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Veracode Valuable Features

Stephen Pack - PeerSpot reviewer
Software development program leader at Vendavo

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. We're doing scans daily, so that's the most important feature for us.

The interface is great. It allows us to look at our different applications, understand all of the different types of scans, as well as the results. The types of testing include SAST, DAST, and SCA, and it pulls all of the information together into a single view. It also produces reports that we can give to our customers when requested.

Veracode certainly provides a quick and intuitive way to understand the results, to see the context of them, and to identify what we need to do to address them. In general, it's a pretty quick way to get the information that we need in the most useful way possible. Then, we can turn around an action plan.

We have it integrated with our build pipeline and that works well. It's very important because we don't have to complete a separate, manual step of sending the software up to Veracode to scan it and get the results. It's great. the more things that we can integrate into the build pipeline, the better. It's a very positive thing.

Veracode is very good in terms of not having a lot of false positives. It would be very frustrating if a tool gave you 10 good results but 50 false positives. Even with the issues that we get that we choose not to address, we can still understand why they're being flagged. We have found that the results are meaningful and accurate, which gives us confidence in the solution when fixing vulnerabilities. 

We may choose not to address them for different reasons. For example, it could be because it's an issue about input sanitization, but we have another layer on top of that component to handle that task. We can recognize that it's important that Veracode is flagging those things at that lower level, and that they're bringing that additional insight and consideration to the designs that we're choosing. Overwhelmingly, even the issues we choose not to address are still valuable and meaningful, so the actual false positive rate is quite low.

This is a very useful and powerful tool that ensures our code is well-designed and correctly implemented. It is important that it's only one aspect of a security program and not the only insight or the only test. That said, it provides us with some pretty important feedback and insights that we wouldn't have a great way to get otherwise.

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Sr. VP Engineering at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

With the static component analysis, they scan your code statically and they look specifically at third-party libraries and at any third-party code that you have in your product for vulnerabilities, updates, and changes in licensing. For example, if one of them changed from a license that allowed for more changes on your side to something that is more restrictive, they would flag that for you so that you can evaluate it and know immediately that you need to take some action. They keep abreast of the latest and greatest regarding third-party components. That has been good and very helpful for us to know how secure our product is as a result of using third-party libraries, as we didn't write that code.

The SAST component looks directly at our own code and any best practices we haven't followed and whether there is a security challenge or loophole. We get immense value from that as well. They've been able to flag items and say, "While this is a low-risk item, we would suggest you refactor it or add it to your roadmap to close that loophole, just in case a very clever hacker tries to get around your system. That has been very helpful to us too.

And the SAST is very quick. It sniffs through the product very quickly and almost immediately gives us the results we need. Static analysis is something you do every once in a while, in a very regimented and rigorous way, so you don't need it to be super-duper fast, but you need it to be efficient. You don't want to wait days for them to give you an analysis. And Veracode's static analysis comes back in a very short period of time.

With the DAST, you provide their product with a dynamic instance of your operational product, by pointing the dynamic testing tool at your product. It beats it up, pokes around, and tries to find ways to penetrate its defenses and find security issues and challenges within your product.

Veracode also has a very good report that gives us best practices regarding ensuring compliance, and we can go back to them for additional consulting. We've not had to do that. We typically scan through it and say, "Okay, it's good that it meets those best practices." We rely on them to make sure that their products are kept updated, so that we don't have to review a lot of these standards issues.

Also, as we did our analysis of Veracode, we loved the fact that they are completely integrated into GitHub. You can trigger everything using GitHub Actions. You don't want to go too far out of the application, move something into another repo, and have to write or copy and paste it over. Veracode easily integrated into our GitHub repos.

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Software Architect at Alfresco Software

The feature that we use the most is the static analysis, by uploading the artifacts. We have two types of applications. They are either Java Server applications using Spring Boot or JavaScript frontend applications. We scan both using the static analysis. Before, we used to do the software composition on one side and the static analysis. For about a year now, we have had a proper security architect who's in charge of organizing the way that we scan for security. He suggested that we only use the static analysis because the software composition has been integrated. So in the reports, we can also see the version of the libraries that have vulnerabilities and that need to be upgraded.

It is good in terms of the efficiency of creating secure software.

My team only does cloud-native applications. Ultimately, the part that we are interested in, in testing, works fine.

There are some false positives, like any products that we have tried in this area, but slightly less. I would trust Veracode more than the others. For example, we had quite a few issues with Snyk which was much worse in terms of false positives, when we tested it for open source.

Also, the solution's ability to prevent vulnerable code from going into production is perfectly fine. It delivers, at least for the reports that we have been checking on Java and JavaScript. It has reported things that were helpful.

