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Flexible Deployment Architecture – This is where the Open Source roots really start to flex their muscles when it comes to AV USM. The main components of the architecture are as follows: * AV Sensor: AV Sensors perform Asset Discovery,... more»
A jack-of-all trades: The best thing about AlienVault USM is it being a “Jack-of-All Trades” solution. It provides SIEM, HIDS/NIDS, FIM, NetFlow, Asset Management, Vulnerability Management, etc., under one USM platform. None of the commercial... more»
This product is jack-of-all trades, but master of none. As mentioned in the good, being a jack-of-all trades is well suited for certain organizations. However, the lack of mature functionality and expertise in any of those areas is a strong... more»
As an information security consultant that works across many diverse networks, these features offer by far the most critical information when analysing a client’s environment for issues that need to be addressed:
We run this product on our network 24/7 and it has helped identify many important events. We take the security of our network very seriously, and this helps to quickly identify and lock down any potential vulnerabilities or events that could... more»
My biggest challenge has always been the fine tuning that is sometimes required for some networks. It requires a solid understanding of Linux and databases and how networks work. So a non-technical user may become frustrated, or not configure... more»
Vulnerability scanning and OTX are powerful. The alerting and security intelligence is the engine of the product. Looking at the cockpit and monitoring your IT environment is now almost a one man job. There is no complex alerting or code... more»
AlienVault does not stop a security breach, but it detects and notifies the responsible people and they can immediately interact and take the necessary actions. Identifying security risks and minimizing downtime is the added value.
The next release will include cloud security and it will support a hybrid IT environment, furthermore the OTX has a great added value but it will help when there is more OTX information in the database. Future releases will definitely need to... more»
The menu system can be a little confusing, until you use it for a while. Such as at the top right there is a “settings” menu. Which is more of a user profile menu. I would like that to say what it is “My Profile.” Under the “Settings” menu I... more»
Once we placed AlienVault in the product we have now, the time it takes to find and respond to real anomalies has dropped from hours to minutes, it has so much potential to be an amazing product despite it's many issues. After working with so... more»
Directives and searches within security events. So many issues with directives. Creating directives is a pain on it's own, but editing them can be a nightmare filled with tedious unnecessary steps. You do not have an option to whitelist or... more»
AlienVault provides excellent visibility into your network by combining centralized logging, host-based IDS and network IDS. This enables me to detect quite a lot of potential issues that have gone through AlienVault's correlation engine and... more»
On several occasions we have detected attacks (DDoS) just as they are starting and have been able to rapidly mitigate them. We have also noticed outdated Java and Flash versions due to the snort rules included in the appliance.
The biggest improvement they could do is to provide full support for IPv6 addressing. It currently has quite lightweight support for IPv6 addresses in the sense that it will record the source/destination addresses in all cases, but currently... more»
* The overall view of the solution: It encompasses end-to-end analysis and response. * Log management * Threat management: Threat hunting is going to be a large topic for us as well, which being a big data engine, will go a long way for us,... more»
It has improved our ability to see incidents when they occur, instead of maybe a few weeks or a few months down the road. Overall effectiveness is very good. I like how it is oriented to both analysts and technical support people. It's easily... more»
I would like to see case management become more independent from LogRhythm itself. Right now, it is very oriented to LogRhythm based events, but not manual events, such as user reported things and incidents where we might have large volumes... more»
The most important part of the product is the event correlation and alerting that it provides. Sifting through tens of millions of logs a day looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack is impossible for a single person or even a team... more»
We have a relatively large deployment that spans multiple locations and domains. Having the ability to authenticated users across multiple domains would be useful, but is not critical. The log query capability is pretty restrictive and I find... more»
The ease of use and customization. The USM is a work horse, no matter what devices or the number of logs we throw at it, the system processes them in real time, correlates the events, and alerts on only events that need human review.
We used to have to monitor and review logs for each device. Now, everything comes into AlienVault and it alerts us when we need to respond. We now have real-time monitoring 24x7x365 using an in-house team.
