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Find out what your peers are saying about HCL AppScan vs. Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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We used it for performing security checks. We have many Java applications and Android applications. Essentially it was used for checking the security validations for compliance purposes.
I have used this solution in multiple projects for vulnerability testing and finding security leaks within the code.
The most valuable feature comes from the fact that it is cloud-based, and I can scale up without having to worry about any other infrastructure needs.
We are using the Veracode tools to expose the engineers to the security vulnerabilities that were introduced with the new features, i.e. a lot faster or sooner in the development life cycle.
One of the valuable features is that it gives us the option of static scanning. Most tools of this type are centered around dynamic scanning. Having a static scan is very important.
It has an easy-to-use interface.
Veracode provides faster scans compared to other static analysis security testing tools.
It has almost completely eliminated the presence of SQLi vulnerabilities.
This solution saves us time due to the low number of false positives detected.
The static scans are good, and the SaaS as well.
It provides a better integration for our ecosystem.
You can easily find particular features and functions through the UI.
We leverage it as a quality check against code.
We are now deploying less defects to production.
Usually when we deploy the application, there is a process for ethical hacking. The main benefit is that, the ethical hacking is almost clean, every time. So it's less cost, less effort, less time to production.
It has certainly helped us find vulnerabilities in our software, so this is priceless in the end.
One of the features I like about this program is the low number of false positives and the support it offers.
It correctly parses DOM and JS and has really good support for URL Rewrite rules, which is important for today's websites.
Crawling feature: Netsparker has very detail crawling steps and mechanisms. This feature expands the attack surface.
Attacking feature: Actually, attacking is not a solo feature. It contains many attack engines, Hawk, and many properties. But Netsparker's attacking mechanism is very flexible. This increases the vulnerability detection rate. Also, Netsparker made the Hawk for real-time interactive command-line-based exploit testing. It's very valuable for a vulnerability scanner.
When we try to manually exploit the vulnerabilities, it often takes time to realize what's going on and what needs to be done.
The scanner is light on the network and does not impact the network when scans are running.
One of the things that we have from a reporting point of view, is that we would love to see a graphical report. If you look through a report for something that has come back from Veracode, it takes a whole lot of time to just go through all the pages of the code to figure out exactly what it says. We know certain areas don’t have the greatest security features but those are usually minor and we don’t want to see those types of notifications.
Ideally, I would like better reporting that gives me a more concise and accurate description of what my pain points are, and how to get to them.
I would like to see expanded coverage for supporting more platforms, frameworks, and languages.
Veracode should make it easier to navigate between the solutions that they offer, i.e. between dynamic, static, and the source code analysis.
We would like a way to mark entire modules as "safe." The lack of this feature hasn't stopped us previously, it just makes our task more tedious at times. That kind of feature would save us time.
Veracode scans provide a higher number of false positives.
The overall reporting structure is complicated, and it's difficult to understand the report.
It needs more timely support for newer languages and framework versions.
IBM Security AppScan needs to add performance optimization for quickly scanning the target web applications.
There is not a central management for static and dynamic.
Visibility is an issue for us. Our partners do not know we have integrations with some of IBM products.
I would like to see the roadmap for this product. We are still waiting to see it as we have only so many resources.
I would love to see more containers. Many of the tools are great, they require an amount of configuration, setup and infrastructure. If most the applications were in a container, I think everything would be a little bit faster, because all our clients are now using containers.
IBM Security AppScan Source is rather hard to use.
There are so many lines of code with so many different categories that I am likely to get lost.
It's a little bit basic when you talk about the Web Services. If AppScan improved its maturity on Web Services testing, that would be good.
Netsparker doesn't provide the source code of the static application security testing.
The scanner itself should be improved because it is a little bit slow.
The custom attack preparation screen might be improved.
It would be better for listing and attacking Java-based web applications to exploit vulnerabilities.
The higher level vulnerabilities like Cross-Site Scripting, SQL Injection, and other higher level injection attacks are difficult to highlight using Netsparker.
Pricing and Cost Advice
They have just streamlined the licensing and they have a number of flexible options available, so overall it is quite good, albeit pricey.
They just changed their pricing model two weeks ago. They went from a per-app license to a per-megabyte license. I know that the dynamic scan was $500 per app. Static analysis was about $4500 yearly. The license is only for the number of users, it doesn't matter what data you put in there. That was the old model. I do not know how the new model works.
Veracode has been fair. We use their SaaS solution and it's just an annual subscription.
No issues, the pricing seems reasonable.
It is pricey. There is a lot of value in the product, but it is a costly tool.
I recommend going for a one-year licensing with CA, because currently they are the leaders in this field with more features and a much better turn around time with a cheaper position, but there are a lot of new companies coming up in the market and they are building up their platforms.
Costs are reasonable. No special infrastructure is required and the license model is good.
I think the pricing is in line with the rest of the tools. I think you get what you pay for. It is certainly not inexpensive, but the value proposition is there. There are certainly cheaper tools, but I don't think we'd be getting the support that we get with those, and that is what separates this product from the others.
AppScan is a little bit expensive. IBM needs to work a little bit on the pricing model, decreasing the license cost.
The price should be 20% lower
I think that price it too high, like other Security applications such as Acunetix, WebInspect, and so on.
We never had any issues with the licensing; the price was within our assigned limits.
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|IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan||Mavituna Netsparker|
Veracode is an application security company that offers an automated cloud-based service for securing web, mobile and third-party enterprise applications. Veracode provides multiple security analysis technologies on a single platform, including static analysis, dynamic analysis, mobile application behavioral analysis and software composition analysis.
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.
Netsparker finds and reports web application vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on all types of web applications, regardless of the platform and technology they are built with. Netsparker's unique and dead accurate Proof-Based scanning technology does not just report vulnerabilities, it also produces a Proof of Concept to confirm they are not false positives, freeing you from having to double check the identified vulnerabilities.
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