AlienVault vs. Splunk

AlienVault is ranked 4th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 61 reviews vs Splunk which is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 55 reviews. The top reviewer of AlienVault writes "Provides us with flexible deployment architecture". The top reviewer of Splunk writes "Monitors all machine logins and actions taken on those machines under each user". AlienVault is most compared with Splunk, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and IBM QRadar. Splunk is most compared with IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and ArcSight. See our AlienVault vs. Splunk report.
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AlienVault provides a checklist answer when using SIEM.It provides a single pane of glass view, coupled with a whole security ecosystem. The ability to manage everything from a central point, including vulnerability assessments, asset management - including the services provided by the various hosts, NIDS, HIDS, etc. - provides a very efficient way of dealing with things.The IDS and the threat intelligence are very useful. They are very intuitive and data-rich.On any given day I could give you a different answer regarding the most valuable features of the product. The feature that is most important is the fact that it has a lot of features, that it's not just a log collection and correlation system, that it has a lot of other components built in. The bundle of features is really the killer feature.Log-monitoring and alerting enable us to know when things happen that we need to know about.The dashboards are very descriptive and contain just the right amount of information. The activity alarms and events contain a plethora of data that is very descriptive and useful.AlientVault has helped us in improving our visualization and incident response during cybersecurity situations.I can easily check (in one place) all the logs and data in relation to attacks. It also gives me an overview if a server is not configured properly.

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It provides logs in one place, so they are easy to find. It collects the logs from multiple places, then you have just one place where you see the whole flow from the front-end to the back-end.It has a big user base, so the community is useful.The stock analysts and security people use one single dashboard (one single location) to check our logs.It scales better in the cloud than on-premise.It has helped us look at modern technology, as well as penetrate our legacy systems, to see where the bottlenecks are.The product is adept at log mining.The client site login is pretty extensible and probably cost-effective.It is very stable. We have not had any problems.

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We develop additional rules and scripts to make it more usable.The reporting module could be a little easier to handle, as it requires quite some trial and error until you get the reports you want. Also, it would be great to have a graphical interface for the Network Intrusion Detection System's rule management.One area that has room for improvement is storage. AllienVault is a good place to put logs, but sometimes it's a tough place to go get logs... The logger can only hold so much data. If they improved that, that would help.Search performance can be slow. The Raw Logs feature is painfully slow. And if we're talking about the newer, the Anywhere product, you can't even schedule reports on the thing. There are probably a dozen other features I'd really like to see there, but that would be one of the biggies.We've had some stability problems, not a lot, but a few. Updates seem to be the worst. That seems to be when the stability problems come up.they seem to have bugs from time to time that go unfixed for a while and that is frustrating. I'm not saying the product needs to be bug-free, but they need to be responsive to bugs.The only room for improvement I can mention is the initial installation procedures. I found that the online installation instructions for the product were missing important details, they lacked necessary steps.Different functions to customize reports should be added.

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The search could be improved. Now, it is a bit difficult to write search queries because they become quite long, then maintaining those long search queries is a quite challenging.The integration with all our tool sets felt like we were reinventing the wheel, which was a pain point for us.We would like more integrations with other cloud products, not just AWS, e.g., Azure.There are new services which are coming up. If Splunk can catch up with the speed of Amazon, and with the integration, instead of us waiting for another year or so, that would be good.If it could be made available as a service, this would be much better than as a product.I would like some additional AI capabilities to provide additional information about things going wrong and things going well.I would like to see ability to master management. In terms of clustering, how it manages clustering needs improvement.We had an instance when Splunk failed and it took us a couple of days to recover.

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​The vulnerability management solution is worse than buying a Nessus Professional license.​So far, it has been a good solution for a tight budget.It allows you to do a lot with a small price tag... The pricing is the best on the market.It's very reasonably priced. It was one of the lowest among the ones I looked at. Licensing is pretty flexible. They can do a two-year or a three-year, even a one-year, perhaps.The pricing is a good value. The key thing is that for the new product, the licensing of it, is subscription-based and it's based on data. Clients need to be really careful when thinking about that, because odds are they're going to need to put a lot more data into it than what they initially estimate, which is going to drive their subscription costs up.I don't think the product's pricing is a good value because they try to raise the price 50 percent every year... AlienVault needs to understand that not all customers are huge enterprises... Their sales team is way too aggressive. The price they advertise is not always the price you get.So far, I feel the product's pricing is a good value. The technology is decent. You get what you pay for. I think it's fair.The ROI is quite good.

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It would be nice if the pricing were cheaper. However, we did purchase it.Splunk is not free.We have seen ROI and improvements as we have continued to use the product, but they are more reactive.I assume that the pricing is reasonable, because if it was too costly, there are other alternatives.I have no opinion on pricing.It is possible to use a developer's license, which is up to 10GB per day of volume traffic, which is usually enough for most use cases.Free Splunk license for PoCs on personal machines and the ability to scale the PoC to an enterprise level app.It can be expensive, especially the licensing costs. However, there is added value in what it can do, not just log aggregation.

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AlienVault Unified Security Management
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Overview

AlienVault USM Anywhere is a cloud-based security management solution that accelerates and centralizes threat detection, incident response, and compliance management for your cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments. USM Anywhere includes purpose-built cloud sensors that natively monitor your Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud environments. On premises, lightweight virtual sensors run on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi to monitor your virtual private cloud and physical IT infrastructure.

With USM Anywhere, you can rapidly deploy sensors into your cloud and on-premises environments while centrally managing data collection, security analysis, and threat detection from the AlienVault Secure Cloud.

Five Essential Security Capabilities in a Single SaaS Platform

AlienVault USM Anywhere provides five essential security capabilities in a single SaaS solution, giving you everything you need for threat detection, incident response, and compliance management—all in a single pane of glass. With USM Anywhere, you can focus on finding and responding to threats, not managing software. An elastic, cloud-based security solution, USM Anywhere can readily scale to meet your threat detection needs as your hybrid cloud environment changes and grows.

  1. Asset Discovery
  2. Vulnerability Assessment
  3. Intrusion Detection
  4. Behavioral Monitoring
  5. SIEM

Try USM Anywhere in your environment—free for the first 14 days. 
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Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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Abel & Cole, Bank of Ireland, Bluegrass Cellular, CareerBuilder, Claire's, Hays Medical Center, Hope International, McCurrach, McKinsey & Company, Party Delights, Pepco Holdings, Richland School District, Ricoh, SaveMart, Shake Shack, Steelcase, TaxAct, Taylor Morrison, Vonage and ZoomSplunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
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