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We performed a comparison between Fortify Application Defender and HCL AppScan 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 Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"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.""Good static analysis and dynamic analysis.""It is SaaS hosted. That makes it very convenient to use. There is no initial time needed to set up an application. Scanning is a matter of minutes. You just log in, create an application profile, associate a security configuration, and that's about it. It takes 10 minutes to start. The lack of initial lead time or initial overhead to get going is the primary advantage.""In terms of secure development, the SAST scan is very useful because we are able to identify security flaws in the code base itself, for the application.""It is easy to use for us developers. It supports so many languages: C#, .NET Core, .NET Framework, and it even scans some of our JavaScript. You just need the extension to upload the files and the reports are generated with so much detail.""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.""My experience with Veracode across the board every time, in all products, the technology, the product, the service, and the salespeople is fabulous.""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."

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"The information from Fortify Application Defender on how to fix and solve issues is very good compared to other solutions.""We are able to provide out customers with a secure application after development. They are no longer left wondering if they are vulnerable to different threats within the market following deployment.""The most valuable features of Fortify Application Defender are the code packages that are default."

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"The solution offers services in a few specific development languages.""AppScan is stable.""There's extensive functionality with custom rules and a custom knowledge base.""The HCL AppScan turnaround time for Burp Suite or any new feature request is pretty good, and that is why we are sticking with the HCL.""This is a stable solution.""The most valuable feature of HCL AppScan is scanning QR codes.""It identifies all the URLs and domains on its own and then performs tests and provides the results.""It was easy to set up."

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Cons
"The reports on offer are too verbose.""Sometimes, I get feedback from a developer saying, "They are scanning a Python code, but getting feedback around Java code." While the remediation and guidelines are there, improvement is still required, e.g., you won't get the exact guidelines, but you can get some sort of a high-level insights.""Sometimes the scans are not done quickly, but the solutions that it provides are really good. The quality is high, but the analysis is not done extremely quickly.""The UI could be better. Also, there are some scenarios where there is no security flaw, but the report indicates that there is a security flaw. The report is not perfectly accurate. So, the accuracy of the scanning reports needs improvement.""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.""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.""The pricing for qualified startups such as Neo4j could be improved.""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."

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"The solution could improve the time it takes to scan. When comparing it to SonarQube it does it in minutes while in Fortify Application Defender it can take hours.""Fortify Application Defender could improve by supporting more code languages, such as GRAAS and Groovy.""The licensing can be a little complex."

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"The dashboard, for AppScan or the Fortified fast tool, which we use needs to be improved.""Sometimes it doesn't work so well.""One thing which I think can be improved is the CI/CD Integration""The solution could improve by having a mobile version.""The solution often has a high number of false positives. It's an aspect they really need to improve upon.""AppScan is too complicated and should be made more user-friendly.""They have to improve support.""We have experienced challenges when trying to integrate this solution with other products. When you compare it with the other SecOps products, the quality of the output is too low. It is not a new-age product. It is very outdated."

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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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  • "The price of this solution could be less expensive."
  • "The licensing is very complex, it's project based and can range from $10,000 to $200,000+ depending on the project type and size."
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  • "With the features, that they offer, and the support, they offer, AppScan pricing is on a higher level."
  • "Pricing was the main reason that we went ahead with this solution as they were the lowest in the market."
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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:The most valuable features of Fortify Application Defender are the code packages that are default.
    Top Answer:Fortify Application Defender could improve by supporting more code languages, such as GRAAS and Groovy.
    Top Answer:I work for a local distributor for Micro Focus. We provide customers with a proof of values and we're showing them in… more »
    Top Answer:We have experienced challenges when trying to integrate this solution with other products. When you compare it with the… more »
    Top Answer:This is a primarily application security testing solution.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    HPE Fortify Application Defender, Micro Focus Fortify Application Defender
    IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan
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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.

    Micro Focus Security Fortify Application Defender is a runtime application self-protection (RASP) solution that helps you manage and mitigate risk from homegrown or third-party applications. It provides centralized visibility into application use and abuse while protecting from software vulnerability exploits and other violations in real time.

    IBM Security AppScan enhances web application security and mobile application security, improves application security program management and strengthens regulatory compliance. By scanning your web and mobile applications prior to deployment, AppScan enables you to identify security vulnerabilities and generate reports and fix recommendations.

    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
    ServiceMaster, Saltworks, SAP
    Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS IT
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company11%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
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    Government21%
    Transportation Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Insurance Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Fortify Application Defender is ranked 22nd in Application Security Tools with 3 reviews while HCL AppScan is ranked 16th in Application Security Tools with 8 reviews. Fortify Application Defender is rated 8.0, while HCL AppScan is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Fortify Application Defender writes "Secure, versatile cyber security technology ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "Improves application security, identifies gaps, and performs well". Fortify Application Defender is most compared with SonarQube, Checkmarx, Coverity, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and Tenable.io Web Application Scanning, whereas HCL AppScan is most compared with SonarQube, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, Fortify WebInspect and Acunetix. See our Fortify Application Defender vs. HCL AppScan report.

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