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Score 8.5 out of 101
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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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Rapid7 Nexpose

All in all, it's a great vulnerability management platform and would work for most companies looking for a straightforward solution. We rely heavily on integration and automation and it has room for improvement there. We would like it to connect to applications out of the box or vendor supported rather than creating those connectors in-house.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Rapid7 Nexpose
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
Rapid7 Nexpose
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Rapid7 Nexpose
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.9
Rapid7 Nexpose
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Rapid7 Nexpose
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.4
Rapid7 Nexpose
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Rapid7 Nexpose
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Rapid7 Nexpose

Pros

AlienVault OSSIM

  • Being a part of the Open Source community, open source tools are always a big plus for me.
  • Being a simple straightforward tool, it does a great job especially with the asset management piece built into it.
  • Straightforward
  • Open Threat Exchange(OTX) gives a straightforward live threat intel feed to work off.
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Rapid7 Nexpose

  • Queries against inventory are easy and useful
  • Most threats discovered a have plenty of detail about the nature of the problem and how to mitigate
  • Dashboards are abundant
  • Once the organization of the tool is understood, operation is easy
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Cons

AlienVault OSSIM

  • 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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Rapid7 Nexpose

  • Management side of things is a bit less functional than [Nexus]
  • Perhaps more robust reporting for higher level reporting
  • The alerting/messaging system could use additional flexibility
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Usability

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 8.0
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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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Rapid7 Nexpose

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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM

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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Rapid7 Nexpose

Nessus Pro does scans, but does not maintain an inventory from scan to scan. There is no history for a specific device, you have to look inside the results of each scan. Search across inventory is non-existent. There are no dashboards for data analysis. This is no tracking for remediation
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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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Rapid7 Nexpose

  • Can reduce time to patch most critical vulnerabilities
  • Can help to identify who is spending time patching things of lower risk thus keeping the organization in a more vulnerable position
  • Easily provides the patch team with a work plan to enhance security more quickly
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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

Rapid7 Nexpose

General

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

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