Elastic SIEM Review

Fast, highly scalable, and agents don't overload the terminals, but needs a simulation environment, a mobile app, and better documentation

What is our primary use case?

There are around 150 pre-built use cases. One of the major use cases is when somebody tries to fiddle with logs, Elastic SIEM creates an alert because logs are the most critical things from the security aspect. For example, I have more than 1,000 terminals, which can be desktops, laptops, or any sort of servers. If somebody tries to delete Windows logs, Elastic SIEM immediately generates an alert indicating that somebody is trying to fiddle with the logs. Elastic SIEM sends me a pop-up message as well as an email.

What is most valuable?

It is very quick to react. I can set it to check anomalies or suspicious behavior every 30 seconds. It is very fast.

Elastic has a lot of beats, such as Winlogbeat and Filebeat. Beats are the agents that have to be installed on the terminals to send the data. When we install beats or Elastic agents on every terminal, they don't overload the terminals. In other SIEM solutions such as Splunk or QRadar, when beats or agents are installed on endpoints, they are very heavy for the terminals. They consume a lot of power of the terminals, whereas Elastic agents hardly consume any power and don't overload the terminals. 

What needs improvement?

There should be a simulation environment to check whether my Elastic implementation is functioning perfectly fine. Other competitors provide a simulation environment so that I can simulate an IT attack and see how my solution is reacting or giving me alerts. I have not found any such feature in Elastic.

Other solutions have their own Android and iOS applications that I can install on my mobile so that I am continuously connected to the SIEM. This is something missing in Elastic. There is no mobile app.

Its documentation should be a bit better. I have to spend at least a couple of hours to find the solution for a simple thing. The documentation should be more precise and much better than what their counterparts are offering.

When we buy Elastic, training is not included for free with Elastic. We have to pay extra for the training. They should include training in the price.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is, for sure, reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is highly scalable. We at least have two dozen people who are using it. Some people may be using only a part of it, and some may be fully involved in it.

We have plans to increase its usage. We are ready with a running full-fledged server, and we can even handle data for potential customers. We are definitely planning to widen its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have interacted with them. They are quite responsive, and they do respond within the SLA.

How was the initial setup?

I was not there when the deployment was done, but based on what I have heard, it was complex because of the server deployment and cluster formation, and it took at least two months.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its price is fine. Its licensing works on a yearly basis. We have to renew the license every year.

I also have a good experience with Darktrace. When we buy Darktrace, we get training free of cost, which is not there in Elastic. We have to pay extra for training. There is certainly room for improvement.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not in this company when this was chosen.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise going for the latest version, but it may or may not be backward compatible. Nowadays, version 7.12 is the latest version, and I see that it is actually not compatible with the older versions. 

I would rate Elastic SIEM a seven out of ten.

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**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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