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Splunk vs. Google Chronicle

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splunk vs google chronicle
no architectural flexibility

Google Chronicle

No architectural choice or flexibility

In today's rapidly evolving IT landscape where over 80% of organizations use multi-cloud environments, the limitations of Google Chronicle's dependence on Google Cloud Platform-only deployment architecture are increasingly apparent. Organizations need more flexibility in their cloud strategies. 

Splunk's Advantage

Splunk offers the flexibility and choice your modern SOC needs to thrive in this dynamic landscape. Whether you need to be in one cloud or another, hybrid or on-premises, we have you covered today and tomorrow, keeping you in control of your entire architecture. 

lack of contextualized threat detection

Google Chronicle

Lack of contextualized threat detection

Google Chronicle has notable limitations in out-of-the-box detection content. This forces you to invest more time and resources in developing customer detection rules. Plus, the complexity of Chronicle advanced correlation, alerting capabilities and customizable risk scoring can result in alert fatigue and high-risk threats not being addressed promptly.

Splunk's Advantage

Splunk Enterprise Security comes with 1,500+ curated detections aligned to industry frameworks crafted by the Splunk Threat Research Team.  Our unique risk-based alerting (RBA) prevents analyst alert fatigue by attributing risk to users and systems, so alerts only trigger when risks surpass predefined thresholds. RBA reduces alert volumes by up to 90%, ensuring that you're always focused on the most pressing threats. And detections within Splunk Enterprise Security natively align to industry frameworks like MITRE ATT&CK, NIST, CSF 2.0 and Cyber Kill Chain®.

inefficient workflows lead to overwhelmed analysts

Google Chronicle

Inefficient workflows lead to overwhelmed analysts

Google Chronicle struggles to adequately equip SOC analysts with the tools needed for efficient workflow coordination across the critical stages of threat detection, investigation and response (TDIR). SOC teams require more than just sifting through countless query responses. They need immediate access to real-time, actionable and high-fidelity alerts for swift decision-making. Chronicle falls short.

Splunk's Advantage

Splunk Enterprise Security provides unified, risk-based workflows across the TDIR process using a modern and unified work surface. Fuel your SOC operational efficiency with workflows that integrate Splunk SOAR to take your orchestration and response actions to a new level. With Splunk, your team can align and prioritize responses based on urgency so your business can better address risk.

Now we can identify vulnerabilities in our systems we weren’t able to before with other platforms. With Splunk, we have what we need to improve our security strategy and better protect Soriana’s assets and information.

Sergio Gonzalez, CISO, Soriana
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Splunk vs Google Chronicle

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Architectural Flexibility

Deploy Splunk Enterprise Security in any environment — on-premises, cloud or hybrid. Our solution adapts to your business choices, not the other way around.


Chronicle does not allow customers to deploy outside of Google Cloud. This limitation hinders many organizations that are not in a cloud-only environment. 


Data Optimization

Optimize your data sources for best use in the Splunk platform. Search data where it lives and ingest into Splunk when needed for tasks such as normalization, enrichment and data availability and retention. With Splunk Enterprise Security, you have the flexibility to store and access your data — even at the edge — and the choice to ingest key data critical to your security use cases. This ensures the most cost-effective data optimization strategy. 

Chronicle makes it difficult and time-consuming to ingest data, often requiring professional services.  This leads to poor time-to-value and decisions not to ingest certain data sources which can cause visibility gaps.


Curated Detections

Splunk has 1,500+ curated detections aligned to industry frameworks so you can realize value from day one. With Splunk, you get automatic security content updates delivered directly from the Splunk Threat Research Team to help you stay on top of new and emerging threats.

Security teams using Google are directed to community-maintained GitHub repositories first, especially once the user goes outside certain Cloud-focused content. When it comes to security content, you want your SIEM vendor to be as invested in developing and keeping security content up to date as you are.


Proactively Address Risk

Splunk Enterprise Security risk-based alerting (RBA) enhances prioritizations by attributing risk to users and systems, mapping alerts to cybersecurity frameworks and triggering alerts when risks exceed thresholds. This reduces alert fatigue, keeping efforts focused on detecting high-fidelity threats to proactively address risk. 

Chronicle lacks sophisticated risk-based alerting. Without advanced correlations and customizable risk scoring, Chronicle cannot effectively prioritize alerts, resulting in high-risk threats not being addressed promptly, which increases the potential for security breaches. 


Achieve Operational Efficiency Splunk powers the modern SOC by offering extensibility, seamless integrations and support for hybrid environments, coupled with a deep understanding of threats and risks. Splunk unifies TDIR workflows through integrated, industry-leading products such as Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk SOAR, Splunk User Behavior Analytics and Splunk Attack Analyzer to address a broad spectrum of SecOps use cases.

While Google Chronicle may offer basic capabilities in SOC operations, it notably lacks efficient coordination of workflows throughout the threat detection, investigation and response process. SOC teams often find themselves sifting through an overwhelming volume of query responses, lacking the real-time, actionable and high-fidelity alerts essential for prompt action. This critical shortfall means that Google Chronicle often leaves teams without the timely and precise information needed for immediate response.


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