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AlienVault Unified Security Management Platform Provides Security Visibility For Amazon EC2

Release 4.1 simplifies and speeds SIEM deployment

San Mateo, Calif., January 15, 2012 - AlienVault, the leading Unified Security Management provider committed to making security visibility complete, simple and affordable, announced today its latest 4.1 release, which aims to resolve the biggest challenges associated with traditional SIEM solutions including cost, complexity and difficult deployments. AlienVault Unified Security Management&trade (AV-USM&trade) platform 4.1 simplifies and speeds SIEM deployments and provides intelligent security incident response guidance.

AV-USM 4.1 also extends AlienVault's best-of-breed security monitoring capabilities to Amazon EC2 to enable greater control over hybrid environments.

"Lack of security visibility and control is a primary concern when businesses move workloads to the cloud," said Russ Spitler, VP of Product Management at AlienVault. "Traditional SIEM solutions are extremely limited in their ability to monitor cloud environments, leaving companies with siloed assets and glaring holes in their security risk posture. By enabling the AV-USM platform to monitor Amazon EC2, AlienVault customers can lower their costs, optimize their IT environments and get security wherever they need it to be, without sacrificing visibility in their own private datacenters or the public cloud."

New features in the AlienVault Unified Security Management platform 4.1 include:

• Support for Amazon EC2: "Instant-on" essential security capabilities match the elasticity of the EC2 cloud environment and enable unified security monitoring whether assets are in the cloud or data center.

• Auto-Deploy: Automatically identifies potential data sources upon deployment with integrated discovery capabilities and removes the "guesswork" common with traditional SIEM deployments.

• Dynamic Incident Response Templates: Extends SIEM functionality past the alert by providing customized, contextually relevant workflow-driven response procedures so that analysts know exactly what to do next.

• Suricata IDS Profile: Provides an alternative to the SNORT IDS engine with enhanced threat detection, analysis and performance.

Based on the open source project OSSIM, the AV-USM platform combines more than 30 of the best security technologies and provides security analysts with five essential security capabilities including asset detection, vulnerability assessment, threat detection, behavioral monitoring and security intelligence capabilities in a single, unified solution and management console. The AlienVault Open Threat Exchange&trade is the largest community sourced threat database and intelligence feed, and is built into the AV-USM platform and OSSIM to provide security analysts with real-time collaborative defense.

"Since our business is completely built on IaaS providers, we need to find a way to get reliable security visibility in this environment," said Fredrick Lee, Lead Security Engineer for Twilio. "A lot of traditional security solutions fall short when facing the challenges of deploying in the cloud. AlienVault USM provides a great way to deploy the security capabilities I find essential - IDS, vulnerability assessment, SIEM - quickly and completely."

AlienVault has also launched a new documentation portal, the AlienVault Repository of Knowledge (ARK), which complements the support forum and provides access to interactive assets, product documents and how-to videos for the larger OSSIM community.

The latest version of the AlienVault Unified Security Management platform 4.1 is available now.

Online Resources

• Watch "What's New in 4.1" & "OSSIM for EC2" demo videos

• Access AlienVault Repository of Knowledge

• Learn more about AlienVault's Unified Security Management platform

• Visit AlienVault's Open Minds Exchange

• Download OSSIM or participate in the OSSIM Community

About AlienVault

AlienVault's Unified Security Management&trade platform (AV-USM&trade) provides a fast and cost effective way for organizations with limited security staff and budget to address compliance and threat management needs. With all of the essential security controls built-in, the AVUSM puts enterprise-class security visibility within fast and easy reach of smaller security teams who need to do more with less. AlienVault's Open Threat Exchange&trade, a system for sharing threat intelligence among OSSIM users and AlienVault customers, ensures AV-USM always stays ahead of threats. AlienVault is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley and backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sigma, Trident Capital and Adara Venture Partners. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.

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