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Bring Powerful Threat Detection & Incident Response to Splunk Environments

AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) accelerates and simplifies threat detection and incident response for IT teams with limited resources, including teams in Splunk environments.

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Purpose-Built Threat Detection for Splunk Deployments

If you are currently evaluating Splunk vs. AlienVault®, or if you already have Splunk deployed in your environment for business analytics and want to overlay AlienVault for security monitoring, it’s important to understand the differences between the two solutions.

Splunk is a leading machine data analytics vendor that enables organizations to aggregate and correlate vast quantities of data. Yet using Splunk as a SIEM, organizations must augment Splunk with several other security technologies, threat intelligence subscriptions, and skilled security resources to achieve complete security visibility.

Unfortunately, IT teams often lack the budget or staff to deploy, configure, and maintain these controls. The AlienVault Unified Security Management™ (USM™) platform, on the other hand, solves the problem of cloud and on-premises threat detection for IT security teams with limited resources, including those who have Splunk in their environment.

AlienVault USM takes a different approach than Splunk—the USM platform combines traditional security information event management (SIEM) with the essential security capabilities needed to effectively detect threats in your environment, in a single platform, saving you time, money, and resources.

AlienVault USM delivers the essential security capabilities you need in a single, affordable, and easy-to-use platform. Compared to Splunk, the AlienVault USM Platform delivers –

Everything You Need to Detect Threats on Day One

  • More than a SIEM, AlienVault USM delivers multiple essential security capabilities in one affordable solution
  • Fully deploy USM in just one to two days to start detecting threats sooner

Integrated Threat Intelligence Delivered Directly to You

  • The AlienVault Labs Security Research Team is an extension to your threat research department
  • USM’s integrated Threat Intelligence Subscription always keeps your security posture up to date
  • Global threat insights from the Open Threat Exchange® (OTX™) give you vital threat context

Security Built for Organizations of All Sizes

  • USM helps IT security teams of all sizes to be secure and in compliance
  • In Splunk Environments, USM delivers dedicated security monitoring that’s affordable and easy to use
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Everything You Need to Detect Threats on Day One

Even the most powerful SIEM is utterly useless if it takes months to deploy; to integrate all your log data sources; to train your users; and to write and fine tune your correlation rules before you can even start to detect threats in your environment. This is multiplied by the fact that, with a traditional SIEM like Splunk, you still have to purchase and integrate other security technologies, such as intrusion detection and vulnerability scanning, to achieve complete security visibility. Unfortunately, most IT teams simply don’t have the budget or staff to deploy, configure, and maintain multiple point solutions.

By contrast, USM delivers everything you need to start detecting threats on Day One. It combines multiple essential security capabilities and integrated threat intelligence in one solution, so you can focus on your security posture, instead of complicated integrations, change orders, and steep learning curves.

Compared to traditional SIEMs like Splunk, AlienVault USM accelerates time to value by unifying multiple essential security capabilities on a single platform that you can fully deploy in just one to two days.

The USM Platform combines –

  • SIEM & Event Correlation
  • Log Management
  • Asset Discovery & Inventory
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Intrusion Detection (NIDS, HIDS, and Cloud)
  • AWS Cloud Security Monitoring
  • Azure Cloud Security Monitoring
  • Integrated Threat Intelligence

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Integrated Threat Intelligence Delivered Directly to You

Threat intelligence is essential data about the latest malicious actors, tools, infrastructure and methods that may impact your security posture. It enables you to identify the threats and attacks happening in your environment.

The challenge is that threats change every day as do the indicators (IP addresses, domains, file hashes, etc.) that help you to identify new threats in your environment. However, without a team of security researchers who can stay at pace with the rapid changes to the threat landscape, IT security teams cannot effectively keep up with the latest attacks in the wild and instrument their security defenses to detect the latest threats.

If you deploy Splunk for security, you still need a team of security researchers solely dedicated to monitoring threats and writing new correlation rules to identify these threats in your environment. The alternative is to purchase a separate threat intelligence subscription and integrate it into Splunk.

However, most IT security teams simply don’t have the expertise, time, budget, or tools to do this kind of research themselves, thus leaving a hole in their security strategy that can’t be filled.

When you deploy USM, the AlienVault Labs Security Research Team becomes a security research extension to your team. This team of professional security researchers scours the global threat landscape for the latest threats and vulnerabilities. The resulting knowledge is delivered in continuous updates to the USM platform as the AlienVault Threat Intelligence Subscription, keeping your system always up to date and able to detect threats as they evolve in the wild.

The Security Research Team leverages threat data from the Open Threat Exchange (OTX), the world’s first open threat intelligence community. OTX’s 53,000+ global participants contribute 10 million threat indicators daily, so you get global insight into the latest attack trends and bad actors operating in the wild.

As new threats and vulnerabilities emerge, the Security Research Team writes and updates USM with correlation rules, IDS signatures, vulnerability audits, asset discovery signatures, IP reputation data, report templates, data source plugins, and more—so you can focus on what matters—keeping your environment secure.

Security Built for Organizations of All Sizes

We know well that most IT teams do not have unlimited budget, time, or resources to deploy and manage a SIEM plus a myriad of point security solutions—yet they still need to keep their organizations secure and in compliance.

AlienVault was founded to help IT organizations of all sizes to achieve world-class security without the excessive costs and demands of traditional SIEM solutions. We are passionate about this mission.

Because security is our DNA—not just one of many use cases—you benefit from a dedicated security vendor with deep expertise in threat detection, security intelligence, and compliance management.

In contrast, Splunk positions itself as an operational intelligence and machine data analytics company for which security is just one of many solution areas. That’s why many AlienVault customers who already use Splunk choose USM for dedicated, affordable, and easy-to-manage security monitoring and compliance management.

If you already use Splunk for business analytics or operations, you should consider deploying AlienVault USM as an overlay solution for threat detection and incident response.

When you introduce AlienVault USM to your Splunk environment, you can leverage the universal forwarder in Splunk to send security-related log data from Splunk to USM for security analysis.

Compare AlienVault USM to Splunk

 
ALIENVAULT
SPLUNK
VENDOR FOCUS
ALIENVAULT
  • 100% security & threat detection
  • A dedicated, expert security vendor
SPLUNK
  • Big data analytics and operational intelligence
  • Security is just one of many use cases
SECURITY CAPABILITIES
ALIENVAULT
  • Unified approach to security management
  • Complete visibility of your security posture in a single pane of glass
  • Installation to threat detection in minutes
SPLUNK
  • SIEM & log management only
  • Requires to you purchase and integrate other third-party point solutions to detect threats
INTEGRATED THREAT INTELLIGENCE
ALIENVAULT
  • Integrated threat intelligence updates from AlienVault Labs Security Research Team
  • We research, write correlation rules for you
  • Backed by the Open Threat Exchange (OTX)
SPLUNK
  • Research and write correlation rules yourself
  • Purchase and Integrate Third-Party Threat Data
  • Hire In-house security analysts to just manage Splunk
VOLUME-BASED PRICING MODELS
ALIENVAULT
  • Simple, flexible, and gradual volume tiers
  • Priced for IT teams of all sizes
  • Custom data filtering allows you to stay within your volume tier and budget
SPLUNK
  • Starts low with steep increases
  • Enterprise-focused pricing model
  • Inflexible options once you exceed your daily data limit

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