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We performed a comparison between Coverity and Qualys Web Application Scanning based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Security Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Coverity vs. Qualys Web Application Scanning report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The static scan is the feature that we use the most, as it gives us insight into our source code. We have it integrated with our continuous integration, continuous delivery system, so we can get insight quickly.""There is a single area on the dashboard where you can get a full view of all of the tests and the results from everything. There is a nice, very simple graphic that shows you the types of vulnerabilities that were found, their severity, the scoring, and in what part of the code they were found. All the details are together in one place.""The time savings has been tremendous. We saw ROI in the first six months.""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.""My experience with Veracode across the board every time, in all products, the technology, the product, the service, and the salespeople is fabulous.""The Veracode technical support is very good. They are responsive and very knowledgeable.""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.""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."

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"One of the most valuable features is Contributing Events. That particular feature helps the developer understand the root cause of a defect. So you can locate the starting point of the defect and figure out exactly how it is being exploited.""It provides reports about a lot of potential defects.""Coverity is scalable.""The app analysis is the most valuable feature as I know other solutions don't have that.""The ability to scan code gives us details of existing and potential vulnerabilities. What really matters for us is to ensure that we are able to catch vulnerabilities ahead of time.""I encountered a bug with Coverity, and I opened a ticket. Support provided me with a workaround. So it's working at the moment, or at least it seems to be.""The most valuable feature of Coverity is the wrapper. We use the wrapper to build the C++ component, then we use the other code analysis to analyze the code to the build object, and then send back the result to the SonarQube server. Additionally, it is a powerful capabilities solution."

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"Qualys WAS' most valuable features are the navigation flow of the UI and the option for a different layer of security (identification and operation through email and mobile).""I have found the detection of vulnerabilities tool thorough with good results and the graphical display output to be wonderful and full of colors. It allows many types of outputs, such as bar and chart previews.""Qualys' process of updating signatures is something we really appreciate, and it's way ahead of its industry peers.""It works with many different products."

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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.""The static analysis is prone to a lot of false positives. But that's how it is with most static analysis tools... Also, the static analysis can sometimes take a little while. The time that it takes to do a scan should be improved.""We tried to create an automatic scanning process for Veracode and integrate it into our billing process, but it was easier to adopt it to repositories based on GIT. Until now, our source control repository was Azure DevOps Server (Microsoft TFS) to managing our resources. This was not something that they supported. It took us some sessions together before we successfully implemented it.""If Veracode was more diversified, as far as the number of platforms and the number of applications it could do in our favor, we would be using it even more. But there are a number of platforms it doesn't support. For example, I know they support C+, .NET, and Java, but there are certain platforms they don't support and that was disappointing.""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.""Veracode has plenty of data. The problem is the information on the dashboards of Veracode, as the user interface is not great. It's not immediately usable. Most of the time, the best way to use it is to just create issues and put them in JIRA... But if I were a startup, and only had products with a good user interface, I wouldn't use Veracode because the UI is very dated.""When it comes to the speed of the pipeline scan, one of the things we have found with Veracode is that it's very fast with Java-based applications but a bit slow with C/C++ based applications. So we have implemented the pipeline scan only for Java-based applications not for the C/C++ applications.""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."

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"Its price can be improved. Price is always an issue with Synopsys.""The solution could use more rules.""Right now, the Coverity executable is around 1.2GB to download. If they can reduce it to approximately 600 or 700MB, that would be great. If they decrease the executable, it will be much easier to work in an environment like Docker.""Coverity is far from perfection, and I'm not 100 percent sure it's helping me find what I need to find in my role. We need exactly what we are looking for, i.e. security errors and vulnerabilities. It doesn't seem to be reporting while we are changing our code.""Coverity is not stable.""When I put my code into Coverity for scanning, the code information of the product is in the system. The solution could be improved by providing a SBOM, a software bill of material.""Coverity could improve the ease of use. Sometimes things become difficult and you need to follow the guides from the website but the guides could be better."

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"Sometimes the response time is low because the handshake fails, and then you have to re-login and start again.""When comparing this solution to Veracode, Veracode has good interactive features and gives a clear understanding of what the vulnerabilities are, which error line of the vulnerability is on and what can be done. It gives interactive features, whereas this solution does not give a clear understanding of where or how to fix the problem.""There could be better management and faster scanning.""We procured around 110 licenses for Web Application Scanning, but we have issues running concurrent scans. I don't currently have the option to trigger scans for all 100-plus websites. The default limit is around 10 conference scans. It's not very scalable, to be honest, because of the limitation that they put on concurrent scans."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Licensing cost is on a yearly basis and there are no additional costs, the pricing is straightforward."
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  • "It is expensive."
  • "Coverity is very expensive."
  • "This is a pretty expensive solution. The overall value of the solution could be improved if the price was reduced. Licensing is done on an annual basis."
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  • "We are on an annual license for the solution and the pricing could be more affordable."
  • "Qualys WAS' pricing is competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:SonarQube is easy to deploy and configure, and also integrates well with other tools to do quality code analysis… more »
    Top Answer:The findings of their security analysis are wonderful. You can easily go through all the analyses done by Veracode. You… more »
    Top Answer:It is quite good. If you adapt it for the whole organization, it is quite affordable. The pricing plans are good as… more »
    Top Answer:We researched Coverity, but in the end, we chose SonarQube. SonarQube is a tool for reviewing code quality and security… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Coverity is the wrapper. We use the wrapper to build the C++ component, then we use the… more »
    Top Answer:This is a pretty expensive solution. The overall value of the solution could be improved if the price was reduced… more »
    Top Answer:Qualys WAS' most valuable features are the navigation flow of the UI and the option for a different layer of security… more »
    Top Answer:Sometimes the response time is low because the handshake fails, and then you have to re-login and start again. In the… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Synopsys Static Analysis
    Qualys WAS
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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.

