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We performed a comparison between AlienVault OSSIM and USM Anywhere based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed AlienVault OSSIM vs. USM Anywhere Report (Updated: January 2024).
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Pros
"Sentinel also enables you to ingest data from your entire ecosystem and not just from the Microsoft ecosystem. It can receive data from third-party vendors' products such firewalls, network devices, and antivirus solutions. It's not only a Microsoft solution, it's for everything.""The most valuable features in my experience are the UEBA, LDAP, the threat scheduler, and integration with third-party straight perform like the MISP.""The scalability is great. You can put unlimited logs in, as long as you can pay for it. There are commitment tiers, up to six terabytes per day, which is nowhere close to what any one of our customers is running.""Microsoft Sentinel comes preloaded with templates for teaching and analytics rules.""The SOAR playbooks are Sentinel's most valuable feature. It gives you a unified toolset for detecting, investigating, and responding to incidents. That's what clearly differentiates Sentinels from its competitors. It's cloud-native, offering end-to-end coverage with more than 120 connectors. All types of data logs can be poured into the system so analysis can happen. That end-to-end visibility gives it the advantage.""The most valuable feature is the UEBA. It's very easy for a security operations analyst. It has a one-touch analysis where you can search for a particular entity, and you can get a complete overview of that entity or user.""We’ve got process improvement that's happened across multiple different fronts within the organization, within our IT organization based on this tool being in place.""The product can integrate with any device."

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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.""AlienVault OSSIM is an enterprise solution that sells easily. It is rated highly by organizations.""OSSIM is the only solution that includes the large number of modules that we need: a vulnerability scanner, a network IDS system, a host IDS system.""With AlienVault you get everything in one box.""The solution has a very good open source community, and whenever we have problems, we are always able to resolve it online.""The tool's security detection is good. It helps us with login tracking and generating reports. We aim to identify potential issues, such as brute-force attacks on user accounts or server-level anomalies. For instance, if I receive a report indicating a server is at an abnormal level, I investigate and address the issue.""Better than other SIEM solutions because almost everything can be integrated."

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"Using the communication within the security device, it is easier to create plugins.""It allows you to define what alerts you want to see, or not to see, as well as if you want them grouped, or ungrouped.""What I find the most valuable about USM Anywhere is its compliance. It shows a list of all the administrators logged on and does it quite well. There are no whistles and bells, it's reliable and simple to use.""The setup is very easy and straightforward.""Allowed us to help our customers satisfy compliance needs around logging and monitoring.""The vulnerability manager and the file integration are very good.""The best thing about AlienVault USM is it being a “Jack-of-All Trades” solution. It provides SIEM, HIDS/NIDS, FIM, NetFlow, Asset Management, Vulnerability Management, etc., under one USM platform. None of the commercial SIEM vendors like ArcSight, McAfee, etc., can boast of such a diverse feature set.""The USM is a work horse, no matter what devices or the number of logs we throw at it, the system processes them in real time, correlates the events, and alerts on only events that need human review."

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Cons
"There are certain delays. For example, if an alert has been rated on Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, it might take up to an hour for that alert to reach Sentinel. This should ideally take no more than one or two seconds.""Some of the data connectors are outdated, at least the ones that utilize Linux machines for log forwarding. I believe that Microsoft is already working on improving this.""Its implementation could be simpler. It is not really simple or straightforward. It is in the middle. Sometimes, connectors are a little bit complex.""Sentinel's reporting is complex and can be more user-friendly.""If Sentinel had a graphical user interface, it would be easier to use. I would also like it to be more customizable.""The solution should allow for a streamlined CI/CD procedure.""In terms of features I would like to see in future releases, I'm interested in a few more use cases around automation. I do believe a lot of automation is available, and more is in progress, but that would be my area of interest.""There is some relatively advanced knowledge that you have to have to properly leverage Sentinel's full capabilities. I'm thinking about things like the creation of workbooks, how you do threat-hunting, and the kinds of notifications you're getting... It takes time for people to ramp up on that and develop a familiarity or expertise with it."

