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We performed a comparison between IBM QRadar and Rapid7 InsightIDR 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 IBM QRadar vs. Rapid7 InsightIDR report (Updated: August 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
Question: What SOC product do you recommend?
Answer: I haven't used these big-name ones like Splunk etc. but I feel they're overpriced. I think they charge an arm and a leg for each module. The ROI justification is not there. Why not try a cheaper and robust alternative like Elasticsearch?
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Pros
"The querying and the log-retention capabilities are pretty powerful. Those provide some of the biggest value-add for us.""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.""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.""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.""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.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable.""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.""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."

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"The best part of this solution is having a third-party SOC.""Most valuable features include the granularity of information.""The product provides a complete platform for ingesting the log, doing the correlations and handling the runtime.""Integrations are quite a useful and key feature of this solution. It has integration with the CVSS score, which is a central point for all the data and scores about the threats. There is an IBM Bluemix dashboard that is integrated with the CVSS score.""The product has plenty of features and capabilities.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is very stable, easy to get going, and easy to manage. It is also easy to review all incidents.""It's built around Red Hat Linux, which is highly robust.""When it comes to QRadar, they can do the correlation and not only in networks but also endpoints. This is one of the good features that we have noticed."

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"Simple configuration and automatically syncs to the cloud platform.""Rapid7 InsightIDR integrates well with other solutions. It's also easy to configure because Rapid7 InsightIDR has a lot of instructions posted on their website that customers can follow if they need to get the source log.""It is a very stable solution.""Very intuitive and easy to set up.""The biggest reason why we chose Rapid7 was to gain value in a really quick time. Its deployment doesn't take months. It just takes a few days."

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Cons
"From our experience, the Devo agent needs some work. They built it on top of OS Query's open-source framework. It seems like it wasn't tuned properly to handle a large volume of Windows event logs. In our experience, there would definitely be some room for improvement. A lot of SIEMs on the market have their own agent infrastructure. I think Devo's working towards that, but I think that it needs some improvement as far as keeping up with high-volume environments.""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.""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.""Technical support could be better.""Some basic reporting mechanisms have room for improvement. Customers can do analysis by building Activeboards, Devo’s name for interactive dashboards. This capability is quite nice, but it is not a reporting engine. Devo does provide mechanisms to allow third-party tools to query data via their API, which is great. However, a lot of folks like or want a reporting engine, per se, and Devo simply doesn't have that. This may or may not be by design.""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.""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."

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"We have had problems with networking.""Each module requires a separate license and a separate cost.""The modularity could be improved.""The user interface is a bit difficult to get used to.""QRadar needs to be more specialized, along the lines of what other SIEM solutions are.""The product needs to improve its GUI.""The solution lacks some maturity.""The usability of interfaces could be improved."

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"Lacks a mobile application.""InsightIDR is only available in a cloud version. Some of our customers prefer an on-prem solution because they want to manage the security within their environment.""Inability to get access to compliance reports within the solution.""The dashboard is an area that could be simplified.""One of the things that could be better is digital forensics. It is there, but it can be better. They could provide more on the endpoint detection level."

