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AlienVault USM

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AlienVault USM

AlienVault USM Anywhere is a great SIEM and if you need to deploy a SaaS solution then it is suited very well. It works very well for us being 100% AWS and integrates well with our toolset and AWS features. The Open Threat Intelligence (OTX) is perfect for providing context on events and feeding our incident response processes.
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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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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
AlienVault OSSIM
8.2
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.4
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.7
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.0
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
AlienVault OSSIM
8.6
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
AlienVault USM
AlienVault OSSIM
7.5

Pros

  • AlienVault USM is based on well-known Open Source components, which each for itself, represents a quasi industry standard
  • Integration into the existing infrastructure works like a charm. Basically you just need to roll-out an OSSEC client to each server or PC and you have already a pretty high coverage of security information and events. They immediately show up in the AlienVault Webinterface
  • Due to the countless plugins, it is very easy to add network devices like firewalls, router, switches, but also servers running apache and the alike. You will just need to forward syslog and it will all appear in your AlienVault Webinterface
  • The modular design of AlienVault USM in form of "deployable sensors", allows you to easily integrate different network segments, such as remote sites.
  • As regular vulnerability scans are a must to understand which CVEs your infrastructure is exposed at, this becomes an easy task with AlienVault. They provide you with a set-and-forget approach for running regular scans. Additionally there are helpful hints to how to get more secure.
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  • Most of the configuration comes out-of-the-box suited for most environments. Setting it up is really easy, with the wizard, you can have it working in less than 3 hours of deployment, without counting asset installation.
  • Out-of-the-box dashboards are really useful. You can modify or add new widgets to suit your needs, but you'll most likely agree with what already comes configured.
  • The tickets feature for handling alarms is really easy to use.
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Cons

  • Even though the AlienVault documentation is good, I would like to see documentation on security strategy. This product is focused on smaller companies that may not have a security admin so simple general practice strategy would be helpful.
  • This may be repetitive, but documentation on what to do or how to interpret alarms would be helpful. For example, what are the varying degrees of response to a nmap port scan.
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  • 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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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 answers
It is a very well built software and solution for meeting our cybersecurity needs. The staff is always very well responsive with any issues that we have and it is perfect for satisfying FINRA's cybersecurity regulations.
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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
The system is great in turns of functionality but in terms of being user friendly and usability for the average person it is very hard to understand and wil take a lot of training.
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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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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
I have not had a single issue with the alienvault support staff. Any issue or question that we had, especially in the beginning during the installation phase the support staff was readily available via phone and email to help us. I am very happy with the decision we made to go with alienvault.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
Initial deployment was great compared to all the research I had read about deploying SIEM solutions. The basic setup gives excellent information about what is occurring on your enterprise network.
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Alternatives Considered

I hate to say it, but one of the main reasons we selected the AlienVault was the price. Some of the cheaper options seemed too difficult to manage and the more expensive options were both expensive and difficult to manage. We don't have a Security Admin so simplicity was a big factor.
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AlienVault OSSIM has the upper ante in initial deployment price, being that it's open source. Also, with perhaps the exception of SolarWinds, it has a lower optimal requirements for onsite deployment, hence your OPEX won't be hit very hard by investing in new hardware to suit the appliance. The correlation engine is somewhat more robust that their counterparts in LogRhythm and SolarWinds, and the IDS (both NIDS and HIDS) are more reliable as well in terms of results. Finally, although Tenable SecurityCenter is more robust in dashboards, alerts and reports, it comes short in front of OSSIM in terms of real-time IDS and SIEM correlation.
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Return on Investment

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  • 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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AlienVault USM

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
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AlienVault OSSIM

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