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"The price of this solution is very high and it could be cheaper.""AlienVault OSSIM’s configuration and integration could be a little easier.""AlienVault OSSIM on-premise version is more difficult to implement than the cloud version. Additionally, they should add integration between several different environments at once and improve their online knowledge base.""AlienVault OSSIM is costly.""It's so hard to configure and explore something new on it.""It's under heavy traffic. If you have heavy traffic, the system is slow.""The user interface needs to be friendlier across the board.""The incidence reporting could be better."

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"For creating new rules, you have to be familiar with regular expressions. I feel there could be something built-in to make sure that process is easier.""I think plugin management should be self-service on AlienVault USM. The other product is self-service but on the USM side. You have to submit a ticket then AT&T creates and updates the plugins.""We would like more plugins. This being the main point of improvement which would benefit the users.""I feel that some areas of improvement would be vulnerability scanning. We use a separate product that seems to do a much better job.""The GUI needs to improve because it's not user-friendly.""The only complex area of the setup was writing the custom scripts.""I've been using it just for my own personal upskilling in terms of how the product works. At the moment, it is pretty straightforward and simple, and it is working how it is supposed to. The feedback would come once it is deployed to customer sites. They'll be using it on a more frequent basis, and that's when the feedback would come in terms of the areas in which they're facing issues or are looking for simplicity.""Their threat intelligence platform needs to be broadened. They should integrate it with more threat intelligence platforms. For the threat feed that they get from open intelligence, I would like them to add a few premium threat intelligence platforms. They can provide a bundle in which AlienVault has the threat intelligence background of other premium products."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It comes with a Microsoft subscription which the customer has, so they don't have to invest somewhere else."
  • "It is a consumption-based license model. bands at 100, 200, 400 GB per day etc. Azure Sentinel Pricing | Microsoft Azure"
  • "Good monthly operational cost model for the detection and response outcomes delivered, M365 logs don't count toward the limits which is a good benefit."
  • "I have had mixed feedback. At one point, I heard a client say that it sometimes seems more expensive. Most of the clients are on Office 365 or M365, and they are forced to take Azure SIEM because of the integration."
  • "It is kind of like a sliding scale. There are different tiers of pricing that go from $100 per day up to $3,500 per day. So, it just kind of depends on how much data is being stored. There can be additional costs to the standard license other than the additional data. It just kind of depends on what other services you're spinning up in Azure, or if you're using something like Azure log analytics."
  • "I am just paying for the log space with Azure Sentinel. It costs us about $2,000 a month. Most of the logs are free. We are only paying money for Azure Firewall logs because email logs or Azure AD logs are free to use for us."
  • "Sentinel is a bit expensive. If you can figure a way of configuring it to meet your needs, then you can find a way around the cost."
  • "Azure Sentinel is very costly, or at least it appears to be very costly. The costs vary based on your ingestion and your retention charges."
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  • "AlienVault pricing is the best. Whatever cost you are paying, you are getting a return on every penny... It's not like your IBM, your QRadar, or Splunk, where the cost is too high."
  • "The solution is open source, so it's free to use."
  • "OSSIM is free."
  • "The licensing fees for the non-community edition are paid on an annual basis, and there are no costs in addition to this."
  • "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."
  • "The price of AlienVault OSSIM is too high sometimes for us to present to our customers. The price should be lower. We are on a three-year license to use the solution. We had to pay extra for the support."
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  • "AlienVault is flexible on their pricing for unlimited licenses."
  • "Pricing is very competitive with other products and you get much more functionality from AlienVault."
  • "QRadar, ArcSight and Splunk are some of the most expensive SIEM products out there in the market and not everyone has the budget to buy them. In such cases, AV USM is a very cost effective alternative."
  • "Do the one month trial and try to work out the kinks during it, as it has free support and service hours."
  • "We checked out several competitors. For what it can do and the cost, it was the best option!"
  • "Use the AlienVault team. They are helpful and the documentation that they provide is second to none."
  • "​The price point is good.​"
  • "It has good pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Yes, Azure Sentinel is a SIEM on the Cloud. Multiple data sources can be uploaded and analyzed with Azure Sentinel and… more »
    Top Answer:It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for… more »
    Top Answer:We like that Azure Sentinel does not require as much maintenance as legacy SIEMs that are on-premises. Azure Sentinel is… more »
    Top Answer:The tool's security detection is good. It helps us with login tracking and generating reports. We aim to identify… more »
    Top Answer:AlienVault OSSIM is expensive compared to its competitors.
    Top Answer:AlienVault OSSIM gives unwanted notifications.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of the solution is the ease of deployment that it provides to users. The integrations that the… more »
    Top Answer:It is a product that is priced in a medium range, making it neither a cheap nor a costly product.
    Top Answer:The vulnerability scanning feature is one of the areas where the product has certain shortcomings and needs to improve… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Azure Sentinel
    OSSIM
    AT&T AlienVault USM, AlienVault, AlienVault USM, Alienvault Cybersecurity
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    Overview

