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We performed a comparison between AT&T AlienVault USM and McAfee ESM 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.
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Pros
"The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""Devo helps us to unlock the full power of our data because they have more than 450 parsers, which means that we can ingest pretty much any type of log data.""Those 400 days of hot data mean that people can look for trends and at what happened in the past. And they can not only do so from a security point of view, but even for operational use cases. In the past, our operational norm was to keep live data for only 30 days. Our users were constantly asking us for at least 90 days, and we really couldn't even do that. That's one reason that having 400 days of live data is pretty huge. As our users start to use it and adopt this system, we expect people to be able to do those long-term analytics.""It's very, very versatile.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable.""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.""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.""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."

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"The solution has all the features that we need, however they do not work correctly.""AlienVault's reporting is good. I like that vulnerability assessment is part of the solution, and the UI is intuitive. Also, the overhead is low, which is to say we don't need a dedicated SOC team to manage and analyze things constantly. We're a small company that doesn't have those resources.""We're using it more for reporting, that's all. We're using it to help our customers to pass any kind of audits that they receive.""AT&T AlienVault USM is good for ELK Stack, the user experience is great because of its architecture. The ELK has a great performance and it has very good speed in the search and Kibana. Additionally, the visuals and dashboards and very nice and customizable.""Every activity on the firewall is recorded, and notifications are sent with this solution.""In terms of monitoring, my best feature would be the monitoring of components across the network. It monitors the respective nodes and any new node that comes onto the network and provides reports. The reporting dashboards are really helpful for management in terms of making decisions around patch management.""The most valuable features of AT&T AlienVault USM are the ease of management and knowledge of what is on the network of my customers. It's easy to understand the problems, and management our alarms and events.""The solution is stable."

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"The most valuable feature in ESM is its search and reporting feature. It's really nice.""The most valuable features of McAfee ESM are intrusion detection, malware protection, and the device controller.""McAfee as a whole is a good solution.""The ease of use is the most valuable feature. Over the years I have always been using this solution and have become comfortable with it.""The most valuable feature is the correlation rules.""It is user-friendly. The notification part of McAfee ESM is very easy.""I like the ease of deployment.""It enables us to detect malicious threats, issues, or vulnerabilities in our network."

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Cons
"Technical support could be better.""The Activeboards feature is not as mature regarding the look and feel. Its functionality is mature, but the look and feel is not there. For example, if you have some data sets and are trying to get some graphics, you cannot change anything. There's just one format for the graphics. You cannot change the size of the font, the font itself, etc.""There are some issues from an availability and functionality standpoint, meaning the tool is somewhat slow. There were some slow response periods over the past six to nine months, though it has yet to impact us terribly as we are a relatively small shop. We've noticed it, however, so Devo could improve the responsiveness.""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.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards.""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.""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.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. I would go as far as to say the product is deficient in its ability to parse multiple, different log types, including logs from major vendors that are supported by competitors. Additionally, the time that it takes to turn around a supported parser for customers and common log source types, which are generally accepted standards in the industry, is not acceptable. This has impacted customer onboarding and customer relationships for us on multiple fronts."

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"Sometimes the log is unclear, and the report is a bit ambiguous.""The AT&T AlienVault USM is okay, but the relational database is not very good for large amounts of data. For example, many logs cannot be processed. It has been very slow for the queries and some data which are large, it is not very good in this case.""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.""Adding a parsing interface for the customers would make AT&T AlienVault USM better.""The price of AT&T AlienVault USM could be reduced.""In the future, I would like to see all these features of the solution working properly.""AT&T AlienVault USM can improve searchable data. It should be available for more than 90 days. If you need more than 90 days of data, you have to put a request and they give you raw data, which is not easy to search. A good addition would be to allow users to search data older than 90 days.""Its reporting tools need improvements. It would be good if they can provide integration with other ticketing systems. Currently, we only have integration with Slack and Jira. It is also a bit slow, and its replication engine can be improved."