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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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  • "It's not expensive for the resources that it gives you."
  • "It's very expensive but it fits our budget."
  • "It is a perpetual license that we have for the event collector. The licensing is done based on the number of events and flows that you receive on this particular device. These are perpetual licenses, which means once you purchase them, they don't expire, which means that the support to IBM is definitely renewed after every one year. We have an enterprise agreement with IBM, which puts the cost in a totally different category as compared to someone who is not an IBM partner and is approaching IBM for this solution. We were able to get massive discounts. To give you an idea, we recently purchased 30,000 event licenses, and it costs around $480,000. It is definitely not a cheap product. We have licenses for about 270,000 events per second and 3 million flows per second. All the appliances and their events and flows are basically clubbed together and charged or rather calculated through a single source. The console receives all the details from all the event processes that we have globally. So, the license that we have is a single license for 270,000 events per second and 3 million flows per second, but that can be managed centrally. I was only part of the secondary purchase, which was 30,000 events per second for about $480,000. You can calculate how much we paid for 270,000 events. Reducing its price would be a compromise. We have already used a lower-priced product in the form of NNT, but we had to get rid of it because it was not doing the job that we actually wanted to do. You get what you pay for."
  • "I feel that the price is reasonable but compared to other products that are on the market, such as an offering by Microsoft, it is more expensive."
  • "Its price is good in terms of efficiency and the number of people required for implementing various things. You might pay more in terms of money, but you might save on the number of people. For example, if you are using Kibana, you have to pay more for people or experts, which is not the case with IBM QRadar."
  • "It is costlier as compared to the other alternatives available in the market."
  • "I think that the price is fair, but we can always say that the price could be cheaper."
  • "It would be great if this product were cheaper."
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  • "It is a reasonably priced solution."
  • "It is on a yearly basis. For our own company, for about 250 users, it was 16,000 euros a year."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Jairo Willian Pereira - PeerSpot reviewerJairo Willian Pereira
    Real User

    Apache Metron, ELK, OSSIM, Splunk and Qradar (in cost/benefit order for starters).

    Tjeerd Saijoen - PeerSpot reviewerTjeerd Saijoen
    Reseller

    I have no experience with Rapid 7 or InsightIDR. 


    IBM Qradar works great but is not easy to install. If it is running it is a great tool. Also depending on the budget, Riverbed security is a tool to consider. Costs are lower than QRadar and easier to implement. 


    Or you can use our SaaS solution with QRadar and a lot more built-in. One holistic solution for your complete IT environment.

    Jack Callaghan - PeerSpot reviewerJack Callaghan
    Real User

    @Evgeny Belenky, ​ I found Stellar to be quite intriguing. 


    I would also recommend McAFee’s new console for centralizing and coordinating a well-deployed enterprise solution.

    Ishan Kukreti - PeerSpot reviewerIshan Kukreti
    Reseller

    COMODO MDR 

    John Stanford - PeerSpot reviewerJohn Stanford
    Real User

    Disclaimer: ICE Consulting offers SOC as a Service to our Clients.


    For SOC Tools we use Securonix and other in-house developed solutions. Securonix provides an all in one package (SIEM, UEBS, & NTA) that we believe is competitively priced for the Small to Mid Market. Their Customer Service seems better than most and they are always highly rated in the Gartner MQ reports. Set-up is not difficult, but is time consuming for the first time, afterwards each client deployment we have added has seemed to get easier and quicker.


    Please contact several vendors and ask for demos, talk with the vendor engineers to ensure the solution will workfor your needs... We evaluated Rapid7, AlienVault (ATT Cybersecurity), QRadar, LogRythm, and Securonix before deciding on Securonix. 


    Also take your time in evaluating and re-evaluating the products, I took us about about 18 months and over $30K of working with what was utimately the wrong product for us, before moving to Securonix.


    Make sure training for the use of the service is included.  We have been able to provide entensive training to out team through the vendor and would not have been able to get out SOC offering off the ground without it.


    Good Luck!

    Ishan Kukreti - PeerSpot reviewerIshan Kukreti
    Reseller

    COMODO SOC covers your entire network and also your email. It is very easy to deploy and is very effective for reports. 

    Ishan Kukreti - PeerSpot reviewerIshan Kukreti
    Reseller

    I prefer the COMODO SOC solution because it is a very good and easy to deploy product.

    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:It mostly depends on your use-cases and environment. Exabeam and Securonix have a stronger UEBA feature set, friendlier… more »
    Top Answer:For tools I’d recommend:  -SIEM- LogRhythm -SOAR- Palo Alto XSOAR Doing commercial w/o both (or at least an XDR)… more »
    Top Answer:The monitoring and dashboards are great.
    Top Answer:The biggest reason why we chose Rapid7 was to gain value in a really quick time. Its deployment doesn't take months. It… more »
    Top Answer:It is on a yearly basis. For our own company, for about 250 users, it was 16,000 euros a year.
    Top Answer:One of the things that could be better is digital forensics. It is there, but it can be better. They could provide more… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    QRadar SIEM, QRadar UBA, QRadar on Cloud, QRadar
    InsightIDR
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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.

