LSE toolsLSE toolsOSSEC (471)OSSEC (471)

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Project details
AuthorDaniel Cid
Latest release2.9.1 []

Project health

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OSSEC uses a centralized, cross-platform architecture allowing multiple systems to be monitored and managed.

The OSSEC project was acquired by Third Brigade, Inc in June 2008. This included the copyrights owned by Daniel Cid, its project leader. They promised to continue the development, keep it open source, and extend commercial support and training to the community.

Trend Micro acquired Third Brigade in May 2009. This included the OSSEC project. Trend Micro promised to keep the software open source and free.

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + Commercial support available
  • + Well-known tool


  • - Commercial support available

Author and Maintainers

OSSEC is under development by Daniel Cid and maintained by Trend Micro.


Supported operating systems

OSSEC is known to work on Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, OpenBSD, and Solaris.

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