April 23, 2021

Open-source software worth learning to use enterprise products?

Is it worth investing the time to learn something like Security Onion’s SIEM features to gain some experience (and bridge the gap between no-knowledge and experienced) to a more mainstream enterprise product like Splunk? That is to say, would the transition be relatively seamless (tell a prospective employer you can use Splunk) getting hands on practice with something like SO and reading a Splunk cert book?

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What about something like Snort to get hands on practice on ASA/ISR/ASR IPS systems? I always imagined that Cisco being behind both would make the transition relatively painlessly.

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Anyone familiar enough with both the enterprise products and the open-source solutions to make a general opinion? Obviously, a lot of it will be individually based on how you learn and how adaptive a person is, I’m not asking for anyone to assess that in me, just you personally.

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