AlienVault vs. Splunk

AlienVault is ranked 4th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 57 reviews vs Splunk which is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 47 reviews. The top reviewer of AlienVault writes "Detected my user's credentials for sale on the dark web, while vulnerability engine helps me determine risk factors and prioritize fixes". 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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Through it, we can check areas like vulnerabilities, configuration, and central logging. We've also been surprised by the add-ons to it, things that we didn't even know, as we shopped for it, that it has. It's given us visibility that we didn't anticipate. I've been very impressed with it so far.Regarding the filtering capability: If you've ever worked with Splunk, you know that if you don't have someone who really understands Splunk, you're going to get a partial engagement. Your dollars aren't going to be maximized. With AlienVault, I didn't need to sit there and really train them on how to write the filters. AlienVault is really intuitive.The fact that I could deploy it very easily, that I deployed it on my own just from a few minutes of reading - and then they provide two days worth of training that brought my whole team up to speed - all of these are things to consider.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.AlientVault has helped us in improving our visualization and incident response during cybersecurity situations.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.AlienVault provides a checklist answer when using SIEM.

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With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If you throw in Alert Manager or an integration with ServiceNow. Then, you have your own SIEMOur clients are easily able to modify and evolve their implementations.Positive features include replication capabilities, software development kits, and the architecture.It is a one stop shop as a full monitoring and alerting solution for operations and application analysis for most of our back-end systems.We used it to create a custom anomaly detection data model to monitor the activity of our back-end services on an hourly basis relative to the past three months of activity.Splunk UBA is useful for fraud detection and for detection of APTs, advanced persistent threats.UBA, User Behavior Analytics, is a key feature.We can ingest and correlate data from virtually any type of system.

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When I bought AlienVault, I got an awful lot of logins: Logins to the Threat Exchange, logins to their community, logins to my Support portfolio in AlienVault. That's a little inconvenient. They could perhaps get a little more centralized in their accounts, so that I don't have to maintain three or four different users for one product. That's something they could improve.I've got a team of people involved in this. Maybe they could have more features for the manager. For example, is my team engaging with this tool that I bought for them? If they had some way to report on my users that I could see, such as Admin so-and-so hasn't logged into AlienVault for four days, as a manager, I would like to know that.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.Different functions to customize reports should be added.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.We develop additional rules and scripts to make it more usable.

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It needs a better way to export dynamic views without requiring a ton of code and user/pw.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.The solution could use a different licensing model.An improved user interface along with multi-tenancy support would be beneficial.It needs to improve the way to install third-party apps and enable installation without logging into splunk.com.I think the machine learning should be emphasized. Now, it's really important to analyze Big Data, data mining. A SIEM solution, like Splunk, needs an improved data mining solution, artificial intelligence.Missing capability for audio/video and image processing.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We did use a different provider previously. We used to spend $50,000 per year for that single tool. It was a very powerful tool. But with AlienVault, I spent less than one half of that; several thousand dollars less than one half of that. Not only was I able to duplicate many of the features of that $50,000 tool, but it has features that that other tool didn't have. That felt really good: To save that amount of money for my company, and not only duplicate the features of the previous solution, but get features I didn't have before.I feel the product's pricing is a good value. I look at AlienVault as five tools in one. If I were to go out and duplicate each of those five tools, I would spend more in time and licensing than I spend on AlienVault. So I feel it's appropriately priced.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 vulnerability management solution is worse than buying a Nessus Professional license.​The ROI is quite good.Use an MSSP instead. It is much cheaper.

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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.Splunk is a bit pricier, but the benefits and ROI are huge.It is a pretty high cost solution, but if your organization has the funds, it can bring many benefits.Personnel costs are saved by not having to involve the domain developers from multiple teams when tracing a problem that spans multiple platforms.Truly evaluate the data you want to ingest and go slow. Pulling in data that can provide no use to your mission only wastes data against your license.Our ROI is high.

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Also Known AsAlienVault Unified Security Management
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Overview
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. 
www.alienvault.com/products/usm-anywhere/free-trial

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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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersAbel & 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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Top Industries
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Healthcare Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Healthcare Company
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Comms Service Provider
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Marketing Services Firm
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Financial Services Firm
20%
Energy/Utilities Company
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Retailer
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University
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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