Fortinet FortiSIEM vs IBM Security QRadar comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Jul 12, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Fortinet FortiSIEM
Ranking in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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Ranking in other categories
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IBM Security QRadar
Ranking in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Log Management (6th), User Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) (1st), Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) (19th), Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR) (4th), Managed Detection and Response (MDR) (10th), Extended Detection and Response (XDR) (11th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) category, the mindshare of Fortinet FortiSIEM is 3.5%, up from 3.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of IBM Security QRadar is 9.5%, up from 9.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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Log Management
User Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA)

Featured Reviews

Sep 19, 2019
A stable solution with good pricing, but they need to address recent changes to technical support
We primarily use the solution for collecting logs and duo correlation on our customer's premises Both the collecting logs and duo correlation are valuable features for us. Fortinet also offers very good pricing. Their pricing is incredible. The support of the product changed recently, and I…
Sep 30, 2022
Real-time detection is quite efficient but the dashboard lacks important visibility for threat hunting
Our company includes 20 senior engineers and analysts who use the solution to detect viruses on Windows servers and critical assets. We also track user activity such as connections during travel.  We have many use cases and playbooks in our portfolio.  Our company uses the solution as our main CM…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"Our customer did not have security monitoring in the first place. With this solution, it provided security posture management and visibility about the security landscape and threats that they had."
"Its automated response feature has benefited our customer communication. Analysts feel more confident in providing timely responses."
"The product's initial setup phase was easy."
"The seamless integration with FortiGate is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"The most valuable features of Fortinet FortiSIEM are the SD-WAN, Global LAN, and application controls."
"To add workers and even collectors is pretty easy."
"Technical support is helpful."
"We're able to get real-timec as well as our customer networks that we're monitoring at all times."
"It is a very good SIEM."
"I have found IBM QRadar to be scalable."
"It has a powerful GUI where you can put together your use cases, and don't have to write your own scripts."
"We run 65 servers globally with just two people: an engineering person and me."
"What I like the most about it is that you can very easily install and configure it. As compared to other SIEM solutions, for which you need to know and do a lot more to prepare your SIEM environment, QRadar is much simpler to install and configure. There are various options in the Admin console. In the Admin tab, you can design dashboards and view various graphs. It has a lot of attractive features, and you don't need to configure everything on your own."
"It protect us from multiple authentication values, unauthorized access and antivirus threats."
"It is a bit easier to use than other products, such as Splunk or ELK Elasticsearch."
"QRadar UBA's most valuable feature is the risk rating of users depending on their behavior."


"There is no proper guide for integration or configuration."
"If there is a configuration on the wrong side of the network or there are changes that result in harm to our IT infrastructure, the solution should immediately fix it."
"There could be more AI features included in the product."
"The dashboards need to be improved. It gives you so much detail, but sometimes too much detail, especially to an executive, it's too much."
"The backup and recovery process for this solution needs improvement."
"The reporting feature is not very attractive for the upper management and I am not able to perform complex/nested queries."
"Not very good on non-API features, lacks that functionality."
"The support of the product changed recently, and I don't think it's for the better. They should work to improve the support they offer to clients."
"We have had problems with networking."
"The whole process for support is something that needs to be improved."
"The quality of technical support depends on the IBM support person. Sometimes, it's hard to get the right person on the other side. A ticket coordinator could be the key to better quality delivery."
"You can scale IBM QRadar User Behavior Analytics, but it has room for improvement."
"There should be easier and wider integration opportunities. There should be more opportunities for integration with CTI info sharing areas. On platforms where you exchange CTI, there should be more visibility connected to what we share, what we can reach, or what options are connected to CTI info sharing. This is one area where they could add value because we cannot integrate it easily with QRadar. If a client has a legacy or already existing solutions for CTI, we cannot ask them to forget it because we cannot guarantee that QRadar is able to deliver everything connected to this area."
"Search capability and indexing still lag behind competitors. We also need to see improved rule based access controls and rule/event tuning."
"The playbook guide which specifies the rules for security use cases needs to be provided to support in case the organization needs help."
"I would also like to see more integration with other vendors. IBM doesn't integrate well with products from China, like Huawei. Many Middle Eastern customers are switching to Huawei from American vendors like Cisco because of the price. In most RFPs, Huawei wins because it costs less."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Fortinet FortiSIEM is cheaper compared to other products."
"Fortinet FortiSIEM is not an expensive solution."
"Pricing is determined based on the customer's budget."
"The price of Fortinet FortiSIEM is a lot less when compared to other solutions."
"Fortinet FortiSIEM is very cost-efficient compared to other SIEM solutions."
"Manageable, however would be better as pay as you go versus CapEX."
"The price of Fortinet FortiSIEM was reasonable compared to other solutions."
"There are additional features that cost more than the standard licensing fees."
"IBM's Qradar is not for small companie. Unfortunately, it would be 'overkill' to place it plainly. The pricing would be too much."
"In terms of additional costs, it depends on the subscription that you choose. There are plenty of options to choose from."
"IBM's Qradar is not for small companie. Unfortunately, it would be 'overkill' to place it plainly. The pricing would be too much."
"There is a license to use this solution, which is paid annually. However, there are subscription options available."
"There is a license required for this solution."
"I would like for them to lower the price."
"There is an annual license required for this solution."
"The licensing is also overly complex, as there is a need to buy the work load performance monitoring separately."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Fortinet FortiSIEM?
Fortinet FortiSIEM needs to provide better API integrations to users.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Fortinet FortiSIEM?
I don't have the price list of any of the competitors of Fortinet FortiSIEM. I work with the technical part of the tool. There is a need to make yearly payments towards the licensing charges attach...
What needs improvement with Fortinet FortiSIEM?
Fortinet FortiSIEM is a better solution than other products. As a SIEM solution, it can meet all the requirements of customers. The product already offers good integration capabilities with multipl...
What are the biggest differences between Securonix UEBA, Exabeam, and IBM QRadar?
It mostly depends on your use-cases and environment. Exabeam and Securonix have a stronger UEBA feature set, friendlier GUI and are not licensed based on capacity (amount of logs and information in...
What SOC product do you recommend?
For tools I’d recommend: -SIEM- LogRhythm -SOAR- Palo Alto XSOAR Doing commercial w/o both (or at least an XDR) is asking to miss details that are critical, and ending up a statistic. Also, rememb...
What do you like most about IBM QRadar?
The event collector, flow collector, PCAP and SOAR are valuable.

Also Known As

FortiSIEM, AccelOps
IBM QRadar, QRadar SIEM, QRadar UBA, QRadar on Cloud, QRadar, IBM QRadar User Behavior Analytics, IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson

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Sample Customers

FortiSIEM has hundreds of customers worldwide in markets including managed services, technology, financial services, healthcare, and government. Customers include Aruba Networks, Compushare, Port of San Diego, Cleveland Indians, Infoblox, Healthways, and Referentia.
Clients across multiple industries, such as energy, financial, retail, healthcare, government, communications, and education use QRadar.
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