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Fortify WebInspect is the #11 ranked solution in our list of AST tools. It is most often compared to PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional: Fortify WebInspect vs PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional

What is Fortify WebInspect?
Most enterprises rely heavily on the Web to conduct their normal operations, whether providing services, a mechanism for retail sales, or a host of other functions. Yet, most still struggle with efficiently managing their application security risks. For one thing, they need solutions of scale that can be used to manage thousands of active sites and assessments while also tracking discovered vulnerabilities, retesting procedures, and more. They need to perform repeated security tests to address compliance with regulations, legislation, and internal security policies and also see how their risk posture has changed over time. The enterprises have to protect their data, brand, and bottom line from the harsh impacts of what successful vulnerability exploitation could bring. Micro Focus WebInspect Enterprise enables organizations to solve these security problems quickly, efficiently, and intelligently.

Fortify WebInspect is also known as Micro Focus WebInspect, WebInspect.

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What users are saying about Fortify WebInspect pricing:
  • "Our licensing is such that you can only run one scan at a time, which is inconvenient."
  • "The pricing is not clear and while it is not high, it is difficult to understand."

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IB
Security Engineer at Secure Network
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use with a simple deployment and good documentation

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is easy to use."
  • "The scanner could be better."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for web applications and tests. 

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us much as it's a really good automated scanner with nice number of checks.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward and the deployment is quick.

The solution has good documentation.

The product is a good option for enterprise-level organizations.

What needs improvement?

The scanner could be better. 

The out of bounds channel is missing and it makes it hard to nail down the vulnerabilities.

For how long have I used the solution?

I hadn't been working with the solution for very long; I worked with it at my last company.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The first time we ran the module, it was okay, however, the next time we ran it, it almost crashed. For example, when I started the proxy, I tried to create some traffic from the application and nothing happened, but then, after that, everything began to hang. I'm not sure if this was an issue with a particular version or not. I'm not sure if it was some sort of bug.

How are customer service and technical support?

Typically, if I have an issue, I contact my internal support team. They may directly contact technical support. However, I have not done so myself. Therefore, I can't speak to their responsiveness or knowledge levels.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used PortSwigger in the past, and it was a pretty good product as well.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. It's pretty straightforward. You just have to download it to the Microsoft server and you're done.

The total deployment may take an hour, or, at maximum, two.

What about the implementation team?

I handled the implementation myself.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used Acunetix and Netsparker with Burp Suite.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company.

I would recommend WebInspect to enterprise-level organizations. to use. For a smaller company, I'd recommend something more automated. WebInspect has far more manual work, however, it does have good documentation. 

Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
KW
Assoc. Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use and has good cost/value

Pros and Cons

  • "It is scalable and very easy to use."
  • "The installation could be a bit easier. Usually it's simple to use, but the installation is painful and a bit laborious and complex."

What is our primary use case?

We use WebInspect for dynamic application security testing, and integrating that into all our needs.

What is most valuable?

In terms of its most valuable features, it is scalable and very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Right now, it's kind of bulky. There are a lot of newer generation tools coming out that are easier.

Also, when it comes to the installation and deployment, they inspect the enterprise. It was ok with the scale, but still I think they can make it a little lighter in nature.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using WebInspect for around six, seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's quite a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

WebInspect is a scalable product. We have users in the double digits, around 10-15 users. At any time there are a couple of project users, so I would say around eight to ten.

We require one person maximum for deployment and maintenance.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been satisfied with my experience with the customer support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used AppScan. We switched due to an overall change in our organization in Azure. IBM sold this to HCL so there is no IBM grant attached to it.

How was the initial setup?

The installation could be a bit easier. Usually it's simple to use, but the installation is painful and a bit laborious and complex.

The first time we deployed it, it really took awhile because of some issues on our side and on their side. Installation can last for more than three days.

What about the implementation team?

Our team implemented it along with some of the other professional departments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate AppScan for this task. Both solutions are good. We also evaluated Oracle of course, but it is purely a SaaS solution and that's the reason it was not considered.

What other advice do I have?

Yes, I would recommend WebInspect. It is a good product, comparable to AppScan. It is quite scalable, and good cost/value with the support and backing from Micro Focus. It's good and I definitely recommend it.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give it an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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HS
Sr. Manager Business Operations Protection at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Great accuracy when scanning, but it has an interface that is awkward and not friendly to work with

Pros and Cons

  • "The accuracy of its scans is great."
  • "Our biggest complaint about this product is that it freezes up, and literally doesn't work for us."

What is our primary use case?

This is a security testing tool that is used by our security team and the QA team.

What is most valuable?

The accuracy of its scans is great. Provided it does not freeze, or somebody from another team is not trying to use the same resources, it works well.

The integration with the Fortify code scanner is nice because you combine those two elements and get one output.

What needs improvement?

Our biggest complaint about this product is that it freezes up, and literally doesn't work for us. It may be in part the way we have it set up, or how we've licensed it.

It is awkward and not very friendly to work with.

