Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner Reviews

Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner is the #3 ranked solution of our top Vulnerability Management tools. It's rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to OWASP Zap - Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner vs OWASP Zap

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Real User
Senior Security Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 04 2019

What is most valuable?

Scheduling of testing cuts down on the manual, tedious activities that go into setting up a test site. One of the features that I feel is groundbreaking, that I would like to see expanded on, is the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has been instrumental in supplementing services that we already have.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them build up that IAS tool, the Interactive Application Security Testing module that is embedded with PHC. That's a very cool function. I would also like to see them enhance the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a corporate deal and we're almost at the end of that contract. We are looking to renew Acunetix, but we were told that the price was increasing greatly because of some advanced capabilities… more »

What other advice do I have?

At the current pricing structure, I would tell people to do their research. If you have X amount of dollars to spend in the budget, and you're looking for a good solution, definitely consider… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were other tools in the running, although I don't remember off the top of my head which ones. At the time, Acunetix was the winner mainly based on pricing and capability. As I said, Acunetix is… more »
Real User
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The crawl only scan for trying to figure out at which points of the site that you'll actually be able to reach within the full scan. That's pretty useful. If you're just… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has been able to find some vulnerabilities, and we've been able to remediate our websites and vulnerabilities, thanks to Acunetix. We can go back in and have them… more »

What needs improvement?

There are quite a few false positives that come out. It's mostly based upon finding XSS vulnerabilities, even though we know that XSS vulnerabilities do not exist within… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our license is good through June. We're really trying to ramp up here to see if it is a viable option to renew it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I'm still learning how to use this solution. We were using the Burp Suite and its scan before this, which is very similar. I would actually say that the Burp Suite finds… more »

What other advice do I have?

While there has not been any real reduction in remediation time, there has been a reduction in scan time. Because when you're doing a Burp scan, it can take a long time… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We still do use Burp suite on the side. We use it a lot for manual testing and still use it for dynamic testing. We decided to try Acunetix to see if it would find any… more »
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Real User
Senior Security Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to be on the website and test for different vulnerabilities. We are able to create a report which shows the PCI DSS scoring and share it with the application… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have had more success with this particular product being able to control our different applications better than some of the other applications that we have used in the… more »

What needs improvement?

On the vulnerabilities screen, where you put your target on the drop down, it would be nice to have more choices, not have such limited options. One thing that we used to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing and licensing are reasonable to a point. In order to run multiple scans at a time, we are going to have to purchase a 100 count license, which is overkill… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The speed is phenomenal. Some of our applications can do a scan in less ten minutes, even some of our bigger scans. We were using Micro Focus Fortify WebInspect when it is… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a pretty good product. Do a demo and test whatever application that you are using right now. If you have a site where it is more difficult to identify… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with the recommendations of our parent company. This was one of the approved solutions.
Real User
Lead Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is that it's a web-based graphical user interface. That is a great addition. Also, the ability to schedule scans is great. The speed of Acunetix… more »

How has it helped my organization?

As a team, it's helped us to deliver better security assessments. There are only two of us here who do the penetration testing, and we've been providing better results… more »

What needs improvement?

It should be easier to recreate something manually, with the manual tool, because Acunetix is an automatic tool. If it finds something, it should be easier to manually… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Acunetix was around the same price as all the other vendors we looked at, nothing special.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The speed of Acunetix would be about the same as previous solutions we've used. Most of the time I just kick it off, walk away, come back later, and check it out. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

Think about the usage of the product. What are you going to use it for? Try to see the whole picture. It's very important to see the whole picture: This is one component… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We just did a PoC with a couple of different vendors, and we liked Acunetix the most.
Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is that we are able to parameterize all of the attacks so that our developers can run the attacks directly from their environments and desktops. They don't need any expertise or to know the difficulties of the… more »

What needs improvement?

In general, this is a good tool to check the security from the attacker's standpoint. However, when thinking about improvements there are still some attacks that we are not able to control with this kind of tool because there are some… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not involved in the financial negotiations, but I believe it's not an expensive product and cheaper than other similar tools. I understand we bought 100 URLs. It's likely that we'll need to purchase more once we deploy the tool to the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For static analysis, we previously used different tools. We carried out an evaluation comparing different tools, and Acunetix was the one that most of us liked.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product. It's very easy to integrate with Jenkins, with ALM. The most important element for us is that it's very easy for developers to use. They don't need to have any knowledge about security, threats or anything… more »
Real User
User
Aug 10 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is easy and quick to set up and use. Most of the time, all it takes is entering a website's URL and clicking on the scan button. Obviously, this is not usually the recommended way to use… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped me to discover some vulnerabilities in the web applications (like Cross-site scripting or SQL injection) and it helps to reduce the time it takes to perform a vulnerability assessment or… more »

What needs improvement?

It would be interesting to do differential scans. Normally, after the initial scan, the customer will start patching the discovered vulnerabilities. It would be nice to have a feature to "retest" only… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When I first purchased my license the price/value was very good because I purchased a perpetual license and the annual maintenance fee was extremely competitive. Now, unfortunately, my perpetual… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously I was using IBM Rational AppScan, Burp Suite, and some other open-source tools. I switched from AppScan to Acunetix mainly because of a better price/value ratio when I had purchased my… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tried some of the other commercial web vulnerability scanners such as Burp Professional embedded and IBM Rational AppScan.
Letsogile-Baloi
Reseller
CEO at IMART OFFICE CONSULTANTS
Feb 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The scalability is more than good. It can operate both as a standalone and it can be integrated with other applications, which makes it a very versatile solution to have. This solution is simple enough, especially with the cloud. You can download the client onto your machines and then you start… more »

What needs improvement?

An area that we wanted to test was if it will tie bandwidth and does it throttle traffic? How much bandwidth usage does it consume when it sorts out the traffic. When monitoring the traffic we always have issues with the bandwidth consumption and the throttling of traffic. Everything now is moving… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are now doing a profile on Barracuda because we are partners but we don't have clients yet. It is very difficult to profile because we don't have a live environment. The only way we could have a live environment is if we deploy it in-house. We deployed in-house to test the cloud solution and we… more »

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I would recommend. I would rate it an eight out of ten.
Real User
Executive Director at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Aug 20 2020

What is most valuable?

We're happy with Acunetix although we're currently looking for a more cost effective solution. There might be a better product on the market and we're looking for that. What I gather from my colleagues who do the scanning is that this… more »

What needs improvement?

The costs for the licensing have changed and it's not in our favor which is why we're now looking at other options. One of our issues is that Acunetix only supports web scanning, no mobile app for now. If they were to include that it would… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is on an annual basis and we pay the standard licensing fee directly to Acunetix.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I think the company previously used Netsparker and that was even more expensive than Acunetix.

What other advice do I have?

The solution meets our requirements, it's just that we were moved from a perpetual license to an annual license and that has significantly increased our annual fees. Here in Bangladesh, we're trying to check comparable products in the same… more »
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What is Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner?

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is an automated web application security testing tool that audits your web applications by checking for vulnerabilities like SQL Injection, Cross site scripting, and other exploitable vulnerabilities.

Also known as
AcuSensor
Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner customers

Joomla!, Digicure, Team Random, Credit Suisse, Samsung, Air New Zealand