Compare Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner vs. OWASP Zap

Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is ranked 9th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 5 reviews while OWASP Zap is ranked 5th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 9 reviews. Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is rated 8.4, while OWASP Zap is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner writes "Powerful Crawler generates close to a full sitemap, including web services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Inexpensive licensing, free to use, and has good community support". Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is most compared with Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, HCL AppScan, WebInspect, Rapid7 InsightAppSec and PortSwigger Burp, whereas OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, HCL AppScan, Qualys Web Application Scanning and Rapid7 AppSpider. See our Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner vs. OWASP Zap report.
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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.We are using the Veracode tools to expose the engineers to the security vulnerabilities that were introduced with the new features, i.e. a lot faster or sooner in the development life cycle.

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High level of accuracy and quick scanning.The most attractive feature was the reporting review tool. The reporting review was very impressive and produced very fruitful reports.One of the features I like about this program is the low number of false positives and the support it offers.It correctly parses DOM and JS and has really good support for URL Rewrite rules, which is important for today's websites.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.

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The interface is easy to use.Simple to use, good user interface.Automatic updates and pull request analysis.The scalability of this product is very good.The reporting is quite intuitive, which gives you a clear indication of what kind of vulnerability you have that you can drill down on to gather more information.The OWASP's tool is free of cost, which gives it a great advantage, especially for smaller companies to make use of the tool.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.

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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.Veracode should make it easier to navigate between the solutions that they offer, i.e. between dynamic, static, and the source code analysis.

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The proxy review, the use report views, the current use tool and the subset requests need some improvement. It was hard to understand how to use them.Netsparker doesn't provide the source code of the static application security testing.The scanner itself should be improved because it is a little bit slow.The custom attack preparation screen might be improved.

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The documentation needs to be improved because I had to learn everything from watching YouTube videos.Too many false positives; test reports could be improved.Deployment is somewhat complicated.I prefer Burp Suite to SWASP Zap because of the extensive coverage it offers.I'd like to see a kind of feature where we can just track what our last vulnerability was and how it has improved or not. More reports that can have some kind of base-lining, I think that would be a good feature too. I'm not sure whether it can be achieved and implement but I think that would really help.The automated vulnerability assessments that the application performs needs to be simplified as well as diversified.There's very little documentation that comes with OWASP Zap.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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The price should be 20% lowerI think that price it too high, like other Security applications such as Acunetix, WebInspect, and so on.

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This is an open-source solution and can be used free of charge.This app is completely free and open source. So there is no question about any pricing.OWASP Zap is free to use.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.

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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.

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.

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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State of Missouri, ReknerSamsung, The Walt Disney Company, T-Systems, ING Bank
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm34%
Insurance Company14%
Consumer Goods Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company6%
Insurance Company5%
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Computer Software Company40%
Media Company9%
Comms Service Provider8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
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Aerospace/Defense Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Marketing Services Firm14%
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Computer Software Company45%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company9%
Government5%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise72%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise45%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise56%
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