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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.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 source composition analysis component is great because it gives our developers some comfort in using new libraries.Integrations into our developer's IDE (Greenlight) and the DevOps Pipeline SAST / SourceClear Integrations has particularly increased our time to market and confidence.Veracode is a valuable tool in our secure SDLC process.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.

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This solution saves us time due to the low number of false positives detected.

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The product has a friendly UI that is easy to use and understand.The overall quality of the indicator is good.It's a great product. If you are in a hurry and just want to focus on the functional requirements of any kind of project, SonarQube is highly helpful. It enables the developers to code securely. SonarQube has a Community edition, which is open source and free. There are also three proprietary or paid versions: Enterprise edition, Data Center edition, and Developer edition.It is a very good tool for analysis despite its limitations.There is a free version.Before you even compile, it can catch known vulnerability issues or patterns.The most valuable features are the segregation containment and the suspension of product services.The most valuable feature is the security hotspot feature that identifies where your code is prone to have security issues.

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The triage indicator was kind of hard to find. It's a very small arrow and I had no idea it was there.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.I think for us the biggest improvement would be to have an indicator when there's something wrong with a scan.Improve Mobile Application Dynamic Scanning DAST - .ipa and .apkIt needs better controls to include/exclude specific sections when creating a report that can be shared externally with customers and prospects.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.

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IBM Security AppScan needs to add performance optimization for quickly scanning the target web applications.

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The documentation is not clear and it needs to be updated.I am not very pleased with the technical debt computation.If I configure a project in SonarQube, it generates a token. When we're compiling our code with SonarQube, we have to provide the token for security reasons. If IP-based connectivity is established with the solution, the project should automatically be populated without providing any additional token. It will be easy to provide just the IP address. It currently supports this functionality, but it makes a different branch in the project dashboard. From the configuration and dashboard point of view, it should have some transformations. There can be dashboard integration so that we can configure the dashboard for different purposes.There are limitations to the free version that limit development options as far as languages.Our developers have complained about the Quality Gates and the number of false positives that this product reports.I would like to see improvements in defining the quality sets of rules and the quality to ensure code with low-performance does not end up in production.In the next release, I would like to have notifications because now, it is a bit difficult. I think that's a feature which we could add there and it would benefit the users as well. For every full request, they should be able to see their bugs or vulnerability directly on the surface.The reporting can be improved.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.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.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.

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We are using the open-source community version, but there are enterprise licenses available.For the Community edition, there is no extra cost. It's totally free. The Enterprise edition, Data Center edition, and Developer edition are the paid versions.There is both a free and licensed version. The free version has limitations on development languages and support.We are using the open-source version, which is available free of cost.The developer edition is based on cost per lines of code.I was using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.I am satisfied with the pricing.A low cost long-term solution for non-critical situations.

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Top Answer: JaeLee, check out our comparison page here of Veracode vs Checkmarx: https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/comparisons/checkmarx_vs_veracode Checkmarx is ranked 4th, while Veracode is ranked… more »
Top Answer: I would recommend Veracode. Our uses cases included removing vulnerable code from our Product and ensuring the product is secure. Veracode helps us in regularly scanning our code base and reporting… more »
Top Answer: SonarQube depends on completely what you configure the Rules. You will have the option of the Profile creation and can be assigned to the Projects. If you configure the project --> under them services… more »
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Top Answer: The major difference I have seen between Checkmarx and SonarQube is : CheckMarx support: Supports a large number of languages and finds a large variety of potential risks. Apart from this, I… more »
Top Answer: SonarQube depends on completely what you configure the Rules. You will have the option of the Profile creation and can be assigned to the Projects. If you configure the project --> under them services… more »
Top Answer: SonarQube is an open source tool. The use of the developer edition leads me to think you mean SonarSource Developer edition. With SonarSource you will still need to run your own servers to host the… more »
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IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScanSonar
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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.

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.

SonarQube is the central place to manage code quality, offering visual reporting on and across projects and enabling to replay the past to follow metrics evolution
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State of Missouri, ReknerEssex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS ITBank of America, Siemens, Cognizant, Thales, Cisco, eBay
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Financial Services Firm37%
Insurance Company13%
Consumer Goods Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company6%
Insurance Company5%
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Government25%
Insurance Company25%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
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Computer Software Company48%
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Media Company8%
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Financial Services Firm30%
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Computer Software Company43%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise25%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise68%
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Small Business17%
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Large Enterprise71%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise51%
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Small Business15%
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Large Enterprise73%
Find out what your peers are saying about HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
437,168 professionals have used our research since 2012.
HCL AppScan is ranked 16th in Application Security with 2 reviews while SonarQube is ranked 1st in Application Security with 23 reviews. HCL AppScan is rated 8.0, while SonarQube is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "A low rate of false positives translates to a savings in time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarQube writes "Great birds-eye view dashboard with detailed code metrics in the drill-down". HCL AppScan is most compared with Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, OWASP Zap, WebInspect and PortSwigger Burp, whereas SonarQube is most compared with Checkmarx, Coverity, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and CodeSonar. See our HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube report.

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