Getting the Right Perspective on Web Application Security Testing

SAST tools scan an application's code to find vulnerabilities, but they do not emulate an attacker. Hence why you need a Checkmarx alternative, a DAST solution. Introducing Netsparker, the most accurate web application security solution.

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When evaluating web application security tools, you need to take a focused look at your needs. Not all solutions are created equal and not all are created to do the same thing. One option is to use a SAST solution (code analysis) such as Checkmarx, however to defend against today's threat landscape, you need a tool with which you can emulate your attackers.

You need a Checkmarx alternative: the Netsparker web application security scanner. Netsparker is a DAST solution that analyzes a working web application the way an attacker would, and finds the security flaws that attackers want to exploit.

SAST versus DAST

Static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic web application security testing (DAST) are two very different methods that are used to find vulnerabilities in the code of web applications and web services.

SAST: The Coder's Perspective

SAST refers to static analysis tools (source code analysis) that require direct access to code. It finds security issues by identifying them in the source code of an application. It can be a useful tool for software development, but does not give you an attacker's perspective. Also, it is typically limited to a number of development languages.

DAST: The Attacker's Perspective

DAST tests the web application while in use. Instead of requiring the code, it finds security vulnerabilities in the running application -- the same way malicious parties see it. It can also form part of your secure SDLC and scans web applications through the different stages of development.

Checkmarx, as well as Checkmarx competitors like Veracode, IBM AppScan Source, and Fortify Static Code Analysis (SCA), are SAST tools that help automate code review. They are good solutions, however, if your priorities include seeing existing applications in your network the way an attacker sees them, you need a DAST solution.

Why Netsparker Is the Best Web Application Scanning Solution

Full Spectrum Vulnerability Scanning

The Netsparker web application security scanning solution is designed to find thousands of different web application vulnerabilities types and variant: from those issues listed in the OWASP top ten list such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS), to bleeding edge second order vulnerabilities. Netsparker scans for what attackers are looking for - exploitable issues.

Technology Independence

Netsparker is truly technology-independent. It finds security vulnerabilities in any type of web application, whether you use a popular open source framework like WordPress or custom-built applications. Whether your web application is built on Python, Ruby, Java, PHP, or any other backend technology, the scanner will automatically crawl it, identify all the inputs and attack surfaces, and scan them for security vulnerabilities. And, if your business uses web applications that use rich JavaScript dependant applications, such as HTML5, Web 2.0 and Single Page Applications (SPA), Netsparker supports those, too.

Unmatched Vulnerability Detection

Security researcher Shay Chen tested a broad range of both commercial and open source web application security scanners, against a benchmark designed to mirror modern web applications. In this web application security scanners comparison the Netsparker solution was the only one to find every single vulnerability in the benchmark.

Dead Accurate Results

Netsparker has the exclusive Proof Based Scanning™ technology. With this technology, during a scan the scanner automatically exploits the identified vulnerabilities in a read only and safe way, to prove that they are real and not false positives.

And in a Netsparker report the reported issues are accompanied by a proof of exploit which highlights the payload triggered the vulnerability, and the information extracted from the web application via the exploited vulnerability.

With every result proven to be exploitable, we have taken the false positives out of web application scanning -- something that was also shown in Chen's benchmark, as his test revealed that Netsparker returned no false positives.

Save Time, Save Money, Improve Code Security

Your security team can easily understand and trust the results without spending hours manually validating false positives. Netsparker can also be integrated in the SDLC so all vulnerability assessments are automated, allowing your team to move on to more valuable tasks, either deepening from a vulnerability scan to a web penetration test or assessing the security of other business assets. And, if you do have an internal software development team? This data can also help them hone in on the exact issue and improve code quality more quickly.

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Learn more today about how the best DAST solution on the market can strengthen your security program. Contact us now, and begin your 15-day free trial of Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
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