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We performed a comparison between Fortify on Demand and Sonatype Lifecycle 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 on Demand vs. Sonatype Lifecycle Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Pros
"Fortify helps us to stay updated with the newest languages and versions coming out.""We identified a lot of security vulnerability much earlier in the development and could fix this well before the product was rolled out to a huge number of clients.""Audit workbench: for on-the-fly defect auditing.""I don’t know of any other On-Demand enterprise solution like this one where we can load the details and within a few days, receive the results of intrusion attacks, and work with HP Security Experts when needed for clarification""The most valuable feature is that it connects with your development platforms, such as Microsoft Information Server and Jira.""The solution is user-friendly.""It is an extremely robust, scalable, and stable solution.""Speed and efficiency are great features."

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"Lifecycle lets developers see any vulnerabilities or AGPL license issues associated with code in the early stages of development. The nice thing is that it's built into the ID so that they can see all versions of a specific code.""Among its valuable features, it's easy to handle and easy configure, it's user-friendly, and it's easy to map and integrate.""The quality or the profiles that you can set are most valuable. The remediation of issues that you can do and how the information is offered is also valuable.""The reference provided for each issue is extremely helpful.""The key feature for Nexus Lifecycle is the proprietary data they have on vulnerabilities. The way that they combine all the different sources and also their own research into one concise article that clearly explains what the problem is. Most of the time, and even if you do notice that you have a problem, the public information available is pretty weak. So, if we want to assess if a problem applies to our product, it's really hard. We need to invest a lot of time digging into the problem. This work is basically done by Sonatype for us. The data that it delivers helps us with fixing or understanding the issue a lot quicker than without it.""With the plugin for our IDE that Sonatype provides, we can check whether a library has security, quality, or licensing issues very easily. Which is nice because Googling for this stuff can be a bit cumbersome. By checking it before code is even committed, we save ourselves from getting notifications.""When developers are consuming open-source libraries from the internet, it's able to automatically block the ones that are insecure. And it has the ability to make suggestions on the ones they should be using instead.""Its engine itself is most valuable in terms of the way it calculates and decides whether a security vulnerability exists or not. That's the most important thing. Its security is also pretty good, and its listing about the severities is also good."

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Cons
"New technologies and DevOps could be improved. Fortify on Demand can be slow (slower than other vendors) to support new technologies or new software versions.""We have some stability issues, but they are minimal.""It does scanning for all virtual machines and other things, but it doesn't do the scanning for containers. It currently lacks the ability to do the scanning on containers. We're asking their product management team to expand this capability to containers.""If you have a continuous integration in place, for example, and you want it to run along with your build and you want it to be fast, you're not going to get it. It adds to your development time."".NET code scanning is still dependent on building the code base before running any scan. Also, it's dependent on an IDE such as Visual Studio.""There are lots of limitations with code technology. It cannot scan .net properly either.""I would like the solution to add AI support.""They have very good support, but there is always room for improvement."

