IBM Security AppScan vs. Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner

As of May 2019, IBM Security AppScan is ranked 5th in Application Security with 14 reviews vs Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner which is ranked 11th in Application Security with 6 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 Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner writes "I would highly recommend implementing this product to those who really care about the vulnerabilities and security of their products/applications". IBM Security AppScan is most compared with Veracode, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Checkmarx. Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is most compared with Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, OWASP Zap and PortSwigger Burp. See our IBM Security AppScan vs. Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner 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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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.Scan, proxify the application, and then detailed report along with evidence and remediations to problems.The scanner and the result generator are valuable features for us.Its ability to crawl a web application is quite different than another similar scanner.

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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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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.I think that it freezes without any specific reason at times. This needs to be looked into.The support's response time could be faster since we are in different time zones.Maybe the ability to make a good reporting format is needed.

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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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We never had any issues with the licensing; the price was within our assigned limits.OWASP Zap is free and it has live updates, so that's a big plus.It is competitive in the security market.

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Rational AppScan, AppScanMavituna Netsparker

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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Sample Customers
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS ITSamsung, The Walt Disney Company, T-Systems, ING Bank
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm14%
Aerospace/Defense Firm14%
Transportation Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Transportation Company11%
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Company Size
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise68%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise98%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
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