Flexibility. As the source of AlienVault is based on an Open Source product, it is possible to implement nearly everything including fully customized plugins, scripts, etc. We haven't yet found any limitations.
We are now able to track any kind of threat including external (malware) or internal (people trying to bypass restrictions, USB keys etc.). We are able to track changes in the authentication integrity (new user created, domain admin... more»
The search capabilities are not optimal and are going to be optimized in the next versions. For example, it is possible to search both username and IPs but not usernames and specific fields (aka user data) at the same time. Documentation... more»
They have the advantage of having a large community that uses the free version, and they really could use this as a sort of beta testing population for new releases. Yet, a lot of the releases break things that are used. I think they need to... more»
I am able to scan for vulnerabilities quickly on existing devices and also for new devices being deployed. Since I don’t have a lot of time to learn new and complicated tools, being an e-commerce company, this allows me to increase the... more»
With all these products there is always room for improvement. Whether it’s making the filtering of anomalies better, making setup and deployment faster, streamlining more of the functional aspects of the product, etc. There is really not one... more»
AlienVault USM has improved how we manage events and incidents in our infrastructure. With AlienVault we are able to respond to incidents and take necessary action faster than we could before without the solution in place.
Some customizations with the integration between AlienVault components have room for improvement and enabling users with WebUI interfaces instead of having to edit configuration files on the system to achieve certain actions would be a good... more»
Information Systems Network Technician at a local government with 501-1,000 employees
What do you think of AlienVault?
It's a single solution that is meeting the needs of multiple of my PCI compliance objectives.
• Improvements to My Organization
I was able to replace our log management solution with this product. A single server that allows for log management, vulnerability scanning, and file integrity monitoring.
• Room for Improvement
The alarms section of the USM is very robust, yet I still find myself having to look back through the events to find more details. It would be nice if I could navigate straight to the event from the alarm.
• Use of Solution
I've been using it for six months.
• Stability Issues
I had a renegade plugin that was installed by the company who helped me with the initial setup. The plugin was missing a command to rotate logs and would...
The asset management of nodes has been a large help in terms of being able to track applications with more detail and have changes made being monitored into one source. The vulnerability scanning has also been an aide of reviewing the systems... more»
The all-in-one source for the needs of compliance has put everything into one location without the need of other applications and tools to accomplish the tasks. It brought our logs into one place for review and set up alarms based on changes... more»
Source material on the forums to be more up-to-date with the changes happening within the product. Forums being out-of-date with information due to the changes makes troubleshooting a little more difficult - specific to the HIDS agents.... more»
We had no visibility of our vulnerabilities without looking up WSUS and matching this against the Windows bulletins. This completely missed the mark when it came to third party patches and poor configuration and waster hours upon hours for... more»
The reporting could do with some improvements for example the vulnerability report only tells you what vulnerabilities are open and lists them but there is no indication of how old they are at a glance and what vulnerabilities have been... more»
This has helped improve our overall IT security by allowing us to implement a full suite of security tools that allows us to roll out log management on clients and servers, host-based IDS, and network-based IDS. It also provides vulnerability... more»
The NIDS/HIDS features have probably been the best features for us in our environment. We've had some open-source options and, while they work, it isn't the same as having commercial support. SIEM is the second-most useful feature.
Reporting still needs a lot of work, especially on the vulnerability side. Vulnerability management UI could be improved as well. Vulnerability reports are clunky and difficult to manage. The layout is not really professional or intuitive and... more»
AlienVault is used in a classroom setting at Pittsburgh Technical College, which brings industry tools from the college classroom back into the field. We have several employers in the area that use AV so student acclimation to the product is key. AV is set up as a dashboard in the security lab where students can view and analyze the monitoring techniques of the... more»
Previously we had no single way to analyze traffic and threats on our network, relying instead on multiple, independent systems. We can now correlate reported threats and anomalies to better determine what threats we face.
The configuration is somewhat complex and the interface a bit non-intuitive. Whilst very useful for reporting, interpretation of the results can be difficult: improved features to help with this would be welcome.
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