LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Review

HP ArcSight vs. IBM QRadar vs. ​McAfee Nitro vs. Splunk vs. RSA Security vs. LogRhythm

We at Infosecnirvana.com have done several posts on SIEM. After the Dummies Guide on SIEM, we are following it up with a SIEM Product Comparison – 101 deck. So, here it is for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think by posting your comments below. The key products compared here are based on Gartner Magic Q which is what Organizations typically use to select SIEM vendors. The Vendors mentioned here in the deck are :

1. HP ArcSight

2. McAfee Nitro

3. IBM QRadar

4. Splunk SIEM

5. RSA Security Analytic

6. LogRhythm.

SIEM Technology Space

SIEM market analysis of the last 3 years suggest:

  • Market consolidation of SIEM players (25 vendors in 2011 to 16 vendors in 2013)
  • Only products with technology maturity and a strong road map have featured in leaders quadrant.
  • HP ArcSight & IBM Q1 Labs have maintained leadership in SIEM industry with continued technology upgrade
  • McAfee Nitro has strong product features & road map to challenge HP & IBM for leadership
  • HPArcSight

    The ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETRM) Platform is an integrated set of products for collecting, analysing, and managing enterprise Security Event information.

    • ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM): Correlation and analysis engine used to identify security threat in real-time& virtual environments
    • ArcSight Logger: Log storage and Search solution
    • ArcSight IdentityView: User Identity tracking/User activity monitoring
    • ArcSight Connectors: For data collection from a variety of data sources
    • ArcSight Auditor Applications: Automated continuous controls monitoring for both mobile
    Strengths Weaknesses
    Extensive Log collection support for commercial IT products & applications Complex deployment & configuration
    Advanced support for Threat Management, Fraud
    Management & Behavior Analysis
    Mostly suited for Medium to Large Scale deployment
    Mature Event Correlation, Categorization & Reporting Requires skilled resources to manage the solution
    Tight integration with Big data Analytics platform like Hadoop Steep learning curve for Analysts & Operators
    Highly customizable based on organization’s requirements
    Highly Available & Scalable
    Architecture supporting Multi-tier & Multi-tenancy     

    IBM QRadar

    The QRadar Integrated Security Solutions (QRadar) Platform is an integrated set of products for collecting, analysing, and managing enterprise Security Event information.

    • QRadar Log Manager – Turn key log management solution for Event log collection & storage
    Strengths Weakness
    Very simple deployment & configuration Limited customizations capabilities
    Integrated view of the threat environment using Netflow data, IDS/IPS data & Event logs from the environment Limited Multi-tenancy support
    Behavior & Anomaly Detection capabilities for both Netflow & Log data Limited capability to perform Advanced Use Case development & analytics
    Suited for small, medium & large enterprises
    Highly Scalable & Available architecture

    McAfee Nitro

    The McAfee Enterprise Security Management (formerly Nitro Security) Platform is an integrated set of products for collecting, analysing, and managing enterprise Security Event information. 

    • McAfee Enterprise Log Manager – turn key log management solution for Event log collection & storage
    • McAfee Event Receiver – collecting log data & native flow data
    • McAfee Database Event Monitor – database transaction & Log monitoring
    • McAfee Application data Monitor  – application layer event monitoring
    • McAfee Advanced Correlation Engine – advanced correlation engine for correlating events both historical & real time
    Strengths Weaknesses
    Integrated Application Data monitoring & Deep Packet Inspection Very basic correlation capabilities when compared with HP & IBM
    Integrated Database monitoring without dependence on native audit functions Limitations in user interface when it concerns navigation
    High event collection rate suited for very large scale deployment Requires a lot of agent installs for Application & database monitoring thereby increasing management complexity
    Efficient query performance in spite of high event collection rate No Big Data Analytics capability
    Limited customization capabilities
    Limited support for multi-tier & multi-tenancy architecture


    Splunk Enterprise is an integrated set of products that provide Log Collection, management & reporting capabilities using

    • Splunk Indexer – used to collect and index logs from IT environment
    • Splunk Search Heads – used to search & report on IT logs
    • Splunk App for Enterprise Security - used to collect external threat intelligence feeds, parse log sources and provide basic analytics for session monitoring (VPN, Netflow etc.)
    Strengths Weakness
    Extensive Log collection capabilities across the IT environment Pre-SIEM solution with very limited correlation capabilities
    Log search is highly intuitive – like Google search Even though easy to deploy, increasingly difficult to configure for SIEM related functions
    Flexible dash boarding & analytics capability improves Log visualization capabilities
    Built-in support for external threat intelligence feeds both open source & commercial
    “App Store” based architecture allowing development of Splunk Plugins to suit monitoring & analytics requirements

