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2019-02-03T08:26:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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MarceloPrintac - PeerSpot reviewer
VP Business Development at MultiPoint Ltd.
Real User
Top 5
2022-04-05T17:02:01Z
05 April 22

It is a bit expensive. If you need to check five applications, you have to pay almost 14,000. It is an agreement for two years at 7,000 per year for only five applications. You cannot change the applications in the license. So, you are stuck with the same license for the five applications for one full year. In terms of additional costs, you may need an expert in applications/sites to write the code and fix the code problems. You can do all the things by yourself because it tells you what to do, how to fix, and what to change, but you have to give your people time to take care of those things.

Anubhav Goswami - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-06-18T10:17:40Z
18 June 21

We do pay extra for technical support, however, it's 24/7 support which means we always have access to them if we need them. The pricing is on the higher side. That could be okay for certain organizations. That said, if they could lower it, that would be ideal. Yeah. To me, it actually all depends upon the companies. My organization is not too big, and we're using it for managing a small set of people. If I have to spend much more, it wouldn't make any sense.

KashifJamil - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-04-23T14:05:18Z
23 April 21

The price point is good. It offers very good value for money.

IB
Security Engineer at Secure Network
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-11T08:27:00Z
11 November 20

I think all the scanners, except Burp Suite, are a bit costly. Implementing Acunetix needs a medium or larger business agency, because you need some money to get Acunetix. It is costly, but if you care about your agency's security, then maybe it's a cost that might help you in the future.

Saminda Jayawardene - PeerSpot reviewer
Compliance Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-21T04:33:00Z
21 October 20

When compared with other products, the pricing is a little bit high. But it gives value for the price. It serves the purpose and is worthwhile for the price we pay. Other than the licensing, we haven't come across any other costs.

SivaPrakash - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Test Engineer II at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-15T11:35:00Z
15 October 20

The pricing is a little high, and moreover, it's kind of domain-based. For example, if I have one site that has a lot of sub-domains, they will register all of the sub-domains as individual sites. That caused problems for us. We have three sites with 10 sub-domains each — so technically 30. We ended up having to purchase 30 licenses, which costs a lot. Instead of paying per site, I think it would be better if they proposed some other kind of pricing and licensing model, like Burp's model. That's why we preferred Burp over Acunetix. With Burp,10 agents can scan 10 sites. Even if we scale our application, we don't have to purchase a new license. We can reshuffle the agents to scan multiple websites. One agent can scan our site today, and the same agent can scan another site tomorrow. This is the pricing model of Burp, which was perfect for us. The Acunetix licensing and pricing model is somewhat complicated. If we calculated all of our domains and sub-domains, the sum would be huge. That's why we thought of leaving Acunetix.

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GT
Project Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-23T08:17:20Z
23 August 20

The pricing is not as good as we expected. I would say that Acunetix is expensive because there are products on the market with similar features that are equally or better-priced. When we started with Acunetix seven years ago, it was quite good in terms of being competitively priced. It was up to the task and financially suitable. Now, however, with the change in the licensing scheme, it is a rather large step in terms of price. It has gone up by a factor of 30 in the past two years.

JC
Executive Director at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2020-08-19T07:57:22Z
19 August 20

Licensing is on an annual basis and we pay the standard licensing fee directly to Acunetix.

CL
Cyber Security Associate at Ernst & Young
Real User
2020-03-03T08:47:00Z
03 March 20

We buy the license annually.

MM
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-11-17T06:50:00Z
17 November 19

I'm not involved in the financial negotiations, but I believe it's not an expensive product and cheaper than other similar tools. I understand we bought 100 URLs. It's likely that we'll need to purchase more once we deploy the tool to the rest of the company but I wouldn't know the cost.

BK
Manager for Technology Services at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-08-06T08:18:00Z
06 August 19

Licensing is on a yearly basis. don't remember the exact cost, it's not about the cost, it's about the flexibility. We have a lot of websites to scan and we are looking for fewer instances and to scan more websites. The costs aren't very expensive. It costs around $3000 or $4000. There aren't additional costs.

reviewer1155117 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-17T17:34:00Z
17 July 19

When I first purchased my license the price/value was very good because I purchased a perpetual license and the annual maintenance fee was extremely competitive. Now, unfortunately, my perpetual license does not exist anymore and my maintenance costs will increase in the next years. All things considered, I think it has a good price/value ratio.

DD
Senior Security Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-04-08T05:44:00Z
08 April 19

The pricing and licensing are reasonable to a point. In order to run multiple scans at a time, we are going to have to purchase a 100 count license, which is overkill. Though, compared to what we were paying for, the cost seems reasonable.

ZB
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-04-03T05:29:00Z
03 April 19

Our license is good through June. We're really trying to ramp up here to see if it is a viable option to renew it.

Vijayanathan Naganathan - PeerSpot reviewer
Director - Head of Delivery Services at Ticking Minds Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
2019-02-13T01:52:00Z
13 February 19

Tool is quite expensive though compared to other tools. We tried with a term license.

JW
Senior Security Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-02-03T08:26:00Z
03 February 19

We have a corporate deal and we're almost at the end of that contract. We are looking to renew Acunetix, but we were told that the price was increasing greatly because of some advanced capabilities, or miscalculations of value. It's increasing by 3.5-fold from what the initial quote was. Because of that, we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out cost-to-capability value, versus features that we could get for that same amount. At the current pricing structure, it doesn't save us money. It winds up costing the program money due to the fact that it's increasing in cost. At the time when we signed up initially, it was very beneficial because of its cost. When we looked at all other vendors and what they were asking, to provide a third of what Acunetix was capable of doing, it was an easy decision. With the IAS modules and everything else that we got as an add-on, it made it a real value compared to all the other competitors out there. But now that it's coming to a cost where it's line with market value, it becomes more of a competition.

JT
Lead Information Security Engineer at Nasdaq Stock Market
Real User
2019-02-03T08:26:00Z
03 February 19

Acunetix was around the same price as all the other vendors we looked at, nothing special.

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JW
Senior Security Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
03 February 19
I would like to see them build up that IAS tool, the Interactive Application Security Testing module that is embedded with PHC. That's a very cool function. I would also like to see them enhance the database. I don't know what version of OWASP Top Ten vulnerabilities they actually employ for Acunetix, but there are some versions of OWASP Top Ten vulnerabilities out there and I would like to see some PCI included as well within Acunetix. That would be great.
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Lead Information Security Engineer at Nasdaq Stock Market
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It should be easier to recreate something manually, with the manual tool, because Acunetix is an automatic tool. If it finds something, it should be easier to manually replicate it. Sometimes you don't get the raw data from the input and output, so that could be improved. That's the main concern for me. I would like to see some more advanced settings when it comes to authentication and authorization, and other fine-grain adjustments you could do to the scan engine. The advanced functionality could be a little bit better.
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