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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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Lansweeper

It is the best tool that is used for collecting initial information about users or devices. Well done cross references. We are never faced with any serious issues using this product for our internal purposes.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
Lansweeper
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
Lansweeper
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Lansweeper
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Lansweeper
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Lansweeper
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
Lansweeper
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Lansweeper
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Lansweeper

IT Asset Management

AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
6.5
Software and hardware inventory tracking
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
8.2
License management
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
5.1
Asset relationship management
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
6.3

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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  • Inventory - LANSweeper scans the network for devices - anything with an SNMP trap or using AD or local credentials. We can get an in-depth look at devices.
  • Reporting - LANSweeper can generate just about any report you can imagine. We can check RAM in groups and determine where upgrades are needed. We can find local printers (which aren't allowed on our network) and address that issue with the user. We can check CPU type to help determine end of life without our network.
  • Printers - It's nice to have a quick look at printer statuses. Toner levels, out of paper, and service errors are all reported via LANSweeper.
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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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  • LANSweeper has a tendency to be extremely slow sometimes. We are running it in a 2016 VM. It has plenty of RAM, CPU, and Storage. However I believe it would benefit from living on an SQL server instead of a local lite instance of SQL.
  • I wish there were more details in the printer reports. It is definitely a bit lacking.
  • It's hard to balance the auto-removal of items from LANSweeper. This isn't necessarily LANSweeper's fault. But sometimes you want to keep record of devices for a period after they're gone. Sometimes, you just want to wipe the slate clean of old items and start over.
  • The Helpdesk system needs a LOT of improvement. We used it for two years. This year, we did not renew. It is comical looking with its colors and large fonts. It is difficult to sort through tickets. I hope it gets better in time. I like having it integrated into the inventory system.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Lansweeper10.0
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The price to function scale is so far towards function it would be stupid to get rid of it
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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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Track-It!'s inventory control costs a lot more than LANSweeper. We're happy with the cost and features of LANSweeper compared to Track-It! We do use Track-It! for our ticketing system now. It is robust, full-featured, and blows LANSweeper out of the water. But for Inventory, we prefer LANSweeper. If LANSweeper's helpdesk system improves, we may move back.
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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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  • LANSweeper helps us determine when devices are EOL and deal with them accordingly.
  • LANSweeper keeps track of serial and model numbers. Helping us locate specific devices if necessary.
  • Warranty tracking is built-in to LANSweeper. It's nice to be able to just click a link and be taken to the manufacturer's warranty information page regarding that device.
  • M.A.R.T monitoring is a great feature. We get a report of impending hard drive failures and can deal with them proactively.
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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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Lansweeper

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