UpGuard vs. Tripwire

Your IT security policies shouldn’t be a black box.

“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

Without the ability to modify security policies, users are stripped of the ability to define what information is of unique value to their particular organization.

Though leading security solutions may proudly offer a myriad of policies for regulatory compliance and standards out-of-the-box, more often—as in the case of Tripwire Enterprise—they are not open for modification. In fact, these type of closed-policy architectures are purposely designed to enforce customer dependency, with updates and modifications available at a premium. In Tripwire’s case, policies are managed by Enterprise Policy Manager—a offering that acts as both a standalone solution or as part of the Tripwire Enterprise suite. This can be problematic for organizations in need of a comprehensive yet scalable solution with policies customizable to their unique requirements.

Without the ability to modify security policies, users are stripped of the ability to define what information is of unique value to their particular organization. Furthermore, Tripwire is unable to facilitate a “best of breed” approach to security—one that enables the integration of the finest tools from multiple leading vendors into a comprehensive security framework, in contrast to buying into one monolithic solution stack from the same vendor.

In contrast, UpGuard provides users with a set of pre-made, editable templates to get off and running quicker. Custom test templates can also be easily written and shared amongst other users. And in the spirit of open integration, it easily dovetails into existing solutions and toolchains, and can even scan and monitor other security mechanisms for vulnerabilities: firewalls, security appliances, Tripwire installations, and more. And unlike Tripwire, UpGuard is inexpensive and easy to get up and running, providing lightweight yet comprehensive security coverage without all the false positives and network noise.

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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