    RSA Security

    RSA Security Analytics is an integrated set of products that provide Network Forensics, Log Collection, management & reporting capabilities using

    • Capture Infrastructure
      • RSA Security Analytics Decoder – Real time capture of Network Packet and log data with Analysis and filtering capabilities
      • RSA Security Analytics Concentrator – Aggregates metadata from the Decoder
      • RSA Security Analytics Broker Server – For reporting, management and administration of capture data
    • Analysis & Retention Infrastructure
      • Event Stream Analysis – Correlation Engine
      • Archiver – Long term retention, storage, security & compliance reporting
      • RSA Security Analytics Warehouse – Big Data Infrastructure for Advanced Analytics
    Strengths Weakness
    Great Analytics using Event Log Data & Network Packet Capture New Product release from RSA, hence advanced Security correlation support is poor
    Network forensics, Big Data (Parallel Computing) are cornerstones in SIEM world Security Analytics Warehouse is a new capability with very little real world use cases
    Tightly Integrates with RSA ecosystem for Threat Intelligence, Fraud Detection, Malware Analysis etc. (each requires separate RSA Tools) Suited only for large enterprises with need for complex deployment and management resources. Poor deployment options for small and midsize customers


    The LogRhythm SIEM 2.0 Security Intelligence Platform is an integrated set of products for collecting, analysing, and managing enterprise Security Event information.

    • Log Manager – high performance, distributed and redundant log collection and management appliance
    Strengths Weakness
    Well balanced log management, reporting, event management, privileged user monitoring and File integrity monitoring capabilities Suitable for Security event data only, as Operational data sets cause slowing performance for searches and reports
    Fast deployment with minimal configuration because of appliance form factor No Support for Active Directory integration for Role- Based Access Control
    Quarterly Health Check programs post-deployment offers great After sales-Service experience Suited best for small and mid size companies with basic security, regulatory compliance and reporting needs. Not scalable for very large deployments.

    A Summary scoring sheet for SIEM Vendors based on their Core capabilities is given below

    Capability RSA Security Analytics Log Rhythm Splunk McAfee Nitro IBM Qradar HP ArcSight
    Real-time Security Monitoring 3.1 3.2 2.5 3.9 4.2 4.4
    Threat Intelligence 3.7 2.5 3.0 2.8 3.5 4.5
    Behavior Profiling 2.5 2.3 3.0 3.0 5.0 4.0
    Data & End User Monitoring 3.6 3.5 1.7 3.6 3.5 4.0
    Application Monitoring 3.8 3.5 1.8 3.7 3.3 3.8
    Analytics 2.5 2.5 3.8 4.5 3.5 4.0
    Log Management & Reporting 3.5 3.8 3.5 3.8 3.9 4.0
    Deployment & Support Simplicity 3.0 4.0 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.0
    Total (Weighted Score) 25.7 25.3 21.8 28.8 30.4 31.7

    1.0 = Low level of capability

    5.0 = High level of capability

    SIEM Vendors – Use Cases Score Card

    Use Cases RSA Security Analytics Log Rhythm Splunk McAfee Nitro IBM Qradar HP ArcSight
    Overall Use Cases 3.2 3.2 2.7 3.6 3.8 4.0
    Compliance Use Cases 3.3 3.7 3.0 3.7 3.8 3.8
    Threat Monitoring 3.1 3.1 2.9 3.8 3.7 4.0
    SIEM 3.2 3.4 2.8 3.6 3.8 3.9
    Total (Weighted Score) 12.8 13.4 11.4 14.7 15.1 15.7

    1.0 = Low level of capability

    5.0 = High level of capability

    **Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    author avatarit_user279666 (IT Security Consultant at Rodl Middle East)

    Cost/License should also be part of the criteria, because the capabilities of these solutions depends on how much EPS it is allowed to process. A lot of "events" goes down the drain if its beyond the EPS that customer license so therefore giving it a incomplete view of the network. Some remarketer of these solutions have crimped their proposal just to make a sale. Just my 2 cents.