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Karen Meohas - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Assurance Manager at xMatters

All of its features are valuable to us. We are ISO certified and we also do annual SOC 2 audits. We deal with personal, identifiable information and we host confidential information from our clients. Our use of Veracode is based on our clients' requirements and on ISO requirements. It is something that we have in place to comply with what is required. In that context, the manual penetration test is a requirement from all our clients and we do it once a year.

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. The dynamic scanning is mostly used to make sure that whatever is deployed to production is secure.

Veracode provides guidance for fixing vulnerabilities. This doesn't enable developers to write secure code from the start, but Veracode provides guidance through security consultants. We can book consultations in case developers cannot fix a specific flaw, and they guide us through the process based on the CWE.

The efficiency of the solution when it comes to creating secure software is good. For us, it works well. Their dashboard is really good, overall. In my opinion, it's one of the best in the market, and I say that because we have used other service providers.

Its policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations is very helpful. We can create our own policy, based on our internal risk management guidelines, and run the scans against our own customized policy. That way we can set expectations to fix flaws based on our internal timeline, and we can issue reports based on that. We usually share those reports with clients. That's very useful.

They are also always updating the types of threats and that's very useful.

In addition, they provide analytics on how we're doing in terms of fixing flaws and mitigating issues.

All of the services that Veracode provides are necessary for the type and the level of security and confidentiality that we need.

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Head Of Information Security at a media company with 51-200 employees

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.

Static Analysis Pipeline Scan was able to find security defects in the software we were sending its way. For both Android and iOS that worked very well. It did have a lot of false positives though, but at least we knew it was working. The speed of the pipeline scan was completely reasonable. I don't have any complaints about the time it took.

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Srinivasa Rao Kuruba - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager, Information Technology at Broadcom Corporation

The most valuable feature, from a central tools team perspective, which is the team I am part of, being a DevSecOps person, is that 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. 

Also, because it's SaaS and hosted, we didn't have any infrastructure headache. We didn't have to think about capacity, the load, the scan times, the distribution of teams across various instances. All of this, the elasticity of it, is a major advantage.

There are two aspects to it. One is the infrastructure. The other one is the configuration. There are a lot of SaaS solutions where the infrastructure is taken care of, but the configuration of the application to start scanning takes some time to gain knowledge about it through research and study. That is not the case with Veracode. You don't have any extensive security profiles to consider. It's a two-pronged advantage.

Veracode also reports far fewer false positives with the static scanning. The scanner just goes through the code and analyzes all the security vulnerabilities. A lot of scanning tools in the market give you a lot of false positives. The false positive rate in Veracode is notably less. That was very helpful to the product teams as they could spend most of their time fixing real issues.

Veracode provides guidance for fixing vulnerabilities and that is one of their USPs—unique selling propositions. They provide security consultations, and scheduling a consultation is very easy. Once a scan is completed, anybody who has a Veracode login can just click a button and have a security consultation with Veracode. That is very unique to Veracode. I have not seen this offered in other products. Even if it is offered, it is not as seamless and it takes some time to get security advice. But with Veracode, it's very seamless and easy to make happen.

Along those lines, this guidance enables developers to write secure code from the start. One of the advantages with Veracode is its ability to integrate the scanning with the DevOps pipeline as well as into the IDEs of the developers, like Eclipse or IntelliJ or Visual Studio. This type of guidance helps developers left-shift their secure-coding practices, which really helps in writing far better secured product.

Another unique selling point of Veracode is their eLearning platform, which is available with the cloud-hosted solution. It's integrated into the same URL. Developers log into the Veracode tenant, go through the eLearning Portal, and all the courses are there. The eLearning platform is really good and has helped developers improve their application security knowledge and incorporate it in their coding practices.

One of the things that Veracode follows very clearly is the assignment of a vulnerability to the CWE standard or the OWASP standard. Every vulnerability reported is tied to an open standard. It's not something proprietary to Veracode. But it makes it easy for the engineers and developers to find more information on the particular bug. The adherence to standards helps developers learn more about issues and how to fix them.

We use the Static Analysis Pipeline Scan as part of the CI pipeline in Jenkins or TeamCity or any of the code orchestrators that use scanning as part of the pipeline. There's nothing special about the pipeline scan. It's like our regular Veracode Static Analysis Scan. It's just that if it is part of the pipeline, you are scanning more frequently and finding flaws at an earlier point in time. The time to identify vulnerabilities is quicker.

Veracode with the integrated development environments that the developers use to write code, including Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, etc. It also integrates with project and portfolio management tools like JIRA and Rally. That way, once vulnerabilities are reported you can actually track them by exporting them to your project management tools, your Agile tools, or your Kanban boards. The more integrations a scanning tool has, the better it is because everything has to fit into the DevOps or DevSecOps pipeline. The more integrations it has with the continuous integration tools, the IDEs, and the product management tools, the better it is. It affects the adoption. If it is a standalone system the adoption won't be great. The integration helps with adoption because you don't need to scan manually. You set it up in the pipeline once and it just keeps scanning.

