Snort vs. Splunk Enterprise

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Snort
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Sourcefire developed Snort, an open source intrusion prevention system capable of real-time traffic analysis and packet logging. Snort was acquired (and is now supported) by Cisco in 2013.N/A
Splunk Enterprise
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Splunk is software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a web-style interface. It captures, indexes and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards and visualizations.N/A
Pricing
SnortSplunk Enterprise
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SnortSplunk Enterprise
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
SnortSplunk Enterprise
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
Snort
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Ratings
Splunk Enterprise
7.4
54 Ratings
6% below category average
Centralized event and log data collection00 Ratings6.553 Ratings
Correlation00 Ratings6.052 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management00 Ratings6.053 Ratings
Deployment flexibility00 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools00 Ratings7.549 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces00 Ratings8.554 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection00 Ratings7.037 Ratings
Data integration/API management00 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Behavioral analytics and baselining00 Ratings7.84 Ratings
Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds00 Ratings7.84 Ratings
Response orchestration and automation00 Ratings6.94 Ratings
Reporting and compliance management00 Ratings7.94 Ratings
Incident indexing/searching00 Ratings8.95 Ratings
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User Ratings
SnortSplunk Enterprise
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(5 ratings)
7.0
(70 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(17 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SnortSplunk Enterprise
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
If a colleague was looking to tighten down their network I can easily recommend Snort to them. It gives you some more peace of mind knowing that its always scanning traffic for malicious looking code. Even things your major firewalls and security hardware might miss, Snort has picked up. Its an easy recommendation for me.
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Splunk
Pros: Splunk is very well suited if you have multiple log sources of related data. All of them can be correlated and tasks can be automated based on the requirement. Other than alerts, Splunk can also run a specific script of your choice, based on some defined conditions. Cons: If you have a few logs but a large number of log sources, Splunk can be very expensive.
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Pros
Cisco
  • IPS detection.
  • DoS detection.
  • Packet logging.
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Splunk
  • Real-time + Scheduled alerts - i-e you can set up alerts which are actively monitoring your logs
  • Pretty good response time for search results. With our key/value logging, Splunk makes it blazing fast to query the data.
  • Dashboards provide insights into historical data
  • Love how Splunk indexes all of the data and provides keys to search on
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Cons
Cisco
  • At times can be unstable with Cisco bugs, require frequent upgrading.
  • FTD images that are being pushed for ASAs are less efficient from an administration standpoint, no CLI.
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Splunk
  • At times some queries can run slowly if indices are not on a portion of the query you use.
  • Setup time initially can be difficult if your logs aren't stored in common locations or in a common way to write the log.
  • Ability to ingest logs from different locations without having to change code to put logs in a certain place (pro and con).
  • Searches can be a bit more difficult to look through if your log isn't pulled in a manner that is easy to read through splunk.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
We are using Splunk extensively in our projects and we have recently upgraded to Splunk version 6.0 which is quite efficient and giving expected results. We keep track of updates and new features Splunk introduces periodically and try to introduce those features in our day to day activities for improvement in our reporting system and other tasks.
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Usability
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
You can literally throw in a single word into Splunk and it will pull back all instances of that word across all of your logs for the time span you select (provided you have permission to see that data). We have several users who have taken a few of the free courses from Splunk that are able to pull data out of it everyday with little help at all.
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
When properly setup and configured, Splunk is extremely reliable.
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Support Rating
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
Splunk maintains a well resourced support system that has been consistent since we purchased the product. They help out in a timely manner and provide expert level information as needed. We typically open cases online and communicate when possible via e-mail and are able to resolve most issues with that method.
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Online Training
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
The online course was simple clear and described the main capabilities of the solution. There is also an initial module that can be done for free so anyone can familiarize themselves with the functionality of this solution. On the other hand, however, there could be more free online courses. Maybe even with a certificate, this would broaden the group of people who are familiar with the platform while increasing familiarity with the solution itself.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
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Splunk
Smooth without too many major issues.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
For our organization, the Cisco defense in depth concept works the best. While Cisco can be made to work with other vendors, we have found the best in depth protection by integrating Cisco products for maximum visibility. We had a Barracuda Web Filter, but it was difficult to maintain when you had limited scope on what you could block, so we created a whitelist only setup which required a lot of additional manpower. This wouldn't have covered new threats with DNS spoofing and the like. Sourcefire also integrated with our anti-malware platform (Cisco AMP) for even better visibility on what may be happening on the end users workstation. We are planning on adding in Cisco ISE to complete the approach and possibly stealthwatch to cover our bases in the future. The Palo Alto gear was interesting, but it was priced far out of our range.
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Splunk
I wanted to learn a new language that I can quickly master and implement. Splunk is easy, fun to use and best of all, it can be developed in hours not days or weeks. Splunk is fundamentally a programming language that is minimal but yet powerful enough to collect, analyze and visualize data.
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Scalability
Cisco
No answers on this topic
Splunk
Splunk can scale in to the petabyte per day range which of course is awesome
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Being open source, ROI on free is hard to beat for something that works.
  • I believe it greatly enhances the security of my network.
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Splunk
  • Overall very positive. It has provided visibility to what is going on within our network.
  • One drawback is the time it takes to get up to speed with the application, but this is up to the user, and Splunk education is excellent.
  • In my field, IT Security, there are few other friends to have in your back pocket better than Splunk. They are just that good.
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