SolarWinds SEM Nominated in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

SolarWinds is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. The company’s products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid models.

The job of the technology professional is hard.

Technology is pervasive, complex and always changing.

End users can be demanding, and businesses need constant access to an ever-expanding ecosystem of applications and infrastructure.

The expectations for IT performance and availability are high, and the responsibility to deliver on those expectations rests squarely on the shoulders of today’s technology professionals.

For 20 years, SolarWinds Worldwide, a Multi-Award Winner in all Five Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Programs, has been committed to the technology professionals they serve and to understanding their challenges and how they want them addressed.

SolarWinds can help you solve your toughest IT management problem, today.

Towards that end, Three of SolarWinds powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software products have been nominated to compete in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

SolarWinds Security Event Manager

Security Event Manager
Improve your security posture and quickly demonstrate compliance with a lightweight, ready-to-use, and affordable security information and event management solution.

Threats to IT networks continue to accelerate and evolve. While enterprising hackers from external sources test the robustness of network security parameters, internal threats in the form of careless and malicious insiders remain a major and ongoing concern.

It’s critical agencies take steps to combat these threats—and SolarWinds® Security Event Manager (SEM), is a powerful weapon.

This comprehensive SIEM solution delivers dynamic, real-time log collection and analysis for immediate and actionable threat intelligence.

SEM can capture and analyze log data in real time from multiple sources and specific incidents, allowing users to quickly identify and remediate threats, uncover policy violations, and resolve vital network issues.

(See a brief overview for high-level awareness of the capabilities of SolarWinds Security Event Manager (formerly Log & Event Manager). Use the SIEM tool to detect threats, quickly respond to cyber incidents, and report compliance from a consolidated interface. Courtesy of SolarWinds and YouTube.)

Active Responses for fast threat mitigation

Time is a critical factor in responding to these concerns, and teams must be able to react quickly.

SEM has unique built-in Active Responses that allow users to take automatic actions for fast, hands-free threat mitigation.

Users can quickly shut down breached systems, block IP addresses, kill unexpected processes, and disable user accounts. Plus, SEM has a rules configuration wizard that can be used to improve usability.

Additional innovations for better security and compliance

SEM features other innovations not seen in traditional SIEM solutions.

The software includes in-memory correlation for immediate threat detection and remediation; USB Defender® technology to help identify rogue devices and enforce USB policies; and unique IT search capabilities for better remediation and audit reporting.

SEM includes support for single sign-on and improved management.

Fast and easy for better response

When responding to a threat, users need intuitive interfaces and features, without sacrificing power or capabilities—the hallmarks of SEM.

The solution includes an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface and data visualization tools to quickly search log data, build and save queries, perform event forensics, and identify the cause of security incidents or network problems.

Community-built security

The feedback of IT professionals is instrumental to improving and updating SolarWinds SEM to suit real-world needs.

SolarWinds online user community, THWACK®, features a forum in which IT pros can request and vote on new features and thus directly influence product updates.

Additional features and highlights of SolarWinds Security Event Manager Include:

  • Proactive defense against “brute force” attacks, breaches, and insider abuse

  • Threat Intelligence feed integration automatically retrieves updates

  • File Integrity Monitoring for broader compliance support and deeper security intelligence

  • Log forwarding helps normalize, correlate, and forward data to other solutions for further analysis

  • Out-of-the-box compliance reports with predefined, customizable templates, including NIST FISMA, DISA STIGs, PCI, HIPAA, SOX, and support for RMF

Secure by design

SolarWinds is evolving its plans for a safer SolarWinds and customer community, by securing their environment and systems against vulnerabilities by:

  • Upgrading to stronger and deeper endpoint protections within our environment;

  • Enhancing our Data Loss Prevention solution to better detect low and slow leaks;

  • Expanding our Security Operations Center to improve visibility and threat hunting across our network;

  • Tightening our firewall policies to further limit east/west traffic.

Like all SolarWinds software, SEM is built to scale and can support IT environments of all sizes.

It employs a node-based license model that allows users to stay within their planned budgets as they deploy and expand their IT infrastructures across multiple data centers and geographies.

A new Workstation Edition license makes monitoring logs from Windows workstations more affordable than ever.

SolarWinds SEM is used by nearly every U.S. federal civilian agency, DoD branch, and intelligence agency. It’s available on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, and other contract vehicles.

Try SolarWinds SEM for free.

SolarWinds Worldwide Win Three ‘ASTORS’ in 2020 AST Awards Program

American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is now in its Sixth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.

2020 was a very challenging year for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the much heralded AST ‘ASTORS’ Awards Winners Presentations and exclusive Luncheon at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC had to be canceled and rescheduled for 2021 due to the virus.

Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today
Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today

However, the 2020 ‘ASTORS’  Homeland Security Awards Program was again a huge success and many new categories were added including a section for COVID-19 Detection and Innovation.


The 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, X.Labs and Reed Exhibitionsevery one a returning Sponsor from 2020, 2019 and More.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!
COVID Innovations And Many Others!


Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred across all fifty states in the America.

With the unprecedented occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the safety and security industries has realized the need to increase innovations to address the daily growing challenges.

As such AST aims to make sure these firms and professionals are reflected in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, so we’d like to encourage you to submit appropriate categories recommendations and include COVID-19 Frontline Professionals in your Nominations to see that these Professionals, Facilities, and Vendors receive the Recognition they Deserve!

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at:

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

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AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.
AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

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These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

To learn more about the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, Check Out the New 2020 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2020 ‘A Year in Review’.

The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.

It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2020 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

  • For a complete list of 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners, click here.

For more information on All Things American Security Today, and the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at

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