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AlienVault OSSIM vs. Elastic Security
May 2022
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"It's very, very versatile.""The real-time analytics of security-related data are super. There are a lot of data feeds going into it and it's very quick at pulling up and correlating the data and showing you what's going on in your infrastructure. It's fast. The way that their architecture and technology works, they've really focused on the speed of query results and making sure that we can do what we need to do quickly. Devo is pulling back information in a fast fashion, based on real-time events.""One of the biggest features of the UI is that you see the actual code of what you're doing in the graphical user interface, in a little window on the side. Whatever you're doing, you see the code, what's happening. And you can really quickly switch between using the GUI and using the code. That's really useful.""Even if it's a relatively technical tool or platform, it's very intuitive and graphical. It's very appealing in terms of the user interface. The UI has a graphically interface with the raw data in a table. The table can be as big as you want it, depending on your use case. You can easily get a report combining your data, along with calculations and graphical dashboards. You don't need a lot of training, because the UI is relatively very intuitive.""The most valuable feature is that it has native MSSP capabilities and maintains perfect data separation. It does all of that in a very easy-to-manage cloud-based solution.""The user interface is really modern. As an end-user, there are a lot of possibilities to tailor the platform to your needs, and that can be done without needing much support from Devo. It's really flexible and modular. The UI is very clean.""The most valuable feature is definitely the ability that Devo has to ingest data. From the previous SIEM that I came from and helped my company administer, it really was the type of system where data was parsed on ingest. This meant that if you didn't build the parser efficiently or correctly, sometimes that would bring the system to its knees. You'd have a backlog of processing the logs as it was ingesting them.""The user experience [is] well thought out and the workflows are logical. The dashboards are intuitive and highly customizable."

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"The paid version of the solution has reporting and better scalability options.""Inbuilt IDS, inbuilt integration with threat intelligence platform and with vulnerability assessment modules.""Its user-friendliness is the most valuable. It is very easy to use and explore. The dashboard is very well packaged and integrated. You don't have to spend a lot of time in configuring it and checking out the RPM etc. It is also free and very powerful.""The threat policies of the solution are always very advanced and the best in the market. They are very persistent in terms of keeping up with security protocols.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the logging capability.""You can customize the dashboards as well as the reporting."

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"The solution has a good community surrounding it for lots of helpful documentation for troubleshooting purposes.""The most valuable feature for me is Discover.""The feature that we have found the most valuable is scalability.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it is more flexible than AlienVault.""It's not very complicated to install Elastic.""Elastic is straightforward, easy to integrate, and highly customizable.""Just the ability to do a lot more than just up-down is nice, which a lot of people take for granted.""It is very quick to react. I can set it to check anomalies or suspicious behavior every 30 seconds. It is very fast."

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Cons
"Technical support could be better.""The biggest area with room for improvement in Devo is the Security Operations module that just isn't there yet. That goes back to building out how they're going to do content and larger correlation and aggregation of data across multiple things, as well as natively ingesting CTI to create rule sets.""I would like to have the ability to create more complex dashboards.""There's always room to reduce the learning curve over how to deal with events and machine data. They could make the machine data simpler.""There is room for improvement in the ability to parse different log types. I would go as far as to say the product is deficient in its ability to parse multiple, different log types, including logs from major vendors that are supported by competitors. Additionally, the time that it takes to turn around a supported parser for customers and common log source types, which are generally accepted standards in the industry, is not acceptable. This has impacted customer onboarding and customer relationships for us on multiple fronts.""There's room for improvement within the GUI. There is also some room for improvement within the native parsers they support. But I can say that about pretty much any solution in this space.""An admin who is trying to audit user activity usually cannot go beyond a day in the UI. I would like to have access to pages and pages of that data, going back as far as the storage we have, so I could look at every command or search or deletion or anything that a user has run. As an admin, that would really help. Going back just a day in the UI is not going to help, and that means I have to find a different way to do that.""Some basic reporting mechanisms have room for improvement. Customers can do analysis by building Activeboards, Devo’s name for interactive dashboards. This capability is quite nice, but it is not a reporting engine. Devo does provide mechanisms to allow third-party tools to query data via their API, which is great. However, a lot of folks like or want a reporting engine, per se, and Devo simply doesn't have that. This may or may not be by design."

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"There needs to be more support or some kind of training program so users can self-learn the system more effectively.""The incidence reporting could be better.""The documentation could be improved.""They can add more compliance templates.""Lacking in depth of reporting.""When comparing AlienVault OSSIM to other solutions it looks a bit outdated. Additionally, they need to improve their integration.""The correlation engine needs to be improved."

