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Score 8.5 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

SysAid

SysAid is a great bang for your buck, it's why I would recommend it to a small to medium business. It's a really good starting software. It has a complete ITSM suite. At this point in our enterprise SysAid doesn't scale anymore. We need more quality over price. If this is your case also, I wouldn't recommend SysAid.
Samuel Laflamme | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault OSSIM
7.8
SysAid
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
SysAid
Correlation
AlienVault OSSIM
7.6
SysAid
Event and log normalization
AlienVault OSSIM
7.3
SysAid
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
SysAid
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault OSSIM
8.1
SysAid
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault OSSIM
7.1
SysAid
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault OSSIM
8.3
SysAid

Incident and problem management

AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
5.8
Organize and prioritize service tickets
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
6.5
Expert directory
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.0
Service restoration
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
4.3
Self-service tools
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
6.0
Subscription-based notifications
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.8
ITSM collaboration and documentation
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
6.1
ITSM reports and dashboards
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
2.8

ITSM asset management

AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
5.9
Configuration mangement
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.7
Asset management dashboard
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
5.2
Policy and contract enforcement
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
4.6

Change management

AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.4
Change requests repository
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
8.0
Change calendar
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.1
Service-level management
AlienVault OSSIM
SysAid
7.1

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

SysAid

  • The workflow functionality works well to get approvals, or assigning to different teams.
  • The tool is easy to use as a front end for users.
  • Work allocation can be monitored closely, and give a holistic view in terms of issues hitting your service desk.
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

SysAid

  • We don;t use many of the advanced features of SysAid (asset and patch management, benchmarks and analytics) because it appears the learning curve is quite high.
  • The interface is pretty rustic. This does not affect the use of the product, but it could create a marketing problem when trying to gain new customers as they may be comparing it to something "prettier".
  • At various times the SysAid server service shuts down. This is not a common occurrence, just often enough to be mildly annoying.
Jeff Daniels | 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

SysAid

SysAid 3.0
Based on 1 answer
It definitely requires a lot of getting used to. The layout and UI is very technical. I could imagine IT people would get a grasp of it quickly, but regular end users not so much.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

AlienVault OSSIM

AlienVault OSSIM 8.7
Based on 3 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

SysAid

SysAid 5.0
Based on 1 answer
We had mixed experiences with SysAid support. Some of our calls were answered promptly. Even sometimes they needed to put us in contact with their R&D team for further troubleshooting. Some other times, we were less lucky, we had a few issues with the asset management client on both Windows and Mac OSX and often the answer was not what we were hoping for.
Samuel Laflamme | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SysAid

In my opinion, SysAid is much easier to use than similar products I've used and it allows for remote assistance within the tickets, which is always a plus. With a much easier to use interface, I think any user can figure out how to use the system. Overall, SysAid provided us with a great experience for what we needed at the time.
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

SysAid

  • It made management realize how much work some people were doing compared to others and when we needed to hire more help.
  • For our small company, the costs got to be too much.
  • The help desk was helpful, but they had odd hours since they are based in Isreal. I swear one day it sounded like someone was calling me from the back of a pickup truck that had chickens on it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AlienVault OSSIM

General

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

SysAid

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
SysAid
7.1

Usability

AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
SysAid
3.0

Support

AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
SysAid
5.0

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