IBM Security AppScan vs. OWASP Zap

As of May 2019, IBM Security AppScan is ranked 4th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 14 reviews vs OWASP Zap which is ranked 5th in Application Security Testing (AST) 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 OWASP Zap writes "Finds Vulnerabilities And Gives The Latest Attacks And How To Protect Against Them". IBM Security AppScan is most compared with Veracode, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Checkmarx. OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and IBM Security AppScan. See our IBM Security AppScan vs. OWASP Zap report.
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Pros
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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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.​It has improved my organization with faster security tests.​The vulnerabilities that it finds, because the primary goal is to secure applications and websites.The API is exceptional.

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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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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.It would be nice to have a solid SQL injection engine built into Zap.The port scanner is a little too slow.​It doesn't run on absolutely every operating system.The documentation is lacking and out-of-date, it really needs more love.

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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 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.It's free and open, currently under the Apache 2 license. If ZAP does what you need it to do, selling a free solution is a very easy.

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Also Known As
Rational AppScan, AppScan
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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.

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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Government29%
Transportation Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Insurance Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Government24%
Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Transportation Company11%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise68%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise98%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise63%
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