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"Nexus Lifecycle is multiple products. One drawback I've noticed is that there are some differences in the features between the products within Lifecycle. They need to maintain the same structure, but there are some slight differences.""We created the Wiki page for each team showing an overview of their outstanding security issues because the Lifecycle reporting interface isn't as intuitive. It is good for people on my team who use it quite often. But for a tech engineer who doesn't interact with it regularly, it's quite confusing.""As far as the relationship of, and ease of finding the relationships between, libraries and applications across the whole enterprise goes, it still does that. They could make that a little smoother, although right now it's still pretty good.""If they had a more comprehensive online tutorial base, both for admin and developers, that would help. It would be good if they actually ran through some scenarios, regarding what happens if I do pick up a vulnerability. How do I fork out into the various decisions? If the vulnerability is not of a severe nature, can I just go ahead with it until it becomes severe? This is important because, obviously, business demands certain deliverables to be ready at a certain time.""The solution is not an SaaS product.""We got a lot of annotations for certain libraries when it comes to Java, but my feeling, and the feeling of a colleague as well, is that we don't get as many for critical libraries when it comes to .NET, as if most of them are really fine... It would be good if Sonatype would check the status of annotations for .NET packages.""The reporting could be better.""Their licensing is expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Buying a license would be feasible for regular use. For intermittent use, the cloud-based option can be used (Fortify on Demand)."
  • "We used the one-time application, Security Scan Dynamic. I believe the original fee was $8,000."
  • "The subscription model, on a per-scan basis, is a bit expensive. That's another reason we are not using it for all the apps."
  • "The licensing was good because the licenses have the heavy centralized server."
  • "It's a yearly contract, but I don't remember the dollar amount."
  • "The pricing can be improved because it is complex when compared to the competition."
  • "It is quite expensive. Pricing and the licensing model could be improved."
  • "It is cost-effective."
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  • "Its pricing is competitive within the market. It's not very cheap, it's not very expensive."
  • "We're pretty happy with the price, for what it is delivering for us and the value we're getting from it."
  • "Pricing is comparable with some of the other products. We are happy with the pricing."
  • "The price is good. We certainly get a lot more in return. However, it's also hard to get the funds to roll out such a product for the entire firm. Therefore, pricing has been a limiting factor for us. However, it's a fair price."
  • "The license fee may be a bit harder for startups to justify. But it will save you a headache later as well as peace of mind. Additionally, it shows your own customers that you value security stuff and will protect yourselves from any licensing issues, which is good marketing too."
  • "In addition to the license fee for IQ Server, you have to factor in some running costs. We use AWS, so we spun up an additional VM to run this. If the database is RDS that adds a little bit extra too. Of course someone could run it on a pre-existing VM or physical server to reduce costs. I should add that compared to the license fee, the running costs are so minimal they had no effect on our decision to use IQ Server."
  • "Pricing is decent. It's not horrible. It's middle-of-the-road, as far as our ranking goes. They're a little bit more but that's also because they provide more."
  • "Lifecycle, to the best of my recollection, had the best pricing compared with other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It helps deploy and track changes easily as per time-to-time market upgrades.
    Top Answer:The product's cost depends on the type of license. The on-premise licenses are more expensive than the cloud subscriptions. I rate the pricing a six out of ten.
    Top Answer:They could provide features for artificial intelligence similar to other vendors like OpenText products.
    Top Answer:We like the data that Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle consistently delivers. This solution helps us in fixing and understanding the issues a lot quicker. The policy engine allows you to set up different… more »
    Top Answer:Fortify integrates with various development environments and tools, such as IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) and CI/CD pipelines.
    Top Answer:I would rate the affordability of the solution as an eight out of ten.
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    Also Known As
    Micro Focus Fortify on Demand
    Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, Nexus Lifecycle
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    Overview

    Fortify on Demand is a web application security testing tool that enables continuous monitoring. The solution is designed to help you with security testing, vulnerability management and tailored expertise, and is able to provide the support needed to easily create, supplement, and expand a software security assurance program without the need for additional infrastructure or resources.

    Fortify on Demand Features

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

    • Deployment flexibility
    • Scalability
    • Built for DevSecOps
    • Ease of use
    • Supports 27+ languages
    • Real-time vulnerability identification with
    • Security Assistant
    • Actionable results in less than 1 hour for most applications with DevOps automation
    • Expanded coverage, accuracy and remediation details with IAST runtime agent
    • Continuous application monitoring of production applications
    • Virtual patches
    • Supports iOS and Android mobile applications
    • Security vulnerability identification
    • Behavioral and reputation analysis

    Fortify on Demand Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing Fortify on Demand. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Fast remediation: With Fortify on Demand you can achieve fast remediation throughout the software lifecycle with robust assessments by a team of security experts.
    • Easy integration: The solution’s integration ecosystem is easy to use, creating a more secure software supply chain.
    • Security testing: Fortify on Demand covers in-depth mobile app security testing, open-source analysis, and vendor application security management, in addition to static and dynamic testing.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Fortify on Demand solution.

    Dionisio V., Senior System Analyst at Azurian, says, "One of the top features is the source code review for vulnerabilities. When we look at source code, it's hard to see where areas may be weak in terms of security, and Fortify on Demand's source code review helps with that." He goes on to add, “Another reason I like Fortify on Demand is because our code often includes open source libraries, and it's important to know when the library is outdated or if it has any known vulnerabilities in it. This information is important to us when we're developing our solutions and Fortify on Demand informs us when it detects any vulnerable open source libraries.”

    A Security Systems Analyst at a retailer mentions, “Being able to reduce risk overall is a very valuable feature for us.”