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"There should be support for multitenancy in the product.""The initial setup is difficult and could improve.""We acquired the IBM product because McAfee is slightly confusing to use, and it's broader.""The support from McAfee ESM could improve. They could improve the speed.""It cannot integrate with our Next-Generation Firewall and few applications such as Cisco ACI.""I would like to see good analytics in future releases.""It is not a very advanced solution, and it is for very generic use cases. It cannot cope with the advanced requirements that we're going to have. For example, for multiple authentication failures, it is still based on Windows events for detecting multiple login failures, whereas other companies are going beyond and working on implementing two-factor authentication. It is time to correlate the two-factor authentication results with authentification failures, which is not happening with McAfee ESM. The performance of the tool should be improved because it is very slow. The data display on the console is very slow in McAfee ESM. Its data storage is still old-fashioned, and it should be improved and upgraded to the latest versions. They have to come up with some new ideas to match what other leaders in the same domain are doing. For example, in Splunk, when you search for information for the last 60 days or five months, it quickly shows the information, but that is not the case with McAfee. The results should be quicker and faster on the console. They should integrate some additional features such as User Behavior Analytics (UBA) and automation. The threat intelligence part should also be improved on McAfee.""Cloud integration has room for improvement because they're not full-fledged to integrate with the cloud solutions that come. They use different integration platforms to bring in data, and that needs to be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Pricing is based on the number of gigabytes of ingestion by volume, and it's on a 30-day average. If you go over one day, that's not a big deal as long as the average is what you expected it to be."
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  • "The price of this solution is reasonable, which is one of the reasons why we selected it over other solutions."
  • "Its price is much lower than McAfee ESM."
  • "The price for this solution is very good, but since the features do not work the price is expensive."
  • "I don't know exactly, but I know it is based on the number of logs and the retention duration, such as 30 days or something like that. So, the smallest package is about 500 a month for 30 days of logs. There is a virtual machine. You need resources for it. It is a log collecting VM. They provide the software, and you just have to load a virtual machine. So, you're going to incur some CPU RAM and storage for wherever this log collecting appliance is running, which typically is in our cloud and on our platform for the customer."
  • "Its price is in the medium to upper range."
  • "They charge a license based on the storage. ATT AlienVault USM is a less expensive solution than IBM QRadar."
  • "It is affordable, and it also has many features that the premium products such as ArcSight and QRadar have. It is a very good platform for a SIEM solution. Everything is included in the price."
  • "AlienVault is certainly not nearly as expensive as Splunk or QRadar. It's decently priced, but I don't have the exact figure."
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  • "We renew our license annually."
  • "McAfee is the right choice for a low-budget solution."
  • "The price is good. It's moderate. We follow a pay-as-you-go model. There are different models available, and they can also be monthly. You can choose monthly or yearly. It's very flexible. If our existing customers exceed the current plan, you can just call McAfee and get it extended."
  • "The pricing is fair."
  • "The price of McAfee ESM is higher than some of the other solutions. There are additional features that can be added at an additional fee."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    it_user194049 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user194049 (Software Engineer at a tech services company)
    Consultant

    i have implemented the IBM QRadar, its the simplest to install and configure.
    install, add log sources,create use cases as per your needs and QRadar will log all the events and network activity.
    you can then perform forensics as well as vulnerability scans.

    it_user280122 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user280122 (Security Professional with 501-1,000 employees)
    Consultant

    The basic things like adding log sources is hopefully not a problem but i think to get most value from the SIEM is to make a list of use cases tweaked to your organisation and log sources to find the problems/incidents your C-level can understand. Then you will keep on getting the fundings you need to get the issues you think is necessary to make the SIEM a valuable tool.

    A.J. DiLorenzo - PeerSpot reviewerA.J. DiLorenzo
    Real User

    I've implemented AccelOps SIEM which also does Server/Network Performance and Availability monitoring. Most of the work involved was with configuration of SNMPv2/v3 or WMI on endpoint devices if the SIEM is not agent-based. Also, a lot of configuration with fine tuning the rules/reports specific to your organization as mentioned. Basic Linux knowledge is also recommended for AccelOps. I would also recommend purchasing Proessional Services hours for implementation guidance and proper training of IT staff and end-users (if applicable) that will be accessing/using the SIEM.

    it_user214419 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user214419 (Senior Informix DBA with 501-1,000 employees)
    Vendor

