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Acunetix vs. Fortify WebInspect
May 2022
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Pros
"Veracode provides guidance for fixing vulnerabilities. It enables developers to write secure code from the start by pointing them to the problematic line of code, and saying, "This function/method has security vulnerabilities," then suggests alternatives to fix it. Then, we adopt their suggestions of the tool. By implementing it in the right way, we can fix the issue. For example, if the tool has found a method where it copied one piece of memory into another piece of memory in the code. The tool points to problematic methods with the vulnerability and provides ways to code it more securely. By adopting their suggestions, we are fixing this vulnerability.""The visibility into application status helps reduce risk exposure for our software. Today, any findings provided by the DAST are reviewed by the developers and we have internal processes in place to correct those findings before there can be a release. So it absolutely does prevent us from releasing weak code.""The main feature that I have found valuable is the solution's ability to find issues in static analysis. Additionally, there are plenty of useful tools.""The most valuable features are that you can do static analysis and dynamic analysis on a scheduled basis and that you can push the findings into JIRA.""The time savings has been tremendous. We saw ROI in the first six months.""My experience with Veracode across the board every time, in all products, the technology, the product, the service, and the salespeople is fabulous.""One of the features they have is Software Composition Analysis. When organizations use third-party, open source libraries with their application development, because they're open source they quite often have a lot of bugs. There are always patches coming out for those open source applications. You really have to stay on your toes and keep up with any third-party libraries that might be integrated into your application. Veracode's Software Composition Analysis scans those libraries and we find that very valuable.""The Veracode technical support is very good. They are responsive and very knowledgeable."

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"Overall, it's a very good tool and a very good engine.""Acunetix has an awesome crawler. It gives a referral site map of near targets and also goes really deep to find all the inputs without issues. This was valuable because it helped me find some files or directories, like web admin panels without authentication, which were hidden.""Acunetix is the best service in the world. It is easy to manage. It gives a lot of information to the users to see and identify problems in their site or applications. It works very well.""I haven't seen reporting of that level in any other tool.""The most valuable feature of Acunetix is the UI and the scan results are simple.""It's very user-friendly for the testing teams. It's very easy for them to understand things and to fix vulnerabilities.""There is a lot of documentation on their website which makes setting it up and using it quite simple.""Picks up weaknesses in our app setups."

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"The solution is easy to use.""Reporting, centralized dashboard, and bird's eye view of all vulnerabilities are the most valuable features.""Fortify WebInspect is a scalable solution, it is good for a lot of applications.""When we are integrating it with SSC, we're able to scan and trace and see all of the vulnerabilities. Comparison is easy in SSC.""The solution is able to detect a wide range of vulnerabilities. It's better at it than other products.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to make our customers more secure."

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Cons
"The feature that allows me to read which mitigation answer was submitted, and to approve it, requires me to use do so in different screens. That makes it a little bit more complicated because I have to read and then I have to go back and make sure it falls under the same number ID number. That part is a little bit complicated from my perspective, because that's what I use the most.""There is much to be desired of UI and user experience. The UI is very slow. With every click, it just takes a lot of time for the pages to load. We have seen this consistently since getting this solution. The UI and UX are very disjointed.""I would ask Veracode to be a lot more engaged with the customer and set up live sessions where they force the customer to engage with Veracode's technical team. Veracode could show them a repo, how they should do things, this is what these results mean, here is a dashboard, here's the interpretation, here's where you find the results.""Scheduling can be a little difficult. For instance, if you set up recurring scheduled scans and a developer comes in and says, "Hey, I have this critical release that happened outside of our normal release patterns and they want you to scan it," we actually have to change our schedule configuration and that means we lose the recurring scheduling settings we had.""The policies you have, where you can tune the findings you get, don't allow you not to file tickets about certain findings. It will always report the findings, even if you know you're not that concerned about a library writing to a system log, for example. It will keep raising them, even though you may have a ticket about it. The integration will keep updating the ticket every time the scan runs.""The ideal situation in terms of putting the results in front of the developers would be with Veracode integration into the developer environment (IDE). They do have a plugin, which we've used in the past, but we were not as positive about it.""Another problem we have is that, while it is integrated with single sign-on—we are using Okta—the user interface is not great. That's especially true for a permanent link of a report of a page. If you access it, it goes to the normal login page that has nothing that says "Log in with single sign-on," unlike other software as a service that we use. It's quite bothersome because it means that we have to go to the Okta dashboard, find the Veracode link, and log in through it. Only at that point can we go to the permanent link of the page we wanted to access.""The pricing for qualified startups such as Neo4j could be improved."

