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We performed a comparison between Qualys Web Application Scanning and SonarQube 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 Qualys Web Application Scanning vs. SonarQube report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It's comprehensive from a feature standpoint.""You can easily integrate it with Azure DevOps. This is an added value because we work with Azure DevOps. Veracode is natively supported and we don't have to work with APIs.""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.""There are quite a few features that are very reliable, like the newly launched Veracode Pipelines Scan, which is pretty awesome. It supports the synchronous pipeline pretty well. We been using it out of the Jira plugin, and that is fantastic.""Another feature of Veracode is that they provide e-learning, but the e-learning is not basic, rather it is quite advanced... in the e-learning you can check into best practices for developing code and how to prevent improper management of some component of the code that could lead to a vulnerability. The e-learning that Veracode provides is an extremely good tool.""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 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.""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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"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.""It works with many different products.""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).""Qualys' process of updating signatures is something we really appreciate, and it's way ahead of its industry peers."

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"I am only interested in the security features in SonarQube. There are plenty of features other features, such as test coverage, code anomalies, and pointer access are handled by the business logic teams. They get the reports and they have to fix them in JIRA or Bugzilla.""I like that it covers most programming languages for source code review.""My focus is mainly on the DevOps pipeline side of things, and from my perspective, the ease of use and configuration is valuable. It is pretty straightforward to take a deployment pipeline or CI/CD pipeline and integrate SonarQube into it.""Some of the most valuable features have been the latest up-to-date of the OWASP, the monitoring, the reporting, and the ease of use with the IDE plugins, in terms of integration.""The reporting and the results are quick. It gets integrated within the pipeline well.""The fact that the solution does security scanning is valuable.""It has very good scalability and stability.""SonarQube is one of the more popular solutions because it supports 29 languages."

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Cons
"The pricing for qualified startups such as Neo4j could be improved.""I've seen slightly better static analysis tools from other companies when it comes to speed and ease of use.""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 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.""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.""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.""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.""If the dynamic scan is improved, then the speed might go up. That is somehow not happening. We have raised this concern. It might also help if they could time limit scans to 24 hours instead of letting them go for three days. Then, whatever results could be shared, even if the scan is not complete, that would definitely help us."

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"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.""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.""Sometimes the response time is low because the handshake fails, and then you have to re-login and start again.""There could be better management and faster scanning."

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"There are sometimes security breaches in our code, which aren't be caught by SonarQube. In the security area, SonarCube has to improve. It needs to better compete with other products.""One thing to improve would be the integration. There is a steep learning curve to get it integrated.""Code security could be better. They are already focusing on it, but I see a lot of improvement opportunities over there. I can see a lot of false positives in terms of security. They need to make the tests more accurate so that the false positives are not detected so frequently. It would also help if they provided us with an installer.""SonarQube needs to improve its support model. They do not work 24/7, and they do not provide weekend support in case things go wrong. They only have a standard 8:00 am to 5:00 pm support model in which you have to raise a support ticket and wait. The support model is not effective for premium customers.""Their dashboarding is very limited. They can improve their dashboards for multiple areas, such as security review, maintainability, etc. They have all this information, so they should publish all this information on the dashboard so that the users can view the summary and then analyze it further. This is something that I would like to see in the next version.""The learning curve can be fairly steep at first, but then, it's not an entry-level type of application. It's not like an introduction to C programming. You should know not just C programming and how to make projects but also how to apply its findings to the bigger picture. I've had users who said that they wish it was easier to understand how to configure, but I don't know if that's doable because what it's doing is a very complicated thing. I don't know if it is possible to make a complicated thing trivially simple.""We found a solution with dynamic testing, and are looking to find a solution that can be used for both types of testing.""I have found this solution creates more noise than competitors."

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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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  • "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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  • "SonarQube is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "I am satisfied with the pricing."
  • "Can try developer version for 14 days on the free trial."
  • "It's a bit expensive for us. The currency rate of the dollar is a problem but it may be fine for other countries."
  • "I think comparing the product to competitors it should be less expensive."
  • "The development license cost is reasonable, and we've had no concerns about SonarQube when it comes to cost."
  • "We use the free version; there are no hidden costs or licensing required."
  • "We have a license with 125,000 lines of code. We did not purchase a lot of lines but it is specific to our code environment."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:I am not very familiar with SonarQube and their solutions, so I can not answer. But if you are asking me about which… 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:Snyk does a great job identifying and reducing vulnerabilities. This solution is fully automated and monitors 24/7 to… more »
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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.

    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."

    SonarQube is the leading tool for continuously inspecting Code Quality and Code Security, and guiding development teams during code reviews. SonarQube provides clear remediation guidance for 27 languages so developers can understand and fix issues, and so teams can deliver better and safer software. SonarQube integrates into your workflow to provide the right feedback at the right time: in-IDE with SonarLint, in pull requests, and in SonarQube itself. With over 225,000 deployments helping small development teams and global organizations, SonarQube provides the means for teams and companies around the world to own and impact their Code Quality and Code Security.

    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
    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.
    Bank of America, Siemens, Cognizant, Thales, Cisco, eBay
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Insurance Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm40%
    Educational Organization10%
    Non Tech Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Qualys Web Application Scanning vs. SonarQube
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Qualys Web Application Scanning vs. SonarQube and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Qualys Web Application Scanning is ranked 13th in Application Security Tools with 4 reviews while SonarQube is ranked 1st in Application Security Tools with 54 reviews. Qualys Web Application Scanning is rated 7.8, while SonarQube is rated 8.0. 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. ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarQube writes "Open-source, stable, and finds the problems for you and tells you where they are". Qualys Web Application Scanning is most compared with Tenable.io Web Application Scanning, OWASP Zap, PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, Fortify WebInspect and Snyk, whereas SonarQube is most compared with Checkmarx, Coverity, Snyk and Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle. See our Qualys Web Application Scanning vs. SonarQube report.

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