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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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Pentaho

The tool is fast, visually attractive and intuitive to use, but we also have an implementation of Qlik Sense and Pentaho pales in comparison to the overall capabilities. I recommend the tool, but everyone’s solution need is unique, so it may not be the right fit. Larger tools like Qlik are more versatile and easier to recommend. More expensive, yes, but you usually get what you pay for.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

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

BI Standard Reporting

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.9
Customizable dashboards
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.3
Drill-down analysis
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.1
Formatting capabilities
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.3
Report sharing and collaboration
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
5.1

Report Output and Scheduling

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.7
Publish to Web
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2
Publish to PDF
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.6
Report Versioning
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.6
Predictive Analytics
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
5.9

Access Control and Security

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.6
Role-Based Security Model
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
7.1

Mobile Capabilities

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
5.7
Dedicated iOS Application
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.5
Dedicated Android Application
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.1
REST API
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.9
Javascript API
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.5
iFrames
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
5.3
Java API
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
5.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
AlienVault OSSIM
Pentaho
6.4

Pros

  • 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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  • Easy to create simple jobs and transformations
  • Mature data access and data transformation capabilities
  • Suitable for complex analytic use cases
  • Consume data from many sources
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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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  • The Mondrian code was hard to learn.
  • The availability of resources that had experience with Pentaho and Mondrian was limited for us.
  • The dashboards were slow and we found that it ended up being easier to remove the Pentaho pieces of the dashboard.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Pentaho8.8
Based on 11 answers
I will use Pentaho until I find a better tool with a better, easier to use report designer client. For now, Pentaho has been the most powerful reporting tool for our clients because of its ability to connect to Odoo, integrate in Odoo (reports are accessible in Odoo) and the flexibility in report design and parameter integration
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Usability

AlienVault OSSIM8.0
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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Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
I would have liked some hands on help in trying to match what Customers were already used to. Plus having a team of Java/BI folks was difficult to assemble since what required to be done in an object oriented fashion could have easily been done via a SQL construct. This hash of technologies was difficult to manage.
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Support

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Pentaho9.9
Based on 2 answers
They were responsive to our questions when we raised issues.They gave us workarounds when required.They were quite knowledgeable when it came to issue analysis and providing fixes.They were forthright in informing us if a bug was not due for release soon.
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Online Training

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Pentaho9.5
Based on 2 answers
Course Taken: DI1000 Pentaho Data Integration FundamentalsSetup A week before your class started, the instructor will start sending out class material and lab setup instructions. This is helpful so that you understand how the environment is laid out and can start reviewing the content. Ultimately it saved about a 1/2 day trying to setup with 10 other people online which was great! The CourseThe 3-day course was laid out like many other technical classes with 15-30 minutes instruction and 15-60 minutes of lab exercises. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the functionality from version to version and answered questions as we went along. I was amazed at some of the functionality that was available that I was not using at the time and quickly implemented changes to many existing transformations and jobs. The novice users seemed to catch on quickly and more experienced users explained how some of the functionality was used in their home environments. Towards the end there was enough time so that we were able to ask very directed questions about our own environments. Overall, I really found the class to be informative and deliver enough information to be dangerous. My skills improved and I was able to design better and efficient transformations for the HIE. Course Description: https://training.pentaho.com/instructor-led-training/pentaho-data-integration-fundamentals-di1000
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Implementation

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Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
Get the right people in before starting implementation. Start small and build as you go approach is time consuming and involves lot of rework.Evangalize within the organization the capabilities and limitations equally so that correct delivery expectations are set.Set expectations with the Customer that the tool cannot replace proprietary software in terms of stability/usability and that timelines could change given the new ness of the product.
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM as the first experience with a SIEM is very fine, especially if your company is an SMB. Every SIEM shares some features in common with other products, features such as log retrieval and normalization. So if you stick with principles, you can learn other SIEM products as well. If your environment is not of a minimum size, LogRhythm might be overkill for your network, same with McAfee Enterprise Security Manager.
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We evaluated many typical BI software vendors including Micro-strategy, JasperSoft and Tableau. Tableau would have been a top pick if it had better support for OEM. We had to compete against Tableau in many customers to try to get them to upgrade to use our analytics and found that they were very hard to displace due to how easy it is to use.The organization I worked for had been through other partnerships with Micro-strategy and I believe that may have had an impact on them not wanting to use them again, but I was not involved in the final decisions on that.
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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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  • Pentaho has improved our overall business process.
  • Pentaho has helped the Managers and Directors to analyze the numbers going up and down from time to time.
  • We have a started a big project using Pentaho that is going to include all the business processes in the organization.
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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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Pentaho

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