    Hello. If you need any assistance through sizing and deployment of IBM QRadar, you should contact a local sales partner in your area. A partner should be able to size your specific needs, no matter little or big they are.

    it_user417333 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user417333 (InfoSec Manager)
    MSP

    is it the same now for Alienvault? What level of Linux knowledge is needed?

    it_user182445 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user182445 (ICT Security Officer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Vendor

    I have implemented McAfee Nitro and IMB Qradar, where the later was the easiest to implement. Majority of the work is fine tuning and creating rules that are specific for your organization. All vendors will tell you about builtin intelligence that offer nothing in the read world

    it_user102447 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user102447 (User)
    Vendor

    We implemented the Alienvault USM product and one of the largest considerations to make is the Linux knowledge required to implement, configure and manage the solution. Depending on the current in-house skill set and architecture this may or may not present as a consideration.

    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 features of AT&T AlienVault USM are the ease of management and knowledge of what is on the network of… more »
    Top Answer:AT&T AlienVault USM is an expensive solution and we pay for the license and the support separately. We paid for the… more »
    Top Answer:The price of AT&T AlienVault USM could be reduced.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of McAfee ESM are intrusion detection, malware protection, and the device controller.
    Top Answer:The price of McAfee ESM is higher than some of the other solutions. There are additional features that can be added at… more »
    Top Answer:I would like to see good analytics in future releases. McAfee has many issues with integration. I am looking for an… more »
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    Also Known As
    AlienVault, AlienVault USM, Alienvault Cybersecurity
    NitroSecurity, McAfee Enterprise Security Manager
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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 USM Anywhere is a cloud-based security management solution that accelerates and centralizes threat detection, incident response, and compliance management for your cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments. USM Anywhere includes purpose-built cloud sensors that natively monitor your Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud environments. On premises, lightweight virtual sensors run on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi to monitor your virtual private cloud and physical IT infrastructure.

    With USM Anywhere, you can rapidly deploy sensors into your cloud and on-premises environments while centrally managing data collection, security analysis, and threat detection from the AlienVault Secure Cloud.

    Five Essential Security Capabilities in a Single SaaS Platform

    AlienVault USM Anywhere provides five essential security capabilities in a single SaaS solution, giving you everything you need for threat detection, incident response, and compliance management—all in a single pane of glass. With USM Anywhere, you can focus on finding and responding to threats, not managing software. An elastic, cloud-based security solution, USM Anywhere can readily scale to meet your threat detection needs as your hybrid cloud environment changes and grows.

    1. Asset Discovery
    2. Vulnerability Assessment
    3. Intrusion Detection
    4. Behavioral Monitoring
    5. SIEM

    Try USM Anywhere in your environment—free for the first 14 days. 
    www.alienvault.com/products/usm-anywhere/free-trial

    McAfee Enterprise Security Manager - the foundation of the security information and event management (SIEM) solution family from McAfee delivers the performance, actionable intelligence, and real-time situational awareness at the speed and scale required for security organizations to identify, understand, and respond to stealthy threats, while the embedded compliance framework simplifies compliance.

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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
    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
    San Francisco Police Credit Union, Wªstenrot Gruppe, Volusion, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Government of New Brunswick, State of Colorado, Macquarie Telecom, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Cologne Bonn Airport
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    Buyer's Guide
    AT&T AlienVault USM vs. McAfee ESM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about AT&T AlienVault USM vs. McAfee ESM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,757 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AT&T AlienVault USM is ranked 8th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 15 reviews while McAfee ESM is ranked 22nd in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 8 reviews. AT&T AlienVault USM is rated 7.6, while McAfee ESM is rated 6.2. The top reviewer of AT&T AlienVault USM writes "An all-in-one package for monitoring components across the network". On the other hand, the top reviewer of McAfee ESM writes "A security information and event management solution with a useful search and reporting feature, but cloud integration could be better". AT&T AlienVault USM is most compared with Wazuh, AlienVault OSSIM, Splunk, IBM QRadar and CrowdStrike Falcon, whereas McAfee ESM is most compared with IBM QRadar, Splunk, ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), Microsoft Sentinel and SentinelOne. See our AT&T AlienVault USM vs. McAfee ESM report.

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