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AlienVault OSSIM

If this is your first experience with a SIEM, this one can get you started. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of the product and you'll most likely be satisfied with it if your company is an SMB. If you need compliance reports, OSSIM is too small for you, you'll need to go with USM or USM Anywhere.
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Freshservice

If you want an IT based system that allows you to create trouble tickets, collect all documentation and assets, and is intuitive so that your'e not "administering administration", Freshservice is a good solution. Their support team is very helpful and responsive, and it was attractive to us since it was cloud-hosted. If you do not plan to take advantage of the CMDB or change management options, you may be better off using the simpler and inexpensive product, Freshdesk.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
Freshservice
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
Freshservice
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Freshservice
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Freshservice
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Freshservice
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
Freshservice
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Freshservice
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Freshservice

Incident and problem management

AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.4
Organize and prioritize service tickets
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.7
Expert directory
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.2
Service restoration
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.2
Self-service tools
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
10.0
Subscription-based notifications
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.7
ITSM collaboration and documentation
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.0
ITSM reports and dashboards
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.2

ITSM asset management

AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
8.5
Configuration mangement
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
8.5
Asset management dashboard
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
8.2
Policy and contract enforcement
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.0

Change management

AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.5
Change requests repository
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.0
Change calendar
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.7
Service-level management
AlienVault OSSIM
Freshservice
9.7

Pros

  • Most of the configuration comes out-of-the-box suited for most environments. Setting it up is really easy, with the wizard, you can have it working in less than 3 hours of deployment, without counting asset installation.
  • Out-of-the-box dashboards are really useful. You can modify or add new widgets to suit your needs, but you'll most likely agree with what already comes configured.
  • The tickets feature for handling alarms is really easy to use.
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  • Change management is a great asset of the system. It allows you to gain approvals, and document the entire process. Over the years we have chosen specific routes to address technology needs on campus only to wonder why did it that way a few years down the road.
  • The service catalog is valuable in that allows you to detail everything you can provide to your constituents. You can create your own forms, indicate anticipated delivery, and specify costs. This puts great information in front of your users from the get go.
  • The CMDB allows you to keep inventory of all assets, hardware and software, and create relationships. The information you put into the system can assist in decision-making, troubleshooting, and monitoring ROI.
  • Freshservice's built-in reports offer quick metrics to monitor your service goals
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Cons

  • The correlation directives that come out of the box are very few. I understand more correlation directives are a premium product, but one can hardly see the value of having very few. It makes new customers think they will not get better directives when they switch to the full USM or USM Anywhere.
  • Same with reports, the few reports it comes out of the box can be retrieved using other tools that are better prepared for the task. I understand that compliance reports aren't free, but at least I'd expect more security reports.
  • The OTX tab in dashboards sometimes takes too long to load, even if you have a fast internet and plenty of resources in the VM.
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  • While the CMDB is robust and helpful, you don't have much control over the view when looking at the preview grid.
  • We previously used the sister product, Freshdesk, and we appreciated the built-in chat feature. It would be nice to see Freshservice add this to their product so that we don't have to rely on third-party systems to communicate inter-departmentally, or with constituents.
  • The ticket system is intuitive and has some great features. But one of the things that is inherent with technical support is multi-part tasks related to a particular solution. While Freshservice allows you to create tasks that must be completed which you can assign to any of the other agents, it would be nice to be able to create task templates for situations that require several standard sub-tasks. For example, with computer setups if you could apply a "setup" template that identifies the various steps that must be completed so that you can monitor progress more closely, and offer quality assurance.
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Usability

AlienVault OSSIM8.0
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AlienVault OSSIM is far easy to use and manage - provided you know what you're doing. As any SIEM application, there is some background knowledge required in order to take advantage of the product's functionalities, such as the log correlation and analysis. Other than that, the application is quite usable and robust.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM has the upper ante in initial deployment price, being that it's open source. Also, with perhaps the exception of SolarWinds, it has a lower optimal requirements for onsite deployment, hence your OPEX won't be hit very hard by investing in new hardware to suit the appliance. The correlation engine is somewhat more robust that their counterparts in LogRhythm and SolarWinds, and the IDS (both NIDS and HIDS) are more reliable as well in terms of results. Finally, although Tenable SecurityCenter is more robust in dashboards, alerts and reports, it comes short in front of OSSIM in terms of real-time IDS and SIEM correlation.
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The feature sets, intuitive nature, and hosted options were all attractive to us as we looked for a ITIL- centric solution. The interface, and ability to be up-and-running in a very short amount of time drove us to invest in Freshservice
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Return on Investment

  • The only investment here is setting it up and I think seeing it's performance it's a fantastic tool and has a great positive ROI!
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  • We have been able to streamline our support operations, keeping our teams lean and agile.
  • By consolidating all support functions into one system with Freshservice, it is far easier for different departments to collaborate on an issue.
  • Freshservice pricing has been consistent and fair.
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Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Freshservice

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
$19*
1.  per agent, per month
Additional Pricing Details