SolarWinds Security Event Manager Questions

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about SolarWinds LEM?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SolarWinds LEM.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SolarWinds LEM, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Questions
IT Central Station
Jan 13 2021

There are many cybersecurity tools available, but some aren't doing the job that they should be doing. 

What are some of the threats that may be associated with using 'fake' cybersecurity tools?

What can people do to ensure that they're using a tool that actually does what it says it does?

SimonClark Dan Doggendorf gave sound advice. Whilst some of the free or cheap… more »
Dan DoggendorfThe biggest threat is risks you think you have managed are not managed at all so… more »
Javier MedinaYou should build a lab, try the tools and analyze the traffic and behavior with… more »
IT Central Station
Sep 24 2020

How do log management and SIEM differ? Is it necessary to have separate tools for each function or can these functions be rolled into one solution?

Which products are best for SIEM, and which are better for log management? Do you have recommendations of products that effectively combine both log management and SIEM?

Lindsay MiethRony, Daniel's answer is right on the money.  There are many solutions for each… more »
Daniel SichelLog Management is just that, it looks at logs from devices and attempts to make… more »
David Rivas HueteIn short, Log Management refers to the collection, storage, and organizing of… more »
IT Central Station
Jan 04 2021

Do you have recommendations for the best SIEM tool to invest in for a large financial services provider? What particular features of your recommended tool make it the best choice?

Abhishek RVRK SharmaHello, First off, look for a SIEM that offers customized content for financial… more »
Daniel SichelI would take a long hard look at IBM QRadar. The user behavior analytics will… more »
Dan Feraru
Owner at Infodava
Aug 24 2020

I'm the owner of a small tech services company. 

I'm looking for help with a template for a SIEM PoC (high-level, generic document). Can anyone help? 

Thank you, Dan

Abhishek RVRK SharmaHello Dan,  Most SIEM vendors have a PoC script that they will run you… more »
IT Central Station
Aug 03 2020

What are the differences between how NDR and SIEM work to improve network security? What are the pros and cons of each? Is it necessary to have both types of tools?

Sanguan Treejareonwiwat
President at Chunbok Company Limited
Jul 28 2020

Can anyone advise on which SIEM will work best with Palo Alto Cortex XDR?


Menachem D Pritzker
Director of Growth
IT Central Station

Buying a SIEM solution, especially for a large enterprise, is a massive decision.

How long does your organization spend on making this decision? How long does it then take to implement?

What are your considerations before pulling the trigger on a particular solution?

What's your shortlist process like?

How do you do your research?

What are your primary considerations?

How do independent user review sites like IT Central Station, or independent analyst reviews, influence your decision?

Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance :)

KevinGrahamHow long does your organization spend on making this decision? How long does it… more »
Malola Varadhan
User at First Abu Dhabi Bank P.j.s.c
Sep 25 2020

I work at mid-sized enterprise bank. I am researching SIEM solutions. Which is the best tool for security information and event management: Arcsight or Securonix?

Himanshu ShahArcsight is a legacy SIEM a Ro-bust log management tool however works on EPS (… more »
Consulta85d2Neither, or both.  Having done literally thousands of SIEM deployments, I can… more »
Abhishek RVRK SharmaThat is kind of like asking - I want a car, what would you recommend? your… more »
IT Central Station

SIEM and SOAR have a lot of components in common. How do they differ in the role they play in Cyber Security?

If you've been working in cybersecurity, you've likely come across SOAR and SIEM technologies. There are differences between their capabilities, although they have a fair amount of commonalities. They both collect data, but the quantity of data, type of data, and type of response is where they differ. As threats have advanced, security professionals may be in need of both.That's where SOAR and SIEM come to the rescue, although there has been some confusion as to the difference between the two. The two technologies have different competencies, but can be combined to increase a security team's or SOC's effectiveness.

We've evaluated the differences of the best SIEM tools and top SOAR tools to clear up the differences between each.


In short, SIEM aggregates and correlates data from multiple security systems to generate alerts while SOAR acts as the remediation and response engine to those alerts.SIEM is the collection and aggregation of security data sourced from integrated platforms logging event-related data - firewalls, network appliances, intrusion detection and prevention systems, etc. - then correlates data across devices, categorizes, and analyzes incidents before issuing alerts. The alerts are identified by using sophisticated analytical techniques and machine learning, which require fine tuning. This leaves a lot of alerts for a security team or SOC to prioritize and remediate; a difficult, time-consuming process. SOAR, on the other hand, is designed to help security teams automate the response process by gathering alerts, managing cases, and responding to the endless alerts generated by SIEM. With SOAR, security teams can integrate with security alerts and create adaptive, automated incident response workflows. This gives SecOps the ability to prioritize threats and deliver faster results.

Shastri SooknananSIEM is the log file collection of I.T assets and various intel feeds that… more »
Marcus GaitherWhat is SIEM? Firewalls, network appliances, and intrusion detection systems… more »
Gregg WoodcockThe SIEM is the detection/surveillance engine whereas the SOAR is the… more »
IT Central Station

Are event correlation and aggregation both needed for effective event monitoring and SIEM? 

David CollierBoth are techniques aimed at reducing the number of active alerts an operator… more »
James MeeksAs previously mentioned, Correlation is the comparing of the same type of… more »
Daniel SichelOther answers are pretty much sum this up but there is one important point to… more »
IT Central Station

Is AWS Cloudwatch enough on its own, or is it a good idea to use a SIEM platform in conjunction with it?

Consulta85d2CloudWatch is great, but it's not enough on its own. CloudWatch provides some… more »
Dr. Thulaganyo Rabogadi
Director, Technical at a government with 201-500 employees

I am the technical director of a science and technology division for the government. 

Which SIEM solution would deliver the best ability to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from a cyber attack?

Thanks! I appreciate your help. 

Gabriel CrespoI think you are missing the point here. Many SIEM solutions will give you… more »
AdrianMacheDepending on your goals in designing and implementing this resource, whatever… more »
Gregg WoodcockI am admittedly biased but there are very good reasons that Splunk is the leader… more »