Contrast Security Assess Pros and Cons

Contrast Security Assess Pros

Ramesh Raja
Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use the Contrast OSS feature that allows us to look at third-party, open-source software libraries, because it has a cool interface where you can look at all the different libraries. It has some really cool additional features where it gives us how many instances in which something has been used... It tells us it has been used 10 times out of 20 workloads, for example. Then we know for sure that OSS is being used.
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Aggelos Karonis
Technical Information Security Team Lead at Kaizen Gaming
In our most critical applications, we have a deep dive in the code evaluation, which was something we usually did with periodic vulnerability assessments, code reviews, etc. Now, we have real time access to it. It's something that has greatly enhanced our code's quality. We have actually embedded a KPI in regards to the improvement of our code shell. For example, Contrast provides a baseline where libraries and the usability of the code are evaluated, and they produce a score. We always aim to improve that score. On a quarterly basis, we have added this to our KPIs.
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reviewer1383270
Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the continuous monitoring aspect: the fact that we don't have to wait for scans to complete for the tool to identify vulnerabilities. They're automatically identified through developers' business-as-usual processes.
This has changed the way that developers are looking at usage of third-party libraries, upfront. It's changing our model of development and our culture of development to ensure that there is more thought being put into the usage of third-party libraries.
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reviewer1361742
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The accuracy of the solution in identifying vulnerabilities is better than any other product we've used, far and away. In our internal comparisons among different tools, Contrast consistently finds more impactful vulnerabilities, and also identifies vulnerabilities that are nearly guaranteed to be there, meaning that the chance of false positives is very low.
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HK
reviewer1380801
Product Security Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
No other tool does the runtime scanning like Contrast does. Other static analysis tools do static scanning, but Contrast is runtime analysis, when the routes are exercised. That's when the scan happens. This is a tool that has a very unique capability compared to other tools. That's what I like most about Contrast, that it's runtime.
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reviewer1494855
Senior Customer Success Manager at a tech company with 201-500 employees
By far, the thing that was able to provide value was the immediate response while testing ahead of release, in real-time.
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Contrast Security Assess Cons

Ramesh Raja
Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Contrast Security Assess covers a wide range of applications like .NET Framework, Java, PSP, Node.js, etc. But there are some like Ubuntu and the .NET Core which are not covered. They have it in their roadmap to have these agents. If they have that, we will have complete coverage.
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Aggelos Karonis
Technical Information Security Team Lead at Kaizen Gaming
Personalization of the board and how to make it appealing to an organization is something that could be done on their end. The reports could be adaptable to the customer's preferences.
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reviewer1383270
Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Regarding the solution's OSS feature, the one drawback that we do have is that it does not have client-side support. We'll be missing identification of libraries like jQuery or JavaScript, and such, that are client-side.
The setup of the solution is different for each application. That's the one thing that has been a challenge for us. The deployment itself is simple, but it's tough to automate because each application is different, so each installation process for Contrast is different.
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reviewer1361742
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Contrast's ability to support upgrades on the actual agents that get deployed is limited. Our environment is pretty much entirely Java. There are no updates associated with that. You have to actually download a new version of the .jar file and push that out to your servers where your app is hosted. That can be quite cumbersome from a change-management perspective.
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reviewer1380801
Product Security Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see them come up with more scanning rules.
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reviewer1494855
Senior Customer Success Manager at a tech company with 201-500 employees
I think there was activity underway to support the centralized configuration control. There are ways to do it, but I think they were productizing more of that.
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Learn what your peers think about Contrast Security Assess. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
501,499 professionals have used our research since 2012.