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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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Splunk Light

Splunk light is awesome for anyone wanting to do proactive monitoring. It is also really well suited for insights into data with dashboards. Splunk light might not be a great choice if you do not want to manage the infrastructure on your own.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
Splunk Light
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Splunk Light
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
7.7
Splunk Light
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.6
Splunk Light
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.9
Splunk Light
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Splunk Light
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
Splunk Light
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
9.0
Splunk Light

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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Splunk Light

  • Monitoring and Alerting: Creating custom actions based on log entries was the largest unexpected bonus for us. While we had other software configured to do this job Splunk was easy to implement and could be managed by a larger number of our team members.
  • Cross-Device Analysis: Seeing data from all of your devices in one location makes following event chains much easier.
  • Vendor Specific Add-ons: There is a large library of vendor-specific add-ons for the software allowing for automatic formatting and action for certain types of logs, greatly reducing the man-hours required to get started.
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Cons

AlienVault OSSIM

  • It only comes with 10 canned reports. These reports are good, but a little more flexibility would be nice. The data is stored in a database, so it is possible to roll your own reports, just very clunky.
  • Log ingestion. The OSSIM product doesn't have a separate log server, so you either have to have a really, really beefy system to do both analysis and log ingestion, or just do log ingestion with something else.
  • Aggregation of data. Actually, it does this really well, but if you have more then two sites, it can slow your analysis down a little.
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Splunk Light

  • Splunk Light does not scale very well
  • Need to purchase Splunk Enterprise if you ever wish to use 3rd-party applications
  • Very Basic. I wish Splunk Light came with a bit more capabilities out of the box
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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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Splunk Light

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Everytime I had a question, they were very willing to help. Not that I called often.
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Splunk Light

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

AlienVault OSSIM

OSSIM is the free version of the Alien Vault USM and comes packed with most of the features you will need to get going. Like most free to use products, it is missing aspects that make the use of the product much more productive.As an example, you will need a separate system for log storage, as the OSSIM does not have storage like the USM does, making the setup a little longer and more systems needed to make it work.
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Splunk Light

Splunk's graphical interfaces or dashboards was the big reason for using it for log analysis. All the products are able to trap logs but each has a limited mechanism for correlating the logs into a usable interface for analyzing. This is where splunk prospers. Splunk's main function is the correlation of logs where the others are built to do a lot more.
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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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Splunk Light

  • Helped us be more proactive about issues
  • Helped us understand our system usage
  • Helped us invest in areas we previously did not think of
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Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General

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

Splunk Light

General

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

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