Devo Competitors and Alternatives

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JayGrant
Manager of Security Services at OpenText
MSP
Top 20
We can build Activeboards that can do queries across multiple different types of data sources with one query

What is our primary use case?

I run an incident response, digital forensics team for OpenText. We do investigations into cyber breaches, insider threats, network exploitation, etc. We leverage Devo as a central repository to bring in customer logging in a multi-tenant environment to conduct analysis and investigations. We have a continuous monitoring customer for whom we stream all of their logging in on sort of a traditional Devo setup. We build out the active boards, dashboards, and everything else. The customer has the ability to review it, but we review it as well, acting as a security managed service offering for… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

Definitely get training and professional services hours with it. It is one of those tools where the more you know, the more you can do. Out-of-the-box, there is a lot of stuff that you can just do with very little training. However, to get to the really cool features and setups, you'll need the training and a bit of front-end assistance to make sure it's customized for your environment the right way. You need to have a tool of this capability in your environment, whether you're providing service for someone else or if it's your own internal environment that you're working in. It is a core…
Jordan Mauriello
SVP of Managed Security at Critical Start
MSP
Top 10
Having the ability to do real-time analytics drives down attacker dwell time

What is our primary use case?

We use Devo as a SIEM solution for our customers to detect and respond to things happening in their environment. We are a service provider who uses Devo to provide services to our customers. We are integrating from a source solution externally. We don't exclusively work inside of Devo. We kind of work in our source solution, pivoting in and back out.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

No SIEM deployment is ever going to be easy. You want to attack it in order of priorities for what use cases matter to your business, not just log sources. We are not using the Activeboards as much as some of the things that are probably newer features in the solution, like their SecOps module, which allows us not to have to use as many Activeboards, as there is a lot of prebuilt content. That's very effective for us, and it already exists in there. The Activeboards are easy to understand and flexible. However, we are not using them quite as much as maybe other people are. We are probably…
JerryH
Director at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Enables us to bring all our data sources into a central hub for quick analysis, helping us focus on priorities in our threat landscape

What is our primary use case?

Our initial use case is to use Devo as a SIEM. We're using it for security and event logging, aggregation and correlation for security incidents, triage and response. That's our goal out of the gate. Their solution is cloud-based and we're deploying some relays on-premise to handle anything that can't send it up there directly. But it's pretty straightforward. We're in a hybrid ecosystem, meaning we're running in both public and private cloud.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

Take a look at it. They're really going after Splunk hard. Splunk has a very diverse deployment base, but Splunk really missed the mark with its licensing model, especially when it relates to the cloud. There are options out there, effective alternatives to Splunk and some of the other big tools. But from a SaaS standpoint, if not best-in-breed, Devo is certainly in the top-two or top-three. It's definitely a strong up-and-comer. Devo is already taking market share away from Splunk and I think that's going to continue over the next 24 to 36 months. Devo's speed when querying across our data is…
Chris Bates
CISO at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Enables us to combine data from disparate sources and get real-time context, alerting, and visibility

What is our primary use case?

We're using Devo as an operations and security event management logging platform. We're shipping all of our log data and telemetry into Devo, including G Suite, Okta, GitHub, Zscaler, Office 365; pretty much all of our logging data is going into Devo. And we're using Devo to do some analytics and alerting and searching on that log data. The analytics are things like average, min/max, and counts on certain types of log data—performance metrics—for monitoring and uptime/downtime health.

Pros and Cons

  • "The thing that Devo does better than other solutions is to give me the ability to write queries that look at multiple data sources and run fast. Most SIEMs don't do that. And I can do that by creating entity-based queries. Let's say I have a table which has Okta, a table which has G Suite, a table which has endpoint telemetry, and I have a table which has DNS telemetry. I can write a query that says, 'Join all these things together on IP, and where the IP matches in all these tables, return to me that subset of data, within these time windows.' I can break it down that way."
  • "There's room for improvement within the GUI. There is also some room for improvement within the native parsers they support. But I can say that about pretty much any solution in this space."

What other advice do I have?

Be very realistic about what you want to send into it and make sure that you have use cases for sending data to it, but that's the same anywhere. One of the problems that a lot of people have is that with the old SIEM you sent all of your data and then figured out a use case for it afterwards. I'm much more of a firm believer in figuring out the use cases and then sending the data. Make sure you have the data you're going to be shipping into it well documented. Don't, by default, take everything you're shipping in your SIEM and ship it to Devo. That's probably not the best use of your time…
MU
IT manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Versatile, scalable, and has a very useful single user interface

What is our primary use case?

We are primarily using the solution as a cloud observability platform. Most use cases are related to service operations, not security operations. This is due to the fact that in security operations our company uses Splunk and other platforms. In this case, in my team, we are using Devo for service operations requirements. We correlate across metrics and trace on that data to understand root causes. For example, we'll look at metrics in jobs, time processes, root cause investigations where we have fails, job performance, deals, payments, et cetera.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very, very versatile."
  • "Technical support could be better."

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. We are using the most recent version of the product. We are using Devo in a public cloud with some other web service we have secured with a VPN built in the company so that it's tunnel secured. I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. If the solution required fewer fixes and was a bit more flexible, I would rate it higher.
Elizabeth Manemann
Cyber Security Engineer at H&R Block, Inc.
Real User
Top 10
Accepts data in raw format but does not offer their own agent

What is our primary use case?

We have a couple of servers on-premises to gather the logs from our devices. We have a lot of devices including vendor-agnostic collectors that will, for example, collect syslogs from our Linux host. The logs are then sent to the Devo Relay, which encrypts the data and sends it to the Devo Cloud. What we send to Devo includes all of our Unix-based logs. These are the host logs, as well as logs from a lot of the network devices such as Cisco switches. Currently, we are working with Devo to set up a new agent infrastructure, and the agents will collect Windows event logs. We were using a beta… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is definitely the ability that Devo has to ingest data. From the previous SIEM that I came from and helped my company administer, it really was the type of system where data was parsed on ingest. This meant that if you didn't build the parser efficiently or correctly, sometimes that would bring the system to its knees. You'd have a backlog of processing the logs as it was ingesting them."
  • "From our experience, the Devo agent needs some work. They built it on top of OS Query's open-source framework. It seems like it wasn't tuned properly to handle a large volume of Windows event logs. In our experience, there would definitely be some room for improvement. A lot of SIEMs on the market have their own agent infrastructure. I think Devo's working towards that, but I think that it needs some improvement as far as keeping up with high-volume environments."

What other advice do I have?

I have been with the company for approximately three years and in the engineering space for about two. If the more data the better is the goal for your organization, then Devo is really the way to go for that. But if you're looking more for a super robust analyst interface, next-gen analyst workflow, I don't think Devo is at that point yet. They're more at the point where you can ingest a lot of data and perform visualizations on it really well. One of the things that I really like about Devo is the ability to parse the data, and not just the ability to parse the data after you ingest it…
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