UpGuard vs. Tripwire

Effective and sustainable IT security shouldn’t break your budget.

“Enterprises are overly dependent on blocking and prevention mechanisms that are decreasingly effective against advanced attacks. Comprehensive protection requires an adaptive protection process integrating predictive, preventive, detective and response capabilities.”

Source: Gartner, “Designing an Adaptive Security Architecture for Protection From Advanced Attacks,” February 2014

And while there’s no putting a price tag on IT security, one shouldn’t need to sell the farm in order to secure it.

Unwieldy security solutions like Tripwire Enterprise are as expensive as they are complex, especially after additional products and extensions, training, support, and professional services are accounted for. And while there’s no putting a price tag on IT security, one shouldn’t need to sell the farm in order to secure it. At the end of the day, Tripwire Enterprise’s overall cost of ownership is exceedingly high for the security coverage it provides.

Tripwire Enterprise’s licensing schema is a convoluted path for customers to traverse, usually going far past original budgeted costs for deployment. For example, the price tag of its management console license alone is equivalent to the cost of entire solutions from competing vendors. And even after initial pricing has been established, unforeseen future licensing costs for additional features can make for unpleasant budgetary surprises—for example, policies for PCI and SOX compliance must be purchased separately. In terms of implementation timeframe, 8-12 month cycles are common, with requested features taking as long as 18 months.

In contrast, UpGuard requires very little to start, with benefits realized almost immediately. A proof of value deployment takes a few hours over one week to complete and on average 3 months to recuperate initial investments. Furthermore, everything required to run UpGuard comes standard, out-of-the-box—with options for a SaaS or on-premise virtual appliance, using a straightforward pricing model that makes costing easier and more accurate.

If managing and supporting a costly, complex, and closed IT security solution without the ability to modify your own policies strikes your fancy, then Tripwire might be for you. However, if you’re looking for a lightweight solution that provides comprehensive security testing and monitoring that plays well with other tools, then look no further.

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