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AlienVault OSSIM

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Score 8.2 out of 101

Sourcefire 3D

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Score 8.1 out of 101

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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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Sourcefire 3D

This is great for large and small organizations as they have different models and modules that fit every scenario.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
Sourcefire 3D
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
Sourcefire 3D
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Sourcefire 3D
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Sourcefire 3D
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Sourcefire 3D
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5
Sourcefire 3D
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Sourcefire 3D
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Sourcefire 3D

Pros

  • 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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  • Low false positive rate as long as it is properly managed/tuned.
  • Easy to manage and configure with the GUI.
  • Support is great if assistance is needed.
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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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  • Wish additional modules were included such as FireAmp.
  • Wish it was easier to include customized signatures if needed. Required to know how to code with Snort in order to add real customization.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Sourcefire 3D9.0
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We are in the middle of outsourcing and may not be able to keep this product.
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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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Sourcefire 3D is Snort on steroids. Snort is a great free open source tool but Sourcefire adds a lot of functionality on top of the Snort engine. It opens a whole new world when it comes to detecting and blocking malicious traffic if you decide to place it inline. We needed to enhance our Security posture and Sourcefire allowed us to do 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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  • We have noticed a drop in the amount of infections within the environment since introducing Sourcefire 3 years ago. This saves on time and effort on our desktop teams to remediate threats.
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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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Sourcefire 3D

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