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Principal for the Application Security Program and Access Control at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees

The SCA, which detects vulnerabilities in third-party and open source libraries, was something new for us and is very well done. It provides guidance for fixing vulnerabilities. 

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Mauro Verderosa - PeerSpot reviewer
Cybersecurity Expert at PSYND

The most valuable feature is actually the support provided by Veracode. Once you start to use the platform, you can mount the IDE plugin for your script. The advantage is that you can run the scan and check what the problem is and you can fix it yourself. Support could be used to address something that could go beyond your skills. If you use Veracode Greenlight, you have a small pop-up that you can use to interact directly with the team and you can ask a consultant to advise how an issue can be fixed. One of the good things about the Greenlight plugin is that it is very simple. There are several guides that tell you how to install it. It's a matter of one or two minutes and you are ready to go.

Once you check something, they provide links, not manually, it's all automated. When you want to check into a vulnerability you click and open the website where there is a description. If this is not enough of an answer, you can ask directly by scheduling an appointment with a Veracode guy.

Another feature of Veracode is that they provide e-learning, but the e-learning is not basic, rather it is quite advanced. They don't teach you how to develop in Java, Python, PHP or C#, but they instruct you about the best practices that should be adopted for secure code developing 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. And as far as I know, there are no other competitors that offer it.

The best stuff is the training: this enables your team to adopt the same programming approach, although these people have a different background or joined the projects in a different phase. Doing that, they can take the training and be aligned so that they all write code in a good way.

We also use the Static Analysis Pipeline Scan and it's quite good. They provide several of the most common templates for pipelines. You see the process, while you program, right up until you package an application, and that the platform is able to detect things that are a blocking point. Before deploying to the production, you already know what is doing. And the speed of the Pipeline Scan is quite good.

Another good feature is the policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. We test compliance for medical devices, for GDPR, and for payment methods. These are all good. If you are not correctly prepared on one of these sets of regulations, you know that Veracode is going to take care of it using pre-prepared templates. But we can also customize our own policy if we are facing a unique use case. Even if it's not really common, we can take a regulation and build it the way we want it to look.

In addition, you can check everything from the dashboard. Veracode provides a web portal that is connected with your account and through that you can check the status of all the deployments that were run. And suppose you also have an application that is quite complex. You can deploy and upload it through the portal. When it is ready, you receive a notification from the portal that the job has been done and that you can check the results. When you go to the dashboard, you have the OWASP vulnerabilities. There is a really simple graphic with the colors showing how many vulnerabilities have been found and how much these vulnerabilities are repeated in your code. It also tells you the potential effect, if it is a backdoor data breach, for example, etc. It also suggests what you can do to remediate. It might suggest modifying code or changing the status of some part of the development, or updating a third-party.

And if you have people on different projects, there is also a role management feature, so you can select, for example, that people who are working on a given project can only see that project. If you are running something with different levels of classifications, for example, if you have an external consultant, it does not affect the confidentiality of the system. When people are collaborating, not all people are at the same level of an NDA. It is good that each person can see only their part implementing Need-To-Know.

It also integrates with developer tools. We use IntelliJ and Eclipse, among others.

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Deepak Naik - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Owner - DevOps at Digite

The static code analysis, which is integrated into the CI/CD environment, is a valuable feature. We get quick results of what has gone into the environment in terms of any vulnerability in the code and for the Eclipse plugins of Veracode. This is one of the more valuable features because a developer can get a sense at the line level if there are any issues. 

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Cybersecurity Executive at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

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.

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Security Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Among the most valuable features are the ability to 

  • submit the software and get automated scan results from it
  • collaborate with developers through the portal while looking at the code
  • create compliance reports.

Otherwise, we would have to do working sessions with developers and pull together all the different findings and then probably manage it in a separate mechanism like Excel. And to have to go through source code manually would be quite time intensive and tedious.

The solution also provides you with some guidance as well as best practices around how vulnerabilities should be fixed. It points you in that direction and gives the developers educational cues.

In addition, the policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations is pretty comprehensive, especially around PCI. If you do the static analysis, the dynamic analysis, and then a manual penetration test, it aggregates all of these results into one report. And then they create a PCI-specific report around it which helps to illustrate how the application adheres to different standards.

The solution also integrates with developer tools such as Visual Studio and Eclipse.

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DevSecOps Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

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. 

We are using the Veracode APIs to build the Splunk dashboards, which is something very nice, as we are able to showcase the application security hygiene to our stakeholders and leadership. 

We have been using Veracode Greenlight for the IDE scanning. 

