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Arctic Wolf Competitors: Fortra’s Alert Logic Vs. Arctic Wolf

A comprehensive, continual security posture is tough to maintain on your own. You need time, attention, and the right people to watch the walls around your network and manage potential dangers. Any organization seeking a strong cybersecurity solution with expert threat intelligence to make up for strained internal resources will likely be led to managed detection and response (MDR).

If you’re researching MDR, then Arctic Wolf may be on your shortlist for that next cybersecurity investment. See how it measures up against Alert Logic:

Feature-by-feature comparison

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Single pane of glass view (threats, risks, vulnerabilities, incidents)
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Container Support and/or Coverage
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Why Customers Choose…

Arctic Wolf

Significant Threat Vector Coverage

Arctic Wolf’s network, endpoint, and cloud monitoring collects data from existing systems as well as the platform’s extended reach, to minimize threats that may slip through the cracks. Arctic Wolf claims to process 2 trillion events every week, analyzing and enriching them with the latest threat intelligence.

Custom Detection Rules

Network traffic flows in unique ways depending on operations, critical devices, and user privileges. Arctic Wolf delivers a solution that can tweak detection settings around the nature of how you work and what you depend on for collaboration. Therefore, it reduces the number of false positives — alerts that incorrectly flag vulnerabilities based on assumptions about your network behavior. That means more threats are appropriately triaged.

Virtual sensors for AWS and Microsoft Azure

Sufficient data gathering relies on analyzing hundreds of potential sources at once. This can only be done when sensors are embedded within the same environment as the source logs. Arctic Wolf integrates sensors for Amazon and Microsoft Azure’s popular cloud services and application suites, so you’re more protected in the cloud.

24/7,Human-led Security Support

Like any MDR service, Arctic Wolf’s specialists keep a constant eye on your system, going beyond extended detection or SIEM security to report on advanced threats as soon as they occur. They handle malicious events through investigation, root cause analysis and incident response, bearing the responsibility for you. If there’s a serious disruption or data breach, they’ll also provide guided remediation, bringing your network back to stability.

Alert Logic

More Diverse Sensor Integration

When collecting data, Alert Logic uses a wider array of sensor technology for on-prem and cloud environments. The Alert Logic sensor covers hardware virtualization platforms such as VMWare and Hyper V, as well as cloud and on-premises support for monitoring containers. This latter feature allows our MDR solution to check the health and vulnerabilities within hypervisors that stand up a virtualized operating system.

A Rapid, Dependable SLA

Alert Logic puts our money where our mouth is with financially backed service level agreements for Critical and P1 alerts. Managed detection and response should notify you as soon as possible when a serious threat is taking place. Alert Logic’s SLA stands firm at 15 minutes — the maximum time our SOC (Security Operations Center) professionals will take to act on Critical and Priority 1 alerts. By contrast, Arctic Wolf sticks to a “best effort” commitment, which is harder to depend on for swift resolution.

A Single Dashboard View

By unifying every tracking tool and status report, Alert Logic provides a clear, simple perspective on your digital security. You can see what’s passing through your network and the amount of anomalous or confirmed threats that have been dealt with. Arctic Wolf’s dashboards are more cumbersome, demanding extra effort to understand context, trends and severity.

Much More Generous Data Log Periods

The longer you’re able to store incident data, the better you can meet compliance standards and provide evidence of a solid cybersecurity landscape. Our MDR platform gives you a 365-days of hot storage for syslog, netflow and an IDS data retention timeframe. These logs are generated automatically, ready when you need them. Arctic Wolf, on the other hand, caps data logs at 90 days, after which they are wiped from their systems.

Unrivaled Security for Your Cloud Journey


Security Monitoring


AWS Deployments


Expert SOC Analysts


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19+ years

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Alert Logic At-A-Glance

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What You Can Expect from Our MDR Solution:

  • A managed security solution that delivers the outcomes your organization demands
  • An award-winning platform, cutting-edge threat intelligence, and expert defenders all working together for you
  • 24/7 security operations and expert remediation advice
  • Flexible coverage tailored to your individual business needs
  • Simple pricing with a lower total cost than assembling and operating on your own

Questions you should ask before choosing a security provider

It can be difficult to know exactly what information you need to gather when researching the MDR solutions market and making a purchasing decision. The following questions can serve as a guide to help get you started:

Does Arctic Wolf's concierge service give me a named analyst?

A personal touch is a critical component of Alert Logic MDR. Typically, we assign six experts to each of our clients, covering a broad range of security, technology, and customer service skills. They’ll learn about your organization and the roles your own security professionals play in preventing cyber risk. Furthermore, we give you:

  • A customer success manager: Your single point of contact for MDR support, tailored to your unique business needs and operational requirements.
  • A named security analyst: One of our veteran SOC members, who will deliver individualized protection and custom response plans.

Arctic Wolf doesn't provide a named analyst, so you have less assurance that the same expert is leading your cybersecurity support. Different people might take that role, failing to consistently act on past discoveries relevant to your business and network structure.

How many new or evolving threats were they first to discover?

Alert Logic tracks vulnerabilities and emerging threats across 4,000 customers, finding — for instance — exposures in WordPress Live Chat and techniques for exfiltrating credentials via DNS. It’s a combination of human threat intelligence and machine learning, allowing Alert Logic to spot patterns and better prepare for similar attacks or data risks. Thanks to a consolidated platform, we’re able to analyze research and cyber assault behaviors from thousands of systems at once. 

What is the MDR pricing system?

Some MDR solutions charge you a fixed amount based on employee count or the company’s revenue. But we believe in a pricing agreement that accounts for the managed detection you need, instead of an arbitrary number. Our services start at 25 security nodes and scale up with your requirements. Meanwhile, extensions such as our managed web application firewall (WAF) is priced on the amount of websites you must protect. For more details, request a customized quote.

How extensive is the network tech stack?

The best MDR solutions integrate with a wide array of applications, plug-ins, operating systems, security tools and utilities. These lead to broader visibility on incoming cyber threats. Alert Logic, for example, is built for almost every digital environment, from an AWS, Azure, or GCP cloud platform to on-premises infrastructure. Always discuss tech stack capabilities with your provider before choosing them; it can make the difference between a service that grows with you, or one that holds you back.

Does Arctic Wolf have playbooks for intelligent responses?

Arctic Wolf doesn’t share any information for how, when, or what they’ll deploy for threat hunting and resolution capabilities. By comparison, we give our customers the exact details, drilling into the ways in which cyber intelligence informs our next steps.


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“We would have needed multiple vendors on board to be able to do what we are doing with just Alert Logic. I would recommend Alert Logic, hands down.”

Lee Ramsey

Co-Founder of Pre-Fi

“Literally within 15 minutes, our Alert Logic SOC analyst called us to make us aware of some security threats and vulnerabilities that they detected right away.”

Edward Merrett

Security Operations and Incident Response Manager

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