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Executive Summary
Updated on Apr 24, 2023

We performed a comparison between Wazuh and Elastic Security based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: While the deployment of both solutions is described as straightforward, some Wazuh users found that it could take a bit of time.
  • Features: Wazuh features cloud security agents, vulnerability detection, configuration assessment, and integrity monitoring that can be used in conjunction with threat detection. However, its lack of real-time monitoring for Unix systems and certain log integrations need to be improved. Elastic Security offers users flexibility with log indexing and a comprehensive view of their system. The solution needs to be more reactive to investigations and it lacks some AI and machine learning capabilities that users found a need for.
  • Pricing: Wazuh is an open-source solution, therefore it’s free. It also offers paid yearly support. Elastic Security’s licensing has mixed reviews, with some reviewers saying that the pricing is reasonable and some stating that it is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Wazuh provides free community support that users have rated favorably, while Elastic Security’s service team is described as lacking in communication and having a delayed response time.
  • ROI: Elastic Security’s users reported seeing an ROI that is reflected by the minimization of downtime, while those who use Wazuh found that it is difficult to measure the solution’s ROI.

Comparison results: Based on the parameters we compared, Wazuh comes out ahead of Elastic Security. While both offer valuable vulnerability detection, Elastic Security’s lack of AI capabilities and lack of tech support leave room for improvement.

To learn more, read our detailed Elastic Security vs. Wazuh Report (Updated: January 2024).
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The log query feature has been the most valuable because it's very good. You can put your data on the cloud and run queues from Sentinel. It will do it all very fast. I love that I don't have to upload it to an Excel file and then manually look for a piece of information. Sentinel is much faster and is good for big databases.""There are some very powerful features to Sentinel, such as the integration of various connectors. We have a lot of departments that use both IaaS and SaaS services, including M365 as well as Azure services. The ability to leverage connectors into these environments allows for large-scale data injection.""Sentinel is a SIEM and SOAR tool, so its automation is the best feature; we can reduce human interaction, freeing up our human resources.""Its inbuilt Kusto Query Language is a valuable feature. It provides the flexibility needed to leverage advanced data analytics rules and policies and enables us to easily navigate all our security events in a single view. It helps any user easily understand the data or any security lags in their data and applications.""Another area where it is helping us is in creating a single dashboard for our environment. We can collect all the logs into a log analytics workset and run queries on top of it. We get all the results in the dashboard. Even a layman can understand this stuff. The way Microsoft presents it is really incredible.""It is quite efficient. It helps our clients in identifying their security issues and respond quickly. Our clients want to automate incident response and all those things.""The in-built SOAR of Sentinel is valuable. Kusto Query Language is also valuable for the ease of writing queries and ease of getting insights from the logs. Schedule-based queries within Sentinel are also valuable. I found these three features most useful for my projects.""I like the unified security console. You can close incidents using Sentinel in all other Microsoft Security portals, when it comes to incident response."

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"We've found the initial setup to be quite straightforward.""I can look at events from more than one source across multiple different locations and find patterns or anomalies. The machine learning capabilities are helpful, and I can create rules for notifications to be more proactive rather than responding after something has gone wrong.""The stability of the solution is good.""The most valuable feature is the speed, as it responds in a very short time.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""The solution is compatible with the cloud-native environment and they can adapt to it faster.""Just the ability to do a lot more than just up-down is nice, which a lot of people take for granted.""It is an extremely stable solution. Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten."

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"Some of the strengths of Wazuh that stand out for us include its scalability when deployed on Azure, its open-source nature, which allows for customization based on our needs, and its compatibility with various security solutions like threat intelligence platforms.""Wazuh's logging features integrate seamlessly with AWS cloud-native services. There are also Wazuh agent configurations for different use cases, like vulnerability scanning, host-based intrusion detection, and file integrity monitoring.""Wazuh's best features are syscheck, its ability to immediately resolve vulnerabilities, and that it's open source.""The MITRE ATT&CK correlation is most valuable.""Wazuh has very flexible and robust features.""Its cost-effectiveness is the most valuable aspect.""Wazuh automatically scans the host for CIS benchmarks for the latest updates and vulnerabilities and gives a host score. It provides a percentage of perceived risk due to of non patches or any missing patches on that work.""The configuration assessment and Pile integrity monitoring features are decent."