    IBM Security QRadar is a security and analytics platform designed to defend against threats and scale security operations. This is done through integrated visibility, investigation, detection, and response. QRadar empowers security groups with actionable insights into high-priority threats by providing visibility into enterprise security data. Through centralized visibility, security teams and analysts can determine their security stance, which areas pose a potential threat, and which areas are critical. This will help streamline workflows by eliminating the need to pivot between tools.

    IBM Security QRadar is built to address a wide range of security issues and can be easily scaled with minimal customization effort required. As data is ingested, QRadar administers automated, real-time security intelligence to swiftly and precisely discover and prioritize threats. The platform will issue alerts with actionable, rich context into developing threats. Security teams and analysts can then rapidly respond to minimize the attackers' strike. The solution will provide a complete view of activity in both cloud-based and on-premise environments as a large amount of data is ingested throughout the enterprise. Additionally, QRadar’s anomaly detection intelligence enables security teams to identify any user behavior changes that could be indicators of potential threats. 

    IBM QRadar Log Manager

    To better help organizations protect themselves against potential security threats, attacks, and breaches, IBM QRadar Log Manager gathers, analyzes, preserves, and reports on security log events using QRadar Sense Analytics. All operating systems and applications, servers, devices, and applications are converted into searchable and actionable intelligent data. QRadar Log Manager then helps organizations meet compliance reporting and monitoring requirements, which can be further upgraded to QRadar SIEM for a more superior level of threat protection.

    Some of QRadar Log Manager’s key features include:

    • Data processing and capture on any security event
    • Disaster recovery options and high availability 
    • Scalability for large enterprises
    • SoftLayer cloud installation capability
    • Advanced threat protection

    Reviews from Real Users

    IBM Security QRadar is a solution of choice among users because it provides a complete solution for security teams by integrating network analysis, log management, user behavior analytics, threat intelligence, and AI-powered investigations into a single solution. Users particularly like having a single window into their network and its ability to be used for larger enterprises.

    Simon T., a cyber security services operations manager at an aerospace/defense firm, notes, "The most valuable thing about QRadar is that you have a single window into your network, SIEM, network flows, and risk management of your assets. If you use Splunk, for instance, then you still need a full packet capture solution, whereas the full packet capture solution is integrated within QRadar. Its application ecosystem makes it very powerful in terms of doing analysis."

    A management executive at a security firm says, "What we like about QRadar and the models that IBM has, is it can go from a small-to-medium enterprise to a larger organization, and it gives you the same value."

    Parsing hundreds of trivial alerts. Managing a mountain of data. Manually forwarding info from your endpoints. Forget that. InsightIDR instantly arms you with the insight you need to make better decisions across the incident detection and response lifecycle, faster.

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    See how Devo allows you to free yourself from data management, and make machine data and insights accessible.

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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
    Clients across multiple industries, such as energy, financial, retail, healthcare, government, communications, and education use QRadar.
    Liberty Wines, Pioneer Telephone, Visier
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company63%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Retailer13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Transportation Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise23%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM QRadar vs. Rapid7 InsightIDR
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM QRadar vs. Rapid7 InsightIDR and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    IBM QRadar is ranked 2nd in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 72 reviews while Rapid7 InsightIDR is ranked 13th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 5 reviews. IBM QRadar is rated 8.0, while Rapid7 InsightIDR is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM QRadar writes "Provides a single window into your network, SIEM, network flows, and risk management of your assets". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rapid7 InsightIDR writes "Initial setup is quick, there is no need to pay for hardware, and it's easy to scale". IBM QRadar is most compared with Splunk, Microsoft Sentinel, Elastic Security, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and RSA NetWitness Logs and Packets (RSA SIEM), whereas Rapid7 InsightIDR is most compared with Microsoft Sentinel, Darktrace, Splunk, AT&T AlienVault USM and Rapid7 InsightVM. See our IBM QRadar vs. Rapid7 InsightIDR report.

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