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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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Graylog

This is well suited for a small to medium sized environment where you are looking to collect all your system logs. In larger scale environments it would be trickier to pull this software off. The software can only handle a certain amount of logs per second, if you have lots of devices you should invest in a more premium product
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

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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  • Manages logs for a variety of devices
  • Easy to set up
  • A great open source solution
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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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  • If you don't know your way around Linux setup would be tricky. Some step by step videos would be helpful.
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Graylog10.0
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The product is great, and the support we have gotten from the developers has been top notch!
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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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Graylog provides some great functionality for free. There are some more premium products that would handle more logs and would be a little easier to configure
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Return on Investment

  • The ROI of OSSIM itself is, obviously, immediate, being that it's a free, open-source product. However, you must take into account other inherent investments to cover up for the lack of official support, such as certified agents or consultants that take care of the management and maintenance of the product once in production.
  • On the other hand, the potential loss of information and interruption of operativity due to malware and other threats is really unmeasurable. The implicit savings in OSSIM as a SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) are really the major positive impact on your organization's revenue.
  • Finally, and from a reseller's point of view, reselling OSSIM has the big plus of being a professional services-only asset, given that the appliance itself is free of charge. The only thing to consider is the initial investment in team members with the required capacitation and knowledge to address such professional services to potential customers.
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  • This is a perfect solution for us and didn't cost us a dime.
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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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Graylog

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