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AlienVault USM

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Likelihood to Recommend

AlienVault USM

In my organization's scenario, the on-premise appliance provides great value as we are a small company with site inter-connectivity. Where I am not too sure of is how exactly the product scales with very large networks with separate Windows and network domains.
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Tripwire Enterprise

Tripwire Enterprise is great for hosting/data center environments and it greatly helps where console screenshots and reporting fill a lot of our client internal audit needs for security and change control.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

AlienVault USM
7.3
Tripwire Enterprise
Centralized event and log data collection
AlienVault USM
8.0
Tripwire Enterprise
Correlation
AlienVault USM
8.0
Tripwire Enterprise
Event and log normalization
AlienVault USM
8.0
Tripwire Enterprise
Deployment flexibility
AlienVault USM
7.0
Tripwire Enterprise
Custom dashboards and views
AlienVault USM
6.0
Tripwire Enterprise
Host and network-based intrusion detection
AlienVault USM
7.0
Tripwire Enterprise

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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  • It allows us to track development changes for engineer accountability.
  • Tripwire Enterprise also allows us to monitor changes/updates being done to our systems in our hosting centers.
  • We use the software to track user access and critical system changes.
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Cons

  • It can be difficult to set up correctly. I found the documentation sparse in some instances.
  • It can generate a ton of alerts, again if not set up correctly. I recommend taking the engineer's class for it, so that you can get the most out of your investment.
  • The vulnerability scans can eat up a lot of resources, as well as be a bit pushy. Running a scan against one of our printers resulted in that printer constantly flooded with inventory scan requests by AlienVault, which rendered said printer unusable. Make sure you break out your networks when doing scans!
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  • In previous versions the management console was a little hard to navigate in some respects.
  • I'm sure this has changed over time but we hope the reporting system has gotten more granular.
  • I really don't have to many cons for this product, I recommend it for every company I work for!
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Likelihood to Renew

AlienVault USM9.0
Based on 13 answers
It is a great product and has been instrumental to our security posture.
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Usability

AlienVault USM7.2
Based on 33 answers
Almost all functions are intuitive, custom logging is not very easy to configure.
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Support

AlienVault USM7.6
Based on 24 answers
I have contacted support many times and every time they addressed the issue and continued until it was resolved. The product is solid, so the overall operation is trouble free.
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Implementation

AlienVault USM7.1
Based on 37 answers
Anything beyond a vanilla deployment will take a lot of effort.
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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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Honestly, I haven't used other products to do what Tripwire does, it's always my first recommendation.
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Return on Investment

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  • Tripwire has been a positive business impact for us because of its trusted name. Our customers require software like Tripwire because they know their data and security concerns are in good hands when it's deployed.
  • The ROI for Tripwire is also a positive for our business because of the time and man power saved in due diligence and reporting for our clients' internal auditing.
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Pricing Details

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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Tripwire Enterprise

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

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