2020-06-02T08:40:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your primary use case for Contrast Security Assess?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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SW
Senior Customer Success Manager at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-17T23:07:51Z
Feb 17, 2021

A good use case is a development team with an established DevOps process. The Assess product natively integrates into developer workflows to deliver immediate results. Highly accurate vulnerability findings are available at the same time as functional /regression testing results. There is no wait for time-consuming static scans. Assess works with several languages, including Java and .NET, which are common in enterprise environments, as well as Node.JS, Ruby and Python.

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Aggelos Karonis - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Information Security Team Lead at Kaizen Gaming
Real User
2020-09-14T06:48:00Z
Sep 14, 2020

Up to this point, as an information security company, we had very limited visibility over the testing of the code. We have 25 Scrum teams working but we were only included in very specific projects where information security feedback was required and mandatory to be there. With the use of Contrast, including the evaluation we did, and the applications we have included in the system, we now have clear visibility of the code.

TS
Manager at Deloitte
Real User
2020-07-07T11:18:00Z
Jul 7, 2020

We've been using Contrast Security Assess for our applications that are under more of an Agile development methodology, those that need to deliver on faster timelines. The solution itself is inherently a cloud-based solution. The TeamServer aspect, the consolidated portal, is hosted by the vendor and we have the actual Assess agent deployed in our own application environments on-prem.

HK
Product Security Engineer at Salesforce
Real User
2020-07-02T10:06:00Z
Jul 2, 2020

The product scans runtime and that is our main use case. We have deployed it for one application in our testing environment, and for the other one on in our Dev environment. Whatever routes are exercised with those environments are being scanned by Contrast.

Ramesh Raja - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2020-06-07T09:09:00Z
Jun 7, 2020

We use the solution for application vulnerability scanning and pen-testing. We have a workflow where we use a Contrast agent and deploy it to apps from our development team. Contrast continuously monitors the apps. When any development team comes to us and asks, "Hey, can you take care of the Assess, run a pen test and do vulnerability scanning for our application?" We have a workflow and deploy a Contrast agent to their app. Because Contrast continuously monitors the app, when we have notifications from Contrast and they go to the developers who are responsible for fixing that piece of the code. As soon as they see a notification, and especially when it's a higher, critical one, they go back into Contrast, look at how to fix it, and make changes to their code. It's quite easy to then go back to Contrast and say, "Hey, just consider this as fixed and if you see it come back again, report it to us." Since Contrast continuously looks at the app, if the finding doesn't come back in the next two days, then we say, "Yeah, that's fixed." It's been working out well in our model so far. We have pre-production environments where dedicated developers look at it. We also have some of these solutions in production, so that way we can switch back. It's hosted in their cloud and we just use it to aggregate all of our vulnerabilities there.

TM
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-06-02T08:40:00Z
Jun 2, 2020

It is used primarily to help put a layer of security around some of our legacy applications that were built quite some time ago. It's also used to provide better quality assessments on the vulnerabilities of some of these applications, compared to some of the other tools that we've been using. We're using the SaaS platform.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 1, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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TM
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 2, 2020
It is used primarily to help put a layer of security around some of our legacy applications that were built quite some time ago. It's also used to provide better quality assessments on the vulnerabilities of some of these applications, compared to some of the other tools that we've been using. We're using the SaaS platform.
Ramesh Raja - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 7, 2020
We use the solution for application vulnerability scanning and pen-testing. We have a workflow where we use a Contrast agent and deploy it to apps from our development team. Contrast continuously monitors the apps. When any development team comes to us and asks, "Hey, can you take care of the Assess, run a pen test and do vulnerability scanning for our application?" We have a workflow and deploy a Contrast agent to their app. Because Contrast continuously monitors the app, when we have notifications from Contrast and they go to the developers who are responsible for fixing that piece of the code. As soon as they see a notification, and especially when it's a higher, critical one, they go back into Contrast, look at how to fix it, and make changes to their code. It's quite easy to then go back to Contrast and say, "Hey, just consider this as fixed and if you see it come back again, report it to us." Since Contrast continuously looks at the app, if the finding doesn't come back in the next two days, then we say, "Yeah, that's fixed." It's been working out well in our model so far. We have pre-production environments where dedicated developers look at it. We also have some of these solutions in production, so that way we can switch back. It's hosted in their cloud and we just use it to aggregate all of our vulnerabilities there.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 1, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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TM
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 2, 2020
If you know your needs upfront, and if you're more concerned about vulnerabilities and you already have a web application firewall that you're happy with, then focus on the Assess component of it, because the Assess component has a very straightforward licensing strategy. If you need the web application firewall and you have a highly clustered environment, then you will be paying that license cost per server. Unfortunately, that does not scale as well for us. It helps to understand what your use case is upfront and apply that with Contrast, knowing whether or not you need it per application or per server.
Ramesh Raja - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 7, 2020
I like the per-application licensing model, but there are reasons why some solutions want to do per KLOC. For us, especially because it's per app, it's really easy. We just license the app and we look at different vulnerabilities on that app and we remediate within the app. It's simpler. If you have to go to somebody, like a Dev manager and ask him, "Hey, how many thousands of lines of code does your application have?" he will be taken aback. He'll probably say, "I don't know." It's difficult to cost-segregate and price things in that kind of model. But if, like with Contrast, they say, "Hey, your entire application — however big it is, we don't care. We're just going to use one license," that is simpler. This type of license model works better for us.
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