IBM Security AppScan vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle

As of May 2019, IBM Security AppScan is ranked 5th in Application Security with 14 reviews vs Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle which is ranked 6th 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 Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle writes "Low false-positive count and the vulnerability-upgrade overview are key features for us". IBM Security AppScan is most compared with Veracode, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Checkmarx. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is most compared with SonarQube, Veracode Software Composition Analysis and Black Duck Hub. See our IBM Security AppScan vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle 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 application onboarding and policy grandfathering features are good and the solution integrates well with our existing DevOps tools.It scans and gives you a low false-positive count... The reason we picked Lifecycle over the other products is, while the other products were flagging stuff too, they were flagging things that were incorrect. Nexus has low false-positive results, which give us a high confidence factor.What's really nice about that is it shows a graph of all the versions for that particular component, and it marks out the ones that have a vulnerability and the ones that don't have a vulnerability.Among its valuable features, it's easy to handle and easy configure, it's user-friendly, and it's easy to map and integrate.It has given developers the tools they need to figure out what to build with. We implemented a Slack bot using their data and engineers can query it to find good components. It's been working out very well.The most valuable feature is that I get a quick overview of the libraries that are included in the application, and the issues that are connected with them. I can quickly understand which problems there are from a security point of view or from a licensing point of view. It's quick and very exact.It was very easy to integrate into our build pipeline, with Jenkins and Nexus Repository as the central product.When developers are consuming open-source libraries from the internet, it's able to automatically block the ones that are insecure. And it has the ability to make suggestions on the ones they should be using instead.

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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 biggest thing is getting it put uniformly across all the different teams. It's more of a process issue. The process needs to be thought out about how it's going to be used, what kind of training there will be, how it's going to be socialized, and how it's going to be rolled out and controlled, enterprise-wide. That's probably more of a challenge than the technology itself.We created the Wiki page for each team showing an overview of their outstanding security issues because the Lifecycle reporting interface isn't as intuitive. It is good for people on my team who use it quite often. But for a tech engineer who doesn't interact with it regularly, it's quite confusing.Another feature they could use is more languages. Sonatype has been mainly a Java shop because they look after Maven Central... But we've slowly been branching out to different languages. They don't cover all of them, and those that they do cover are not as in-depth as we would like them to be.Sometimes we face difficulties with Maven Central... if I'm using the 1.0.0 version, after one or two years, the 1.0.0 version will be gone from Maven Central but our team will still be using that 1.0.0 version to build. When they do builds, it won't build completely because that version is gone from Maven Central. There is a difference in our Sonatype Maven Central.Application onboarding is a little bit clunky... Onboarding an application through the GUI is intuitive but it's time-consuming... It's for large organizations with many enrollments that the GUI becomes unfeasible.If there is something which is not in Maven Central, sometimes it is difficult to get the right information because it's not found.If you look at NPM-based applications, JavaScript, for example, these are only checkable via the build pipeline. You cannot upload the application itself and scan it, as is possible with Java, because a file could change significantly.They could do with making more plugins for the more common integration engines out there. Right now, it supports automation engine by Jenkins but it doesn't fully support something like TeamCity.

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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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We're pretty happy with the price, for what it is delivering for us and the value we're getting from it.Its pricing is competitive within the market. It's not very cheap, it's not very expensive.

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Rational AppScan, AppScanNexus Lifecycle
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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.

Nexus Lifecycle gives you full control over your software supply chain and allows you to define rules, actions, and policies that work best for your organization and teams.

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Sample Customers
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS ITGenome.One, Blackboard, Crediterform, Crosskey, Intuit, Progress Software, Qualys, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
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%
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Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise98%
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