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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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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

I think threat prevention on a certain level could be used in all Palo Alto deployments (even if just alerting without blocking).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.5
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
7.8
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
7.3
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

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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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

  • The threat engine has constant updates for important threats.
  • Wildfire helps supplement the Threat engine to help protect against 0 day threats.
  • The way the threat engine can be added at different levels to different zones and policies helps to ensure business essential traffic can have policies that are tuned to ensure traffic will flow.
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Cons

AlienVault OSSIM

  • Reporting is not the greatest. I had internal developers take data and create some reports that better fit my needs.
  • Navigation through the vulnerability scans is not ideal.
  • Asset management is also cumbersome to navigate through.
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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

  • Visibility into signatures and how they function/what triggers them would be very beneficial.
  • Lacking customizability compared to other tools.
  • Inability to write custom signatures easily and for traffic with small (less than 8 bit) signatures.
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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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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

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Support

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 9.5
Based on 2 answers
AlienVault OSSIM support has been very good. I have not had an issue that they were not able to quickly identify and provide a fix for. They are very quick to respond to open cases and are very knowledgeable in the product, which makes troubleshooting issues fast and solutions are provided quickly.
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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM

Best bang for the buck. Darktrace did not perform even close to AlienVault. I ran them concurrently. AlienVault consistently found issues that Darktrace didn't pick up, and the Darktrace incidents were false positives. At one point, Darktrace stated I had 2,000 servers and I have 112.FortiSIEM is an awesome package but it's more then I need (or can afford). I would need to add staff, for at least the first year or so, just to get it setup and configured correctly.
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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

It is comparable but not as robust as other stand alone IPS/IDS.
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Return on Investment

AlienVault OSSIM

  • 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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Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

  • New deployment hasn't been fully calculated yet.
  • With the addition of Panorama and central logging, event investigation has become more streamlined.
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Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General

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

Palo Alto Networks Threat Protection

General

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

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