LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Room for Improvement

Avraham Sonenthal
Senior Network Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

The biggest complaint I have is about their support. There is no free instructional advice available on their website. An example is with their field names inside log messages, where they have one named "Common event". That is something that LogRhythm has created, and you can't figure out what it means unless you pay a large sum of money for LogRhythm training. Compare this to Splunk, where I can go to their website and download twenty articles on field names right now. There is no documentation that we can afford to buy for this product, so we just have to wing it.

Their product has issues when it comes to hard drive management. Again, their support is not one hundred percent. We are using their hardware, and one time the product just spontaneously stopped collecting logs for about a month and nobody knew it. We called them, and it took a week or two of troubleshooting before they found the issue. To make it worse, the issue was not a misconfiguration. Rather, it was related to how they were storing temporary logs on the hard drive. The drive was shutting down and the logs were not being accepted. It took them weeks to figure this out and it shouldn't have happened in the first place, which suggests a bad design.

It is a product that is very hard to use. You have to set a wide variety of parameters before you can even start to search. The highly structured nature of it does provide some guidance, but with a lack of documentation for things like field names, I don't know what I'm looking for. 

We don't get much use out of this product because people around here consider it to be unreliable, and it's hard to do searches. The main reason for it being here is that there are audit requirements for collecting logs and maintaining them. We have been able to solve problems with it, but searching is kind of clunky.

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Information Security Officer, Network Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

Their ticketing system for managing cases can be improved. They can either do that or adopt some of the open-source ticket systems into theirs. The current system works and gets the job done, but it is very bare-bones and basic. There are some things that could be improved there. 

They should also bring in more threat intelligence into the product and also probably start to look into the integration of more cloud or SAS products for ingesting logs. They're doing the work, but with the explosion of COVID, a lot of businesses have started to move towards more cloud applications or SAS applications. There is a whole diverse suite of SAS products out there, which is a challenge for them and I get it. They seem to be focusing on the big ones, but it'll be nice to be able to, for example, pull in Microsoft logs from Office 365. They are working towards a better way of doing that, and they have a product in the pipeline to pull logs in from other SAS applications.

The biggest thing for them is going to be moving away from a Windows Server infrastructure into a straight-up Linux, which is more stable in my eyes. For the backend, they can maybe move into more of an up-to-date Elastic search engine and use less of Microsoft products.

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Kashif Ali
Unit Head Titanium (Security Solution) at RapidCompute

There aren't really any missing features. It's quite a complete solution.

Most of the clients using the on-prem are using customized applications. In the customized applications, we are facing parsing issues and a minimum of two days is required by the LogRhythm team for parsing logs. 

Parsing is totally controlled by LogRhythm and they do not allow any partner or any third-party to handle this part and this is a key challenge on my end. This is a huge cost impact -at least on the Pakistani market. It needs to be addressed.

The solution should be less expensive.

It would be very helpful if there was Kashif a package to help users migrate from QRadar to LogRhythm.

In Pakistan, the government is in the process of developing its final recommendation of cybersecurity and data protection process. We hope this solution will prove to be compliant and will meet the requirements in the future.

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Surendra Singh
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It should have some more message monitoring features. It can also have some free message monitoring tools.

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Shreenkhala Bhattarai
Cyber Security Researcher at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I'm not a fan of the system's user interface.

For our market, the solution is quite expensive. It would be ideal if they could work on and improve their existing pricing plans to help make it more affordable in our country.

We'd like it if the solution could be more customizable in future releases.

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Chmini Ellawala
Engineer - Network & Security at Connex Information Technologies

We need to get better training for things like creating code and playlists. The way it's done now takes a long time. 

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Jason Gagnon
Senior Cyber Security Engineer at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees

There used to be the ability to create alarms based on message text that was included in LR Version 6.x that has been removed in LogRhythm 7.x, and on that, I would like to see it added back. I was told that this was due to processor overhead but with the amount of CPU and memory suggested, I don't see why this would be an issue.

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Sr IT Security Engineer at Puget Sound Energy

I would like to see support added for Exchange 2016, and Check Point OPSec Lea.

Adding the capability to identify and perform an auto import of new log sources (especially Windows-based systems), based on specified criteria, would be a useful feature. 

Enhancing the creation of report packages would also improve this solution.

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