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"Veracode is a valuable tool in our secure SDLC process.""Integrations into our developer's IDE (Greenlight) and the DevOps Pipeline SAST / SourceClear Integrations has particularly increased our time to market and confidence.""The source composition analysis component is great because it gives our developers some comfort in using new libraries.""Veracode's cloud-based approach, coupled with the appliance that lets us use Veracode to scan internal-only web applications, has provided a seamless, always-up-to-date application security scanning solution.""The reporting being highly accurate is pretty cool. I use another product and I was always looking for answers as to what line, which part of the code, was wrong, and what to do about it. Veracode seems to have a solid database to look things up and a website to look things up.""There are quite a few features that are very reliable, like the newly launched Veracode Pipelines Scan, which is pretty awesome. It supports the synchronous pipeline pretty well. We been using it out of the Jira plugin, and that is fantastic.""One of the features they have is Software Composition Analysis. When organizations use third-party, open source libraries with their application development, because they're open source they quite often have a lot of bugs. There are always patches coming out for those open source applications. You really have to stay on your toes and keep up with any third-party libraries that might be integrated into your application. Veracode's Software Composition Analysis scans those libraries and we find that very valuable.""Veracode provides guidance for fixing vulnerabilities. It enables developers to write secure code from the start by pointing them to the problematic line of code, and saying, "This function/method has security vulnerabilities," then suggests alternatives to fix it. Then, we adopt their suggestions of the tool. By implementing it in the right way, we can fix the issue. For example, if the tool has found a method where it copied one piece of memory into another piece of memory in the code. The tool points to problematic methods with the vulnerability and provides ways to code it more securely. By adopting their suggestions, we are fixing this vulnerability."

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"The solution helped us to improve the code quality of our organization.""The most valuable feature is that it analyzes data in real-time.""The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically feed it rules what it's coupled with the WebInspect dynamic application scanning technology."

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"It identifies all the URLs and domains on its own and then performs tests and provides the results.""There's extensive functionality with custom rules and a custom knowledge base.""The solution offers services in a few specific development languages."

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Cons
"It needs better controls to include/exclude specific sections when creating a report that can be shared externally with customers and prospects.""Improve Mobile Application Dynamic Scanning DAST - .ipa and .apk""I think for us the biggest improvement would be to have an indicator when there's something wrong with a scan.""One feature I would like would be more selectivity in email alerts. While I like getting these, I would like to be able to be more granular in which ones I receive.""The triage indicator was kind of hard to find. It's a very small arrow and I had no idea it was there.""Sometimes, I get feedback from a developer saying, "They are scanning a Python code, but getting feedback around Java code." While the remediation and guidelines are there, improvement is still required, e.g., you won't get the exact guidelines, but you can get some sort of a high-level insights.""If Veracode was more diversified, as far as the number of platforms and the number of applications it could do in our favor, we would be using it even more. But there are a number of platforms it doesn't support. For example, I know they support C+, .NET, and Java, but there are certain platforms they don't support and that was disappointing.""We tried to create an automatic scanning process for Veracode and integrate it into our billing process, but it was easier to adopt it to repositories based on GIT. Until now, our source control repository was Azure DevOps Server (Microsoft TFS) to managing our resources. This was not something that they supported. It took us some sessions together before we successfully implemented it."

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"The solution is quite expensive.""The workbench is a little bit complex when you first start using it.""The biggest complaint that I have heard concerns additional platform support because right now, it only supports applications that are written in .NET and Java."

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"One thing which I think can be improved is the CI/CD Integration""The solution often has a high number of false positives. It's an aspect they really need to improve upon.""They have to improve support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For the value we get out of it, coupled with the live defect review sessions, we find it an effective value for the money. We are a larger organization.""I don't really know about the pricing, but I'd say it's worth whatever Veracode is charging, because the solution is that good.""Veracode's price is high. I would like them to better optimize their pricing.""If I compare the pricing with other software tools, then it is quite competitive. Whatever the price is, they have always given us a good discount.""Veracode is expensive. Some of its products are expensive. I don't think it's way more expensive than its competitors. The dynamic is definitely worth it, as I think it's cheaper than the competitors. The static scan is a little bit more expensive, around 20 percent more expensive. The manual pen test is more expensive, but it is an expensive service because it's a manual pen test and we also do retests. I don't think it is way more expensive than the competitors, but it's about 15 to 20 percent more expensive.""We use this product per project rather than per developer... Your development model will really determine what the best fit is for you in terms of licensing, because of the project-based licensing. If you do a few projects, that's more attractive. If you have a large number of developers, that would also make the product a little more attractive.""The pricing is really fair compared to a lot of other tools on the market.""It is very reasonably priced compared to what we were paying our previous vendor. For the same price, we are getting much more value and reducing our AppSec costs from 40 to 50 percent."

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"The base licensing costs for the SaaS platform is about $900 USD per application, per year."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's comprehensive from a feature standpoint.
Top Answer: I don't have enough information to be able to comment on the cost of licensing the product. That's more of a sales… more »
Top Answer: The reports on offer are too verbose. They might want to consider t restructuring their reports to better give a very… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically feed it rules what it's coupled with the WebInspect dynamic… more »
Top Answer: The biggest complaint that I have heard concerns additional platform support because right now, it only supports… more »
Top Answer: I do not use this product personally. Rather, I implement it for other people. The general use case is… more »
Top Answer: The solution offers services in a few specific development languages.
Top Answer: They have to improve support. Their support before, when it was IBM, was very good technical support. However, now, it's… more »
Top Answer: We primarily use the solution for static analysis.
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Also Known As
HPE Fortify Application Defender, Micro Focus Fortify Application Defender
IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan
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Overview

Veracode covers all your Application Security needs in one solution through a combination of five analysis types; static analysis, dynamic analysis, software composition analysis, interactive application security testing, and penetration testing. Unlike on-premise solutions that are hard to scale and focused on finding rather than fixing, Veracode comprises a unique combination of SaaS technology and on-demand expertise that enables DevSecOps through integration with your pipeline, and empowers developers to find and fix security defects.

Micro Focus Security Fortify Application Defender is a runtime application self-protection (RASP) solution that helps you manage and mitigate risk from homegrown or third-party applications. It provides centralized visibility into application use and abuse while protecting from software vulnerability exploits and other violations in real time.

IBM Security AppScan enhances web application security and mobile application security, improves application security program management and strengthens regulatory compliance. By scanning your web and mobile applications prior to deployment, AppScan enables you to identify security vulnerabilities and generate reports and fix recommendations.

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Sample Customers
State of Missouri, Rekner
ServiceMaster, Saltworks, SAP
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS IT
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Computer Software Company10%
Insurance Company10%
Consumer Goods Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company9%
REVIEWERS
Government30%
Insurance Company20%
Aerospace/Defense Firm10%
Transportation Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company5%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
511,607 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Fortify Application Defender is ranked 15th in Application Security with 3 reviews while HCL AppScan is ranked 18th in Application Security with 3 reviews. Fortify Application Defender is rated 9.0, while HCL AppScan is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Fortify Application Defender writes "Straightforward to deploy and integrates well with WebInspect to secure against application-specific threats". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "Allows for dynamic scanning but lacks easy CI/CD integration". Fortify Application Defender is most compared with SonarQube, Coverity, Checkmarx, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, whereas HCL AppScan is most compared with SonarQube, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, OWASP Zap and Fortify WebInspect. See our Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan report.

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