Compare HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap

HCL AppScan is ranked 6th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 13 reviews while OWASP Zap is ranked 4th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 10 reviews. HCL AppScan is rated 8.0, while OWASP Zap is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "The ease of use is key, the developers can actually use it and get results from dynamic testing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Inexpensive licensing, free to use, and has good community support". HCL AppScan is most compared with Veracode, SonarQube and Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, whereas OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and HCL AppScan. See our HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap report.
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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.

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The scalability of this product is very good.The reporting is quite intuitive, which gives you a clear indication of what kind of vulnerability you have that you can drill down on to gather more information.The OWASP's tool is free of cost, which gives it a great advantage, especially for smaller companies to make use of the tool.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.

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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.

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I prefer Burp Suite to SWASP Zap because of the extensive coverage it offers.I'd like to see a kind of feature where we can just track what our last vulnerability was and how it has improved or not. More reports that can have some kind of base-lining, I think that would be a good feature too. I'm not sure whether it can be achieved and implement but I think that would really help.The automated vulnerability assessments that the application performs needs to be simplified as well as diversified.There's very little documentation that comes with OWASP Zap.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
AppScan is a little bit expensive. IBM needs to work a little bit on the pricing model, decreasing the license cost.

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This app is completely free and open source. So there is no question about any pricing.OWASP Zap is free to use.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.

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Also Known As
IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan
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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.

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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Sample Customers
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS IT
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Top Industries
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Insurance Company25%
Government25%
Transportation Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Government14%
Comms Service Provider9%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Software R&D Company47%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise75%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise85%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise58%
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