    Jayashree A., Executive Manager at PepsiCo, comments, “Once we have our project created with our application pipeline connected to the test scanning, it only takes two minutes. The report explaining what needs to be modified related to security and vulnerabilities in our code is very helpful. We are able to do static and dynamic code scanning. When we are exploring some of the endpoints this solution identifies many loopholes that hackers could utilize for an attack. This has been very helpful and surprising how many vulnerabilities there can be.”

    A Principal Solutions Architect at a security firm explains, “Its ability to perform different types of scans, keep everything in one place, and track the triage process in Fortify SSC stands out.”

    PeerSpot user Mamta J., Co-Founder at TechScalable, states, "Almost all the features are good. This solution has simplified designing and architecting for our solutions. We were early adopters of microservices. Their documentation is good. You don't need to put in much effort in setting it up and learning stuff from scratch and start using it. The learning curve is not too much."

    Sonatype Lifecycle is an open-source security and dependency management software that uses only one tool to automatically find open-source vulnerabilities at every stage of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Users can now minimize security vulnerabilities, permitting organizations to enhance development workflow. Sonatype Lifecycle gives the user complete control over their software supply chain, allowing them to regain wasted time fighting risks in the SDLC. In addition, this software unifies the ability to define rules, actions, and policies that work best for your organizations and teams.

    Sonatype Lifecycle allows users to help their teams discover threats before an attack has the chance to take place by examining a database of known vulnerabilities. With continuous monitoring at every stage of the development life cycle, Sonatype Lifecycle enables teams to build secure software. The solution allows users to utilize a complete automated solution within their existing workflows. Once a potential threat is identified, the solution’s policies will automatically rectify it.

    Benefits of Open-source Security Monitoring

    As cybersecurity attacks are on the rise, organizations are at constant risk for data breaches. Managing your software supply chain gets trickier as your organization grows, leaving many vulnerabilities exposed. With easily accessible source code that can be modified and shared freely, open-source monitoring gives users complete transparency. A community of professionals can inspect open-source code to ensure fewer bugs, and any open-source dependency vulnerability will be detected and fixed rapidly. Users can use open-source security monitoring to avoid attacks through automatic detection of potential threats and rectification immediately and automatically.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sonatype Lifecycle software receives high praise from users for many reasons. Among them are the abilities to identify and rectify vulnerabilities at every stage of the SDLC, help with open-source governance, and minimize risk.

    Michael E., senior enterprise architect at MIB Group, says "Some of the more profound features include the REST APIs. We tend to make use of those a lot. They also have a plugin for our CI/CD.”

    R.S., senior architect at a insurance company, notes “Specifically features that have been good include:

    • the email notifications
    • the API, which has been good to work with for reporting, because we have some downstream reporting requirements
    • that it's been really user-friendly to work with.”

    "Its engine itself is most valuable in terms of the way it calculates and decides whether a security vulnerability exists or not. That's the most important thing. Its security is also pretty good, and its listing about the severities is also good," says Subham S., engineering tools and platform manager at BT - British Telecom.

    Sample Customers
    SAP, Aaron's, British Gas, FICO, Cox Automative, Callcredit Information Group, Vital and more.
    Genome.One, Blackboard, Crediterform, Crosskey, Intuit, Progress Software, Qualys, Liberty Mutual Insurance
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    Financial Services Firm39%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Retailer11%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government9%
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    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    Fortify on Demand vs. Sonatype Lifecycle
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Fortify on Demand vs. Sonatype Lifecycle and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Fortify on Demand is ranked 11th in Application Security Tools with 56 reviews while Sonatype Lifecycle is ranked 6th in Application Security Tools with 42 reviews. Fortify on Demand is rated 8.0, while Sonatype Lifecycle is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Fortify on Demand writes "Provides good depth of scanning but is unfortunately not fully integrated with CIT processes ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sonatype Lifecycle writes "Seamless to integrate and identify vulnerabilities and frees up staff time". Fortify on Demand is most compared with SonarQube, Checkmarx One, Veracode, Coverity and Mend.io, whereas Sonatype Lifecycle is most compared with SonarQube, Black Duck, Fortify Static Code Analyzer, GitLab and Debricked Security. See our Fortify on Demand vs. Sonatype Lifecycle report.

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