization and reporting capabilities
    • Patented log management
    • Personalized dashboards
    • Scalable event monitoring
    • Seamless integration with your existing SOC tools
    • Behavior profiling
    • Data and user monitoring
    • Application monitoring
    • Analytics
    • Deployment/support simplicity

    ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using ESM include:

    • Real-time information: ArcSight ESM can correlate data from any source in real-time to detect incidents before they become a breach.
    • Compliance: Optional compliance packs enable packaged reports for PCI, SOX, and IT Governance.
    • Security analytics: With ArcSight ESM, you can build and maintain a security operation center (SOC) through big data security analytics.
    • Integration: ArcSight ESM allows you to integrate SOC with network operations, service desk, CMDB, business intelligence, Hadoop, email security, application security, threat feeds, and more. 
    • Speed: ArcSight ESM provides excellent speed of event collection with patented log management tools. 
    • Advanced detection: ArcSight ESM can detect unusual or unauthorized activities as they occur, preventing business disruptions. 
    • Decrease threat exposure: By implementing ArcSight ESM, you reduce threat exposure because the solution detects threats in real time.  
    • Operational efficiency: ArcSight ESM makes it possible for you to automate responses with ArcSight’s native SOAR, which saves your organization time, and therefore increases your operational efficiency.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) users.

    A Head of Professional Services at a computer software company says, “The simplicity of the solution is the most valuable aspect of the product. The product is quite mature. It's been around for a long time. The integration is easy for the most part.”

    A Managing partner at a tech services company states that the solution is “Good at consolidating logs, fairly stable, and can scale.” 

    PeerSpot user Abbasi P., Vice President Derivatives Ops IT at a financial services firm, explains, “The user interfaces are quite good and speedy, and I like the consoles too. The typology and the setup are also good.”

    A Chief Technological Officer at a tech services company says, "It is a very useful tool for intelligence building because it has many use cases and many rule sets."

    An Associate Vice President at a consumer goods company comments, “We primarily use the solution for its technology including its independent logs, and those types of things. The solution offers very good monitoring. The product's log management and event management capabilities are excellent. There are a lot of really good analytical components. It helps us focus on analysis.”

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    Sample Customers
    United States Air Force, Rubrik, SentinelOne, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText, IGT, OneMain Financial, SurveyMonkey, FanDuel, H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, Manulife, Moneylion, Chime Bank, Magna International, American Express Global Business Travel
    Council Rock School District
    Lake Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bank AlJazira, Banca Intesa, and Obrela.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company63%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Retailer13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Insurance Company29%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Security Firm14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Insurance Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise47%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    AlienVault OSSIM vs. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM)
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about AlienVault OSSIM vs. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,336 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AlienVault OSSIM is ranked 12th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 7 reviews while ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is ranked 9th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 22 reviews. AlienVault OSSIM is rated 7.6, while ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of AlienVault OSSIM writes "Very good out-of-the-box, pre-integrated features, which save us time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) writes "Used for cyber security by cyber security professionals for incident management and for analysis". AlienVault OSSIM is most compared with AT&T AlienVault USM, Elastic Security, Splunk, AWS Security Hub and Securonix Next-Gen SIEM, whereas ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM, McAfee ESM and RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM). See our AlienVault OSSIM vs. ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) report.

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