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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault OSSIM

The most obvious scenario in which OSSIM is well suited is in a single office/home office (SOHO) or small business, in which budget is reduced but asset discovery and vulnerability management are greatly needed and appreciated. OSSIM is lightweight and free, so the real challenge to face is to hire or assign an administrator to manage and operate it, instead of any investment on an expensive appliance. Also, as resellers, promoting usage of OSSIM to customers charging for professional services for installation, administration, and maintenance (remember that OSSIM doesn't have official support from AlienVault) is a great asset for the organization.
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BMC Track-It!

If you are looking for a flexible, highly customizable ticketing or work management tool, this will work for you. It will allow you to create (or use your existing) escalation workflows and tracking. You don't have to adjust to the structure of the software, it can be easily customized to you. The email ticket routing works well and is relatively simple to set up. You can customize the reports to get the very specific data you want.If you don't have a structure for tickets or projects, this doesn't have a built-in structure for you. So if you are looking for a solution to provide an escalation and workflow system for you, this may not be for you. There are products and services out there that have rigid structures in place already that may be a better fit.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

IT Asset Management

AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
6.1
Software and hardware inventory tracking
AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
6.2
License management
AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
6.1
Asset lifecycle monitoring
AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
6.3
Contract management
AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
6.0
Asset relationship management
AlienVault OSSIM
BMC Track-It!
5.8

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 to implement.
  • Ease of use.
  • Lots of features.
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Cons

  • It's a free product! Yes, it doesn't have all the capabilities of the USM anywhere, but it does a great job. Can't really complain.
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  • Not for really large organizations.
  • Reporting module is not intuitive or easy to use at all.
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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! was less expensive and had similar features to the competition.
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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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  • Our previous ticketing system was free so ROI is difficult to measure.
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Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

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

BMC Track-It!

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