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"The vulnerability identification speed should be improved.""The only problem that they have is the price. It is a bit expensive, and you cannot change the number of applications for the whole year.""There is room for improvement in website authentication because I've seen other products that can do it much better.""Currently only supports web scanning.""While we do have it integrated with other solutions, it could still offer more integrations.""There are some versions of the solution that are not as stable as others.""The jargon used makes it difficult for project managers to understand the issues, and the technical explanations used make it difficult for developers to understand issues. These things should be simplified much more. That would be very helpful for us when explaining to them what needs to be fixed. The report output needs to be simplified.""The pricing is a bit on the higher side."

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"Fortify WebInspect could improve user-friendliness. Additionally, it is very bulky to use.""A localized version, for example, in Korean would be a big improvement to this solution.""Lately, we've seen more false negatives.""It requires improvement in terms of scanning. The application scan heavily utilizes the resources of an on-premise server. 32 GB RAM is very high for an enterprise web application.""The scanner could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I don't really know about the pricing, but I'd say it's worth whatever Veracode is charging, because the solution is that good."
  • "Veracode's price is high. I would like them to better optimize their pricing."
  • "If I compare the pricing with other software tools, then it is quite competitive. Whatever the price is, they have always given us a good discount."
  • "Veracode is expensive. Some of its products are expensive. I don't think it's way more expensive than its competitors. The dynamic is definitely worth it, as I think it's cheaper than the competitors. The static scan is a little bit more expensive, around 20 percent more expensive. The manual pen test is more expensive, but it is an expensive service because it's a manual pen test and we also do retests. I don't think it is way more expensive than the competitors, but it's about 15 to 20 percent more expensive."
  • "We use this product per project rather than per developer... Your development model will really determine what the best fit is for you in terms of licensing, because of the project-based licensing. If you do a few projects, that's more attractive. If you have a large number of developers, that would also make the product a little more attractive."
  • "The pricing is really fair compared to a lot of other tools on the market."
  • "It is very reasonably priced compared to what we were paying our previous vendor. For the same price, we are getting much more value and reducing our AppSec costs from 40 to 50 percent."
  • "Veracode is one of the more expensive solutions in the market, but it is worth the expense because of the eLearning and the security consultations; everything is included in the license."
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  • "I would say that Acunetix is expensive because there are products on the market with similar features that are equally or better-priced."
  • "The pricing is a little high, and moreover, it's kind of domain-based."
  • "When compared with other products, the pricing is a little bit high. But it gives value for the price. It serves the purpose and is worthwhile for the price we pay."
  • "Implementing Acunetix needs a medium or larger business agency, because you need some money to get Acunetix. It is costly, but if you care about your agency's security, then maybe it's a cost that might help you in the future."
  • "It is a bit expensive. If you need to check five applications, you have to pay almost 14,000. It is an agreement for two years at 7,000 per year for only five applications. You cannot change the applications in the license. So, you are stuck with the same license for the five applications for one full year."
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  • "Its price is almost similar to the price of AppScan. Both of them are very costly. Its price could be reduced because it can be very costly for unlimited IT scans, etc. I'm not sure, but it can go up to $40,000 to $50,000 or more than that."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "This solution is very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Acunetix is the UI and the scan results are simple.
    Top Answer:It is a bit expensive. If you need to check five applications, you have to pay almost 14,000. It is an agreement for two… more »
    Top Answer:There are some versions of the solution that are not as stable as others.
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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.

    Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is an automated web application security testing tool that audits your web applications by checking for vulnerabilities like SQL Injection, Cross site scripting, and other exploitable vulnerabilities.

