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Score 7.9 out of 100
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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.
Ivan Montilla Miralles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

If you need to centralize your licensing and subscriptions, this solution will work. If you are running standard computers in an office, this will give you decent utilization statistics. If you have any non-persistent workstations, then it isn't going to be for you. If you aren't running the full packages of some major software, you'll have a lot of work to do to convince Snow that you are in compliance.It is heavily dependent on the data entry quality, so if you have a central person in charge of data entry it will be a good solution. If there are many hands entering license and software data, you may run into headaches.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
7.6
Snow License Manager
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
Snow License Manager
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
7.3
Snow License Manager
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.0
Snow License Manager
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
7.7
Snow License Manager
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
8.9
Snow License Manager
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
6.1
Snow License Manager
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Snow License Manager

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.
Jose Quintero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

  • It can track if a software has been used and report back for utilization review.
  • It can monitor and alert on license and contact expiration, which helps eliminate the human factor with manual reminders.
  • There is a lot of flexibility in the software to handle your license information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AlienVault OSSIM

  • The reports are clunky and a bit tedious to parse through.
  • Sometimes there's so much noise it's hard to tell what a true positive is. There are lots of false ones that trigger alerts but are normal behavior in many environments.
John Keenan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

  • The reporting and searching tools are powerful, but are dependent on the person entering the data in a clean, uniform manner. We've had problems that rendered searches, primarily from data issues.
  • The utilization relies on clients writing back at assigned times, we have 'frozen' workstations that don't preserve data. This has led to many problems and manual configurations to get it working properly (and I don't think they all currently are).
  • The software identification can be troublesome. We've had many software 'alerts' that we were out of compliance because part of an application was detected as something else and then didn't match the product. Accuracy is definitely a problem.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jose Quintero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

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Support Rating

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 8.0
Based on 4 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.
Laurie Keith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

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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.
Matthew Frederickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

The deciding factor for the decision makers was the combination of license management and utilization statistics. Our desktop people wanted the utilization and reporting to be very granular and close to real time. Snow was purchased because they promoted their real time utilization in addition to the license management, alerting and reporting. To my knowledge, only Snow was given a proof of concept before the decision was made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snow License Manager

  • Utilization statistics have helped us to eliminate unused licenses and software.
  • The central repository has eliminated the multiple spreadsheets and folders, which also reduced the amount of time our asset manager spends looking up information for others.
  • The computer software mapping has helped our staff during computer upgrades. It allows them to see what software is installed on a current workstation without having to go and inspect the old computer itself. They can now look up the software that needs to be added to the new workstation, saving time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General

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

Snow License Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Snow License Manager
5.0

Usability

AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Snow License Manager

Support Rating

AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Snow License Manager

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