The version that I am using is not capable of generating reports to HTML or PDF, so I can't share them. I have to get somebody else to log into the application and view the results themselves. Simply, I can't output a report that I can easily share.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using WebInspect for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The experience that I have had is that it is not stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is probably fine if you buy more licenses.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not worked with their technical support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing is such that you can only run one scan at a time, which is inconvenient. The licensing was bundled with Fortify so I'm sure that we paid for it in some context, although I don't know what the exact cost would be.

What other advice do I have?

We are using this WebInspect in conjunction with Fortify. We're not using the client-host based deployment, but rather, a web-based one. The agent is not installed on my machine.

The suitability of this product depends on your use case. If you're trying to do what we're doing in QA and security then it's probably great. If, however, you want to do things on external sites then I would suggest an external cloud-based one.

I would rate this solution a four out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SH
Senior Security Consaulant
Reseller
Top 20
Great vulnerability detection and pretty stable, but an expensive option

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is able to detect a wide range of vulnerabilities. It's better at it than other products."
  • "Lately, we've seen more false negatives."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to test web applications regularly.

What is most valuable?

The solution is able to detect a wide range of vulnerabilities. It's better at it than other products.

What needs improvement?

The solution is on the expensive side. It's something that clients comment on. If they could make it more reasonable, it would be better.

Lately, we've seen more false negatives.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been dealing with the solution for three years at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is largely stable. We've only noticed recently that there are more false negatives. I'm not sure if that means there's an issue or not.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, many of our customers only have 20-30 websites and therefore one scanner fulfills their requirement. In that sense, we've never really tried to scale the product.

How are customer service and technical support?

For the most part, WebInspect has pretty good technical support. Not all Micro Focus products have equally good support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We suggest different solutions to our clients. Some might use Acunetix. We've also used ForeSite in the past as well.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is rather expensive. It's not cheap. If you compare it to, for example, Acunetix, Acunetix is cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

While we generally like WebINspect, if a client has a smaller budget, we might suggest Acunetix simply because it is cheaper. However, if a customer's priority was better scanning for their application, we would suggest WebInspect. We like to give our clients options and choices. We prefer to provide them with options that meet their needs and address their pain points.

Overall, I would rate the solution seven out of ten. If the price was a bit better, I would rate them higher.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
Ashutosh Barot
Security Researcher at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use with a simple interface, but we sometimes had trouble capturing login sequences

Pros and Cons

  • "The user interface is ok and it is very simple to use."
  • "It took us between eight and ten hours to scan an entire site, which is somewhat slow and something that I think can be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use WebInspect for performance network application testing to be sure that we aren't creating any security issues.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance.

The user interface is ok and it is very simple to use.

What needs improvement?

There were times when we had to run the login sequence several times in order to capture it properly.

It took us between eight and ten hours to scan an entire site, which is somewhat slow and something that I think can be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using WebInspect for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has only been an issue in that larger sites take a lot longer to scan.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Qualys in the past but more for vulnerability management in the infrastructure, as opposed to web application security.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and very simple. I simply download the file on my home laptop and started testing with it.

What about the implementation team?

I can deploy this solution on my own.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have been told by friends and colleagues that Acunetix is better, so I will be evaluating that solution in the future.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
CV
Senior Software Developer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable and well-known for dynamic application scanning but needs better integration with the cloud

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a well-known platform for doing dynamic application scanning."
  • "The solution needs better integration with Microsoft's Azure Cloud or an extension of Azure DevOps. In fact, it should better integrate with any cloud provider. Right now, it's quite difficult to integrate with that solution, from the cloud perspective."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for dynamic application scanning.

What is most valuable?

It's a well-known platform for doing dynamic application scanning.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs better integration with Microsoft's Azure Cloud or an extension of Azure DevOps. In fact, it should better integrate with any cloud provider. Right now, it's quite difficult to integrate with that solution, from the cloud perspective.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've yet to test the scalability of the solution, so I can't comment on how scalable it is just yet. Right now, we have our DevOps team working with it, about three to five people.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never been in touch with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

Right now we are in the middle integration, so I'm not sure how much time it's going to take. We haven't yet scanned any of our endpoints, and I'm not sure how much complexity will be involved during the process.

What other advice do I have?

We're using the public cloud deployment model. Our provider is Microsoft.

We just chose the solutions for dynamic scanning and static scanning, but we haven't performed any scanning yet.

I'd recommend it; I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Fernando Vizer
Senior Information Technology Architect at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good static code analysis helps to discover vulnerabilities

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the static analysis."
  • "Creating reports is very slow and it is something that should be improved."

What is our primary use case?

I am using WebInspect for finding vulnerabilities.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the static analysis.

What needs improvement?

Creating reports is very slow and it is something that should be improved.

In the future, I would like to see better integration between static analysis and dynamic analysis.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with WebInspect for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have never had a problem with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. I performed an analysis of more than five million rows and it took perhaps three hours.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is a bit slow, as sometimes it takes too long to get responses. However, the support is good because our problem was fixed after just one interaction with them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to using WebInspect, I was using SonarQube. The problem with SonarQube is that they are not very good at analyzing ASP.NET applications, so I gave up on it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is not clear and while it is not high, it is difficult to understand.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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