Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner placed first in a paper released by Adam Doup´e, Marco Cova, and Giovanni Vigna from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the paper "Why Johnny Can’t Pentest: An Analysis of Black-box Web Vulnerability Scanners", the authors compared the capalities of eleven black box web security scanners (both commercial and open source) against a realistic test web application called WackoPicko.
"In comparison, our work, to the best of our knowledge, performs the largest evaluation of web application scanners in terms of the number of tested tools (eleven, both commercial and open-source), and the class of vulnerabilities analyzed. In addition, we discuss the effectiveness of different configurations and levels of manual intervention, and examine in detail the reasons for a scanner’s success or failure."
Download the paper "Why Johnny Can’t Pentest: An Analysis of Black-box Web Vulnerability Scanners" from here.