LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Review

I would say we have seen a decrease in mean time to detect and respond over our previous SIEM


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What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is threat detection.

How has it helped my organization?

LogRhythm SIEM has improved our organization by allowing us to bring in very widely diverse log sources, correlate them, and very easily create rules around alerting. We also use the case management features of the product to easily integrate both products into a single pane of glass for our analysts so they don't have to use two different products for alarming, as well as case management.

I would say we have seen a decrease in mean time to detect and respond over our previous SIEM. Basically, I think it can be attributed to the integrated case management. We are able to create cases, get eyes on those cases much more quickly than we were before.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are probably the AI Engine is very valuable, as well as Netmon.

We plan on using the playbooks, and the value I think we'll get is automating the or scripting their responses that our analysts use, rather than using our existing playbooks, which are somewhat incomplete. I think the playbooks will be a lot of out of the box pre-scripted playbooks that should be extremely helpful to us, as well as integrating some of the smart response capabilities into the playbooks.

What needs improvement?

Definitely expansion on log parsing. There are some obscure log sources that we don't currently have parses for. We needed a new solution when our previous solution, the licensing expired on it. Hardware was out of life, as well as it wasn't scaling very well. Didn't provide a lot of the features that we needed.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability has been pretty good. We've had some road blocks, or some, I'm sorry, some road bumps, in terms of A&E stability, as well as with some log parsing with some of our larger log sources.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability seems great. We actually did an expansion recently, and so far, it seems to be scaled well.

How is customer service and technical support?

Tech support has been extremely helpful. They are generally very quick to respond. If the first level is not able to resolve the issue, they generally escalate pretty quickly, gather logs. They seem to be hands-on. They generally will take over your session, actually do a WebEx, take over your WebEx section and actually do most of the driving, to make things run a little smoother, a little more, than, you know, directing you to where to find logs in Linux or things that can be kind of obscure. They generally will do everything for you, short of making, you know, impactful changes.

As far as for supportive log sources, we find it to be very good for very common log sources, Palo Alto firewalls, you know, Windows log sources. There have been a few security tools that we've found that weren't supported out of the box, so we've had to either use professional services, try to create those parsing rules ourselves, or opened cases with LogRhythm support to have those created.

Which solutions did we use previously?

The reason we switched to LogRhythm, one of the core reasons, was the case management, and, as well as the Netmon. We liked having the integrated Netmon, and the case management, again, gave us a single pane of glass for our analysts to view the data, import the relevant data into the cases without having to use separate systems.

LogRhythm is definitely influencing. Since investing in LogRhythm, we've seen a lot more visibility into our product, into LogRhythm. We have a lot of non-security operations teams that are using the SIEM tools, just to view logs, Windows logs, troubleshooting issues, troubleshooting security events, so we're getting a lot of by-in from other teams into the program, which has accelerated the maturity of our program.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup, and it was fairly complex. We did use a professional services to do most of the work, but, yeah, it was somewhat complex compared to some other solutions I've used in the past. However, with the capabilities of the product, it wasn't surprising, because, you know, with the feature-rich product, you're gonna have some complexity with it, as well.

What other advice do I have?

I would probably rate it as an eight or a nine, currently, mainly, probably due to the complexity of importing log sources that aren't natively supported.

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