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"I would like to see more AI used in processes.""Microsoft Sentinel should provide an alternative query language to KQL for users who lack KQL expertise.""Sentinel provides decent visibility, but it's sometimes a little cumbersome to get to the information I want because there is so much information. I would also like to see more seamless integration between Sentinel and third-party security products.""Documentation is the main thing that could be improved. In terms of product usage, the documentation is pretty good, but I'd like a lot more documentation on Kusto Query Language.""It has been a challenge with Azure Sentinel to onboard the Syslog server from FortiGate. Azure Sentinel can work better on that shift between the Syslog server and a firewall.""We'd like to see more connectors.""They can work on the EDR side of things... Every time we need to onboard these kinds of machines into the EDR, we need to do it with the help of Intune, to sync up the devices, and do the configuration. I'm looking for something on the EDR side that will reduce this kind of work.""One key area that can be improved is by building a strong integration with our XDR platform."

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"Better integration with third-party APMs would be really good.""Elastic Security's maintenance is hard and its scalability is a challenge. There are complications in scaling and upgrading. The solution needs to also provide periodic upgrade checks.""The price of this product could be improved, especially the additional costs. I would also like to see better-quality graphics.""This solution is very hard to implement.""Technical support could respond faster.""With Elastic Security, the challenge arises from the fact that there is a learning curve in relation to queries and understanding the query language provided to extract usable data.""The process of designing dashboards is a little cumbersome in Kibana. Unless you are an expert, you will not be able to use it. The process should be pretty straightforward. The authentication feature is what we are looking for. We would love to have a central authentication system in the open-source edition without the need for a license or an enterprise license. If they can give at least a simple authentication system within a company. In a large organization, authentication is very essential for security because logs can contain a lot of confidential data. Therefore, an authentication feature for who accesses it should be there.""Their visuals and graphs need to be better."

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"We would like to see more improvements on the cloud.""There's not much I like about Wazuh. Other products I've used were a lot more functional and user friendly. They came with reports and use cases out of the box. We need to configure Wazuh's alerts and monitoring capabilities manually. It'd be nice if we could select from templates and presets for use cases already built and coded.""A lack of certain features creates limitations.""Scalability is a constraint in the on-prem version of Wazuh in terms of the volume of logs we can manage.""It would be great if there could be customization for the decoder portion.""The deployment is a bit complex.""Wazuh is missing many things that a typical SIEM should have.""Since it's an open-source tool, scalability is the main issue."

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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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  • "We use the open-source version, so there is no charge for this solution."
  • "We are using the free, open-source version of this solution."
  • "Elastic Stack is an open-source tool. You don't have to pay anything for the components."
  • "There is no charge for using the open-source version."
  • "This is an open-source product, so there are no costs."
  • "It's a monthly cost with Elastic SIEM, but I am not sure of the exact cost."
  • "It is easy to deploy, easy to use, and you get everything you need to become operational with it, and have nothing further to pay unless you want the OLED plugin."
  • "Compared to other products such as Dynatrace, this is one of the cheaper options."
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  • "Wazuh is open-source, so I think it's an option for a small organization that cannot go for enterprise-grade solutions like Splunk."
  • "There is not a license required for Wazuh."
  • "Wazuh is open-source, but you must consider the total cost of ownership. It may be free to acquire, but you spend a lot of time and effort supporting the product and getting it to a point where it's useful."
  • "Wazuh is open-source, therefore it is free. You can purchase support for $1,000 a year."
  • "Wazuh is totally free and open source. There are no licensing costs, only support costs if you need them."
  • "Wazuh has a community edition, and I was using that. It's free and open source."
  • "The current pricing is open source."
  • "Wazuh is free and open source."
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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 »
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    Top Answer:We like that Azure Sentinel does not require as much maintenance as legacy SIEMs that are on-premises. Azure Sentinel is… more »
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    Top Answer:Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.
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    Top Answer:One of the most beneficial features of Wazuh, particularly in the context of security needs, is the machine learning… more »
    Top Answer:They could include flexibility and customization capabilities by modifying for customers based on partner agreements… more »
    Top Answer:We use Wazuh to deliver security features in a venture capital company project focused on building a mobile application.
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    Azure Sentinel
    Elastic SIEM, ELK Logstash
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    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.

    Elastic Security is a robust, open-source security solution designed to offer integrated threat prevention, detection, and response capabilities across an organization's entire digital estate. Part of the Elastic Stack (which includes Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana), Elastic Security leverages the power of search, analytics, and data aggregation to provide real-time insight into threats and vulnerabilities. It is a comprehensive platform that supports a wide range of security needs, from endpoint protection to cloud and network security, making it a versatile choice for organizations looking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

    Elastic Security combines the features of a security information and event management (SIEM) system with endpoint protection, allowing organizations to detect, investigate, and respond to threats in real time. This unified approach helps reduce complexity and improve the efficiency of security operations.

