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"Being able to build and modify dashboards on the fly with Activeboards streamlines my analyst time because my analysts aren't doing it across spreadsheets or five different tools to try to build a timeline out themselves. They can just ingest it all, build a timeline out across all the logging, and all the different information sources in one dashboard. So, it's a huge time saver. It also has the accuracy of being able to look at all those data sources in one view. The log analysis, which would take 40 hours, we can probably get through it in about five to eight hours using Devo.""Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of the user interface. The UI has a graphically interface with the raw data in a table. The table can be as big as you want it, depending on your use case. You can easily get a report combining your data, along with calculations and graphical dashboards. You don't need a lot of training, because the UI is relatively very intuitive.""The ability to have high performance, high-speed search capability is incredibly important for us. When it comes to doing security analysis, you don't want to be doing is sitting around waiting to get data back while an attacker is sitting on a network, actively attacking it. You need to be able to answer questions quickly. If I see an indicator of attack, I need to be able to rapidly pivot and find data, then analyze it and find more data to answer more questions. You need to be able to do that quickly. If I'm sitting around just waiting to get my first response, then it ends up moving too slow to keep up with the attacker. Devo's speed and performance allows us to query in real-time and keep up with what is actually happening on the network, then respond effectively to events.""The real-time analytics of security-related data are super. There are a lot of data feeds going into it and it's very quick at pulling up and correlating the data and showing you what's going on in your infrastructure. It's fast. The way that their architecture and technology works, they've really focused on the speed of query results and making sure that we can do what we need to do quickly. Devo is pulling back information in a fast fashion, based on real-time events.""The user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful."

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"IBM Watson for Cyber Security is very stable.""The most valuable feature of this product is innovation, where the research and upgrading of technology never ends.""The customer support is very good."

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"The most valuable feature is the capability to correlate different events from different platforms that we feed into it.""The most valuable feature is that if the scanning does find something, it quarantines it. Then you can decide what you are going to do with it.""It is easy to use.""We are now able to completely monitor our environment so we can review what is there, which is a big win for us.""This solution integrates easily and very well with other technologies.""The solution is 100% stable. We really have had a great time working with it. It hasn't let us down.""Compared to other solutions, the user interface is good.""It is easy to use and deploy. It comes with user-friendly manuals."

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"Their documentation could be better. They are growing quickly and need to have someone focused on tech writing to ensure that all the different updates, how to use them, and all the new features and functionality are properly documented.""There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the machine data simpler.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. The breadth of overall log parsers that exists right now is an area that they could improve. Natively, there's more that could be done by Devo then what it can and can't understand from a parsing perspective.""Devo has a lot of cloud connectors, but they need to do a little bit of work there. They've got good integrations with the public cloud, but there are a lot of cloud SaaS systems that they still need to work with on integrations, such as Salesforce and other SaaS providers where we need to get access logs.""The Activeboards feature is not as mature regarding the look and feel. Its functionality is mature, but the look and feel is not there. For example, if you have some data sets and are trying to get some graphics, you cannot change anything. There's just one format for the graphics. You cannot change the size of the font, the font itself, etc."

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"They need to continue to build the AI capabilities.""This is an expensive product, so making it more cost-effective would be an improvement.""In the future, I would like to see threat intelligence included."

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"There are some banking and transactional cases that are local, South America transactions. I would like to see them add features that can be used locally, to make those transactions more reliable.""The only issue I have with McAfee is the amount of computer resources that it takes... it's definitely impacting some of the other applications that are running on a computer at the same time.""I would like to see fingerprint recognition included in the next release of this solution.""I would like to see improvements to the user interface.""We cannot add new data sources to the most recent version.""The user interface could be more user-friendly.""The only drawback is that they don't have any packet capturing or network behavior analysis.""McAfee is no more providing security updates on this product, and the enhancements to this product seem to have stopped. Moreover, we don't get proper support, and we struggle to get its support. It would be good if they can add some AI engine and out of the box use cases because it is currently limited to the same scenario and the same setup. I have done a POC for Securonix, LogRhythm. These products are much more ahead as compared to McAfee ESM. They have included multiple modules in the same solution. Correlation is very easy. If McAfee ESM can improve, especially in such implementations, then I believe it would be much better."

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"It's a per gigabyte cost for ingestion of data. For every gigabyte that you ingest, it's whatever you negotiated your price for. Compared to other contracts that we've had for cloud providers, it's significantly less.""We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom.""We have seen ROI. We have seen cost savings in maintenance, upkeep, and support.""I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."

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"The price of this solution should be lower, although I understand why IBM charges a premium price."

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"We pay for our licensing fees on a yearly basis, and there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""The cost is dependent on the customer's environment and requirements.""The pricing is good, and they are competitive compared to providers such as RSA and IBM QRadar.""The cost is all included. The finance department handles the financial part, and we mostly don't get involved in it."

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Overview

Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

Watson for cyber security can draw security intelligence from millions of security blogs, online forums and white papers - so you can see threats unseen by other systems.

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager - the foundation of the security information and event management (SIEM) solution family from McAfee delivers the performance, actionable intelligence, and real-time situational awareness at the speed and scale required for security organizations to identify, understand, and respond to stealthy threats, while the embedded compliance framework simplifies compliance.

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Sample Customers
United States Air Force, Rubrik, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText
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San Francisco Police Credit Union, Wªstenrot Gruppe, Volusion, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Government of New Brunswick, State of Colorado, Macquarie Telecom, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Cologne Bonn Airport
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
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Government33%
Financial Services Firm33%
Healthcare Company11%
Insurance Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Educational Organization6%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Watson for Cyber Security vs. McAfee ESM and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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IBM Watson for Cyber Security is ranked 24th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 3 reviews while McAfee ESM is ranked 12th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 9 reviews. IBM Watson for Cyber Security is rated 8.0, while McAfee ESM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Watson for Cyber Security writes "An innovative and stable product that is well maintained and always up-to-date". On the other hand, the top reviewer of McAfee ESM writes "Correlates events from various platforms and reduces our response time in case of attack". IBM Watson for Cyber Security is most compared with Splunk and IBM QRadar, whereas McAfee ESM is most compared with Splunk, IBM QRadar, ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and Fortinet FortiSIEM. See our IBM Watson for Cyber Security vs. McAfee ESM report.

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