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HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap
July 2022
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Pros
"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.""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.""AppScan is stable.""There's extensive functionality with custom rules and a custom knowledge base.""It was easy to set up.""The solution offers services in a few specific development languages."

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"The stability of the solution is very good.""They offer free access to some other tools.""Two features are valuable. The first one is that the scan gets completed really quickly, and the second one is that even though it searches in a limited scope, what it does in that limited scope is very good. When you use Zap for testing, you're only using it for specific aspects or you're only looking for certain things. It works very well in that limited scope.""It updates repositories and libraries quickly.""The solution is good at reporting the vulnerabilities of the application.""The solution is scalable.""It has evolved over the years and recently in the last year they have added, HUD (Heads Up Display).""Simple to use, good user interface."

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Cons
"The dashboard, for AppScan or the Fortified fast tool, which we use needs to be improved.""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.""One thing which I think can be improved is the CI/CD Integration""AppScan is too complicated and should be made more user-friendly.""They have to improve support.""Sometimes it doesn't work so well."

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"Reporting format has no output, is cluttered and very long.""The documentation needs to be improved because I had to learn everything from watching YouTube videos.""Too many false positives; test reports could be improved.""The work that it does in the limited scope is good, but the scope is very limited in terms of the scanning features. The number of things it tests or finds is limited. They need to make it a more of a mainstream tool that people can use, and they can even think about having it on a proprietary basis. They need to increase the coverage of the scan and the results that it finds. That has always been Zap's limitation. Zap is a very good tool for a beginner, but once you start moving up the ladder where you want further details and you want your scan to show more in-depth results, Zap falls short because its coverage falls short. It does not have the capacity to do more.""It would be ideal if I could try some pre-built deployment scenarios so that I don't have to worry about whether the configuration sector team is doing it right or wrong. That would be very helpful.""The forced browse has been incorporated into the program and it is resource-intensive.""The ability to search the internet for other use cases and to use the solution to make applications more secure should be addressed.""The solution is unable to customize reports."

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  • "With the features, that they offer, and the support, they offer, AppScan pricing is on a higher level."
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  • "This is an open-source solution and can be used free of charge."
  • "This solution is open source and free."
  • "We have used the freeware version. I believe Zap only has freeware."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:AppScan is too complicated and should be made more user-friendly.
    Top Answer:I mainly use AppScan for vulnerability scanning and database bridging.
    Top Answer:OWASP Zap and PortSwigger Burp Suite Pro have many similar features. OWASP Zap has web application scanning available with basic security vulnerabilities while Burp Suite Pro has it available with… more »
    Top Answer:Two features are valuable. The first one is that the scan gets completed really quickly, and the second one is that even though it searches in a limited scope, what it does in that limited scope is… more »
    Top Answer:We have used the freeware version. I believe Zap only has freeware.
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    Also Known As
    IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan
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    Overview

    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.

    OWASP ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy) is a free, open-source web application security scanner that enables software developers and testers to perform penetration testing on their applications to discover vulnerabilities and prevent hostile attacks. To date, it is one of the most searched Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) projects, and an international group of volunteers is maintaining it. This tool is both flexible and extensible and is intended to be used by users who are new to application security as well as expert testers. For the users' convenience, OWASP ZAP has versions for each major OS and Docker platform so as not to rely on any single OS.

    OWASP ZAP focuses on being the “middle man proxy,” as it is positioned between the user’s browser and the web application. In doing so, it will intercept and examine messages that are sent between a browser and a web application. If needed, it will adjust the contents and pass those packets on to their destination. As is the case in many corporate settings, if there is already another network proxy in use, ZAP can be configured to join that proxy. A variety of add-ons for further functionality is available on ZAP Marketplace.

    OWASP ZAP offers a range of security automation options, including:

    • Docker Packaged Scans: A ZAP automation scanner that provides a lot of flexibility and makes it easy for the user to get started with the tool.

    • Quick Start Command Line: A rapid and straightforward scanner that is suitable for a quick scan.

    • API and Daemon Mode: Through a comprehensive API, this mode gives the user complete control over ZAP.

    • Automation Framework: A state-of-the-art framework that is not tied to any current container technology. This framework will, in time, take over the Command Line and the Package Scan options.

    • GitHub Actions: The ability to use any associated and available GitHub package scan.

    Benefits of OWASP ZAP

    Some of OWASP ZAP’s benefits include:

    • The ability to run an automated scan. Once set up, ZAP will deploy two spiders to crawl the web application and subsequently scan each page it finds.

    • It interprets your results and sends an automated alert. After scanning the web application, all requests and responses sent to each page are recorded. If there is a potential problem, an alert is created and sent to the user.

    • An intuitive and innovative interface. The Heads Up Display (HUD) is a new feature that provides capabilities right in the browser. It is great for people new to web security and experienced testers alike.

    Reviews from Real Users

    OWASP ZAP stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Among them are the solution’s automatic scanning feature, its ease of use, its ability to report vulnerabilities, and its being a free open-source solution..

    PeerSpot user Piyush S., Technical Specialist (DevOps), notes that "Automatic scanning is a valuable feature and very easy to use. The initial setup is straightforward. The solution is free due to the fact that it is open-source. The product has a strong community surrounding it to help with issues and troubleshooting. The stability of the solution is very good."

    Raj K., Business Analyst at Experion Technologies, notes, “The valuable features are that it's very simple to use and the user interface is very good, particularly for beginners so they can start the application easily. It's enough to refer to an online tutorial to be able to start using this application. It's not very complex.”

    Balaji S., Assistant Vice President at Hexaware Technologies Limited, writes, “The solution is good at reporting the vulnerabilities of the application. It can help us with security, SQL injection vulnerability, known vulnerabilities, et cetera. Any kind of a threat that we get in the development cycle, is what we will look for. This solution helps us find them.

    Many users like how the solution has improved over the years. As Alan G., CEO at Virtual Security International, notes, "It has evolved over the years, and recently in the last year they have added HUD (Heads Up Display)."

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    Sample Customers
    Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS IT
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    Top Industries
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    Government21%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Transportation Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Retailer8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HCL AppScan is ranked 11th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 7 reviews while OWASP Zap is ranked 6th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 10 reviews. HCL AppScan is rated 7.0, while OWASP Zap is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "Improves application security, identifies gaps, and performs well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Great at reporting vulnerabilities, helps with security, and reveals development threats well". HCL AppScan is most compared with SonarQube, Veracode, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional and Fortify WebInspect, whereas OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, Veracode, Acunetix, Qualys Web Application Scanning and SonarCloud. See our HCL AppScan vs. OWASP Zap report.

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