Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner vs. OWASP Zap

As of June 2019, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner is ranked 7th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 5 reviews vs OWASP Zap which is ranked 5th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner writes "Interactive Application Security Testing provides more in-depth, granular findings, but integration with other tools is very limited". The top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Finds Vulnerabilities And Gives The Latest Attacks And How To Protect Against Them". Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner is most compared with OWASP Zap, PortSwigger Burp and WebInspect. OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and IBM Security AppScan. See our Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner vs. OWASP Zap report.
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Their technical support has been very active. If I have an issue, I can reach out to them and get an answer pretty quick.We are able to create a report which shows the PCI DSS scoring and share it with the application teams. Then, they can correlate and see exactly what they need to fix, and why.One of the features that I feel is groundbreaking, that I would like to see expanded on, is the IAS feature: The Interactive Application Security Testing module that gets loaded onto an application on a server, for more in-depth, granular findings. I think that is really neat. I haven't seen a lot of competitors doing that.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.

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This solution has improved my organization because it has made us feel safer doing frequent deployments for web applications. If we have something really big, we might get some professional company in to help us but if we're releasing small products, we will check it ourselves with Zap. It makes it easier and safer.It can be used effectively for internal auditing.The community edition updates services regularly. They add new vulnerabilities into the scanning list.It scans while you navigate, then you can save the requests performed and work with them later.Fuzzer and Java APIs help a lot with our custom needs.​It has improved my organization with faster security tests.​The vulnerabilities that it finds, because the primary goal is to secure applications and websites.The API is exceptional.

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You can't actually change your password after you've set it unless you go back into the administration account and you change it there. Thus, if you're locked out and don't remember your password, that's a thing.We have had issues during upgrades where their scans worked on some apps better with previous versions. Then, we had to work with their tech support, who were great, to get it fixed for the next version.Integration into other tools is very limited for Acunetix. While we're trying to incorporate a CI/CD process where we're integrating with JIRA and we're integrating with Jenkins and Chef, it becomes problematic. Other tools give you a high integration capability to connect into different solutions that you may already have, like JIRA.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 replicate it. Sometimes you don't get the raw data from the input and output, so that could be improved.

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If there was an easier to understand exactly what has been checked and what has not been checked, it would make this solution better. We have to trust that it has checked all known vulnerabilities but it's a bit hard to see after the scanning.It needs more robust reporting tools.As security evolves, we would like DevOps built into it. As of now, Zap does not provide this.I would like to see a version of “repeater” within OWASP ZAP, a tool capable of sending from one to 1000 of the same requests, but with preselected modified fields, changing from a predetermined word ​list, or manually created.It would be nice to have a solid SQL injection engine built into Zap.The port scanner is a little too slow.​It doesn't run on absolutely every operating system.The documentation is lacking and out-of-date, it really needs more love.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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 an overkill. Though, compared to what we were paying for, the cost seems reasonable.When we looked at all other vendors and what they were asking for, to provide a third of what Acunetix was capable of doing, it was an easy decision... But now that it's coming to a cost where it's line with market value, it becomes more of a competition... Acunetix is raising the cost of licensing. It's 3.5 times what we were initially quoted.Acunetix was around the same price as all the other vendors we looked at, nothing special.

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It's free. It's good for us because we don't know what the extent of our use will be yet. It's good to start with something free and easy to use.OWASP ZAP is a free tool provided by OWASP’s engineers and experts. There is an option to donate.As Zap is free and open-source, with tons of features similar to those of commercial solutions, I would definitely recommend trying it out.It's free and open, currently under the Apache 2 license. If ZAP does what you need it to do, selling a free solution is a very easy.

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Overview

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.

Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is a free, open-source penetration testing tool being maintained under the umbrella of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). ZAP is designed specifically for testing web applications and is both flexible and extensible.

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