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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Juniper SRX

  • Well suited for any application where a firewall or routing is needed.
  • Compared to other offerings, it is really the best.
  • The only area where there may be a need for something different is for high-end DDoS protection.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Juniper SRX
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
Juniper SRX
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Juniper SRX
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.9
Juniper SRX
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Juniper SRX
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.4
Juniper SRX
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Juniper SRX
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Juniper SRX

Pros

AlienVault OSSIM

  • Asset discovery. Once installed in a centric, network-accessible server, OSSIM can poll all your endpoints with common protocols (SSH, SNMP, WMI) to detect and discover site-wide assets to monitor. You only need to group them by your own criteria once added to the product.
  • SIEM Event Correlation. You can define quite complex correlation rules to detect possible suspicious or malicious actions or attempts in your network, in order to categorize them as real threats or as false positives, thus streamlining your risk assessment and management.
  • Ease of installation. The entire AlienVault OSSIM is self-contained in an ISO file, which can be burned into a DVD or just mounted in your server of choice (physical or virtual) for deployment. The installation process is automated and quote verbosed, with options for static IP, email messaging and others.
  • Ease of access. Being AlienVault OSSIM a self-contained appliance, it can be accessed via web by any device that supports a web browser, being that desktops, workstation, mobile devices, etc. The OSSIM dashboard and other features are automatically rearranged to adapt to the particular device being in use.
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Juniper SRX

  • The Junos OS provides engineers the ability to review past changes and see who made the change which can be a huge advantage when troubleshooting issues that recently manifested themselves in a network. Not all issues pop up right away, so this is a great tool to see how the environment has changed in the recent past.
  • Junos uses a 2 config process to make changes and put into operation, a operational config and a proposed config called a candidate config. This allows engineers making changes to see the entire proposed changes and confirm its accuracy prior to implementing.
  • Configuration changes can be done in several different methods. Once you get comfortable with each, making quick changes can done easily and validated prior to committing to operation.
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Cons

AlienVault OSSIM

  • 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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Juniper SRX

  • There's not a lot about the SRX that I don't like but if I had to say, I'd say the remote access VPN and associated client app needs improvement and by using a 3rd party as the client app provider this made troubleshooting RA issues much more difficult. For this reason, we do not use the SRX for RA VPNs.
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Usability

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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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Juniper SRX

No score
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Support

AlienVault OSSIM

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Juniper SRX

Juniper SRX 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It is pretty good. There are sometimes minor issues.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM

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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Juniper SRX

I love the Cisco ASA but I've become used to the SRX. I am a CLI kind of guy so the SRX works for me. Others may be more GUI based so the ASA may be more comfortable to you. If that's the case then the ASA's ASDM is a solid platform to manage your FW. Junos hasn't gotten this component working and will admit that, but if you're CLI driven, then the SRX is much easier to use and has a lot better context sensitive help in most situations.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault OSSIM

  • 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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Juniper SRX

  • Although I'm not a part of the budgeting process, I do know that by using Juniper SRXs, we were able to get the products we needed with much less issues and justifications as other product we've purchased in the past.
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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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Juniper SRX

General

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

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