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Score 8.7 out of 101
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Score 8.2 out of 101

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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

When an account is created in active directory your teams can be notified. You can also be notified when computer objects are created in your enviroment. This can be helpful to spot unknown devices that may try to bind to your AD for authentication. Or if accounts are deleted in mass you can react quickly
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.2
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.5
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
9.2
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
7.8
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.7
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.4
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.6
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.3
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.3
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
7.2
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
5.4
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.8

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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

  • Compared to other SIEMs, it's relatively easy to get up and running. The virtual appliance is easy to maintain.
  • Support was top notch. The support team really knows their stuff when you run into an issue.
  • The email alert system is easy to use and attach to a fired rule.
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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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

  • While the initial setup was straightforward, customizations to reports can be a little daunting. Luckily SolarWinds has videos available on steps to proceed and their tech support reps are very helpful too.
  • The frequency of version updates is few and far between. This may be a good thing and should be expected since it is a set it and forget it kind of virtual appliance.
  • It would be helpful if SolarWinds LEM had Wizards built-in that could assist in adding new types of devices. At times, I've had to go with trial and error until SolarWinds LEM would actually start collecting data from a particular one-off node.
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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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

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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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

SolarWinds Security Event Manager 6.8
Based on 4 answers
I have not directly worked with SolarWinds support. However, my staff has great things to say about them. Even during upgrades on the servers that we were doing ourselves support was very helpful with troubleshooting and best practices. Also the TWACK community is very helpful. I have heard other people in the industry stated that it is one of SolarWinds best features
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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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

In the past I have used Qradar, McAfee ESM, and RSA Security Analytics.
PROS:Compared to these products, LEM is by far the most user friendly and easiest to deploy. LEM's ability to automate response and remediation also seems a cut above these products. LEM also ranks up at the top in terms of reliability. Very rarely have we had to resolve issues that prevented LEM from doing it's job.
CONS: LEM is unfortunately lacking in the ability to create custom parsers like other SIEM solutions can. This means if LEM is unable to parse logs coming from a network appliance, you won't be able to view them until Solarwinds releases their official parser for that product. Complex correlations can also test the limits of LEM due to the way that logs are parsed into event type rather than log source type. Trying to correlate all of your IPS events in a complex correlation? This my prove to be difficult in LEM.
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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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SolarWinds Security Event Manager

  • LEM provides users the ability to reduce administration and operations cost by consolidating log management into one system.
  • LEM allows various IT departments such as server and network to work together using normalized common events. This increases operational efficiency and reduces event correlation time.
  • Customers should expect a high learning curve for personnel when the product is first implemented. Network management will need to plan on some ramp-up time cost up front.
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AlienVault OSSIM

Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General

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

SolarWinds Security Event Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault OSSIM
8.5
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
8.6

Usability

AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager

Support

AlienVault OSSIM
9.5
SolarWinds Security Event Manager
6.8

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