    Coverity® gives you the speed, ease of use, accuracy, industry standards compliance, and scalability that you need to develop high-quality, secure applications. Coverity identifies critical software quality defects and security vulnerabilities in code as it’s written, early in the development process, when it’s least costly and easiest to fix. With the Code Sight™ integrated development environment (IDE) plugin, developers get accurate analysis in seconds in their IDE as they code. Precise actionable remediation advice and context-specific eLearning help your developers understand how to fix their prioritized issues quickly, without having to become security experts. 

    Coverity seamlessly integrates automated security testing into your CI/CD pipelines and supports your existing development tools and workflows. Choose where and how to do your development: on-premises or in the cloud with the Polaris Software Integrity Platform™ (SaaS), a highly scalable, cloud-based application security platform. Coverity supports 22 languages and over 70 frameworks and templates.

    Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS) is a fully cloud-based web application security scanner. The scanner will automatically crawl periodically and test web applications to discover potential vulnerabilities, including cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. The consistent testing equips the automated service to generate consistent results, lessen false positives, and offer the ability to scale to protect thousands of websites effortlessly.

    Qualys Web Application Scanning is bundled with different scanning technology to carefully scan websites for malware infections and will send notifications to website owners to assist in preventing blacklisting and brand reputation damage. As digital transformation takes place in various organizations, Qualys WAS gives organizations the ability to track and document their web app security status through its interactive reporting capabilities.

    Qualys WAS empowers organizations to remediate any web application vulnerabilities quickly. Some of the key tools offered are:

    • Deep Scanning: All apps and APIs on your internal network and public cloud are covered by Qualys WAS deep scanning to show you any visible vulnerabilities.

    • DevSec Ops Tool: Detect security issues in your code while still in app development stages and generate comprehensive reports.

    • Comprehensive Discovery: Discover and catalog new and unknown web apps in your network.

    • Malware Detection: Scan a website, identify vulnerabilities, and receive alerts to any infections.


    Benefits of Qualys Web Application Scanning

    Qualys Web Application Scanning offers many benefits, including:

    • Quick Deployment: Requires no infrastructure or software to upkeep.

    • Effortless Scalability: Effortlessly launch a deep scan and protect thousands of websites.

    • Centralized Management: Manage and mend all web app vulnerabilities through a single interface.

    • Excellent Integration Capabilities: Integrates with Qualys Web App Firewall (WAF) for a single-click virtual patching of found vulnerabilities.

    • Respond to Threats Immediately: Qualys Continuous Monitoring offers the user a hands-free service by automatically launching scanning and sending notifications of a potential threat.

    • Cost-effective Solution: Data is analyzed in real time as Qualys WAS is an end-to-end solution; this helps avoid costs associated with managing multiple security vendors.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Qualys Web Application Scanning stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two of those reasons are its progressive scan and quick detection of vulnerabilities.

    P.K., a senior software developer at a tech vendor, writes, "The feature that I have found most valuable is the progressive scan. It is good. It's done in 24 hours."

    Nagaraj S., lead cybersecurity engineer at a tech service company, notes, "I have found the detection of vulnerabilities tool thorough with good results and the graphical display output to be wonderful and full of colors. It allows many types of outputs, such as bar and chart previews."

    Offer
    Keep your software secure

    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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    Sample Customers
    State of Missouri, Rekner
    MStar Semiconductor, Alcatel-Lucent
    BskyB, Cartagena, ClearPoint Learning Systems, Connect Group, du, Fortrex Technologies, HBOR, HDI, Highlights for Children, The Lithuanian State Enterprise Centre of Registers, City of Miami Beach, Microsoft, MidlandHR, MSCI Inc., Northern Arizona University, Ofgem, Olympus Europa, PhoneFactor, RTL Nederland, ThousandEyes, VGZ Organisatie B.V.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Insurance Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Media Company13%
    Government13%
    Retailer13%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Financial Services Firm40%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Educational Organization10%
    Non Tech Company10%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Coverity vs. Qualys Web Application Scanning
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Coverity vs. Qualys Web Application Scanning and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Coverity is ranked 10th in Application Security Tools with 7 reviews while Qualys Web Application Scanning is ranked 13th in Application Security Tools with 4 reviews. Coverity is rated 8.2, while Qualys Web Application Scanning is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Coverity writes "Broad integration capacity and works with more languages than some competitors". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Qualys Web Application Scanning writes "We like its process of updating signatures, and it's way ahead of its industry peers. ". Coverity is most compared with SonarQube, Checkmarx, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Klocwork and Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, whereas Qualys Web Application Scanning is most compared with Tenable.io Web Application Scanning, OWASP Zap, SonarQube, PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional and Fortify WebInspect. See our Coverity vs. Qualys Web Application Scanning report.

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