AWS CloudTrail vs. GFI LanGuard

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS CloudTrail
Score 8.6 out of 10
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AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of an AWS account. With CloudTrail, users can log, continuously monitor, and retain account activity related to actions across AWS infrastructure. CloudTrail provides event history of AWS account activity, including actions taken through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, command line tools, and other AWS services. This event history simplifies security analysis, resource change tracking,…N/A
GFI LanGuard
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
GFI LanGuard is software used to manage and maintain end-point protection across a network. It provides visibility into all the elements in the network, helping to assess where there may be potential vulnerabilities, and enables the administrator to patch them. It is a patch management and network auditing solution.N/A
Pricing
AWS CloudTrailGFI LanGuard
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS CloudTrailGFI LanGuard
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsYou can view, filter, and download the most recent 90 days of your account activity for all management events in supported AWS services free of charge. You can set up a trail that delivers a single copy of management events in each region free of charge. Once a CloudTrail trail is set up, Amazon S3 charges apply based on your usage. You will be charged for any data events or additional copies of management events recorded in that region. In addition, you can choose CloudTrail Insights by enabling Insights events in your trails. CloudTrail Insights analyzes write management events, and you are charged based on the number of events that are analyzed in that region.
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AWS CloudTrailGFI LanGuard
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User Ratings
AWS CloudTrailGFI LanGuard
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS CloudTrailGFI LanGuard
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
It is necessary to enable [AWS] Cloudtrail when using AWS in a production environment, otherwise you will not have any idea what is happening within your accounts. Third party monitoring applications will all require [AWS] CloudTrail to be enabled as well. I would not recommend it solely as a monitoring tool, to get the most out of it you must send the logs elsewhere. Either to Cloudwatch logs or a third party product.
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GFI Software
-To track the vulnerability level of a windows network. -To push windows and other application updates from a central location. -Produce reports to highlight work being done to protect a network. In some organizations, you may have to prove for audit reasons you are enforcing policies put into place around cyber-security. This software can help you track work done on an ongoing basis for such purposes.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • API Log
  • User activity tracking
  • Real-time alerts
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GFI Software
  • Install an agent to thoroughly scan machines to discover vulnerabilities.
  • Keeps there lists up-to-date with applications outside of windows and lets you know when an update is available.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • [In my experience] Cost can easily get out of control with multiple trails on full logging
  • Logs can be difficult to decipher
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GFI Software
  • It could be a bit of information overload which some things are shown can become noise. Maybe different levels of "security" for lack of a better term may be better where you have a summary vs detailed level when it comes to rating the vulnerability of the entire network.
  • I find I sometimes have issues with PCs on a different network accessed across a VPN where timeouts often occur with very large updates. This aspect can be improved.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
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GFI Software
I only tried to access there support once and it was a relatively pain-free process. They also have a lot of documentation available online which can be used to learn and tailor the software to suit your needs. It just takes time and effort to plan, execute and monitor going forward.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
I think in the end, CloudTrail has more features and you can dive deeper inside the logs so it depends on your usage and what you expect in the end to make the right choice, I would say that both tools are really useful and bring a lot of benefits to I.T. companies.
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GFI Software
WSUS was the other alternative I considered but I believe GFI takes updates, reporting, and functionality to a different level for an enterprise/medium-size business environment.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Allows us to investigate any strange api actions
  • Increases security
  • Audit trail of changes made in AWS
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GFI Software
  • Certainty. It allows you to know where on your network needs attention.
  • Peace of mind. As security professionals, we can only put the necessary things in place to prevent malicious persons from exploiting a network. The software allows you to know whether or not your risk of exploitation is high or low. and if high what to do with it.
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ScreenShots

AWS CloudTrail Screenshots

Screenshot of CloudTrail Insights: Identify and respond to unusual operational activity
•Unexpected spikes in resource provisioning
•Bursts of IAM management actions
•Gaps in periodic maintenance activity
•Automatic analysis of API calls and usage patterns
•Alerts when unusual activity is detected