    Fortify WebInspect is an automated DAST solution that helps security professionals and QA testers uncover security vulnerabilities and configuration concerns by providing complete vulnerability detection. This is accomplished by mimicking real-world external security attacks on a live application in order to discover and prioritize concerns for root-cause study. Fortify WebInspect provides a number of REST APIs for easier integration, as well as the ability to be maintained via an intuitive UI or totally automated.

    Fortify WebInspect may be used as a completely automated solution to suit DevOps and scaling requirements, and it integrates seamlessly with the SDLC. REST APIs aid in closer integration by automating scans and ensuring that compliance standards are satisfied. Users can make use of pre-built integrations for Micro Focus Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center, as well as other security testing and management platforms.

    Teams may reuse current scripts and tools thanks to powerful connectors. Any Selenium script can be simply integrated with Fortify WebInspect. Fortify WebInspect supports Swagger and OData formats via the WISwag command line tool, allowing it to work with any DevOps workflow. A scan template can be pre-configured by ScanCentral Admin and sent to users to scan their apps, with zero security knowledge required.

    Fortify WebInspect Features

    Fortify WebInspect has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Security testing of functional applications (FAST): FAST can use all of the functional tests in the same way as IAST does, but it will continue crawling. FAST will not miss anything that a functional test misses.
    • Insights from a hacker's perspective: View discoveries such as client-side frameworks and version number. These are findings that, if not addressed, could lead to vulnerabilities.
    • Workflow macros HAR files: Fortify WebInspect can scan workflows with HAR files, ensuring that crucial content is not missed.
    • Management of compliance: Preconfigured policies and reports for all key online application security compliance regulations, such as PCI DSS, DISA STIG, NIST 800-53, ISO 27K, OWASP, and HIPAA.
    • Horizontal scaling can help you speed up your work: Using Kubernetes, horizontal scaling creates little versions of WebInspect that only process JavaScript. This allows the scans to run in parallel, resulting in significantly faster scans.
    • Scan any API for better accuracy: Get the complete picture on APIs, including SOAP, Rest, Swagger, OpenAPI, and Postman.
    • Managing the security of enterprise applications: To meet DevOps requirements, monitor trends within an application and take action on the most critical issues first.
    • Deployment options: With the flexibility of on-premise, SaaS, or AppSec-as-a-service, you can get started immediately and scale as needed.

    Fortify WebInspect Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Fortify WebInspect. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Vulnerabilities are discovered faster and earlier.
    • Automation and agent technology can help you save time.
    • Users can utilize crawl web technologies and modern frameworks.
    • ScanCentral DAST helps you manage enterprise app security risk.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Fortify WebInspect stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. One major one is its robust centralized dashboard, which gives insight into all vulnerabilities.

    Milin S., an Information Security Architect at a real estate/law firm, writes of the product, “Reporting, centralized dashboard, and bird's eye view of all vulnerabilities are the most valuable features. The vulnerability management part of it is very easy. We can suppress or comment on each vulnerability and assign a vulnerability to an individual risk owner, which makes the work easy.”

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    Application security starts with secure code. Find out more about the benefits of using Veracode to keep your software secure throughout the development lifecycle.

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    State of Missouri, Rekner
    Joomla!, Digicure, Team Random, Credit Suisse, Samsung, Air New Zealand
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Insurance Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government5%
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    Real Estate/Law Firm29%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Consumer Goods Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Acunetix vs. Fortify WebInspect
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Acunetix vs. Fortify WebInspect and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Acunetix is ranked 11th in Application Security Tools with 9 reviews while Fortify WebInspect is ranked 1st in Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) with 6 reviews. Acunetix is rated 7.6, while Fortify WebInspect is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Acunetix writes "We are getting notably fewer false positives than previously, but reporting output needs to be simplified". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortify WebInspect writes "Good reporting and vulnerability management, but needs better performance and resource utilization". Acunetix is most compared with OWASP Zap, PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, Invicti, Tenable.io Web Application Scanning and HCL AppScan, whereas Fortify WebInspect is most compared with Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, OWASP Zap, HCL AppScan and Qualys Web Application Scanning. See our Acunetix vs. Fortify WebInspect report.

    We monitor all Application Security Tools reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.