    Additional offerings and benefits:

    • The platform utilizes advanced analytics, machine learning algorithms, and anomaly detection to identify threats and suspicious activities.
    • It offers extensive integration options with other tools and platforms, facilitating a more cohesive and comprehensive security ecosystem.
    • With Kibana, users gain access to powerful visualization tools and dashboards that provide real-time insight into security data.

    Finally, Elastic Security benefits from a global community of users who contribute to its threat intelligence, helping to enhance its detection capabilities. This collaborative approach ensures that the solution remains on the cutting edge of cybersecurity, with up-to-date information on the latest threats and vulnerabilities.

    Wazuh is an enterprise-ready platform used for security monitoring. It is a free and open-source platform that is used for threat detection, incident response and compliance, and integrity monitoring. Wazuh is capable of protecting workloads across virtualized, on-premises, containerized, and cloud-based environments.

    It consists of an endpoint security agent and a management server. Additionally, Wazuh is fully integrated with the Elastic Stack, allowing users the ability to navigate through security alerts via a data visualization tool.

    • Wazuh’s agent can run on many different platforms, and is lightweight. It can successfully perform the tasks needed to detect threats in order to trigger responses automatically.
    • Wazuh manages the agents, can analyze agent data, and can scale horizontally.
    • Elastic Stack is where alerts are indexed and stored.

    Wazuh Capabilities

    Some of Wazuh’s most notable capabilities include:

    • Intrusion detection: Wazuh’s agents can detect hidden files, cloaked processes, or unregistered network listeners, as well as inconsistencies in system call responses. Wazuh’s server component uses a signature-based approach to intrusion detection, using its regular expression engine to analyze collected log data and look for indicators of compromise.

    • Log data analysis: Wazuh can read operating system and application logs, and securely forward them to a central manager for rule-based analysis and storage.

    • Integrity monitoring: File integrity monitoring can help identify changes in content, ownership, permissions, and attribute of files. Wazuh’s file integrity monitoring can be used in conjunction with threat intelligence.

    • Vulnerability detection: Wazuh agents can identify well-known vulnerable software so you can see where your weak spots are and take action before an attack can exploit them.

    • Configuration assessment: System and application configurations are monitored to make sure they are compliant with security policies. Periodic scans are used to detect applications that are known to be vulnerable, insecurely configured, or unpatched.
    • Incident response: Wazuh responds actively when active threats need to be addressed. It can perform countermeasures like blocking access to a system when a threat source is identified.

    • Regulatory compliance: Wazuh includes the security controls required to be compliant with industry regulations and standards.

    • Cloud security: Wazuh’s light-weight and multi-platform agents are commonly used to monitor cloud environments at the instance level. In addition, Wazuh helps monitor cloud infrastructure at an API level.

    • Security for containers: With Wazuh, you have increased security visibility into hosts and containers, allowing for easier detection of threats, anomalies, and vulnerabilities.

    Wazuh Benefits

    Some of the most valued benefits of Wazuh include:

    • No vendor lock-in
    • No license costs
    • Uses lightweight, multi-platform agents
    • Free community support

    Wazuh Offers

    • Annual support and maintenance
    • Assistance with deployment and configuration
    • Training and instructional hands-on courses

    Reviews From Real Users

    "It's very easy to integrate Wazuh with other environments, cloud applications, and on-prem applications. So, the advantage is that it's easy to implement and integrate with other solutions." - Robert C., IT Security Consultant at Microlan Kenya Limited

    The MITRE ATT&CK correlation is most valuable.” - Chief Information Security Officer at a financial services firm

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    Microsoft Sentinel is trusted by companies of all sizes including ABM, ASOS, Uniper, First West Credit Union, Avanade, and more.
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Security Firm14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise18%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Buyer's Guide
    Elastic Security vs. Wazuh
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Elastic Security vs. Wazuh and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    Elastic Security is ranked 5th in Log Management with 27 reviews while Wazuh is ranked 3rd in Log Management with 34 reviews. Elastic Security is rated 7.6, while Wazuh is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Elastic Security writes "Offers great capabilities to detect and respond to threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Wazuh writes "Good for file integrity monitoring". Elastic Security is most compared with Splunk Enterprise Security, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, IBM Security QRadar, CrowdStrike Falcon and AlienVault OSSIM, whereas Wazuh is most compared with Splunk Enterprise Security, Security Onion, AlienVault OSSIM, Graylog and Datadog. See our Elastic Security vs. Wazuh report.

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