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Security Solution Architect with 501-1,000 employees
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Has anyone got experience in deployment of a SIEM solution?

Has anyone got experience in deployment of a SIEM solution using either McAfee Nitro or IBM Qradar or AlienVault USM? 

I am looking to understand the pitfalls associated. I find that the vendor documentation is often short on specifics in relation to the overall components needed and am concerned that there is a nasty expensive surprise waiting for me.

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Senior Customer Manager, Security Solutions at ScienceSoft
04 April 17

This tool can help you both with the implementation and post-implemtation phase. Health Check Framework (HCF) for IBM QRadar:
HCF allows to automate certain things within your deployment, troubleshoot performance issus and fine-tune the solution.

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Software Engineer at a tech services company
26 April 16

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.

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Security Professional with 501-1,000 employees
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13 April 16

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 reviewer
Senior Systems Administrator at Privia Health
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05 April 16

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.

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Senior Informix DBA with 501-1,000 employees
26 March 15

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 reviewer
InfoSec Manager
04 April 16

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

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it_user182445 - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Security Officer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
16 January 15

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

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Security Expert at Q1 Labs, an IBM Company
15 May 14

That's the problem with the SIEM solutions that have no built-in intelligence.

08 May 14

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.

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