Veracode has good documentation, integrations, and tools, so it has been a very good solution. 

Veracode is pretty good about providing recommendations, remedies, and guidelines on issues that are occurring.

It is an excellent solution. It finds a good number of the securities used, providing good coverage across the languages that we require at our client site.

We have been using the solution’s Static Analysis Pipeline Scan, which is excellent. When we started, it took more time because we were doing asynchronous scans. However, in the last six months, Veracode has come with the Pipeline Scan, which supports synchronous scans. It has been helping us out a lot. Now, we don't worry when the pentesting report comes in. By using Veracode, the code is secure, and there are no issues that will stop the release later on in the SDLC. 

The speed of the Pipeline Scan is very nice. It takes less than 10 minutes. This is very good, because our policy scans used to take hours.

Veracode is good in terms of giving feedback.

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R&D Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

It is faster to adopt and use because it's a SaaS software. As a service tool, we didn't have to deal with any installation emails. We also didn't have to download packages, upgrade, or maintain their on-prem machine, which is usually the case for on-prem solutions. This is a critical point that we needed to consider when adopting the right tool. So, SaaS was a deal breaker for us. 

I don't have any complaints about the policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. It is good and a mandatory part of our process.

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Prateek Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at NISG

It is fully automated. I love the automation feature.

The findings of their security analysis are wonderful. You can easily go through all the analyses done by Veracode. You can see what are the flaws and what could be the best possible resolution to minimize those flaws in the application. When an application is being used by the public, security is a challenge. Veracode helps us to analyze all the security flaws, discrepancies, and vulnerabilities inside the application. It provides good reports.

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Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable features are the application analyses: 

  • Static Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • SCA, the software composition analysis, to scan all the models together. 

These are the three features we've mostly been using.

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. 

You can detect which line is causing the issue and it gives you some insights about, for example, if you have a dependency problem in your inputs or some known vulnerabilities. It even gives you an article so that you can read about it and know how to mitigate it in some cases. Sometimes there are well-known flaws in third-parties and you should upgrade to another version to resolve your issues. Veracode guides you.

I haven't tried any other platforms, but from what I have seen, it is really fast. You just upload the files, which is easy to do, and you can follow the scanning progress on the platform. Once it's done you get an email and you just access the platform. I don't know what other tools are like, but for me, Veracode is user-friendly.

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IT Cybersecurity Analyst at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

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.

We like their Dynamic Analysis as well. They changed the engine of the Dynamic Analysis and it does a better job. It scans better.

We use the solution’s Static Analysis Pipeline Scan. It's really good for assessing security flaws in the pipeline. Sometimes my developers have a hard time understanding the results, but those are only certain, known developers in my organization. I typically direct them to support, especially if I cannot answer the question, because I have full confidence in that process. 

The speed of the static scan is good. Our bread and butter application, which is our largest application, is bulky, and it's taking four hours. That's our baseline to compare the Static Analysis Pipeline and its efficiency. If that's only taking four hours, I have no doubt about our other applications and the solution's static analysis efficiency.

The solution’s policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations is really good as well. We're a state agency and we always look to be NIST compliant. We're always looking at the OWASP and CWE-IDs, and Veracode does a really good job there. I've used it often in trying to get my point across to the developers, telling them how bad a vulnerability might be or how vulnerable the application is, based on a vulnerability we may be finding. 

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Daniel Krivda - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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David Jellison - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director, Quality Engineering at Everbridge

I think the most valuable to us is the policy management, which enables us to create different kinds of policies for different kinds of applications. Veracode policy management also allows us to plan for, track against, and report on our compliance with those different policies.

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Ajit Matthew - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Partner IT and Information Security at TheMathCompany

The certification levels are helpful. They are different levels where I think that five is the highest, and we are at level four. Having that badge and showing that we are compliant to that level helps one's reputation in the market.

The interface is easy to use.

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Senior Project Manager at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The SAST feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.

The stability has been quite good overall. The performance is reliable. 

The scalability on offer is good. I don't see any constraints.

From a usability standpoint and the way it can be integrated into the pipelines, etc., it's very good.

It's comprehensive from a feature standpoint. 

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Chris Sawyer - PeerSpot reviewer
Full Stack Engineer at TCDRS

The dynamic scanning tool is what I like the best. Compared to other tools that I've used for dynamic scanning, it's much faster and easier to use.

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Founder & CEO at a healthcare company with 1-10 employees

Veracode is fantastic! All of the features are valuable.

My experience with Veracode across the board every time, in all products, the technology, the product, the service, and the salespeople are fabulous. They are engaging.

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Nachu Subramanian - PeerSpot reviewer
Automation Practice Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The valuable features are the static analysis and the dynamic analysis. The security is also a good feature.

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IT security architect at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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