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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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Lansweeper

Suited for the basic x86 environment of Windows machines and those looking for hardware discovery. I would say 150 to 200 device companies it is recommended. Unfortunately, for our environment, it lacks the detailed data, software recognition, coverage and functionality to be considered encompassing.
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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
8.4
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
8.6
Lansweeper

IT Asset Management

AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
6.7
Software and hardware inventory tracking
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
8.3
License management
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
4.8
Asset relationship management
AlienVault OSSIM
Lansweeper
7.0

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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  • Easy and quick configuration
  • A large number of tools available for administration
  • An excellent scanner that does not overload endpoints
  • Ability to create very detailed custom reports
  • All the infrastructure information in one place
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Cons

  • OSSIM, being an open source solution, lacks log management (a treat that the full USM has). Perhaps a feature to include a lightweight version inside the SIEM Correlation engine can be appreciated.
  • The appliance also lacks support for Cloud-based servers and apps. This feature is also present in USM, so it's unlikely this will appear in OSSIM, but I'd suggest also a reduced version of it included in this appliance.
  • More integration with third-party solutions such as BMC Remedy and ServiceNow, although this can be emulated through email alerts, as most ITSM solutions have the ability of converting incoming email messages into tickets.
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  • Can only scan what it sees. Doesn't show every item on the machine. Patches are also absent.
  • Software Recognition is OK with Microsoft. It is dire within our network of multiple products. Recognition is at about 35% with constant manual work needed to baseline for each manufacturer in each network
  • Datacenter compliance is a manual project. We used Excel extensively.
  • License optimization is limited to installations v surplus licenses. We need to know who's using what and how.
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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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Two very different products. Snow has agents, Lansweeper is agentless with massively different functionality. Lansweeper will be good for 150 to 200 user businesses, Snow is better for anything larger. Lansweeper has little software recognition beyond Microsoft. Snow has better recognition. Lansweeper picks up every device on the network - Snow will only report on devices it has an agent deployed on. No switches, routers etc
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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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  • I would consider that ROI has been achieved - it wasn't expensive. However, Spiceworks could have done the same for free.
  • Too much manual intervention. Not strong beyond basic Microsoft products so we had to keep an eye on everything.
  • Great sniffer of hardware on the network including switches, routers, printers.
  • Lack of features that are essential for enterprise ITAM.
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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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