    Microsoft Sentinel is a scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution that lets you see and stop threats before they cause harm. Microsoft Sentinel delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response. Eliminate security infrastructure setup and maintenance, and elastically scale to meet your security needs—while reducing IT costs. With Microsoft Sentinel, you can:

    - Collect data at cloud scale—across all users, devices, applications, and infrastructure, both on-premises and in multiple clouds

    - Detect previously uncovered threats and minimize false positives using analytics and unparalleled threat intelligence from Microsoft

    - Investigate threats with AI and hunt suspicious activities at scale, tapping into decades of cybersecurity work at Microsoft

    - Respond to incidents rapidly with built-in orchestration and automation of common tasks

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    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.

    USM Anywhere centralizes security monitoring of networks and devices in the cloud, on premises, and in remote locations, helping you to detect threats virtually anywhere.

    Discover

    • Network asset discovery
    • Software & services discovery
    • AWS asset discovery
    • Azure asset discovery
    • Google Cloud Platform asset discovery

    Analyze

    • SIEM event correlation, auto-prioritized alarms
    • User activity monitoring
    • Up to 90-days of online, searchable events

    Detect

    • Cloud intrusion detection (AWS, Azure, GCP)
    • Network intrusion detection (NIDS)
    • Host intrusion detection (HIDS)
    • Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

    Respond

    • Forensics querying
    • Automate & orchestrate response
    • Notifications and ticketing

    Assess

    • Vulnerability scanning
    • Cloud infrastructure assessment
    • User & asset configuration
    • Dark web monitoring

    Report

    • Pre-built compliance reporting templates
    • Pre-built event reporting templates
    • Customizable views and dashboards
    • Log storage
    Sample Customers
    Microsoft Sentinel is trusted by companies of all sizes including ABM, ASOS, Uniper, First West Credit Union, Avanade, and more.
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    Abel & Cole, Bank of Ireland, Bluegrass Cellular, CareerBuilder, Claire's, Hays Medical Center, Hope International, McCurrach, McKinsey & Company, Party Delights, Pepco Holdings, Richland School District, Ricoh, SaveMart, Shake Shack, Steelcase, TaxAct, Taylor Morrison, Vonage and Zoom
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Insurance Company15%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm8%
    Transportation Company8%
    Media Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise47%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise52%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise21%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    AlienVault OSSIM vs. USM Anywhere
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about AlienVault OSSIM vs. USM Anywhere and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    AlienVault OSSIM is ranked 16th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 8 reviews while USM Anywhere is ranked 10th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 11 reviews. AlienVault OSSIM is rated 7.4, while USM Anywhere is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of AlienVault OSSIM writes "An easy-to-scale open-source solution used for monitoring events on devices ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of USM Anywhere writes "A very scalable solution with vulnerability management that helps avoid weaknesses, but needs broader compliance management capabilities". AlienVault OSSIM is most compared with Wazuh, Elastic Security, Splunk Enterprise Security, Fortinet FortiSIEM and AWS Security Hub, whereas USM Anywhere is most compared with Wazuh, IBM Security QRadar, Splunk Enterprise Security, Rapid7 InsightIDR and LogRhythm SIEM. See our AlienVault OSSIM vs. USM Anywhere report.

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