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"We are paying dearly for the guy who is working on the ELK Stack. That knowledge is quite rare and hard to come by. For difficulty and availability of resources, I would rate it a five out of 10.""With Elastic, you have to build the use cases for the specific requirement. Other products have a simple integration and more use cases to integrate out-of-the-box solutions for SIEM.""This type of monitoring is not very mature just yet. We need more real-time information in a way that's easier to manage.""The price of this product could be improved, especially the additional costs. I would also like to see better-quality graphics.""There should be a simulation environment to check whether my Elastic implementation is functioning perfectly fine. Other solutions have their own Android and iOS applications that I can install on my mobile so that I am continuously connected to the SIEM.""The Integration module could be improved. It is a pain to build integration with any product. We have to do parking and so on. It's not like other commercial solutions that use profile integration. I would also see more detection features on the SIEM side.""The solution needs to be more reactive to investigations. We need to be able to detect and prevent any attacks before it can damage our infrastructure. Currently, this solution doesn't offer that.""Upgrades currently released as stacks when it should be a plugin or an extension to save removal and reinstallation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We have an OEM agreement with Devo. It is very similar to the standard licensing agreement because we are charged in the same way as any other customer, e.g., we use the backroom."
  • "I'm not involved in the financial aspect, but I think the licensing costs are similar to other solutions. If all the solutions have a similar cost, Devo provides more for the money."
  • "Devo is definitely cheaper than Splunk. There's no doubt about that. The value from Devo is good. It's definitely more valuable to me than QRadar or LogRhythm or any of the old, traditional SIEMs."
  • "[Devo was] in the ballpark with at least a couple of the other front-runners that we were looking at. Devo is a good value and, given the quality of the product, I would expect to pay more."
  • "Be cautious of metadata inclusion for log types in pricing, as there are some "gotchas" with that."
  • "Devo was very cost-competitive... Devo did come with that 400 days of hot data, and that was not the case with other products."
  • "Our licensing fees are billed annually and per terabyte."
  • "I like the pricing very much. They keep it simple. It is a single price based on data ingested, and they do it on an average. If you get a spike of data that flows in, they will not stick it to you or charge you for that. They are very fair about that."
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  • "AlienVault OSSIM is free."
  • "We are using the community version, which can be used for free."
  • "We are using a free version of the solution. If you purchase a license there are more features available but the price is a little high. The solution should be cheaper to allow more customers to be able to afford it."
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  • "This is an open-source product, so there are no costs."
  • "It's a monthly cost with Elastic SIEM, but I am not sure of the exact cost."
  • "It is easy to deploy, easy to use, and you get everything you need to become operational with it, and have nothing further to pay unless you want the OLED plugin."
  • "Compared to other products such as Dynatrace, this is one of the cheaper options."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "Its price is fine. Its licensing works on a yearly basis. We have to renew the license every year. I also have a good experience with Darktrace. When we buy Darktrace, we get training free of cost, which is not there in Elastic. We have to pay extra for training. There is certainly room for improvement."
  • "I find it better than Splunk in terms of cost-effectiveness. For cost-effectiveness, I would rate it a nine out of 10."
  • "Affordable but with additional costs"
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The querying and the log-retention capabilities are pretty powerful. Those provide some of the biggest value-add for us.
    Top Answer:The way Devo prices things is based on the amount of data, and I wish the tiers had more granularity. Maybe at this… more »
    Top Answer:Where Devo has room for improvement is the data ingestion and parsing. We tend to have to work with the Devo support… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup is straightforward.
    Top Answer:We are using a free version of the solution. If you purchase a license there are more features available but the price… more »
    Top Answer:ArcSight works better than AlienVault right now. The incidence reporting could be better. We'd like to be able to better… more »
    Top Answer:With Datadog, we have near-live visibility across our entire platform. We have seen APM metrics impacted several times… more »
    Top Answer:One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it is more flexible than AlienVault.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost depends on the size of the environment it's monitoring. Everything is based on volume, as with all… more »
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    Also Known As
    OSSIM
    Elastic SIEM, ELK Logstash
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    Overview

    Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of all your data to empower bold, confident action when it matters most. Only the Devo platform delivers the powerful combination of real-time visibility, high-performance analytics, scalability, multitenancy, and low TCO crucial for monitoring and securing business operations as enterprises accelerate their shift to the cloud.

    AlienVault OSSIM, Open Source Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), provides you with a feature-rich open source SIEM complete with event collection, normalization and correlation. Launched by security engineers because of the lack of available open source products, AlienVault OSSIM was created specifically to address the reality many security professionals face: A SIEM, whether it is open source or commercial, is virtually useless without the basic security controls necessary for security visibility.

    Unify SIEM, endpoint security, and cloud security
    Elastic Security modernizes security operations — enabling analytics across years of data, automating key processes, and bringing native endpoint security to every host.
    Elastic Security equips teams to prevent, detect, and respond to threats at cloud speed and scale — securing business operations with a unified, open platform.
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    Sample Customers
    United States Air Force, Rubrik, SentinelOne, Critical Start, NHL, Panda Security, Telefonica, CaixaBank, OpenText, IGT, OneMain Financial, SurveyMonkey, FanDuel, H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, Manulife, Moneylion, Chime Bank, Magna International, American Express Global Business Travel
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    Texas A&M, U.S. Air Force, NuScale Power, Martin's Point Health Care
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company63%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Retailer13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Insurance Company29%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Security Firm14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise47%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    AlienVault OSSIM vs. Elastic Security
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about AlienVault OSSIM vs. Elastic Security and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AlienVault OSSIM is ranked 12th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 7 reviews while Elastic Security is ranked 5th in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 20 reviews. AlienVault OSSIM is rated 7.6, while Elastic Security is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of AlienVault OSSIM writes "Very good out-of-the-box, pre-integrated features, which save us time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Elastic Security writes "It is quite comprehensive and you're able to do a lot of tasks". AlienVault OSSIM is most compared with AT&T AlienVault USM, Splunk, AWS Security Hub, Microsoft Sentinel and Securonix Next-Gen SIEM, whereas Elastic Security is most compared with Splunk, Wazuh, Graylog, Datadog and syslog-ng. See our AlienVault OSSIM vs. Elastic Security report.

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