AlienVault OSSIM

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Score 8.2 out of 101

RackFoundry Total Security Management

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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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RackFoundry Total Security Management

RackFoundry Total Security Management (TSM) is suited for most companies that have the same challenge as my team had. If you are looking to purchase one security tool and spend most of your allocated budget then I would not recommend this for you. However, if you are looking for something close to a single pane of glass, (granted there is no such thing) this solution does come close as they have the main components built in such as their FW/IPS/IDS/SIEM. Before selecting RackFoundry we had two options which were: 1) Upgrade our current solution and spend an overbearing amount 2) Search for new vendors and maybe procure 1-3 devices and then manually integrate them. Because this was a unified console and integration between devices was simple, we were able to obtain 4-6 security functions and we even had some sense of security visibility via the SIEM. It's not as powerful as Splunk or LogRhythm, but it definitely does the job
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.4
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.1
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.1
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.6
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
RackFoundry Total Security Management
10.0
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.1
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.6
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
RackFoundry Total Security Management
9.1

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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  • All-in-one solution that covers all the essentials and basic of security needs
  • Unique methodology way for cost effective enterprise security solution
  • Help exceed compliance as their interface allows you to tailor your compliance needs
  • Simple and friendly customizable user interface dashboard
  • Unique function: Ask an Expert
  • Premium fully manage automatic updates with access
  • Deployable Security Modules that encompass IPS/IDS/SIEM/VA/FW
  • Knowledgeable engineers, who helped improve our overall infrastructure by making it more secure
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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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  • Ask an Expert takes takes 2-48 to hours respond. I've seen them take up to 47 hours on an unknown log, however it has never been greater than 48 hours.
  • Initial configuration took 2-3 weeks to adapt to my team's preference.
  • Professional service days are expensive.
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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 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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Well I have experience with the big names: SecureWorks, IBM and Splunk. Individually their logging tools are much better than RackFoundry's Total Security Management. This is great for large corporations and urban cities, however not so great for municipalities, mid size businesses and companies who fluctuate between 1-7 members on their IT staff. Why? Because it takes too much of their resources and integration with other products gets a little rough as you will need to configure your preferences to theirs. When a company has stability it is great to have a name brand product, however renewals and upgrade costs can be taxing to an organization.
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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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  • We were able to have greater security visibility because of the IDS and the SIEM feature.
  • If we did not choose RackFoundry's Appliance, we probably would have only had 2 security functions that has limited features. Instead we have multiple security functions and had a little extra budget to use towards new equipment.
  • The device has allowed me to use my time more effectively at work. Instead of having some of my staff dedicate their time towards sifting through logs, we are able to see actionable data and react faster.
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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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RackFoundry Total Security Management

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details