AT&T AlienVault USM Review

There is no complex alerting or code reviewing, just click and go.


Valuable Features

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 review, just click and go.

Improvements to My Organization

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.

Room for Improvement

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 improve on these items and it will position the product in a more enterprise ready strategic position.

Use of Solution

As a professional user and reseller we've used this product for almost five years, starting with the free OSSIM level for home and development use, and the all-in-one unlimited version or a small 50 asset version for our customers. Scalability is also key, starting at 25 assets for small companies and supporting enterprise companies with a separate server, sensor and logger.

Deployment Issues

It has great scalability options. The installation is almost click and go, but be aware when implementing AlienVault in a big environment with a separate sensor, logger and server, it's useful to have the necessary skills and IT knowledge. Also, in-depth knowledge of your own IT is key, knowing where to position the sensors and where to pace the server is key since wrong architecture will impact performance. AlienVault can offer direct support or you can contact your local partner to assist during this process.

Stability Issues

It has great scalability options. The installation is almost click and go, but be aware, when implementing AlienVault in a big environment with a separate sensor, logger and server, it would be useful to have the necessary skills and IT knowledge. Also in-depth knowledge of your own IT is key, knowing where to position the sensors and where to pace the server is key, wrong architecture will impact performance. AlienVault can offer direct support or you can contact your local partner to assist during this process.

Customer Service and Technical Support

When issues arise and the going gets tough, you can contact AlienVault directly via phone, email or web. Support is covered via the license and in our experience the technical guys (and girls) know their stuff. Real serious problems are solved via a remote VPN connection (build in the software), and the product has really improved regarding stability.

Initial Setup

The installation is pretty straightforward. Just keep in mind to better plan a good architecture then to rebuild the system(s) until it works performance wise.

Implementation Team

We performed the implementation, and the training was done by AlienVault trainers. Just know your stuff and do not hesitate to contact AlienVault or a reseller.

Other Solutions Considered

Other SIEM/USM products that we use are Splunk, LogRhythm and the free OSSIM version. The first two have a different cost model and compared to AlienVault they have (or lack) the real Swiss army knife approach. Furthermore there is a big difference in costs, this is why in the end AlienVault takes the lead.

Other Advice

The price is the unique selling point for AlienVault. The product is now stable and it is a Swiss army knife packed with lot of tools. All other professional products that compare to AlienVault are somewhat different but deliver the same result, but it is the price that tips the balance in favor of AlienVault.

Check the latest Gartner report on SIEM/USM 2016, and test the other products. Do not stick to one product for testing, but when you do not have the time to test all products (who does have the time), choose only two or three products to check out. Compare the prices and always ask for a demo.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Tami AndrewsVendor

Hi Frans - I wanted to make sure that you saw the news on 2/7/17 that we've now delivered a cloud-based USM product! https://www.alienvault.com/products/usm-anywhere

08 February 17
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