IBM Security AppScan vs. Micro Focus Fortify on Demand

As of May 2019, IBM Security AppScan is ranked 5th in Application Security with 14 reviews vs Micro Focus Fortify on Demand which is ranked 3rd in Application Security with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Security AppScan writes "The ease of use is key, the developers can actually use it and get results from dynamic testing". The top reviewer of Micro Focus Fortify on Demand writes "Detects vulnerabilities and provides useful suggestions, but doesn't understand complex websites". IBM Security AppScan is most compared with Veracode, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Checkmarx. Micro Focus Fortify on Demand is most compared with SonarQube, Checkmarx and Veracode. See our IBM Security AppScan vs. Micro Focus Fortify on Demand 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 solution scans our code and provides us with a dashboard of all the vulnerabilities and the criticality of the vulnerabilities. It is very useful that they provide right then and there all the information about the vulnerability, including possible fixes, as well as some additional documentation and links to the authoritative sources of why this is an issue and what's the correct way to deal with it.I do not remember any issues with stability.The licensing was good.The installation was easy.It improves future security scans.Fortify helps us to stay updated with the newest languages and versions coming out.One of the valuable features is the ability to submit your code and have it run in the background. Then, if something comes up that is more specific, you have the security analyst who can jump in and help, if needed.It has saved us a lot of time as we focus primarily on programming rather than tool operational work.

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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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Primarily for a complex, advanced website, they don't really understand some of the functionalities. So for instance, they could tell us that there is a vulnerability because somebody could possibly do something, but they don't really understand the code to realize that we actually negate that vulnerability through some other mechanism in the program. In addition, the technical support is just not there. We have open tickets. They don't respond. Even if they respond, we're not seeing eye to eye. As the company got sold and bought, the support got worse.There were some regulated compliances, which were not there.Sometimes when we run a full scan, we have a bunch of issues in the code. We should not have any issues.We would like a reduction in the time frame of scans. It takes us three to five days to run a scan now. We would like that reduced to under three days.It's still a little bit too complex for regular developers. It takes a little bit more time than usual. I know static code scan is not the main focus of the tool, but the overall time span to scan the code, and even to set up the code scanning, is a bit overwhelming for regular developers.If you have a continuous integration in place, for example, and you want it to run along with your build and you want it to be fast, you're not going to get it. It adds to your development time.It lacks of some important features that the competitors have, such as Software Composition Analysis, full dead code detection, and Agile Alliance's Best Practices and Technical Debt.The biggest deficiency is the integration with bug tracker systems. It might be better if the configuration screen presented for accessing the bug tracking systems could provide some flexibility.

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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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It's a yearly contract, but I don't remember the dollar amount.The licensing was good because the licenses have the heavy centralized server.The subscription model, on a per-scan basis, is a bit expensive. That's another reason we are not using it for all the apps.We used the one-time application, Security Scan Dynamic. I believe the original fee was $8,000.

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Also Known As
Rational AppScan, AppScanFortify on Demand
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Overview

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.

Micro Focus Fortify on Demand’s application security-as-a-service is the easy and flexible way to identify vulnerabilities in your applications without additional investment in software or personnel. Allow our global team to work for you, providing support and technical expertise 24/7.

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Sample Customers
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS ITSAP, Aaron's, British Gas, FICO, Cox Automative, Callcredit Information Group, Vital and more.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Government29%
Financial Services Firm14%
Aerospace/Defense Firm14%
Transportation Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Government26%
Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Transportation Company10%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm25%
Government13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Software R&D Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company19%
Software R&D Company18%
Healthcare Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise68%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise98%
REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise64%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise74%
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