Sweet Security alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Sweet Security? During the review of Sweet Security we looked at other open source tools. Based on their category, tags, and text, these are the ones that have the best match.

Top 3

  1. Suricata (network IDS, IPS and monitoring)
  2. Zeek (network security monitoring tool)
  3. DejaVu (open source canary and deception framework)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Sweet Security.

Alternatives (by score)

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Suricata

Introduction

Suricata is a somewhat younger NIDS, though has a rapid development cycle. It can work with Snort rulesets, yet also has optimized rulesets for usage with Suricata itself. For example, this set is known as Emerging Threats and fully optimized.

Project details

Suricata is written in C, Lua.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • Intrusion detection
    • Network analysis
    • Threat discovery

    Suricata review

    78

    Zeek (Bro)

    Introduction

    Bro helps to perform security monitoring by looking into the network's activity. It can find suspicious data streams. Based on the data, it alert, react, and integrate with other tools.

    Project details

    Zeek is written in C++.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 50 contributors
    • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available
    • + Well-known tool

      Typical usage

      • Security monitoring

      Zeek review

      60

      DejaVu

      Introduction

      DejaVu is an open source deception framework which can be used to deploy and administer decoys or canaries across a network infrastructure. Defenders can use deception as a technique to learn quickly about possible attackers on the network and take actions.

      Project details

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - No releases on GitHub available

      Typical usage

      • Security monitoring
      • Threat discovery

      DejaVu review

      60

      Scirius

      Introduction

      Scirius is a web application to do Suricata ruleset management. There is both a community version as paid version available.

      Project details

      Scirius is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Network security monitoring

        Scirius review

        67

        Snort

        Introduction

        Besides intrusion detection, Snort has the capabilities to prevent attacks. By taking a particular action based on traffic patterns, it can become an intrusion prevention system (IPS).

        Project details

        Snort is written in C.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + Supported by a large company
        • + Well-known tool

          Typical usage

          • Security monitoring

          Snort review

          85

          Maltrail

          Introduction

          Maltrail monitors for traffic on the network that might indicate system compromise or other bad behavior. It is great for intrusion detection and monitoring.

          Project details

          Maltrail is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 10 contributors
          • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Intrusion detection
            • Network analysis
            • Security monitoring

            Maltrail review

            64

            CHIRON ELK

            Introduction

            CHIRON is a tool to provide network analytics based on the ELK stack. It is combined with Machine Learning threat detection using the Aktaion framework. Typical usage of the tool is home use and get the visibility of home internet devices. By leveraging the Aktaion framework, it helps with detection threats like ransomware, phishing, or other malicious traffic.

            Project details

            CHIRON ELK is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available
            • - No releases on GitHub available

            Typical usage

            • Network analysis
            • Network security monitoring
            • Network traffic analysis
            • Threat discovery

            CHIRON ELK review

            100

            IVRE

            Introduction

            IVRE is a framework to perform reconnaissance for network traffic. It leverages other tools to pull in the data and show it in the web interface.

            Project details

            IVRE is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + More than 10 contributors
            • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Digital forensics
              • Information gathering
              • Intrusion detection
              • Network analysis

              IVRE review

              97

              Moloch

              Introduction

              Moloch comes with a web interface that allows for easy browsing of pcap data (packet capture). It can also search in the data or export it. Besides pcap, the JSON format is supported, so data can be easily consumed in other tools (like Wireshark).

              Project details

              Moloch is written in C, Node.js.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + More than 25 contributors
              • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
              • + Many releases available
              • + The source code of this software is available
              • + Supported by a large company

                Typical usage

                • Network security monitoring
                • Security monitoring

                Moloch review

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